The Muppet Show
It’s time to play the music! It’s time to light the lights! It’s time to meet the muppets on The Muppet Show tonight!
Sunday night, seven p.m. Dishes were done, pj’s were on, bookbag was packed, and there was a whole week of school stretching out ahead of you… a week of waking up with crusty eyes and eight-hours-a-day worth of rules. But there was one more half-hour of the weekend to relish. Whether it was a rerun episode or not, Kermit, Gonzo, Beaker, Animal and the rest of the gang were there to usher you into a not-so-fun week the best way they knew how, and that was by making you laugh.
Statler and Waldorf ‘s bits may have gone over your head, but, hey, the adults had to have some entertainment too. Which brings us to the guest stars. Did you really care that Liberace was on stage with the Muppets? Nope, you just saw a guy wearing a ridiculous amount of rhinestones and playing the piano. Truth is, it was what the stars did with the Muppets that made it so fun. Remember a red-catsuited Alice Cooper doing the conga line to ‘School’s Out’? How about Rita Moreno (also, interestingly enough, in a red catsuit-ish number) somehow making it through ‘Fever’ with Animal?
In fact, the Muppet Show did more to introduce us to stars than anything else. Two years after Carol Burnett’s 1980 guest appearance, you may have been watching the movie Annie and thought, “Miss Hannigan looks strangely familiar.”
Regardless… if you were (unwittingly) getting educated about some of Hollywood (and beyond)’s biggest names, or if you were just laughing at Pigs In Space, Fozzie’s ‘wokka-wokka-wokka’, and Miss Piggy’s never ending attempts to reel in ol’ Kermit, the fact was, you were having a good time. And that, my friends, is something to smile about.
We ♥ The Muppet Show!