The show is based around the Creature Shop in Los Angeles. Hosted by Gigi Edgley(of Farscape fame), the contestants participated in challenges involving the different aspects of mechanical creature and puppet building and creation. The contestants competed for a $100,000 prize and a contract job for Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
Brian Henson served as the lead judge on the series along with Creature Shop veteran Kirk Thatcher and Beth Hathaway (former designer at Stan Winston studios, who worked on Walking Dead). Designers Peter Brooke,John Criswell and Julie Zobel served as mentors on the series. Guest judges in the first season also included Neville Page and Barry Sonnenfeld.