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Favorite Season of the Muppet Show

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Auberoun, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. Auberoun

    Auberoun Well-Known Member

    What is your favorite season of the Muppet Show? My would have to be season 3. The performers were in the groove, the guest stars were great. The writing superb...I can gush more about season 3, but I won't.
  2. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Yeah, sesaon 3 was great, and in my opinion, it just got better after that. So I have to say it's a toss between 3, 4, and 5.
  3. I especially like season 3 as well, since it appears to me as though around that period of time changes to segments and characters have improved by then, with the dropping of reoccurring segments that did not work very well, and adding and dropping characters to make segments more amusing( like the addition of Beaker to the Muppet Labs segments) and to create a group of frequently occurring characters that interact in the best way possible, considering the type of environment that the Jim Henson Company appears to have wanted to create in the theater setting of the show. It also seems that even though other seasons had truly exceptional episodes and guest stars, it seems like there was a higher concentration of them in season 3, in my personal opinion.
  4. MissMusical12

    MissMusical12 Well-Known Member

    I'm stuck between Seasons 3, 4 and 5......:eek:
  5. Vincent L

    Vincent L Well-Known Member

    I don't like seasons 1 and 5 so much, so I'm stuck between 2, 3 and 4.
  6. Auberoun

    Auberoun Well-Known Member

    I would have to agree, Season 1, the performers were still "geling" and Season 2, they started to develop better writing and favorite recurring sketches. Season 3, they were well known enough to get some better known guest stars. It just seems to me, that season 3 is when they hit their stride. I agree, while I like some of Season 5, some changes were so-so. I like seeing more of the theatre (stage door cold opens with Pops), but I missed Scooter's cold opens...there was something inherently "classic" about the Scooter's cold opens. "[Guest Star], oh [Guest Star]...'X' minutes until curtain!"
  7. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Mine's a tossup between Seasons 2 and 3. Season 2 had so many great sketches and songs and comedy and even guest stars, and the characters and performers were so well figured out and rounded. Yet then in Season 3, though some things weren't as great as Season 2, it really did have more of a full, fleshed out concept at that point. Bigger plot lines, more extravagant scenes, lot's of great guest stars...
  8. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Right now (and I haven't seen every season yet), I'd have to say Season Three. Season One had them working out a lot of the kinks in terms of humor and characters, Season Two was a big step forward as they figured out how to better use the backstage and certain characters (Gonzo, Fozzie, Piggy), and Season Three builds on Season Two but is more ambitious and self-assured (the Robin Hood episode, Cluckitis, the Harry Belafonte episode).

    I'm going through season four right now, and though it's still early, it seems to be very similar to season three.
  9. zoebell

    zoebell Well-Known Member

    i say season 4. for me that was the show at the absolute peak of its powers. the movie had come out and was successful, they had won emmys, they were this mass phenomenon....it was so funny, they just had so much confidence then and it showed. and they had great guest stars at that point too
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  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    My three favorites are the first, third, and fifth.

    I like the raw feel of the first season. In fact this is something I like about many first seasons. I guess I can see why others dislike it, probably for reasons I like. But it's so much fun, seeing less-than-perfect versions of characters like Fozzie, Miss Piggy, and Gonzo, seeing the things that made this season this season that didn't work out (making them sort of a rare treat, though not so rare in the context of the season). You could call this a guilty pleasure for me, except I don't feel guilty about liking this season.

    The third season is a great improvement over season two. The writers and performers seem comfortable with the characters and the format, they start to have a good handle on episodes where the backstage conflicts interfere with the on-stage stuff, and we're introduced to great new characters like Beauregard, Lew Zealand, Gladys, Bobby Benson, and Louis Kazagger. One downside to this season is that some characters who appeared quite a bit in previous seasons (Dr. Teeth, Sweetums, Crazy Harry) start to appear less frequently on the show.

    And the fifth season is really great. I don't see how anybody can dislike it. It has my favorite versions of the opening and closing theme (perhaps because part of this verison of the opening theme was the first version I saw, when a clip appeared in The Secrets of the Muppets, while this verison of the closing theme appeared in the 1985 compilation videos). This season includes the debut of Lips, Rizzo and Gaffer start appearing more, and there are a lot of great episodes and segments from this season (some of the best episodes include the ones with Loretta Switt, Shirley Bassey, Linda Ronstadt, Gene Kelly, Marty Feldman, and Brooke Shields). Maybe my opinion will change when this season finally comes to DVD and I see all the episodes (I know, I can probably watch all I haven't seen on YouTube...). The only problem I have with this season is that it seems to have too many themed episodes. Otherwise it's great.

    Meanwhile, I feel seasons 2 and 4 are just in-between the better seasons (you could call season 3 an "in-between" season, but that's better than 2 and 4).
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  11. Dizzyactress

    Dizzyactress Member

    uhhh, first season, duh? It's got Mummenshanz and Twiggy!
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  12. cjd874

    cjd874 Well-Known Member

    I haven't seen all five seasons in their entirety, but choosing form S1-S3, I have to say that Season 2 is my favorite. Julie Andrews, Dom Deluise, George Burns, John Cleese, Madeline Kahn, and Don Knotts all in one season! Not to mention Rudolf Nureyev and Elton John BACK-TO-BACK. I also liked the scriptwriting, performing, and new characters: the relationship between Miss Piggy and Kermit was really becoming a core part of the show, and Gonzo became a superstar in this season, not to mention the arrival of Pigs in Space and a new member of Muppet Labs...MEEP!!!
  13. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    I personally think that the show got better per season, so if asked the question. Seasons 2-5. Season one seemed sort of tame to me, plus I don't like Hilda. I thought she was kind of mean to Fozzie and Gonzo which both didn't have much self confidence at the time. Still there was some great sketches in season 1 like "Sonny", "Feaver with Rita Moando", Classics like "In a Little Spanish Town", "Java", "You do something to me", "Hugga Wugga Buggy Mugger", etc. Though I think the last two seasons were more wilder, esspecially having Chris Langum on the team. It became more British humor like which I love in it's self. Especially Gerri and the Actrics. lol Still cracks me up to this day lol And just now I realized "geriatrics" "Gerry and the Actrics" lol the play on words. It's funny, I never usually get these jokes until later in my life. lol Some days I just think of something and out of the blue I'm like "OH I GET IT NOW!" lol

    Also even though a special and not an episode, The Muppets Go To The Movies to me was like the big finally of The Muppet Show. It had it's trademark humor and just craziness.

    Waldorf: Let's give them three big cheers
    (chairs are thrown at them)
    Statler and Waldorf: That's Cheers! Not Chairs! lol

    I really miss The Muppets doing this kind of humor. lol

    I forgot to mention, Trudge Trudge. lol Classic piece of weirdness. This I also miss about The Muppets.
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  14. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    This is a tough one. I would have to go with Season 5. A lot of guest stars like Gene Kelly, Senor Wences, Roger Moore, and Marty Feldman were a part of that season, plus there was a cameo by the Sesame Street gang. Season 4 was great as well, especially the Jonathan Winters episode, in which almost all of the Muppets started to speak like The Swedish Chef. :)
  15. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    i havnt seen seasons 4 and 5 cus of disney so right now my fav is 3
  16. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Seasons 4 and 5 are amazing :) I'm sure we all are going to be super happy when the DVD sets come out and Disney is done clearing all the copyrighted songs and whatnot. I think that's why The Muppet Show is taking awhile to get onto DVD, Spitting Image is basically the same situation. It's crazy but I'm going to be so happy when the DVDs are out and right on my DVD self. :)
  17. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    I recently watched the JaLoo music video and Good Morning America apperance and I just couldn't watch the full videos. lol Sorry but I just didn't like it. Afterwords, I needed to watch my kind of Muppets. The classics. And this clip came to my mind and I'm glad it did.

    I miss how The Muppets used to be into that Good Ol' Rock & Roll / Jazz music. It's like Peanut Butter and Chocolate, they go so good together :)

    Isn't Jack Parnell's Orchestra the BEST? :) I LOVE THEIR MUSIC On The Muppet Show! :)
  18. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Well, there's always youtube. The entire series is up there. Not to mention the majority of the classic TV specials and other goodies.
  19. Ignatz

    Ignatz Well-Known Member

    I can't decide between seasons 3-5 the quality was really consistent through all these seasons.
  20. Muppetgirl1

    Muppetgirl1 Well-Known Member

    when Seasons 4 and 5 came out? I only have 123

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