muppets...season 2

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 24, 2007 09:23am | Post a Comment
I don't know if I have really explained how much I love the great late Mr. Jim Henson. I know I just talked about him and his great films Labyrinth and Dark Crystal. But there was also this amazing little show called "The Muppet Show." I don't really know where I would be without this show. I did watch a lot of Sesame Street. But it was the night time show "The Muppet Show" that really made me who I am today. It was one of those great shows that appealed to kids as well as their parents. So it wasn't like my parents had to make me watch the show. And they also never minded watching it along with me and my brother. It was hilarious and brilliant. Nothing really like it. And although some of the jokes may not be as relevant today, they are still hilarious. Season 1 of the Muppet show came out in August about 2 years ago. But this month, we get Season 2 of this great show.

The Muppet show was on the air from 1976 to 1981. It lasted 5 seasons. But it didn't get canceled or fade into obscurity. Jim Henson simply needed more time to devote to his feature films like Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. And his amazing trilogy of Muppet movies. The Muppet Movie (1979), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), and The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984). These were followed by more similar Muppet movies. But these early movies were the best. These movies only made me more obsessed with the muppets.

Each episode of the Muppet Show featured a guest star. And there was never the same guest on all 5 seasons. Season 1 featured Phyllis Diller, Paul Williams, Rita Moreno, Sandy Duncan, Ben Vereen, Jim Nabors, Florence Henderson, Joel Grey, Twiggy, and in one of my favorite episodes, Vincent Price. The list of season 2 guests is just as great. And the first episode features the amazing Don Knotts! Also featured in season 2 is Milton Berle, Judy Collins, Steve Martin, George Burns, Dom Deluise, Bernadette Peters, Elton John, Lou Rawls, Peter Sellers, Petula Clark, Bob Hope, John Cleese, and Cloris Leachman.

Just in case you don't remember. The Muppet Show was about a variety sort of show run by Muppets. The show was about the back stage antics of the show as well as the performances. So sort of more like Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip than Saturday Night Live. There was a live band "Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem" featuring one of my favorite characters Janice on guitar. Kermit was the host of the show and Missy Pig was the star. There was a comic "Fozzie Bear," a performance artist "Gonzo," "The Swedish Chef," and "Rowlf" on piano. Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his brilliant assistant "Beaker" had a muppet lab sort of segment. But what really held the show all together was Statler & Waldorf. They were the wisecracking old dudes who sat in the balcony. They had some of the best lines. And although I think their characters were more for the adults, they were my absolute favorites. They helped me develop my great love of sarcasm. Imagine Paul Lynde and Charles Nelson Reilley as Muppets.

The DVD box sets don't really feature much more than the original episodes. Both season 1 and 2 have 24 episodes each. Like many other shows put out on DVD, they had to get rid of some of the music because of licensing issues. But the episodes are still amazing and as hilarious as ever. This show was sort of like Saturday Night Live. They were able to get some amazing guest stars. Each episode sort of revolved around the guest or at least the guest was featured in most of the skits. Season 1 includes the original pilot as well as the original pitch for the show. It also features a "Muppets Morsels" viewing mode with trivia and a promo gag reel. Season 2 features the Muppet Valentine Special as well as interviews with the Muppets and the Weezer & the Muppets music video. These sets also have great packaging. Season 1 has a fuzzy Kermit on the front while season 2 features Miss Piggy. I only hope Janice and the Electric Mayhem or Statler & Waldorf make it on to the next 3 season covers. Although Fozzie, Scooter & Gonzo will be more likely cover stars. And the seasons keep getting better. Season 3 features Alice Cooper, Loretta Lynn, Liberace, & Sylvester Stallone. Season 4 features Crystal Gale, Kenny Rogers, Carol Channing, Diana Ross, Liza, and the cast of Star Wars. Season 5 features Debbie Harry, Johnny Cash, Brooke Shields, Linda Ronstadt, Tony Randall, and Roger Moore!

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