After all these years of waiting we witnessed yesterday the return of Muppet Show on the small screen. They are back and they successfully arrived in the 21st century.
Since the very first announcement that it is planned to bring the muppet show back to the small screen I was waiting and each every trailer gave me the chills. The past few weeks were dominated from hope that the producers, the whole team will deliver something more close to the show than the movies were. Don’t get me wrong – I kinda liked the movies, at least some of them. Movies like “The Muppets Christmas Carol” will always be well remembered and one of the better of Charles Dickens’ story.
The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires.
Source: ABC website
I watched the first episode Pig Girls don’t cry twice and each time I laughed a lot. They took the strength of the characters, made new backside stories, put some humans into the background and implemented some new elements. It feels like the perfect mixture between a Late Night Talk Show and the mockumentary style of an episode from The Office. I was a huge fan of the original TV show and I can tell that they stayed true to the original characters, this feels much better than the movies, especially the recent ones. Apart from that having Elizabeth Banks and Imagine Dragons as guest stars appearing in this episodes with their own stories – offering animal a part in their band alone was a nice gag – added much value to this episode and I am very curious who will be next.
Furthermore geek & sundry pubilshed an article about how Jim Henson influenced our childhood. Being a child that grew up with the Muppets I can say that it influenced me a lot. As soon as the Muppet Show became available on DVD I bought them and since then I rewatched the episodes more than once. I loved the concept of having actors, writers and comedians as guest stars – this made classic episodes like the ones with Mark Hamill and Alice Cooper unforgettable.
Enclosed the clip which was published in the Summer of 2015, it contains some parts of the first episode in varied form. You can see that they made some changes since then.