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Flashback: The Chicks, Buck Owens and Keith Urban Compete Against The Muppets on 'Family Feud'

Five very 2001 episodes of long-running game show Family Feud pitted The Dixie Chicks and Friends against Mississippi-born banjo picker Kermit the Frog and a revolving cast of Muppets.

Keith Urban and Buck Owens rounded out fellow country stars The Chicks' team, which played to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. They competed against Kermit, his fellow Muppet Show alum Sweetums and such more recent characters as Pepe the King Prawn, Sal Minella, Johnny Fiama, Dr. Phil van Neuter and Mo Frackle.

Highlights from the five episodes that aired in November 2001 include Natalie Maines being able to kiss Kermit without fear of retaliation from the absent Miss Piggy and Pepe having to press the buzzer with his chin because it was hard to touch it with just one of his tiny hands.

The Dixie Chicks and Friends won four of the five matchups, with the Muppets' lone win netting $20,000 for Save the Children.

Muppet Wiki points out two set changes to accommodate puppeteers: the Face-Off podium had extensions attached to the front and was moved forward for Fast Money.

We'd love to see full episodes that are better quality than what's circulating on YouTube, and surely to goodness there's a blooper reel with more awkwardness than just the Episode 3 moment when Kermit says "mammary glands" to host Louie Anderson.

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Also, imagine another week of country stars versus Muppets on the current, Steve Harvey-hosted series. And this time, Jimmy Dean's old friend Rowlf will be on Team Muppets. It'd be even better than Sara Evans' Fast Money skills toppling Todd Chrisley's family on Celebrity Family Feud (it happened).

For more country music and Muppet crossovers, check out the Muppet Show episodes featuring Johnny Cash, Mac Davis, Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle and Roger Miller.

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