After 17 years without their presence on the small screen, The Muppets returned last Tuesday in a great debut episode of their new show, simply titled The Muppets.
Airing on ABC, The Muppets, is a sitcom shot as a documentary very reminiscent of the NBC hit The Office.
The show revolves around Ms. Piggy’s career as a talk show host and the other characters play side roles as mangers, comedians, writers, or the famous Muppet band Electric Mayhem. Overall I loved this show it was everything I could of asked for in a TV show.
The first episode stars many of our favorite Muppets that we have seen over the years. Kermit the Frog, Ms. Piggy, Fozzy Bear, Gonzo, Animal, Stone Eagle, and Kermit’s new girlfriend Denise who is also a Pig.
The show starts off with all the Muppets in the writers room working on the show for Piggy’s next show, we get a good introduction of what the show is going to be about and what whacky adventures we are going to see.
We see all the characters react to the knowledge how the show is going to be shot, we see Kermit with a lack of leadership in his cast, and Fozzy’s problem about meeting his girlfriend’s parents.
Elizabeth Banks (Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect) and Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars), with music guest Imagine Dragons all guest star as themselves and each bring a different comedic element to the show.
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So as we heard before the show had started, Kermit and Ms. Piggy are no longer together. This brings a layer of awkwardness amongst the two which is a good element.
We see the breakup of the two because Kermit is tired of Ms. Piggy putting her stardom ahead of their relationship. He then finds Denise and the two start to date. Fozzy has his own problems as his girlfriend’s parents do not approve of their relationship because he is a bear. It is comedic in the end as he craves their acceptance more than the love of his girlfriend.
As great as some of these subplots are, the best story and laughs come from the main plot of the episode. Ms. Piggy does not want to have Elizabeth Banks on her show due to her getting the part in the Hunger Games over Ms. Piggy.
Kermit tries to recast with Tom Bergeron, but in the final moments decides to keep Banks because he has the final say.
The next events are keeping Banks away until last minute when it is too late for Piggy to do anything. Banks then gets into a fight with one of the Muppets and comedic events follow that had me laughing had.
Though Piggy did not want Banks they keep it professional as on a talk show and the show goes off almost without a hitch. During the Imagine Dragons performance Animal gets lost in the drum and is lost in the either.
Overall I greatly enjoyed this show, I have been a big Muppets fan since Muppet Babies, which I saw many reruns growing up.
Even in my age I dragged a couple of then friends to see the latest Muppet movie almost two years ago because of how big of a fan I was. This show was everything that was promised in the trailer and more.
I even enjoyed the bit of adult humor that was included in this show which had not been present in previous Muppet incarnations. Whether if you are fan or not I encourage you to give the show shot for at least an episode, I believe you will not regret it.