The Muppets, created by the late Jim Henson, have been in our lives since 1955.
The first incarnation of the Muppets I am going to talk about tonight is The Muppet Show (1976-1981). Setup in a variety format that was popular with audiences of the era, the show mixed skits, the various muppet personalities and the featured celebrity guest of the week.
For it’s time, the show was entertaining, well made and kept audiences coming back for five years. Not bad for a show where the main characters are made of cloth and string.
In 1996, in an attempt to mix classic literature with the muppets, Muppet Treasure Island was born.
Sometimes in an attempt to educate and simultaneously entertain, one or both elements are lost in the mix. In the case, both are lost.
Finally, for those of us who remember the 80’s through the fog of childhood, Muppet Babies (1984-1991) brings back fond memories.
Taking the muppets and shrinking their world to the size of pre-schoolers, this show was part of the lexicon of the then very young generation.
Do I recommend all three? The first and third for nostalgia’s sake, yes. The second, I could easily pass on.