The Muppet Show is now available to stream for the first time ever. Well, the vast majority of it, and a few of the episodes that are available come with some content disclaimers. But it’s all part of bringing a beloved TV staple to Disney+, a streaming platform that has taken an active role in informing its relatively young audiences about the cultural context in which potentially troubling stereotypes might pop up. Yes, even in The Muppet Show.
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It’s a good day, friends, and that’s because after years of waiting, The Muppet Show is finally available to watch in full on home media. Though The Walt Disney Company has had the rights to the Muppets for a long time, it only ever released on DVD the first three seasons of the ’70s-era variety show that turned the felt creations of Jim Henson and friends into worldwide sensations. Now, you can watch all five seasons streaming on Disney+. (It’s worth noting that music clearance rights often held up previous seasons from being available, and as of the writing of this list, it’s unknown if the streaming versions offer the full, unedited episodes.) But with 120 episodes to binge-watch, you may want to know where the best place to start is. Let’s run down the 12 best episodes – listed here based on when they aired – of the inspirational, Muppetational The Muppet Show.
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Starting today, hopefully the rest of the year will start to feel a little less like a never-ending nightmare. Helping with that will be a new batch of TV shows and movies for you to soak up from Disney+ and Hulu. There’s an interesting mix of classic comedy, prestige drama, buzzed about Oscar-hopefuls, past Oscar winners, and so much more coming to these two streaming services. We’ve picked out some of the best TV shows and movies coming to Hulu and Disney+, and you can see the entire list below too. Read More »
Disney+ is full of the Walt Disney Company’s iconic movies and TV shows, but there’s been one piece of the company’s sprawling library that has been sorely missed. Thankfully, that’s about to change, because all five seasons of Jim Henson’s The Muppet Show will finally be arriving Disney+ starting in February. Cue Kermit the Frog screaming and waving his arms in the air with joy! Read More »
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s about time to get out the Christmas tree, that is if you haven’t already. What better way to beef up the decorations than by picking up some of the 2020 Hallmark Christmas Ornaments that are being released this year. We’ve featured a variety of pop culture-based ornaments that are already available, and this time we’re focusing on a bunch of them from movies like Back to the Future, Jaws, and The Wizard of Oz, as well as TV shows like Stranger Things, Friends, The Muppet Show, Animaniacs, Looney Tunes, and more. Check them all out below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Following their triumphant return to the big screen, the Muppets are ready to return to their home turf: television. ABC is developing a reboot of The Muppet Show, with the pilot presentation expected to shoot this month. Get all the details on the Muppet Show reboot after the jump. Read More »
Jerry Nelson, one of the original Muppeteers hired by Jim Henson, died yesterday (August 23rd 2012). Even though you might not recognize the name, all of you have grown up with Jerry’s performances. He puppeteered almost 1,000 named Henson puppet characters during his 47-year career, credited for performing over 120 different named characters on The Muppet Show, and almost double that on Sesame Street.
Jerry was fighting with various health issues for the last decade, and in 2004 announced he would no longer be puppeteering full-time (although he continued to provide the voice for his Sesame Street characters into the recent seasons). Tough Pigs broke the news.
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This is hardly new, but now that The Muppets have a good many new fans thanks to last year’s film, it is worth going back to. Jim Henson‘s early video pitch for the original incarnation of The Muppet Show has been floating around for quite a while, and can be found in at least one or two DVD releases.
But for those who haven’t seen the pitch, and therefore may not quite have a handle on Jim Henson’s irreverent spirit, this two minutes is very much worth watching. And those who have seen it will probably want to watch again, because as the Henson-voiced Muppet pitchman escalates in intensity, he hits notes comic notes that are irresistible. Read More »