The Muppet Show: Season Two (1977)

Genre(s): Comedy / Family
Buena Vista || NR - 612 minutes - $39.99 || August 7th, 2007
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2007-08-01


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Frank Oz, Jim Henson


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • The Muppets Valentine Special
  • The Muppets on the Muppets
  • Music Video


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

I've been watching the Muppets in some capacity or another my entire life. As a child, I owned all of the muppet movies (from "the movie" up through Christmas Carol) and watched the "Muppet Babies" cartoon show in syndication almost every day. I'd also seen just about every muppet special, commercial, and guest starring spot known to man at the time. Hell, I even loved Sesame Street. There was only one major Muppet production I didn't really experience as a child and that was the most famous and most popular one: The Muppet Show.

I'm not entirely sure why I had never seen the show before. I think it was a combination of growing up in a household where we didn't get cable until I was almost 15 and the fact that if it didn't air weekday afternoons or during primetime thus I didn't know it was ever on. I don't know. Nonetheless here it is, the complete second season right in front of me.

"The Muppet Show" has the same basic setup in every episode. Scooter the stagehand (who's role is more bulked up in the various Muppet films but here he's not much) knocks on the episode's guest star's door at the beginning of the show and tells them it's about time to come on stage, Kermit and one or two other muppets briefly talk about plans for the show, the opening credits roll and the sketches and skits begin. Usually about 3 quarters of the sketches involved the Human Guest Star -- usually a big celebrity at the time like Steve Martin, Don Knotts, etc. -- singing a song with a muppet character and the other quarter would be some muppet singing a nursery rhyme or something or it would be one of a handful of recurring sketches (like Pigs in Space which was Miss Piggy and some other Pigs in a "Star Trek" parody or another sketch where Rowlff the Dog, Miss Piggy, and Janice were surgeons who told bad jokes). All of those sketches were interspersed with Kermit and other Muppets arguing back stage or worried about some production number going wrong...or something. It's all very paint by numbers and sort of predictable.

Did I like it? Eh, sort of. My problem with the show is it's very predictable and nothing really different happens. The show is funny at times but often it's just a small chuckle. I think overall, it's just too kid oriented for me. While the muppet films had more general audience humor, this was more just straight up aimed at children. It's watchable and i think it's great for kids but i can say i'm not a huge fan of it. I like it but not much.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The Muppets Valentine Special - This little half hour special is... okay. It guest stars Mia Farrow and it's a lot like the regular episodes only with less well known muppets. The only regular who shows up is Kermit who has the ONE good sketch. Otherwise, it's kind of a dud.

Muppets on the Muppets - A series of recent scripted interviews with Muppets Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy, Animal, Rizzo, Gonzo and a handful of puppets from the mid 90's shortlived series, "Muppets Tonight". This feature singlehandedly saves the extras on this series. Laugh out loud hilarious from start to finish.

Weezer Music Video - Inventive but nothing special.

Menu Screens - Not really a special feature but worth mentinoning for the incredibly funny skits from Kermit, Fozzie, animal and rizzo that occupy the screens. Very funny stuff.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Looks and sounds great. You can tell Buena Vista did SOME kind of restoration cause it definately looks better than most 70's TV shows.



.::OVERALL::.

"The Muppet Show" isn't a bad show and as a children's show it delievers in spades but for me, it's nowhere near the brilliance of the movies which always seemed to aspire to be more than simple kiddy fare. Worth a rental for adult muppet fans and a buy from parents who want something neat for the kids.