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The Muppet Show – Season Two

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  1. Julie Neal says:
    264 of 269 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Muppets at their best, May 11, 2007
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    This review is from: The Muppet Show – Season Two (DVD)

    This four-disc set includes all 24 episodes of “The Muppet Show” from the 1977-1978 television season — one of the show’s funniest years — digitally remastered like those on The Muppet Show – Season One and The Muppet Show – Season Three. Each show has all of its original content, includes segments originally seen only in the United Kingdom, and runs a full 25:30. As with those in the other years, the guest stars for this season are a mix of Hollywood legends and then-current celebrities, but this year had more than its share of major stars. Here’s the complete line-up:

    EPISODE 1: Don Knotts
    EPISODE 2: Zero Mostel
    EPISODE 3: Milton Berle
    EPISODE 4: Rich Little
    EPISODE 5: Judy Collins
    EPISODE 6: Nancy Walker
    EPISODE 7: Edgar Bergen
    EPISODE 8: Steve Martin
    EPISODE 9: Madeline Kahn
    EPISODE 10: George Burns
    EPISODE 11: Dom DeLuise
    EPISODE 12: Bernadette Peters
    EPISODE 13: Rudolf Nureyev
    EPISODE 14: Elton John
    EPISODE 15: Lou Rawls
    EPISODE 16: Cleo Laine
    EPISODE 17: Julie Andrews
    EPISODE 18: Jaye P. Morgan
    EPISODE 19: Peter Sellers
    EPISODE 20: Petula Clark
    EPISODE 21: Bob Hope
    EPISODE 22: Teresa Brewer
    EPISODE 23: John Cleese
    EPISODE 24: Cloris Leachman

    Most of these shows have a lot to offer, but to me two really stand out. First, the John Cleese show is hilarious. In its Pigs in Space skit, the Monty Python star chews up the scenery as pirate Long John Silversteen. “A pirate don’t use an intercom!” Cleese scarls when a Muppet suggests a modern way to communicate. “‘Twould be sissy!” The Nureyev episode, on the other hand, is a real oddity. After the ballet star sings “Putting On My Top Hat,” he shoots down his chorus line with a machine gun. Later, he dances to “Swan Lake” with a human-size pig.

    Bonus features include “The Muppets Valentine Day Special,” a 1974 television pilot which aired more than two years before “The Muppet Show” debuted. Kermit the Frog and actress Mia Farrow star, but the host is Wally, a Henson character who would rarely be seen again. Also included is “The Muppets on The Muppets,” (a 13-minute series of tongue-in-cheek interviews) and the 2002 music video “Keep Fishin’” by Weezer.

    Also worth mentioning is the packaging. The menus on each disc are hosted (Fozzie Bear and Kermit chat with you on Discs 1 and 3; Animal and Rizzo handle Discs 2 and 4) and the episodes themselves have (unidentified) chapter stops. In addition, the box itself is more than just cardboard, at least in this initial printing. On the front, Miss Piggy’s face is fuzzy, and her blue eyes sparkle.

    Problems? Just one: the closed captioning doesn’t include any song lyrics!

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  2. ewomack "ewomack" says:
    20 of 22 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Keeping vaudeville alive with puppets…, August 31, 2007
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    Two years of painful waiting has finally produced Season 2 of “The Muppet Show” on DVD. Compiliation of season one was apparently fraught with copyright squabbles, resulting in some missed segments and shows of varied length. Happily, all shows on this set run to approximately the same length and show no signs of slicing and dicing. And that’s good, because The Muppets became stars (well, quasi-stars, they were puppets) during this season and were able to attract bigger names. In contrast to season one, anyone alive in 1977-78 would recognize 95% of the names listed on the box: Elton John, Bob Hope, George Burns, Julie Andrews, Steve Martin, Peter Sellers, Petula Clark, and on and on. Anyone who wasn’t there will probably wonder how a bunch of fancy talking oven mitts ever caught on with the public. Those who were there know why. Season 2 solidified the cast: Kermit as undisputed front runner (he plays marginal roles in the pilots), Miss Piggy as the pig infused with unrequited love, Fozzy as the cheesy comedian, Statler and Waldorf as the curmudgeon critics, Gonzo as the frustrated artist. The indefatigable “Pigs in Space” also made its debut. Season two ends up being worth the wait. It even has a fuzzy cover.

    The show’s formula remained vaudevillian with songs, skits, and stars. Ghosts of the Marx Brothers loom in the background. Puns and slapstick abound. Even international artistic sensations such as Rudolph Nureyev drop all pretensions. Nureyev dances with a large pig. He sings, dressed only in a towel, “Baby, it’s cold outside” with an aroused Miss Piggy. She tries to abscond with the towel. The guy definitely had a sense of humor. When Steve Martin appeared, the show was canceled. Instead they held auditions for new acts. Martin plays his famous “wild and crazy guy” (sans obscenities) to its hammy limits. He has to compete with the brilliant “ribbit” song duet, who do moving renditions of “Old Man Ribbit” and “Way Down Upon the Swami Ribbit.” A hard act to beat, for sure. Elton John fits right in with chickens in leather, large feathery creatures and singing crocodiles providing accompaniment. Judy Collins does an amazing rendition of “There was an Old Woman who Swallowed a Fly.” Julie Andrews, still in robust voice, reprises her Sound of Music days with Muppetry. Peter Sellers delivers the usual hilarious and disturbing performance. He squawks to Kermit “There is no me I do not exist. There used to be a me but I had it surgically removed.” And of course John Cleese steals the entire show. Even Muppets can’t compete.

    Season one included the show’s pilot, and this set includes a sort of a pilot. In 1974 “The Muppets Valentine Special” aired with guest Mia Farrow. It was a test run. The formula wasn’t exactly perfected yet, though an it presents an interesting look at the formation of the Muppets. Ernie and Bert even appear. But don’t blink. This experiment remains a far cry from the hit show that debuted a few years later. By 1981 the Muppets were so big that Jim Henson pulled the TV show for larger bait, namely more movies. But in the late 1970s the Muppets reigned on television. Season 2 showcases their imminent rise and shows once and for all that there was entertainment before CG.

    Now how long before Season 3?

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  3. Dave "Davelandweb" says:
    11 of 13 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Time to Revisit, August 7, 2007
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    As a child, I looked forward to seeing The Muppet Show each week; Animal was my favorite, and the guest stars were always stellar. Flash forward to adulthood: often the things you enjoyed as a child may not seem quite as funny or quite as innovative as you thought they were in your youth. The Muppets definitely hold up. The guest stars on this DVD set are outstanding: Julie Andrews, Elton John, Steve Martin, Cloris Leachman, and more. Unlike other variety shows that had many klunkers inserted between the stars that were hired during Sweeps Weeks, The Muppets consistently had top-rate talent. This four disc set proves that. The extras are also great; a Valentine’s Day show with Mia Farrow (who should definitely stick to acting, not singing), an interview with The Muppets section (which has some dark humor when the Muppets reminisce about Jim Henson), and even a Weezer video (don’t skip over this one; it’s very entertaining!). This is a great DVD set for adults and children to enjoy together.

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