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After enjoying ‘Muppets Now’ on Disney+, my parents and I decided to check out another ‘Muppets’ show featured on the same streaming site. This is ‘The Muppets’, a 2015 sitcom series following on from the success of the 2011 ‘Muppets’ film and the 2014 sequel movie ‘Muppets Most Wanted’. 😀
I knew nothing about this ‘Muppets’ show from 2015. It was originally shown on ABC TV in the US and it only lasted for one season. I wondered why it didn’t last beyond one season, thus my parents and I decided to check it out. Hopefully, the show could prove to have more value than its outcome.
The series takes place in Los Angeles, depicting the everyday personal and professional lives of the Muppets, during their production of ‘Up Late with Miss Piggy’, a late-night talk show starring Miss Piggy of course. The show parodies some of the other mockumentary-styled shows of the time here.
I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed the first episode of ‘The Muppets’ 2015 series. I find it’s a lot better than ‘Muppets Now’ (meaning no disrespect to that show) as it has more substance in terms of storytelling. The comedy elements also work well when I watch the Muppets doing everyday things.
In the first episode called ‘Pig Girls Don’t Cry’, the Muppets tackle some of the problems with ‘Up Late with Miss Piggy’. They have to find guest stars that Miss Piggy approves of. She doesn’t want to have a guest like Elizabeth Banks in the show since she was a symbol of her break-up with Kermit. 😐
Yep, we’re doing the Kermit/Miss Piggy break-up thing again. I thought they more or less patched things up in ‘The Muppets’ 2011 film and ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ (review on that coming soon). But yeah, it was a nice surprise to see Elizabeth Banks in this and she has done quite a lot of things lately.
That includes the original ‘Spider-Man’ film trilogy where she played Betty Brant; playing Rita Repulsa in the 2017 ‘Power Rangers’ movie (which I’ve not seen yet) and voicing Wyldstyle in ‘The LEGO Movies’. It enjoyed her scenes in this ‘Muppets’ episode, e.g. when she pushes Scooter about.
Fozzie also has a new girlfriend, Riki Lindhome as Becky – who’s human. It’s funny Fozzie having a human girlfriend in Becky. How long will it last for, I don’t know. Hopefully it’ll be longer than a fling with Raquel Welch in the original ‘Muppets’ show! It’s funny how Becky’s parents reacted to Fozzie.
I don’t think the father approves and I’m not sure about Becky’s mother, despite being so polite. Fozzie tries to get Becky and her parents to meet Miss Piggy on the set of her show. But Miss Piggy is rude to Fozzie after finding out that Kermit hired Elizabeth Banks to be the next guest of her show. 🙂
All the Muppets you know in this Muppet universe are in this show. As well as Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and Scooter, there’s also Gonzo, Sam the Eagle, Rizzo the Rat, Pepe, Bobo the Bear, etc. Even Statler and Waldorf are in the show. Why the two keep following the Muppets around, I don’t know.
The band called Imagine Dragons get to perform their song ‘Roots’ in the show. As well as Elizabeth Banks, there’s also Tracy Anderson and Tom Bergeron. Tom Bergeron was meant to stand in for Elizabeth Banks as the show’s guest. Meagen Fay as Holly and Jere Burns as Carl are Becky’s parents.
So yeah, ‘The Muppets’ 2015 show seems to have merit and judging by the first episode, I rather enjoyed it with its storylines and variety compared to ‘Muppets Now’. I’ll have to watch more to be sure, but I’m really looking forward to watching more of ‘The Muppets’ 2015 show on Disney+ soon.
Stay tuned for my review on the next ‘Muppets’ (2015) episode called ‘Hostile Makeover’!
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