After much fan-mithering, the House of Mouse has delivered and are finally releasing all five seasons of the classic variety series The Muppet Show on their streaming platform, Disney+!
With the DVD releases stopping at Season 3 in 2008, fans have been left without access to Seasons 4 and 5 for far too long, so this will certainly go a long way to make it up to Henson-heads who were, yet again, left bitterly disappointed by the latest Disney-produced Muppet project, Muppets Now. While not as appalling handled as the 2015 adult-skewing sitcom, Muppets Now felt stale and rushed, quickly putting paid to any notions that Disney had finally figured out what to do with the beloved creations.
While we leave them to have another crack at it, we can at least rest easy now that we’ve got the original show back in our lives and at the push of a button! Read on for what Kermit had to say about the news in a statement, and a quick Disney+ promo featuring that classic opening!
“It’s going to be great to welcome back longtime fans, and to give a new generation of fans a chance to see how we got our start, how Miss Piggy became a star and so much more. Today, I’m proud to say: ‘It’s time to play the music, light the lights and meet the Muppets on Disney Plus tonight!’ And as for Statler and Waldorf, the two old guys in the balcony, I can only add: ‘Sorry, guys, but… here we go again.”
Hopefully this aspect ratio won’t carry over to the episodes when they launch, as we all know it should be 4:3 and they’ll just have another controversy on their hands akin to The Simpsons debacle that they had to scramble to fix. Don’t you dare, Disney…
The Muppet Show will be available on Disney+ February 19th.