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The Muppet Show - Season One

It's time to play the music.

It's time to light the lights.

It's time to meet the Muppets on The Muppet Show tonight!

I love DVDs! Over the past few years, we have seen something previously unheard of in the history of entertainment. While movies survived on video, most classic and popular TV shows only had a chance of surviving by getting on Nick at Night or some cable station that was looking for cheap programming alternatives. Now, DVDs have been bringing back cherished memories of television shows we watched over and over again, but haven't seen in years, and haven't seen at this high of a quality ever. Add The Muppet Show - Season One to the list of great shows (The Sopranos, The West Wing, Seinfeld) you can own on DVD and watch over and over again to appreciate every nuance.

If you ever loved The Muppets, this is the DVD you want for Christmas, if you can wait that long. Why? The Muppets were the SpongeBob SquarePants of my childhood. If you aren't familiar with the TV show (which proves you must be under 25 years of age), it was a parody of a variety show, where stage manager and producer Kermit the Frog was constantly trying to keep the wheels on as the program went insanely out of control with each skit, and two wise guys up in the balcony heckled the performers. They had a dangerous mix of hip, wholesome, hilarious and smart that kids and adults could appreciate on various levels. Even watching the DVDs this week, I got jokes a 7-year old couldn't understand at that age, but remembered the silliness of their antics that never grows old, no matter what your age. It's time to see Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal and The Swedish Chef all over again.


This DVD has one of the best extras I have seen in a long time, and something TV buffs will enjoy. Buena Vista has included the original Muppet Show pitch reel given to CBS by Henson to convince them they should put The Muppet Show on the air. This parody of pitch reels was a wonderful glimmer of what The Muppet Show would become, and something entertaining to watch in its own right.

The 4-DVD set also includes the original pilot, which features brief glimpses of your favorite Muppets like Kermit and Bert, but also some segments that would evolve into fan favorites, including a movie that eerily resembles Pigs in Space. It's interesting to see the original format of the show, but also serves to remind fans that the final version they saw on TV was a step up.

You can even enjoy a promotional gag/blooper real with some of the Muppets planned and unplanned outtakes.

4 Waffles (Out Of 4)

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