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'The Muppets' Review: More Mature But Just as Fun As Ever

After hitting the big screen in recent years, starring alongside such big-name stars as Jason Segal, Amy Adams, Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and others, the Muppets are heading back to the small screen where it all began. ABC's new comedy stars all of our favorite Muppets, including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzy Bear, The Great Gonzo, Pepe the King Prawn, Beaker, Animal, the Swedish Chef and everybody else, including a brand-new Muppet named Denise. There's a lot of characters who show up on The Muppets , either as part of the main storylines or in the background, but you can never have enough Muppets, am I right?   Read More... //

Review: In The Muppets on ABC, Kermit Is in a Mundane Midlife Crisis

This revival doesnt quite dynamite the franchise, but every so often, it tosses a tiny stick of TNT into your fondest memories.   Read More... //

The Muppets: Series Premiere Review

The Muppets are back on TV with a new faux-documentary comedy about the inner-workings of a Miss Piggy late night show. So how is it?   Read More... //

The New Muppet Show Recaptures Some of the Originals Glory

  When Muppets creator Jim Henson died in May 1990, it wasnt just Kermit the Frog who lost his voice; it was his whole enterprise. The Jim Henson Company has struggled ever since to recapture the magic or at least to remain a viable entertainment brand. A big part of the problem was that word, brand : More than any other set of lovable characters, the Muppets never felt like a product. Between them, Henson and his puppeteer partner, Frank Oz, provided the voices of Kermit, Dr. Teeth, Rowlf, Waldorf, and the Swedish Chef (Henson), and Animal, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, and Sam the Eagle (Oz). And they acted them, too, hoisting lovingly crafted creations over their heads. The effect was less like a constellation of salable characters than a repertory company of actors. They didnt just have recurring bits of shtick: They had neuroses, manias, yearnings, blind spots. They were only human, because they were so powerfully associated with the humans who created them; thats why, no matter how diligently new actors and puppeteers worked, things always felt a bit off.   Read More... //

‘The Muppets’ Review: ABC’s Series Returns the Gang to Their Roots

Jim Henson‘s creations have finally returned to their television roots thanks to a revival in popularity following 2011’s great Muppets movie, and its lesser (but still fine) sequel, 2014’s Muppets Most Wanted. The Muppets movie was a callback to the original film, 1979’s The Muppet Movie (yes these titles get a little hard to distinguish), focusing on Kermit the Frog getting the gang together despite a host of setbacks. Similarly, ABC’s The Muppets rightfully calls back to The Muppet Show, a show-within-a-show that had celebrity guests, a variety setup, and lots of meta humor. READ MORE...

The Muppets Review: The Fun Never Really Arrives In ABC Return

Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Scooter and the gang are all back with not one show but two. Of course, one of those shows is The Muppets that debuts on ABC on September 22. The other show is the show within a show that sees Piggy as the host of anABC late-night programon after Jimmy Kimmel with ex-boyfriend Kermit as the executive producer.   Read More... //