In Praise of The Muppet Show

muppetsMy husband recently got a DVD box of the first season of The Muppet Show, and that’s what we’re watching together right now. And my, isn’t it wonderful! The very first episodes show the show still hitting its stride, but a lot of the elements are already there. I particularly love:

  • Miss Piggy. Best pig on TV. Ever.
  • The musical parodies. With the puppets engrossed in their instruments, they are just brilliant.
  • The dance scenes. They are so beautifully nonsensical.
  • The guests. Although there are many I’ve never heard of before, this being a continent and 30 years away, they are usually great fun. I particularly enjoyed Joel Grey (and yes, I’d heard of him before).
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  • The absolute wonder of seeing puppets with such a wide range of emotional expression. Just proves (again) that Jim Henson and his team were geniuses.

Although The Muppet Show was on regularly when I was a kid, I very rarely watched it, and I never watched many reruns either as an adult. Now what a treasure to discover!

Do you love The Muppets, too? What are your favorite characters? Do you enjoy them more as an adult than as a kid?

- Rike Horstmann

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2 Responses to “In Praise of The Muppet Show”

  1. LeeB. says:

    Have to admit I’ve never been a Muppets fan. Didn’t watch them while growing up.

  2. AAR Sandy says:

    I once worked with someone on a TV shoot who had worked with Jim Henson. He said — and I’ve never forgotten this — that whenever Henson was uncomfortable in a situation or had to deliver bad news, he subconsciously slipped into his Kermit voice. I’ve always found that incredibly touching.

    Jim Henson went to the University of Maryland and got his start here on local DC TV. Many remember him.

    Little known fact about me: I cannot watch Kermie sing The Rainbow Connection without crying.