Fans of Kermit, Gonzo, and the rest of the gang have been waiting to hear this news since before Disney+ even launched. “It’s time.” The Muppet Show, the beloved variety series that first gave Jim Henson’s characters a chance to shine, is finally coming to the streaming service.
Disney has announced what fans have been waiting for. All five seasons of the iconic The Muppet Show will be available exclusively on their streaming service starting Friday, February 19. It marks the first time that seasons four and five will be released on home entertainment. This will offer fans a chance to watch all 120 episodes of the series. It originally aired from 1976 to 1981.
In a press release, Kermit himself welcomed viewers, both old and new, to watch the show.
“It’s going to be great to welcome back longtime fans, and to give a new generation of fans a chance to see how we got our start, how Miss Piggy became a star and so much more. Today, I’m proud to say: ‘It’s time to play the music, light the lights and meet the Muppets on Disney Plus tonight!’ And as for Statler and Waldorf, the two old guys in the balcony, I can only add: ‘Sorry, guys, but….here we go again.”
The series was The Muppets own take on a classic variety show. It combined original songs, sketch comedy, and guest stars. That included appearances from some pretty big names. Steve Martin, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Alice Cooper, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Gene Kelly, and Mark Hamill all joined The Muppets for some fun.
The series is also responsible for creating generations of fans. The Muppets existed prior to the show. But it was their chance to stand out on their own. And when they got that opportunity they did more than shine. It’s why the series is the one that all other Muppets shows are still compared to.
Now it is finally coming to Disney+ for a whole new audience. So it will continue to be the standard for what a Muppets show can be for a long time.
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