Whatnots are humanoid Muppet species that have blank heads. They come in many different colors and have facial features, bodies, hair, clothes, and accessories added to make any kind of character in the Muppet universe.
There are many different whatnot characters in each Muppet and non-Muppet series.
Sam was the first whatnot. He made his first appearance in Sam and Friends in which he was the main character.
In 1966, some whatnots were introduced on The Ed Sullivan Show.
In 1969, H.R. Pufnstuf, the first full bodied whatnot, was introduced.
In 1976, more whatnots appeared on The Muppet Show, including some of the main ones like Scooter.
In 1983, more whatnots called Doozers appeared on Fraggle Rock. They lived underground with the Fraggles. They later appeared in their own CGI animated series called The Doozers. Full bodied whatnots (known as Gorgs, of which there were 3 of) also appeared on this show as well.
In 1993, Playskool released a series of Muppet Workshop Puppet Kits based on the concept of the whatnots.
The 90s PBS Kids show, The Puzzle Place, featured whatnots known as the Piece Police and they came in different colors like green, blue, and pink.
Mopatop's Shop had whatnots but some were from The Muppet Show while others were made specificly for this show.
The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss' whatnots are somewhat different from the other ones but they were introduced on the show only because some of them were recycled for Puppet Up and Stuffed and Unstrung.
In 2002, more whatnots were introduced on the Comedy Central show Crank Yankers but they were more mature. They had effects like vomiting, blood, nudity, swearing and other gross and violent features.
In 2003, some whatnots were introduced in the adult-themed Broadway musical Avenue Q such as Kate Monster, Rod, Nicky, Lucy the Slut and Mrs. Thistletwat with a bit of mature acts in some scenes and musical numbers. In the school edition of Avenue Q, Mrs. Thistlewat and Lucy the Slut were renamed as Mrs. Butz and Lucy (with "The Slut" part being removed from her name) respectively.
More recently, The Muppet Whatnot Workshop is an interactive puppet creation display at FAO Schwarz in New York City, and online. For promotion of the workshop, the Muppets (led by the Whatnots) took over the Today Show on November 13, 2008.
In 2011, a new whatnot character named Walter was introduced in the movie, The Muppets. He also appeared in the 2014 sequel Muppets Most Wanted and the 2015 Muppet Show.
The Muppet Whatnot Workshop Kits were sold at Toys R Us stores in late 2011 to coincide with the release of the movie, The Muppets.
In 2012, Crash, a purple whatnot with black hair, was introduced on the Disney XD show, Crash and Bernstein, in which he was one of the main characters.
In 2014, Cartoon Network released a pilot for a show called Pillywags' Mansion, which featured a few whatnots, including the main character, R.J. Pillywags.
- Sam and Friends
- The Ed Sullivan Show
- H.R. Pufnstuf
- The Muppet Show (1976)
- The Muppet Movie
- The Great Muppet Caper
- The Muppets Take Manhattan
- A Muppet Family Christmas
- Fraggle Rock (Doozers and Gorgs)
- Eureeka's Castle
- The Kid-a-Littles
- Schiffelly Puppets
- The Muppet Christmas Carol
- The Puzzle Place
- The Adventures of Timmy the Tooth
- Allegra's Window
- Big Bag
- Groundling Marsh
- Chuck E. Cheese's CEC TV
- Muppet Classic Theater
- Muppet Treasure Island
- Muppets Tonight
- Kids for Character
- Kids for Character: Choices Count
- The Penny And Mitch Movie (background cameo)
- Muppets from Space
- It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
- Crank Yankers
- Puppets Who Kill
- Avenue Q
- The Muppets Wizard of Oz
- Mr. Meaty
- Wonder Showzen
- Puppet Up!
- Muppet*Vision 3D
- Saturday Night Live
- Stuffed and Unstrung
- FAO Schwarz
- The Muppets (2011)
- The Oogieloves/My Bedbugs
- The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure
- Crash and Bernstein
- The Doozers
- Muppets Most Wanted
- Pillywags' Mansion
- The Muppet Show (2015)
- Even though the Crank Yankers have uncensored versions of their episodes released on DVD, the private body parts, such as penises, vaginas, breast, and others are censored with pixelation for safety reasons but the vulgar language is kept in without any cuts at all.
- Aside from the live-action whatnots, there's also some animated whatnots as well. An example of these would be the Puppet Pals from Dexter's Laboratory.
- Some animated characters have also become whatnots at one point or another. An example of this would be Grunkle Stan from Gravity Falls.
For a gallery of whatnots that are named and unnamed, click here.
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