The Muppets were a revolution in my brain as a child. They were the funniest thing I could remember and when the music started up as I sat in front of the TV screen and saw them all walking and singing the opening theme songs I can still remember the excitement I felt:
“It’s time to make the music, it’s time to dress up right It’s time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet show tonight!”
The format of the Muppet show was that of an old school vaudeville-style show, where you would join the Muppets backstage as they frenetically prepared to take their acts on stage to entertain an auditorium full of other Muppets (Who all looked CRAZY!)
The characters were so defined and funny. From Kermit the frog – the softly spoken manager under pressure. To Miss Piggy the self-involved and violent prima-donna pig! To the Swedish chef (an incomprehensible chef presenting programmes on cooking that no-one understood but usually involved a fire-arm!) there was “Fozzy Bear” the terrible punning joke-smith, Gonzo the stunt man who was…. Well no-one knew exactly what he was meant to be (It was usually interfered he was from space). There were more characters, the whole show was so rich in style and imagination.
Every week there would be a celebrity guest on the show who would usually fall foul of the Muppets, potentially getting eaten, or covered in goo, or dying in some way, or romanced by Ms Piggy. They would usually take part in a musical number as well. It was quite fashionable to be on the Muppet show and lots of notable people were on it. Guests included:
John Cleese, Rudolph Nureyev, Roger Moore, Elton John, Leo Sayer.
There were many repeating skits or sketches, and in some ways it was like a sketch show, with familiar roles and lines repeated each week – but unlike Little Britain the repetition would be slighty varied each time.
The show won numerous awards and EMMY’s and was such a good programme that it’s still brought back again and again and available on DVD. They also made Muppet movies sich as the Great Muppet Caper and put on fantastic Christmas specials.
If you haven’t seen it recently, look it up. It is still amazing!