All Five Seasons of ‘The Muppet Show’ Headed To Disney+
“It’s time to play the music. It’s time light the lights” are undeniably two of the most recognizable introductory lines to “The Muppet Show” opening them. And while Kermit and his friends have taken a step back from their sketches to have various specials and films, Disney+ is giving Muppet fans new and old a chance to get reacquainted with Kermit and the gang by releasing all five-seasons starting February 19, 2020.
“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,” said Kermit the Frog. “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.”
“The Muppet Show” made its debut back in 1976, and ran for a total of five seasons, where Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, the Swedish Chef, and friends would entertain with their original songs and hilarious jokes that were a blend of mischevious and sweet. Even some of Hollywood’s brightest stars stopped by “The Muppet Show” for unforgettable comedy and chaos including Steve Martin, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Alice Cooper, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Gene Kelly, and Mark Hamill.
It should be noted that even though the first three seasons of “The Muppet Show” on DVD, the fourth and fifth seasons were never available for home entertainment. And although Disney does own the rights to “The Muppets” they are unable to stream films like “The Muppets Take Manhattan” and “Muppets from Space” as they are owned by Sony. Furthermore, AppleTV owns “Fraggle Rock.” So the entire Henson slate isn’t quite complete, but Disney has more than plenty of Muppets to go around on their streaming platform.
So for those who are feeling nostalgic or just generally curious to see what “The Muppets” were like back in the 70s, you can watch them sing their classic opening theme in the embedded video below.
Next month also celebrates the 25th anniversary of “Muppet Treasure Island,” so we can probably expect Disney to commemorate both the film and the release of all five seasons of “The Muppet Show” in a pretty big way.