Jan. 10, 1983
30 min.
HBO TV Network

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Fraggle Rock

Fraggle Rock is a children's television series with a total of 5 seasons and 96 episodes running from January 10, 1983 to March 30, 1987 on HBO in the United States and CBC Television in Canada. The series was created by Jim Henson, primarily featuring a cast of Muppet creatures called Fraggles, with music by Philip Balsam and Dennis Lee.

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Convincing John is a Fraggle who can convince anyone of anything. He bears more than a passing resemblance to the flashier kind of evangelical priest. His technique for persuasion involves a catchy song (assisted by his backing singers, the Fragglettes) outlining a spuriously awful fate that will befall his listeners if they fail to heed his advice. According to the Fragglettes, the more verses his song has, the more convincing it will be.

Other Fraggles tend to view the persuasive "Mr. John" with awe and, at times, a certain amount of apprehension. It is said that he could convince the stones to change color, convince a Gorg that he was a Doozer, and convince a Doozer to stop working and start dancing. When he was asked by Mokey to convince the Fraggles to stop eating Doozer constructions. She later realized this was a mistake, and called on him again to persuade them to resume eating Doozer sticks.

Convincing John is not above abusing his power -- although Mokey and Red's first meeting with him is not shown, Red leaves it wearing a blindfold ("He told me it was the only way to live") and Mokey is seen wearing plastic cups on her hands. It is revealed that, like Wembley, Convincing John is an indecisive "wembler." This, in fact, is the key to his success, as it allows him to see things from all possible angles. John was the Vanguard of the Poobahs. In this appearance, he has a hard time separating "guilty" from "innocent" ("Doesn't it have something to do with lambs?").

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01x11 - Catch The Tail By The Tiger
Season 1, Episode 11
01x01 - Beginnings
Season 1, Episode 01
03x01 - The Bells Of Fraggle Rock
Season 3, Episode 01
02x04 - Red's Sea Monster
Season 2, Episode 04
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