What can be said about the various Muppet TV specials? To me, they're just as important as TMS and the Muppet movies. Unfortunately, they seem to be overlooked by anyone who isn't a giant fan. This is probably due to lack of exposure. We've said this several times, but it would be nice if Disney could re-release some of these. Thankfully, it appears that most, if not all of these specials are on youtube. Long story short, this is a discussion about the Muppet TV specials. Feel free to talk about any of them. Hey, Cinderella (1969) - Saw this one for the first time recently. Pretty enjoyable, though a bit slow in some parts. Kermit gets a lot of fun lines, and Splurge, Rufus, and the other new characters are great. The Muppets on Puppets (1970) - A really nice behind the scenes look at the Muppets in their earlier days. And hey, who doesn't get a kick out of Jim Henson talking to Rowlf the Dog? The Great Santa Claus Switch (1970) - Have yet to watch this one. The Frog Prince (1971) - Saw it recently. Like HC, I thought it was a bit slow in parts. But it was still enjoyable. The Muppet Musicians of Bremen (1972) - Have yet to watch this one. The Muppets Valentine Show (1974) - Technically a special. It's interesting to watch, particulary since it gives us a rare look at characters that were dropped from the Muppet family pretty quickly. Though I have to admit that I felt it was a bit slow in parts. But it still had enough Muppet fun in it. The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence (1975) - Stronger than TMVS, in my opinion. Definitely feels closer to TMS. Though there are obviously some things that still needed to be tweaked. I have to say that I thought Nigel was kind of a weak lead. But Sam and Floyd help boost his scenes. Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977) - Haven't seen this one (dodges bricks) The Muppets Go Hollywod (1979) - Decent, but definitely not one of the strongest, in my opinion. While there are a good deal of fun Muppet bits, there's still a tad too much attention given to the guest stars. Yes, the guest stars are all very talented, but it really feels like the special takes itself a bit too seriously at times. You really do get the feel that this is some kind of big awards ceremony. And some of the interviews (like Peter Falk's) don't look scripted. John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together (1979) - Finally saw this one. Lots of singing in this special, I can tell you that. But that's to be expected when you put Denver and the Muppets together. The soundtrack in this special is awesome! And there are plenty of moments that are both fun and heartwarming. Though I will admit that I felt it got a little slow in some parts. The Muppets Go to the Movies (1981) - Essentially an episode of TMS expanded to an hour with two guest stars instead of one (or a set of 2+). Fun all the way through, and defintely one of my favorites. Of Muppets and Men (1981) - Behind the scenes of TMS? How cool is that? Very cool. It's just a cool special/documentary. That's really all I can say about it. The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show (1982) - Very funny special! And it digs a little deeper into the Kermit/Piggy relationship. Unfortunately, Jerry Nelson's characters are absent (as Jerry was most likely dealing with the passing of his daughter). Rocky Mountain Holiday (1983) - Like the other John Denver special, this one has a lot of singing. Yet another special with a nice soundtrack, and plently of fun Muppet moments. The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (1986) - A cross-over between characters from TMS, SS, FR, Little Muppet Monsters, AND Sam and Friends? With (then) rare clips? Just briefly describing it would make anyone want to watch this special. And why not? It's one of the best, in my opinion. The Christmas Toy (1986) - Haven't seen it (dodges more bricks). The Tale of the Bunny Picnic (1986) - Ditto (ditto). A Muppet Family Christmas (1987) - Another cross-over? And it's a Christmas special? Sweet! And it really is a favorite of mine. Though I'd strongly recommend the uncut version (if you can find it). The Song of the Cloud Forest (1989) - A very well made, heartwarming special, with a huge message in it. The Muppets at Walt Disney World (1990) - What could be more fun then the Muppets running around Disney World? Another favorite of mine. Though it's interesting that only Clifford and Bean survived the then recently cancelled JHH. I was kind of hoping Digit, Leon, and a few others would show up. But it's still one of the best Muppet specials. The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (1990) - Funny, heartwarming, and filled with interesting bits about Jim. It's more or less a cross between a documentary and an unaired episode of TMS, but it definitely works. Truly one of the best Muppet specials. And of course, Steve Whitmire's first public performance as Kermit. Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree (1995) - Haven't seen it. Studio DC: Almost Live (2008, both specials) - Uhh... How can I describe these two specials? I honestly don't know. So here's young Macauly Culkin to express my thoughts on them. A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008) - I like to think of LTS as a step back into the right direction for the Muppets. Is it a great special? Not really. Is it better than most of what the Muppets had been doing in the last few years prior to its airing? You bet! I think the main problem with LTS is that it was most likely under a rushed schedule. It definitely shows. But there's still some fun and heartwarming moments throughout. And you got nice songs by Paul Williams. : That took a lot out of me.