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When Mac, my main DVD man, offered the chance to review "The Muppet Show," I didn't hesitate to ask him to send on over a copy. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Jim Henson's cast of crazy Muppets.
Disney has produced a 4 DVD set of the show's second season.
"The Muppet Show" was a syndicated program (at least it was in the Los Angeles area) during the 1970s and early 1980s. On Saturday nights, it was the bright spot on a night normally scheduled with dorky shows like "The Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island." I know, they're probably now considered "classics," but they were lame then and lame now. But "The Muppet Show" was a smart and inventive program that appealed to both adults and kids. Surprisingly enough, decades later, the show is still immensely charming and funny.
The show took place in a live stage theater where Kermit The Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and the gang tried to put on various acts that often ended up in disaster and mayhem. The audience was made up of fellow Muppets and two cranky old men who watched the show from their balcony seats, Statler & Waldorf. The show was silly, offbeat, sometimes almost psychedelic, but almost always fun.
I always looked forward to the short openings in
which the guest stars would encounter something bizarre happening backstage,
and the big opening number. The music and energy was reminiscent of "The
Looney Tunes" opening. You always looked forward to what happened after the
opening number, and you knew you'd be entertained.
It's fun going through the DVDs of this release.
Remember when Elton John sang songs you'd remember and love? He does it
here and it makes me miss those days of "yore" when the man could really
rock. And rock he does, and you guessed it, with "Crocodile Rock" and
Muppet crocs. How about Don Knotts, Bob Hope, Steve Martin, Peter Sellers
and Julie Andrews? They're all here in Season 2. There are even stars,
please forgive me, whom I have no idea who they are. Cleo Laine? Teresa
Brewer? If you were a child (or adult) in the 1970s, you'd recognize that
decade's celebrities like Rich Little, Nancy Walker, Lou Rawls, Jaye P.
Morgan and more. This disc is totally 1970s, but it's a kick.
The skits ran the gamut from very funny, to
occasionally tedious, to sweet. My favorite regular skits were "Pigs In
Space," "Veterinarian's Hospital," and "Muppet Labs." "Pigs In Space"
appealed to me because I loved science fiction and the crew of the Swine
Trek poked fun at the genre. "Vet's Hospital" relied on the bad jokes by
Rolf, and "Muppet Labs" was hilarious when Bunson's lab assistant, Beeker,
was the unwilling participant in his experiments. The show, as a whole, was
geared toward adults. Some of the jokes went over my daughter's head, but I
got a good chuckle out of them. That doesn't stop children from enjoying
Watching "The Muppet Show" brought me back in time to watching television on a tiny 13-inch color television with rabbit ears, and less than ten channels to chose from. I'm not an old "foogie," but those days were simpler. And so were the Muppets. Right before they were in the amazing "Muppet Movie" (1979), and before many often mediocre sequels were made, the Muppets on "The Muppet Show" created great entertainment.
The Muppet Show: Season 2
Special thanks to Mac & Dinah McLean
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