By Polly Conway,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Light, family-friendly return is both familiar and fresh.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Chef Carlina does share a real recipe, and some actual photography tips are provided in a segment, but they're mostly overwhelmed by goofy comedy.
Working together and friendship are classic Muppet themes that endure here, though the crew is faced with many challenges as they try to put together a successful show.
Positive Role Models
Kermit is a kind (if put-upon) boss who occasionally gets frustrated, but works hard to treat his friends with respect. Piggy is needy and image-obsessed, but has a big heart. Guest stars are from diverse backgrounds and include Black and LGBTQ people.
Violence & Scariness
Slapstick violence includes Miss Piggy getting slapped hard during a "slapping" beauty treatment, and pratfalls are common but no one gets hurt.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Light innuendo, like when a Muppet character is very excited to see and touch RuPaul, and hippie Muppet Janice mentions that wearing clothing is "just an option."
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Products & Purchases
The Muppets are often heavily promoted on products, clothing, and more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Taye Diggs mentions that a massage is like "champagne for your face."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Muppets Now is a family-friendly show about the Muppets trying to put together their own streaming series. Made up of different segments -- like Lifesty (sorry, Lifestyle) with Miss Piggy, a cooking show with the Swedish Chef, and many more -- the show features the Muppet crew getting up to their usual hijinks, with a modern twist. Piggy wants to be an influencer, Scooter is overwhelmed with video chats and Slack-type messages, and celebs of the day like RuPaul join in the fun. Like much Muppet fare, it's slightly edgy, with some very mild innuendo (a Muppet fan tells RuPaul he "just wants to touch him") and cartoonish violence in the form of slapstick and pratfalls. The series is fast-paced, light, and fun; families who are Muppet fans will be pleased to see this return to form from their favorite gang of now media-savvy puppet friends.
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It’s ok, but has some emotionally un-intelligent components
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What's the Story?
MUPPETS NOW is a series within a series about the Muppets putting on a show; this time it's a streaming series with a variety of different segments. Segments include "Muppet Masters," where Walter interstitials show Scooter, the always harried producer, working hard to upload each part of the show, with lots of stressful input from the other Muppets. "Mup Close and Personal" is an "inspirational" interview series hosted by Kermit that's pretty touching until it's hijacked by Gonzo asking questions pertinent to his interests, like "How many pennies do you think would fit in this room?" and "Are you disappointed you're not awake when spiders crawl into your mouth?" Miss Piggy tries her hand at beauty influencer videos, and the Swedish Chef returns to butcher various cuisines. The diverse group of guests includes RuPaul (RuPaul's Drag Race), Taye Diggs (Rent), chef Carlina Will, and Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks).
Is It Any Good?
This fun, family-friendly series brings back the Muppets to do what they do best: being silly and skewering popular culture. From Miss Piggy trying her hand as a beauty influencer (with the "help" of creepy Uncle Deadly) to a cable-style cooking show featuring the Swedish Chef using nontraditional techniques to assist a real chef (Carlina Will) in preparing a recipe, this show successfully (finally!) takes the crew into the 21st century while maintaining their original warmth and quirks in a way that makes sense and is super fun to watch.
Smartly following the format of the original The Muppet Show, Muppets Now seamlessly places favorites like Gonzo and Miss Piggy into modern but familiar situations, and the jokes land beautifully this time around. It's also a pleasure to see Kermit trying once again to put on a show, always thwarted by the huge personalities of his actors and crew. There are fun little Easter Eggs for Muppet fans as well, like the folders on Scooter's computer that include "Meditations for Work" and "UFOs???" And with new additions like superfan Walter from the recent Muppet movies, this light, well-rounded series feels both fresh and familiar for Muppet lovers of all ages.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the Muppets. What do you think has made them popular for so many years?
Why do you think Miss Piggy is so interested in looks and beauty? Do you think some real people feel the same? What makes you feel good about yourself on the inside and out?
The Muppets always work together even when it's hard. Why do you think teamwork is an important character strength?
- Premiere date: July 31, 2020
- Cast: Dave Goelz, Peter Linz
- Network: Disney+
- Genre: Comedy
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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