'The Muppet Show - Season Two'
(Mia Farrow, Jim Henson, Dave Golez, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, et al / 4-Disc DVD / G / (1976) 2007 / Disney)
Overview: And now a show that needs no introduction, but here's one anyway... Go bonkers with Beaker, goofy with Gonzo and join the brave cast of "Pigs In Space" for one of the most revolutionary and acclaimed shows in the history of television. Garnering an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Program in its hilarious second season, THE MUPPET SHOW redefined prime time and showcased a host of outrageous guest stars, including Steve Martin, Peter Sellers, Elton John, Julie Andrews and more. Experience all 24 episodes from Season Two – digitally remastered and restored – in this special 4-disc DVD set. With hours of bonus features, including THE MUPPETS VALENTINE SPECIAL and rare archival footage, THE MUPPET SHOW is even better than you remember!
DVD Verdict: Now, really, someone go over to Disney and start beating someone about the head so we don't have to wait another 2 and a half years for season 3! In this time of hyperaccelerated DVD releases where movies are on DVD 3 months after opening in the theaters, and first-run TV shows are out on DVD before the next season starts, I just don't undersatand why we're having to wait for so long for the releases of what my be the best family series ever produced.
Anyhoo, the 24 episodes of this second 1976 season of The Muppet Show represent the family variety show at its strongest, with familiar characters like host Kermit the Frog, his assistant Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Rolph the piano playing dog, and regular segments like "Pigs in Space," "Veterinarian's Hospital," "Swedish chef," and "At the Dance." Intermingled throughout are silliness, skits, and songs featuring an impressive roster of guest stars including entertainment greats like Judy Collins, Don Knotts, Bernadette Peters, Dom Deluise, George Burns, John Clese, and Bob Hope.
The hilarious predicaments of the Muppets and their guest stars are absolutely timeless and the look back in time at the earlier careers of enduring stars like Steve Martin, Julie Andrews and Elton John is equally fascinating. Highlights of this second season are Kermit's emotional ballad "It's Not Easy Being Green," Judy Collins classic rendition of "Send in the Clowns," the two old men's curmudgeonly and witty criticism of every show, Miss Piggy's determined and amorous pursuit of Kermit, and the Swedish Chef's bumbling inability to catch up with the chicken.
Basically, humor in whatever form it takes has a universal appeal. The Muppets had to work hard for their laughs. Not because they weren't funny but because nobody was really interested in a comedy aimed at adults and children with furry Muppets. When the show premiered in America in 1976, it caught on quickly with its audience delighting both adults and children. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
The Muppets Valentine Special
The Muppets on The Muppets
Weezer & The Muppets - Keep Fishin'