It’s time to get the music, it’s time to light the lights, it’s time to get this started on the new ABC sitcom, “The Muppets.” The first episode of the series premiered Tuesday, Sept. 22 to an audience of over 9 million viewers. If you haven’t given the show a chance, you should stop what you’re doing, grab your boomerang fish and start watching.
The show is a mocumentary about the Muppets working on a late night television show with Miss Piggy as the star. The show follows the characters through their days and cuts away to show the audience their inner thoughts, much like “Modern Family,” “Parks and Recreation” and “The Office.” However, the show makes fun of the fact that shows do that and often mocks the format it’s being shot in.
Keep in mind that this is not a show created for children. The sexual references in the first episode show this might not be a show for parents to allow their children to watch. This show is created for people who grew up with the Muppets and gives them a chance to see them in a more mature and open light. This can also be seen as a show for people who love the one camera style of shooting that some sitcoms employ.
The first episode not only incorporated the majority of everyone’s favorite Muppets, but also some great guest stars. Elizabeth Banks (“Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”), Riki Lindhome (“Another Period”) and the band Imagine Dragons were among the many guests in the premiere. One of the best moments in the episode was watching Banks throw Scooter out of a golf cart as he was trying to give her a tour of the studio and watching the two fight for control of the wheel as he jumped back on.
One aspect of the show that is getting some viewers upset is Kermit’s “This is terrible, why am I here?” nature. In the original show and films, we see Kermit as the one that stays grounded in reality. He wants to create a show and do what the other Muppets do, but always keeps in mind what needs to be done. In recent adaptations, we’ve seen him moving further away from this and now the show has him hating everything and everyone. Fans already have the hecklers, Walter and Waldorf, for that.
Kermit’s angst aside, the show is something you should keep an eye on. With a premiere as strong as this, the show should have no problem keeping its jokes strong. If the Muppets aren’t enough to make you watch, stars such as Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay – Part 1”), Reese Witherspoon (“Hot Pursuit”) and Kerry Washington (“Scandal”) are also set to make guest appearances. You won’t be disappointed by the most inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational premiere of the season.
Rating: 4 out of 5