Out to Lunch (TV program)

Out to Lunch
Written by Christopher Cerf
Tom Dunsmuir
Clark Gesner
Bryan Joseph
Norman Stiles
Jim Thurman
Tom Whedon
Directed by Bill Davis
Starring Rita Moreno
Luis Avalos
Hattie Winston
Morgan Freeman
Skip Hinnant
Judy Graubart
Jim Boyd
Elliott Gould
Barbara Eden
Carol Burnett
Bill Beutel
Composer(s) Joe Raposo
Executive producer(s) David Connell
Producer(s) Norton W. Wright
Running time 60 mins.
Production company(s) Children's Television Workshop, Henson Associates, ABC
Original network ABC
Original release December 10, 1974

Out to Lunch is a prime-time television special that was broadcast on December 10, 1974 on ABC, from 9 to 10pm ET. It mixed the Sesame Street Muppets and the cast of The Electric Company along with guest stars Elliott Gould, Barbara Eden and Carol Burnett. This is the first and one of the few Sesame Street-related productions directly produced by The Jim Henson Company (The others being the 1989 television special Sesame Street… 20 Years & Still Counting and the 1999 feature film The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland).

A member of the Electric Company cast, Rita Moreno, received an Emmy nomination in 1975 for her participation in the show in the category of Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music.


In the program, ABC News anchor Bill Beutel and his stage manager wrapped up a newscast, and left the studio to take a lunch break. After they leave, the Muppets and the cast of The Electric Company take over the studio, to fill an hour of programming on ABC while the studio staff is on break.


Muppet performers

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