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The Muppets Recap: Chelsea Date-ly

  Is it spring yet? Now that we know a Muppets re-vamp is in the works , I'm simultaneously more content to sit through this last batch of stinkers, and even antsier for them to end.   It should be clear by now that this show isn't good. Each script seems to be missing jokes. Each episode insists on leaning too hard on its guest stars, while forgoing character development in favor of snark and pettiness. And every week, I find myself returning to the same question: how did ABC manage to drain the Muppets of all their nuance, color, and personality? That's a greater feat than actually making a good show.   Read More... //

'The Muppets' Season 1, Episode 7 Recap: Explosions And Jason Bateman Make For One Of The Best 'Muppets' Episodes Thus Far

With an Animal drumbeat providing the foundation, The Muppets leans into its most natural mode in the kinetic Pigs in a Blackout. Animal does not just provide the instrumental support, but als...   Read More... //

The Muppets Recap: Emergency Jeggings

  It was very kind of the Muppets writers to provide me with such a nice analogy for all the recent behind-the-scenes upheaval , and especially nice of them to do so within my favorite episode of the show so far.   Well played, The Muppets . Without getting ahead of myself, recap-wise, Pigs in a Blackout ends with Kermit realizing that the best way to deal with the stress of running a TV show is to get back to his roots. He can try and change his behavior, but in his heart hes the same frog he always has been, so he rips out his backyard and replaces it with a replica of the swamp he grew up in. The episode ends as the Muppet saga began , with Kermit strumming his banjo and singing The Rainbow Connection to a pissed-off neighbor and this recappers instinctual tears. Hearing The Rainbow Connection felt like a way for the show to say, We know its been bad. Were going to do better. It felt like the show learned the same lesson that Jason Segels The Muppets knew all along: You can put in as many rap numbers and topical references as youd like, but at the end of the day, these are the Muppets, and its going to have to end with a frog and a banjo.   Read More... //

The Muppets Season 1 Episode 6 Review: “Ex Factor”

The Muppets, now in its sixth episode, has got a lot to prove. It’s had some pretty good episodes, some hilarious moments, and some missteps, as freshman series are wont to do. But now in the sixth episode and beyond, The Muppets has got to prove that its characters are interesting and that the arcs are something sustainable. I think the "Ex Factor" does a lot of building toward that goal, and was a solid installment in creating the new Muppet world. This week on The Muppets: It’s Denise’s birthday, so Kermit must come up with a gift. He’s a terrible gift giver, so he turns to the best one he knows: Miss Piggy. Up Late guest Kristin Chenoweth agrees to join Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem at Floyd Pepper’s parents’ anniversary party. READ MORE...

'The Muppets' Season 1, Episode 6 Recap: The Muppets Learn That Ignorance May Or May Not Be Bliss

As the saying goes, What you dont know cant kill you. Of course, this maxim has its limits. If you dont know that you have a chronic heart condition, there is still a decent chance that it cou...   Read More... //

The Muppets Season 1 Episode 5 Review: “Walk The Swine”

The Muppets is a pretty entertaining show. It presents the Muppet characters in a fresh and interesting way, and it’s packed with laughs. It’s quite a bit better than many other shows on television. However, as the series finds its sea legs, I hope it learns that Miss Piggy is just not a good character to lean on. This week on The Muppets: Miss Piggy has Reese Witherspoon on the show in order to get revenge on her, much to Kermit’s chagrin. Rizzo hits Scooter’s new car in the parking lot, but wants to arrange to have it fixed. Fozzie complicates his relationship by talking about it in his stand-up. It’s no secret that Miss Piggy is my least favorite Muppet. She’s boisterous and obnoxious, and the only reason I’ve ever cared about her is because Kermit loved her. I think strong female characters are extremely important, but Miss Piggy is written to be strong without grounds. She’s petty and mean, and she doesn’t behave in a way that’s worthy of respect. Relying on Piggy for a major story arc in this episode totally took me out of it. I could tell even from the previews that all the worst parts of Miss Piggy were coming out to play. READ MORE...

'The Muppets' Season 1, Episode 5 Recap: The Muppets Find Their Groove With 'Walk The Swine'

Can satisfaction be derived from the consistency of a less-than-ideal status quo, or does it require always striving for the best? Perfection is basically unattainable, but that does not mean human...   Read More... //

The Muppets Recap: Jokes on You

  Theres a moment in Walk the Swine when something I love about the Muppets (the ragtag collection of felt entertainers, not the ABC sitcom Im recapping here) came back into sharp focus. Fozzies girlfriend, Becky (Riki Lindhome is back, so things cant be that bad), is trying to embarrass him in front of his co-workers after he told stand-up jokes about her. She brings up the fact that Fozzie gets incredibly emotional upon hearing the song True Colors by Cyndi Lauper, and leads the other Muppets in singing it to try and provoke him. It occurred to me that its the first time theres been any sweet, sincere Muppet singing in all five episodes so far, and I realized how much it had been missed. Muppets were meant to sing together.   Read More... //

Top 5 'Muppets' moments from 'Walk the Swine'

Another week on The Muppets , another relationship Miss Piggy has with a celebrity that complicates everything for her fellow felt friends, particularly Kermit. Reese Witherspoon is the object of Piggys current fury, though its apparently been a long-held grudge, according to Uncle Deadly...   Read More... //

'The Muppets' Season 1, Episode 4 Recap: The Muppets Kill Karaoke Night

Sometimes the people who make a TV show know exactly what they have on their hands. When they accomplish something amazing, and they know what they have, they present it in such a way as if to say,...  Read More... //