Starring Kermit The Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie the Bear, Scooter, Sam Eagle, Gonzo, Animal, Rowlf, Swedish Chef, Dr Honeydew, Beaker, Waldorf, Statler
Directed By: Philip Casson
Studio: Disney/ Buena Vista
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This season came out the year I was born (1978) so I obviously didn’t see it when it originally aired. But as the seasons went on with the Muppet Show, they kept getting better and better. The characters were finally developed and they didn’t look weird like in the first season. The third season of the Muppet Show is the best season of the show so far and now you can get it on DVD!
For those who are too young to remember the Muppet Show, it was a variety show featuring muppets with lots of famous guest stars. The host of the show was Kermit the Frog, and there was loads of other iconic characters on the show as well like Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Sam Eagle, Scooter, Dr Honeydew & Beaker, Gonzo, Animal, the Swedish Chef and those cranky old guys in the balcony, Waldorf and Statler. Some of the special guests on the show this season include Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, Alice Cooper, Gilda Radner, Loretta Lynn, Liberace, Raquel Welch, Harry Belafonte, Danny Kaye, Sylvester Stallone, Lynn Redgrave, and many more!
It’s been a long time since I watched an episode of the Muppets. I think the last time I did was when the first season came out on DVD. I have the second season as well but I never got the chance to watch or review it. I wanted to review this season because it has one episode I actually remember. It’s the Alice Cooper episode and I remember this one because I used to be obsessed with Alice Cooper back in my younger years. I’m sure his fans dreaded this episode, a man like Alice performing songs with a bunch of muppets. But then again, Alice has been playing golf for years as well. That’s the thing with these episodes though, if the special guest isn’t good, I usually end up fast forwarding all the singing crap. And trust me, there’s a lot of bad singers on this season. The show really shows its age when you got a loser like Leo Sayer. Who is that guy and why does he suck so much?! At least Alice Cooper brought some rock to this show, even though he performed (aka lip synced) some of his slower songs. I loved watching the Raquel Welch show, not because she’s a good singer or something but because she was so hot back then. You should see the outfits she wore on this show, wowza!
I like the show best when the muppets are by themselves and not with the special guests. I like the episodes when the special guests aren’t musicians, but actors or stage actors. I don’t mind when the muppets sing songs because its usually funny, but the guests stuff is definitely fast forwardable. Out of all the Muppet characters, Waldorf and Statler are my favorites but I also like Fozzie and Gonzo as well. Kermit is great too but those 4 characters are my favorites. Oh, I almost forgot Beaker, I like him a lot as well because he has my hair.
As far as the extras are concerned, there are a few featurettes that are pretty good. There’s a nice, old documentary special about puppets & muppets. It was filmed for local TV in Pennsylvania and it’s pretty cool that this is included on the DVD. It’s an hour long so when you are done with the episodes, this would be something interesting to watch afterwards. There’s also a featurette on the puppeteers and old commercials.
If you’re a fan of the Muppets, then be sure to get the Third Season on DVD! It’s remastered and where else can you watch these episodes? I’m just waiting for the Star Wars episode, man I love that one! But after all these years, and I’m almost 30 and still laugh at this show. So the show is still funny but does seem outdated, especially with all these guest stars that I have no idea who they are.
– Muppets On Puppets
– A Company of Players
– Muppet Commercials
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Favorite Scenes: Episode 1: Kris Kristofferson, Episode 4: Gilda Radner, Episode 7: Alice Cooper, Episode 11: Raquel Welch, Episode 14: Harry Belafonte, Episode 23: Lynn Redgrave, Episode 24: Cheryl Ladd
Running Time: 612 minutes