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The Muppet Show

At my request, my wife has been looking for a copy of the first season (1976..77) of the Muppet Show. Last night, she found one.

It's a blast from the past. All these guests from 1976, looking hale and hearty. The lady who played Rhoda, Juliet Prowse, Twiggy, Joel Gray (in his Cabaret days), even Ruth Buzzie.

A few golden moments -- Joel Gray singing Cabaret, with muppets instead of leggy chorus girls. The "ma-nu-ma-nuh" song.

I've only seen the first and last disk, so far -- the next two are for tonight and the next night. Oh, it takes me back (first few years of college back then for me).
Permalink AllanL5 
August 11th, 2005
My God, I was born in 1977...
Permalink Almost H. Anonymous 
August 11th, 2005
I am hereby submitting a request to the moderators to add the word "muppet" to the premoderation filter for new threads.

This is ridiculous.
Permalink Flasher T 
August 11th, 2005
I think the second batch , in the 90's was better. At least thats how I remember it. Cant say I recall that much from the original muppet show though, except that I kind of liked it.

The episode with pierce brosnan in the later batch had me laughing like crazy though.
Permalink Eric Debois 
August 11th, 2005
OH, lookie:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muppets_Tonight

The second muppet show was called muppets tonight. I never caught that.

This makes me nostagic:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/21/Tv_muppet_show_opening.jpg
Permalink Eric Debois 
August 11th, 2005
Heh. I was reading the trivia for The Muppet Show on IMDB last week. When the show started, all the guest stars were friends of the producers making appearances as a favor. Once the show caught on, they had a waiting list for guest appearances.

Also a maudlin note - Harry Belafonte sang "Turn the World Around" at Jim Henson's funeral. :'(

Philo
Permalink Philo 
August 11th, 2005
Yes, it was co-produced by George Slaughter of Laugh-in fame -- thus explaining Ruth Buzzie.
Permalink Philo 
August 11th, 2005
"I think the second batch , in the 90's was better."

BLASPHEMER!
Permalink Jim Rankin 
August 11th, 2005
I'm particularly fond of the one hosted by Alice Cooper.

According to the commentary on my VHS copy, Henson said that the show had been getting too wholesome, and they wanted to put a stop to it.
Permalink Jim Rankin 
August 11th, 2005
>>>BLASPHEMER!

Yes, that's me. Aligned with chaos and darkness. Only wimpy mamma's boys prefer the first installment of the muppet show.
Permalink Eric Debois 
August 11th, 2005
I remember (in reruns) seeing Elton John singing "Crocodile Rock," backed by a chorus of Muppet crocodiles. Hilarious.
Permalink Snark 
August 11th, 2005
I still remember wiping away tears at the muppet rendition of "Time in a Bottle"

Philo
Permalink Philo 
August 11th, 2005
I have a handful of DVDs from various seasons but I've never found a complete collection.
Permalink muppet 
August 11th, 2005
Does this URL work?

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/292352/ref=br_bx_c_2_12/102-4137355-1840103

(I can't tell if it's specific to my session or not.)

Looks like you can get "The Muppet Show - Season One" on DVD for $27.99.

The various "Best of the Muppet Show" discs, with 3 episodes each, is what I have, but on VHS.
Permalink Jim Rankin 
August 11th, 2005
I got some episodes of The Muppet Show from NetFlix about a year ago. I think they're all available on DVD. If not, at least most of them are.
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 11th, 2005
There has to be treatment for this severe disease.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
August 12th, 2005
I agree with Simon. Shortly after Philo publicly showed symptoms and later admitted to contracting to 'Muppetiosis', we have Allan, Eric, Mark, Snarky all admitting to being inflicted with the same disease. Is this infectious or what?
Permalink KayJay 
August 12th, 2005
Moi?
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 12th, 2005
I was talking to my wife about this. I suspect it's similar to the reason that 1950's music was called "Golden Oldies" in the 1970's and later.

So the current culture around you, as you finished high-school and went to college, becomes a source of nostalgia and fond memories when you hit your 40's. "I remember what I was doing when I first heard THAT!" you think to yourself.

So us 'old-timers' have fond memories of the people and songs (and general silly-ness) of the Muppet Show. I can also show it to my 7-year old son with no fear of profanity or violent situations (though stuff blows up fairly often, nobody dies).

I don't think its "a bad thing" (tm), though. I'm kind of curious what 1980's people are nostalgic for -- Disco? (NO! That was a 70's thing). The music? The gong-show? Ronald Reagan? The fall of the Soviet Union?
Permalink AllanL5 
August 12th, 2005
80's nostalgia:

Music
Transformers
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (late 80's early 90's)
cheesy 80's advertisements (Radical!) (especially fruit pie ads in comic books)
video/arcade games
fashion (hair, clothes, gadgets)
Trapper Keeper
...
Permalink muppet 
August 12th, 2005
I'm more or less a "1980s" person, and I'm nostalgic for New Romantic music and the "Seattle" scene, Dangermouse, the films of John Hughes, 8-bit computers, Spangles, BigTrak and dayglo socks. :)
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 12th, 2005
Molly Ringwald

Too bad she's so nasty looking now :(
Permalink muppet 
August 12th, 2005
What's Molly up to these days? I had a huge crush on her in my youth, but I've not heard hide nor hair of her for years.
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 12th, 2005
Molly Ringwald? Elisabeth Shue in Adventures in Babysitting. Lea Thompson in Howard The Duck. Heather Graham in License to Drive (Holy shit, that was Heather Graham?). Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club.

I never had a thing for Molly Ringwald, but I didn't see most of the Brat Pack movies.
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 12th, 2005
Heather Graham was in License to Drive? You're shitting me!

I think The Breakfast Club is, somehwat embarassingly, still one of my all-time favourite films. I so wanted to be Judd Nelson, but unfortunately was more like Anthony Michael Hall. (And yet I never managed to build my own woman... Curses!)
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 12th, 2005
Yeah. She was Mercedes, the girl whose boobs they were taking pictures of in the back of the car.
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 12th, 2005
I have no fondness for anything on the Muppet Show, the only time anything funny happened on it was when the audio beginning of the show played over the beginning of Bouquet of Barbed Wire.

I hated Bouquet of Barbed Wire as well but at least it had the advantage that it aroused my then girlfriend to the point that getting the leg over (or under) was pretty much a cert on a Sunday night.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
August 12th, 2005
Oh yeah, and she was 18 in that movie, or was 18 the year it came out. She's 35 now.
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 12th, 2005
Yep Simon you've no sense of humor, as I've always known.

Also, Jennifer Connelly was hot in Labyrinth (yeah yeah she was underage) but she's a walking skeleton now.
Permalink muppet 
August 12th, 2005
I never saw Labrinth, but I thought Jennifer Connelly was plenty hot in A Beautiful Mind.
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 12th, 2005
No see that's where she started to go downhill. Too skinny, no meat. She looks much better with a full face, not pointy cheekbones.
Permalink muppet 
August 12th, 2005
"...Jennifer Connelly..."

She sort of peaked around Rocketeer, and then for some dumbass reason decided that she'd look better if she were emaciated; it seems to be a worrying trend, and is sort of the opposite of the also-increasing obesity problem. Being "normal" sized is somehwat abnormal these days...

For UK readers, how about Susan Stranks?
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 12th, 2005
OH yeah, she was great in that movie about the drug addiction on Coney Island... Requiem for a Dream. Awesome name for a movie too. She alternated between beautiful & gorgeous depending on how they did her hair.

I agree about now. I see the trailers for her new movies and think 'Did I think she was hot? Sure she's pretty but, what did I see in her then?'

But, uh. We should be discussing 80's babes.

Tiffany or Debbie Gibson? (this one assumes you're under 30 and could stomach crappy pop music because you were 12 at the time)
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 12th, 2005
I was 12 in 89, so I missed out on a lot of the music. I just wasn't very interested in music at all until the mid 90's, but I remember it. I enjoy 80's music now, all sorts of it, simply because it inspires one memory or another.

I think one of the things I liked most about the 80's was Edward's brand (store brand) canned soda. They had like, every single flavor you could ever imagine. My favorites were strawberry, cream, and chocolate.
Permalink muppet 
August 12th, 2005
I was the same way. Despite my sister being into all sorts of groovy 70's rock & roll, I have NO memory of music prior to 1987 or 1988 or so. I simply didn't listen to it, and if I did, I didn't remember it. Any songs that came out before those years I remember, but my memories of them were formed after.
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 12th, 2005
I can't consider Susan Stranks for too long without needing to be away from the keyboard for a while.

That's Susan Stranks as she was in the early 70's not the bag lady she reminds me of now. A very smart bag lady, I have to say, the Germaine Greer of TV Executives.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
August 12th, 2005

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