Wilkins Coffee Commercials

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in 1957, Jim Henson was approached by a Washington, D.C. coffee company to produce commercials for Wilkins Coffee. the local stations only had 10 seconds for station identification, so these Muppet commercials had to be lightning-fast. from 1957 to 1961, Henson made 179 commercials for Wilkins Coffee and other Wilkins products, including Community Coffee and Wilkins Tea. the ads were so successful that they sparked a series of remakes for companies in other local markets throughout the 1960s. the ads starred the cheerful Wilkins and the grumpy Wontkins, and Wilkins would often do serious harm to Wontkins -- blowing him up, stabbing him with a knife, and smashing him with a club -- among many other violent acts.




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