The Puzzle Place is a television series on PBS that contains a group of kids of different race and their two pets, Sizzle and Nuzzle. They help solve issues, such as racial discrimination, to figuring out a problem of their own. Both Muppet and non-Muppet performers were part of the show for more than five years on PBS.
- Julie Woo is a Chinese-American girl from San Francisco. She is performed by Alice Dinnean.
- Kiki Flores is a Mexican-American girl from San Antonio. Carmen Osbahr performed her.
- Ben Olafson is a boy of German and Norwegian descent from a farm near Renner, South Dakota. He is performed by Jim Martin.
- Leon MacNeal is an African-American boy from New York City. He is performed by Noel MacNeal. with Eric Jacobson puppeteering him Noel MacNeal's voice in season 3.
- Skye Nakaiye is an Apache boy from an Indian reservation in Arizona. Peter Linz performed him in seasons 1 and 2, and Matt Vogel performed him in season 3.
- Jody Silver is a Lithuanian-Jewish girl from Cincinnati. Alison Mork performed her in season 1. But in season 2 Stephanie D'Abruzzo performed her in season 2. and in season 3 Terri Hardin performed her in season 3.
- Sizzle and Nuzzle are an anthropomorphic cat-and-dog duo. Around the Puzzle Place kids, they act as actual animals. They are usually in a subplot of their own. Sizzle, the cat, was performed by Alice Dinnean, who also played Julie; Nuzzle, the dog, was performed by Peter Linz, in the first 2 seasons who also played Skye. in season 3 Nuzzle, the dog, was performed by Matt Vogel who also played Skye.
- The Piece Police are the inhabitants of the Puzzle Place. They mostly grumble rather than speak. Nevertheless, they understand the English language. They were performed by the Carmen Osbahr, Jim Martin, Noel MacNeal, and Alison Mork, with Stephanie D'Abruzzo replacing Mork in Season 2, who portrayed Kiki, Ben, Leon, and Jody. and Eric Jacobson and Terri Hardin replacing MacNeal and D'Abruzzo in Season 3.
- Kyle O'Connor: An Irish American boy and wheelchair user who appears towards the end of the series. Initially performed by Drew Massey in the first 2 seasons, and in season 3 puppeteered by Allan Trautman to Terri Hardin's voice.