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The Muppet Show – Season One (Special Edition)

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  1. David Michael Cohen says:
    179 of 181 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Caveat Emptor: These episodes are not complete, September 27, 2005
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    David Michael Cohen (California) –
    This review is from: The Muppet Show – Season One (Special Edition) (DVD)

    Like most children of the 70′s, I grew up loving The Muppet Show. Sitting down to watch the Muppets was a weekly ritual the whole family enjoyed. Everyone could enjoy their humor and the music. More than that though, the Muppets could be inspiring and touching at times as well. There really is no way to adequately express how wonderful the Muppets can be.

    So why am I only giving this collection 3 star? Because despite the claim on the box of being “restored and remastered,” some of the episodes have been butchered. I saw the Vincent Price episode when it was originally shown, and it closed with Vincent and the Muppet monsters singing “You’ve Got a Friend.” It was, for me, one of the most enjoyable scenes in the series. The sequence was included in the Columbia House “Best of the Muppets” series, but it is excluded from this set. Likewise, the Jim Neighbors episode originally opened with Jim singing, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Re-runs on Nickelodeon included this sequence, but the sequence is missing from this set. I can only guess what is missing from the other episodes in the set.

    Mind you, these omissions do not keep one from enjoying the set, especially children who did not see the series when it originally aired and do not realize that they are missing. And, I must admit, the screwy antics of the Swedish Chef and the weekly face offs between Fozzie Bear and Stadler and Waldorf still make me smile. Still, it is frustrating to read that the episodes have been “restored” when they clearly have not.

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  2. DVDisney says:
    118 of 120 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Incomplete But Pleasing, August 10, 2005
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    This review is from: The Muppet Show – Season One (Special Edition) (DVD)

    I love this set but I think I should let everyone know that some of the episodes on this set have been edited. There are 6 songs & 2 news skits that are missing.

    The missing songs are:

    “Stormy Weather” (Joel Grey Episode)
    Sung by Wayne and Wanda

    “Gone With The Wind” (Jim Nabors Episode)
    Sung by Jim Nabors

    “The Danceros” (Jim Nabors Episode)
    Sung by The Danceros; also cut backstage and intro

    “All Of Me” (Paul Williams Episode)
    Sung by Two Monsters; also cut intro

    “Old Fashioned Way” (Charles Aznavour)
    Sung by Charles Aznavour with Mildred; also cut intro

    “You’ve Got A Friend” (Vincent Price Episode)
    Sung by Vincent Price, Uncle Deadly and a chorus of Muppet Monsters; also cut intro

    Also, the original pitch reel is missing it’s final scene w/Kermit. In the final scene missing from this set Kermit is standing infront of a CBS logo. He looks out and says ” What the hell was that ? “

    The pilot episode on this set is not the original pilot as advertised. There were 2 pilot episodes. The original pilot was called ” The Muppet Valentine Show ” which aired in 1974. The pilot on this DVD set is the second pilot called ” The Muppet Show: Sex And Violence ” which aired a year later in 1975.

    It’s too bad this is not a complete season set but for now, it’ll still do nicely.

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  3. Ronald Markworth "rmarkworth" says:
    638 of 729 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Finally :o ), June 16, 2005
    By 
    Ronald Markworth “rmarkworth” (Berlin, Germany) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: The Muppet Show – Season One (Special Edition) (DVD)

    Finally, the Muppet Show – 1st season is arriving. And this is their program:

    Charles Aznavour
    Song: “I Feel Pretty”
    Song: “Dance the Old-Fashioned Way” – Charles
    Sketch: Gonzo’s rock act (‘Art! (thunk!) Art! (thunk!)’)
    Sketch: Vet’s Hospital
    Sketch: French bread
    Sketch: At the Dance
    Backstage?: Charles & Kermit – use French to get women (Piggy)
    Sketch: panel (Gonzo: ‘art and culture’, Kermit: ‘MA, PhD, RSVP, whatever’)
    Song: “Inchworm” – Charles

    Kaye Ballard
    Song?: Hillbilly band
    Song?: Floyd & the theme song
    Song: “What Would You Say” – Kaye
    Sketch: At the Dance
    Backstage?: Kaye & Kermit talk
    Sketch: Vendaface
    Song: ? – Kaye

    Candice Bergen
    Song: “What Now My Love?” – Piggy
    Song: “Put Another Log on the Fire” – Candice
    Fozzie’s running wire/letter running gag
    Panel: Travel
    Kermit & Candice & photography
    Swedish chef – spicy sauce
    Song: “That Face” – Candice as model
    Vet’s Hostpital
    Song: “You’ve Got to Have Friends”. – Candice et. al.

    Ruth Buzzi
    Song: “Sunny?” – Fast # by Dr. Teeth
    robot host replaces Kermit
    At the Dance
    Song: “Row, Row, Row” – Wayne & Wanda
    Song: “You’re Just Too Good to be True” – Ruth & Sweetums
    Ruth & Kermit talk
    Fozzie
    Ruth as an interrogated spy
    Song: “Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd” – jug band

    Phyllis Diller
    Song: “Mississippi Mud”
    Phyllis & Rowlf commiserate (‘it fell on me!’)
    At the dance
    Phyllis & Fozzie chat
    Song: “Hugga-wugga”
    Muppet Labs – exploding clothes
    Vet’s Hospital – sick bread
    Phyllis plays the sax

    Sandy Duncan
    Two bomb jokes
    Song: Sandy does a drunken bar song & dance
    Fozzie’s writer Gags Beasely (and the banana sketch)
    At the Dance
    Sandy cheers up Sweetums (and overdoes it with the next one)
    Song: “Never Smile at a Crocodile”
    Sandy & Fozzie tease Kermit about the banana sketch
    Vet’s Hospital
    Song: “Try to Remember the Kind of September” – Kermit & Sandy

    Bruce Forsyth
    (the only one I don’t have!)
    Song: “Trudge-Trudge/Streaka-Streaka”

    Joel Grey
    Song: “Comedy Tonight”
    At the Dance
    Song: “Cabaret”? – Joel
    Joel & Kermit
    Song: “A Calafica” (sp?)
    Fozzie’s topical jokes
    Song: “Stormy Weather” – Wayne & Wanda
    Song: “Razzle Dazzle” – Joel

    Valerie Harper
    Song: “Broadway Baby” – Valerie
    Swedish chef – Japanese (?) cake
    Statler courts Valerie
    Rowlf poem
    At the Dance
    Song: “Gonna Find Her”
    pinch/punch line
    Wayne & Wanda
    Valerie & the Clodhoppers.

    Florence Henderson
    Bouncing Borcelano Brothers
    Song: “Bright Elusive Butterfly of Love” – Florence
    At the Dance
    Kermit & Florence & Piggy
    Panel
    Fozzie
    Song: “So Happy Together” – Florence & monsters
    Koozbanian Mating Ritual (‘blam! peep! peep! peep!’)

    Lena Horne
    The Ragmops
    Song: “I Got a Name” – Lena
    At the Dance
    Lena & Kermit talk
    Swedish chef: living spaghetti
    Song: “” – Lena & Gonzo
    Song: “Sing a Song” – Lena

    Harvey Korman
    Song: “Atom Bomb” – Dr. Teeth
    Animal interview
    Harvey – animal act
    Panel: Meaning of Life
    At the Dance
    Kermit & Harvey talk
    Vet’s Hospital
    Wayne & Wanda
    Fozzie
    Song: “Halfway Down the Stairs” – Robin

    Ethel Merman
    Song: “Jabba” (slinkies & “whee” sound effect)
    Ethel & the Muppets do a medley of her songs
    Fozzie’s agent
    Ethel & Animal (Ethel: ‘Eek!’; Animal: ‘Perfect pitch!’)
    Ethel & Kermit talk
    Richard Bradshaw – shadow puppets
    Fozzie’s act (‘that Gonzo is so dumb – I told him there was water shortage and he suggested we dilute it!’)
    Song: “There’s no Business Like Show Business”.

    Rita Moreno
    Rita – slapstick cafe
    Vet’s Hospital (Fozzie)
    phone running gag
    Swedish chef – flapjacks
    At the Dance
    Marvin Suggs & the Muppetphones
    panel – conversation a dying art?
    Rita & Kermit talk
    Wayne & Wanda
    Fozzie
    Song: Rita: “Fever”.

    Mummenschanz
    Song: Scooter & Floyd: “Mr. Bassman”
    Gonzo romances Piggy (?)
    Mummenschanz- notepad faces
    library sketch – Blue Danube
    Mummenschaz – crawlies
    At the Dance
    Kermit “talks” to the Mummenschanz
    Song: Wayne & Wanda: “Paper Moon”…

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