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Jim Henson’s ‘Fraggle Rock’ Returns to HBO

Now Featured in HD, the Classic Jim Henson Series Tackled Serious Issues

HBO, now home to “Sesame Street,” is adding another kids’ classic to its library: “Fraggle Rock.” Originally telecast on HBO in 1983, “Fraggle Rock” was described by series creator Jim Henson as “a high-energy, raucous musical romp.” While the program proved accessible to audiences of all ages, it used the fantasy creatures as an allegory to deal with serious issues like prejudice, spirituality, personal identity, the environment, and social conflict.

The 96-episodes of “Fraggle Rock,” which will soon be available in a digitally remastered format, follows the fun adventures of the furry subterranean creatures and features a unique mix of music from all genres including folk, blues, gospel, country and rock, all while embracing themes of friendship, tolerance, diversity, and caring for the planet. It is unclear whether the series will air on HBO’s broadcast channels or will be available for streaming via HBO Go and HBO Now.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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