Neil's Puppet Dreams

Neil's Puppet Dreams
Created by Neil Patrick Harris
David Burtka
Janet Varney
Written by David Burtka
Brian Clark
Michael Serrato
Kirk Thatcher
Janet Varney
Directed by Kirk Thatcher
Starring Neil Patrick Harris
David Burtka
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Executive producer(s) David Burtka
Chris Hardwick
Neil Patrick Harris
Brian Henson
Seth Laderman
Janet Varney
Producer(s) Ritamarie Peruggi
Editor(s) Q. Bryce Randle
Original release November 27, 2012 – January 22, 2013

Neil's Puppet Dreams is a web series created by The Jim Henson Company under its Henson Alternative Banner and aired on The Nerdist Channel. The series stars Neil Patrick Harris who helped to create the series.


This web series features Neil Patrick Harris who lives with his partner David Burtka. Neil sleeps a lot and has strange dreams featuring puppet characters. Neil opens each episode by directly telling the audience "Hi, I'm Neil. I sleep a lot and when I dream, I dream in puppet." He then promptly falls asleep and has a puppet dream.


  1. The Lullabye (November 27, 2012) - Neil has a dream where he is falling through the sky in a dream world and a few puppets show up and sing a song to comfort him which only increases Neil's panic.
  2. Doctor's Office (December 4, 2012) - Neil visits a doctor named Dr. Mayfair (played by Nathan Fillion) to talk to him about the puppet dreams that he has been having lately. Neil falls asleep and dreams that he is visiting a puppet doctor named Dr. Feltman where his unique physiology causes a stir in the puppet medical community.
  3. The Restaurant (December 11, 2012) - Neil grapples with pushy customers and punny puns when he dreams that he is a waiter at a restaurant.
  4. To Catch a Puppeteer (December 18, 2012) - Neil's questionable dream moral gets him into a handful of trouble when Puppet Chris Hansen shows up in Neil's dream called "To Catch a Puppeteer."
  5. Dream Bump (January 8, 2013) - The dreams of Neil and David collide when David's dream consists of dancers, drag performers (played by Willam Belli and Detox Icunt), and an appearance by Joe Manganiello.
  6. Alien Abduction (January 16, 2013) - Neil dreams that he has been abducted by aliens and tries to get them to probe him.
  7. Bollywood (January 22, 2013) - While watching a Bollywood film with David, Neil falls asleep and dreams that he is in a Bollywood musical where he is in love with a cow named Bessie (voiced by Daniele Gaither).




Awards and nominations

In April 2013, Neil's Puppet Dreams was nominated for a Webby Award in the "Best Comedy: Long Form or Series" category.

Year Award Category Nominee Outcome
2013 Webby Award Best Comedy: Long Form or Series Neil's Puppet Dreams Nominated
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