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In my opinion, the greatest television show ever produced was The Muppet Show! I tuned in to the show religiously when I was a kid. Every Saturday night at 6:30 PM. I will never forget the heartache I felt when I tuned in one night to find the show was no longer on and had been replaced by Dance Fever. Curse you Deney Terrio! Luckily, The Muppet Show started its second syndicated run a few weeks later, so I was able to watch it every day after school.
As someone who has watched these shows more times than I can count, and who has worked a bit as a puppeteer in my adult life, I think I have some interesting things to say about these shows. They entertained me as a kid, and later as an adult, but they also influenced me quite a bit as I learned the art of puppetry myself.
We’re going to start things out with five whole commentary tracks. That’s one for each season of the show. I decided to pick one of my favorite episodes from each season. For season one we have guest star Rita Moreno. Season 2 brings us Monty Python member John Cleese. For season 3 we’ll look at the episode starring Harry Belafonte. Season 4 takes us to my all-time favorite episode of the show, featuring guest star Lynda Carter. We close out with the season 5 episode starring Carol Burnet, which is the one where Gonzo holds a dance marathon during the show.
All of these Muppet Show episodes are available on Disney Plus, so you can watch the show as you listen to my commentary. To get the commentaries, though, you need to be a supporter of the Forgotten Filmcast through Patreon. So hop on over to our Patreon page and think about sending some support our way.