Show Business: Those Marvelous Muppets

How Kermit, Miss Piggy & Co. captivate 235 million people a week

Stop giggling and pay attention, because we are going to discuss what may be the only adult show on television. Children may stay in the room if they do not squeal excessively. Now then: What is small and green and surrounded by confusion, and is applauded each week by more people than there are in the entire U.S.?

No, not the wobbling dollar, but a more cheerful and indeed more bankable asset: Kermit the Frog. He is the gallant and slightly desperate master of ceremonies of a...