The Muppet Show

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Classic Muppet series mixes stars and kid-friendly content.
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Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 12 reviews

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Educational Value

The show exposes kids to a variety of artistic elements -- from pop songs to poetry -- though education is not the explicit purpose of the show.

Positive Messages

The show targets parents and kids with the express purpose of trying to make them laugh. But in between sketches, Kermit stresses the importance of teamwork, gratitude, and integrity while delivering high-quality family entertainment.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some Muppets, like Kermit, are exemplary when it comes to behavior, while others are less than perfect -- but negative actions rarely go unchecked.The two grumpy guys in the box seats regularly make fun of the show and its performers, but their comments will go over the heads of younger kids.

Violence & Scariness

Some cartoonish violence in the form of bonks to the head, laboratory explosions, or the audience throwing tomatoes.

Sexy Stuff

Miss Piggy has an ongoing crush on Kermit the Frog and will occasionally pepper him with kisses or try to make him jealous.

Language
Consumerism

The show doesn't tout specific brands, but popular artists of the day -- including Elton John and Julie Andrews -- appeared to perform their music. The Muppets themselves are also big business in the form of DVDs, books, dolls, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Muppet Show is a vibrant mix of live action and puppetry that was created to entertain both parents and kids, which means the content is family-friendly to a fault. The series does serve to promote the Muppet brand, but that's not really the point. There's also some cartoonish violence in the form of explosions, falls, and other shenanigans, but no one gets seriously injured.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byThetruthwhohatescomm November 12, 2015

Look, this is the old Muppet Show

Um.... Parents.... Don't look above. They think that this is the 2015 muppet show but it is not. This show is fantastic and completely appropriate for all... Continue reading
Parent of a 8, 8, and 10 year old Written byelisabettam September 22, 2015

Upsetting

Since when is it ok to make sexual innuendos during the Muppets? Using inappropriate language such as "sexy" and "hell" when children are wa... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCSKY42 April 10, 2012

TOMATOES

The audience throws tomatoes (GASP)
Teen, 14 years old Written by1visualFXguy May 23, 2013

Awesome Show But Had One Scary Episode.

I loved Muppets when I was a kid. My favorite characters were Kermit, Gonzo, Animal, and the Swedish Chef. I also liked the performances by. Dr. Teeth &... Continue reading

What's the story?

Taking their cues from harried host Kermit the Frog (voiced by Jim Henson), Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and the rest of the Muppet gang put on a star-studded variety show in THE MUPPET SHOW, a family-friendly series that mixes puppetry with celebrity appearances and clever pop-culture parodies. The show premiered in 1976 and lasted for five seasons, winning four Emmy Awards and a slew of other honors.

Is it any good?

Most kids would be entertained just by looking at the Muppets, even if they never spoke, so it goes without saying that this skit-driven show Show still succeeds at serving up laughs for all ages. Though, some of the celebrity guest stars -- and their era-specific hairstyles -- are a little dated. (Songstress Anne Murray and illusionist Doug Henning come to mind.)

There's just something about Muppet humor that's inherently timeless, whether it's the Swedish Chef's spirited "bort-bort-bort!" or Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's accident-prone experiments with Beaker in the Muppet Labs. But the series' real genius lies in its tip-of-the-hat to parents at home with clever parodies of pop-culture touchstones, including the Lost in Space-inspired sci-fi spoof "Pigs in Space." It kind of makes you wish The Muppet Show was still on the air...can you imagine the fun they'd have now?

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the cartoonish violence in The Muppet Show and the role it plays in creating comedy. Why do we laugh when a science experiment blows up Beaker's face, for example? Does the fact that puppets are getting hurt -- rather than people -- make a difference?

  • Do you think The Muppet Show and Sesame Street -- both of which feature Muppets -- were designed for different audiences? How can you tell?

  • How does The Muppet Show compare with other family shows that are on television today? Kids: Do you like it, and do the Muppets make you laugh? Parents: Is the show as good as you remember?

  • How does The Muppet Show promote gratitude, integrity, and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

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