The Muppets

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Witty office comedy is fun but can get risqué.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show takes a satirical view of office politics and implies that few male-female relationships exist without underlying attraction. The characters' idiosyncrasies -- especially Miss Piggy's vanity and Kermit's deference -- are mined for laughs, and the stories take some good-natured jabs at the stereotypical goings-on among coworkers. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some good, some bad. Kermit comes into his own as a newly single guy, and he shows more backbone around the dominant Miss Piggy because of it. He's a consummate employee and a hardworking leader among his underlings. Piggy's usually sharp-tongued and ambivalent toward others' feelings, but she shows a softer side at times.

Violence

Occasional skirmishes (a woman pushes her driver out of a golf cart, and a Muppet socks someone who made him mad), but nothing serious. Threats such as "I can kill you." A Taser is used on a Muppet.

Sex

Lots of hints at sexuality and flirtation among the characters, both Muppet and human. There's mention of "free pass lists" between couples, someone talks about getting "the feels" around a handsome man, and there's a discussion about gesticulating leading to making babies.  

Language

Rarely "hell" and "suck," plus put-downs such as "I hate her stupid face" and "worthless piece of fur." 

Consumerism

Enjoying the Muppets in this incarnation invites revisiting their other productions, and their many guest stars get plugs for their respective projects. There also are frequent brand references including references to Costco, Apple computers in plain sight, and mention of other ABC series such as Dancing with the Stars.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing is shown, but there are veiled hints at the Muppet band members' drug use (a bystander quips that his favorite indulgence is legal now, for instance) and alcoholism (a guy introduces himself as if he's at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Muppets brings Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and the rest of gang back to prime-time TV in a reality-mocumentary format. The setup is that Miss Piggy headlines a late-night talk show and the rest of the Muppets -- including her ex-boyfriend, Kermit -- work behind the scenes, so the ups and downs of office politics account for much of the comedy. The show also mines the characters' personal lives for laughs, especially with regard to romance. Expect subtle references to sexuality, drug use, and other mature topics as well as some mild language ("hell" and "suck," mostly). There's a fair amount of slapstick humor and plenty of hilarious celebrity cameos in every episode. 

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Parent of a 9-year-old Written byMeerkat.dog.yo December 6, 2015

Muppet movie remake is NOT for kids

First of all, I want to point out that Common Sense Media's review is wrong in every way. They recommend this show for 10+; a ten-year-old probably wouldn... Continue reading
Adult Written bynduns October 20, 2015

Those petitioning against this clearly don't remember past Muppet works

Alright, first thing to note right off the bat is that this is a series for an older crowd. It's not aimed at young kids. But secondly, this has always a... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySea Pickle05 May 2, 2020

Good idea, but it under-delivers

When I first watched the show, I loved it. (By first watching the show, I mean the first five minutes) Too much inappropriate hints, it is funny for the first c... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 19, 2020

Pretty good

Good show. I say 10 and up because you would be surprised what kids would get in this show. It may seem like they wouldn't get the jokes but trust me, I kn... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE MUPPETS is a mockumentary that goes behind the scenes at a network talk show called "Up Late with Miss Piggy," starring the razor-tongued diva herself. Cameras trail the cast as they prep for and film each day's episode and tag along when they're off the clock to see what they get up to. There's no shortage of drama on the set or off, especially since Miss Piggy (voiced by Eric Jacobson) has recently split with her longtime boyfriend (and the show's executive producer) Kermit (Steve Whitmire), and his budding relationship with a new pig named Denise greatly complicates their working relationship and causes strife for nearly everyone around them. 

Is it any good?

This very funny exposé-style comedy is a must-see for Muppet aficionados who are mature enough to pick up on the flocked folks' masterfully witty (and often suggestive) repartee. Everything longtime fans have come to expect from the Muppets is on full display here: Miss Piggy's all-consuming egomania, Kermit's fretful attempts to appease, Fozzie's (Jacobson again) comical flops, and so on. What's more, the talk-show shtick means there's a job that's a natural fit for each personality, from Gonzo's (Dave Goelz) writing team to Animal's (Jacobson) house band and the persistent hecklers, Statler (Whitmire again) and Waldorf (Goelz again). There's so much subversive content at play that you'll want to watch with the rewind button at the ready so as to not miss a single quip. Add a bevy of big-name guest stars to the mix, and you have the makings of some great entertainment.

But much of The Muppets' appeal is nostalgic in nature, beckoning to viewers who have watched the characters' joint story evolve over the years through a classic TV show and a variety of movies. For these viewers, this series puts a modern reality spin on the working relationships and environment we saw as far back as the original Muppet Show. On the other hand, for those whose introduction to the Muppets themselves is this show, the laughs may be harder to come by, and the more overt use of mature humor calls into question its role as family-friendly fare.   

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Muppets' appeal. Did you enjoy this show? Were you familiar with the characters' relationships before you watched? Does the fact that they're puppets change anything?

  • What challenges exist in working relationships, whether they're on the job, on a team, or in a classroom? Are friendships compromised by competition or one member's authority over another? 

  • Why are so many classic TV characters being remade? How do they stand up against more modern offerings? Which TV shows and characters stand the test of time for you? 

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