So I have just recently completed watching the first season of The Muppet Show for the first time, and thought that since I really don't have much else to do today, I'd get a thread going on some odds and ends from that season. In somewhat chronological order: I really like Rowlf's numbers in the UK spots; they're short, snappy, and funny. "You And I And George" definitely needs to become part of the popular standards songbook. The Piggy and Gonzo puppets used here look a lot different than the ones used in the movies and other, later projects, but they have a charm to them. Gonzo's puppet works for how sad-sack his character is. Wayne and Wanda may be one-note characters, but most of the time, their one-note was pretty funny. The "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" sketch with Ruth Buzzi and Sweetums is probably my favorite sketch from the whole season. Ruth Buzzi throws herself around with a lot of flair, and Sweetums shows off quite the voice. Talking Houses: don't get it at all. The handful of numbers that didn't really include any Muppets (the butterfly song with Florence Henderson, "In My Life" with Twiggy, Mummenschanz) confuse me because since the whole show is about the interaction between the guests and the Muppets, why would the writers have done anything that didn't rely on that? Paul Williams looks like my grandmother. The show's willingness to do goofy running gags is great; my favorite is the "telephone pole" bit. The Electric Mayhem numbers are really cool to watch because I imagine it was really hard to perform all the needed puppeteering motions to make it seem as realistic as possible. They do a great job. "Halfway Down The Stairs" oh my goodness how great is that oh man! The "at the dance" segments are funny, but sometimes I must admit I don't understand the jokes, whether they were just poorly written or are more 70s-style stuff I don't know. So I prefer the visual jokes more. The Veterinarian Hospital sketches are great, again, because of the writer's willingness to put any joke out there, no matter how corny. Avery Schreiber is a weird looking person. The Hugga Wugga sketch might be the weirdest thing aired during the first season, but it's great nonetheless. "That was no lady, that was a pawn shop sign!" "*** Willow" is awesome. I like when they send up Sam's cultural-values image. He's kind of under-utilized the first season, as he really only introduces Wayne and Wanda... ...except when he's explaining the differences between immoral and illegal. Took me a couple seconds to get that joke. Nigel is definitely a Fraggle, right? I can't be the only person who has noticed this. Clearly he beat Uncle Travelling Matt to the punch and wormed his way into the world of the Silly Creatures. (But seriously, I'd imagine that Nigel was one of the models for a Fraggle.) "Fugue For Frog" should have definitely become the show's theme song. I really like seeing Rowlf and Nigel playing the theme song by themselves at the end of the Kaye Ballard episode. Gonzo's love for Piggy is sort of creepy but hilarious. It really works with his sad-sack characterization but I can see why they expanded his character outwards. I know I said this before, but Mummenschanz does not work at all. No interaction with Muppets=no funny. Stay tuned a million weeks from now after I finish season two.