I have long been a fan of the Muppets, going back to Sesame Street and the old Muppet Show on TV and the films. There was always a silly innocence and goofiness to the humor that appealed to me and I did not realize until yesterday that they are going to be back on regular weekly network TV starting today (Tuesday) at 8:00pm on ABC.
TV critic Davis Bianculli says that it is the best of the new fall offerings and the only one really worth watching, combining elements of the old shows and characters with the structure of The Office and 30 Rock TV series.
Another good sign (albeit in a backhanded sort of way) is that the conservative group One Million Moms has slammed the show as “perverted” and wants ABC to remove it, thus immediately creating a lot of publicity for it and likely increasing viewership. So why are they objecting?
In the run-up to the show’s premiere, ABC’s promotional campaign has focused on Kermit and Miss Piggy’s alleged breakup and subsequent rebound relationships, the porcine star’s promiscuity, Fozzie Bear’s relationship with a woman, and even included an ad with a Kermit clad in only a scarf that brags, “Finally, a network TV show with full frontal nudity.”
“1MM (One Million Moms) suspects there are going to be a lot of shocked moms and dads when they discover that the family-friendly Muppets of the 1970s are no more. It appears that no subject is off limits,” the group says in the petition, in which it provides a phone number to call ABC to pressure the network to cancel the show. “The puppet characters loved by kids in the 1970s and 1980s and beyond are now weighing in on abortion and promiscuity,” it continues.
You can’t say we weren’t warned. People said that if we accepted homosexuality as normal, the next thing would be interspecies relationships. And lo, here we have bear-human and frog-pig relationships.
Get a grip, people! These are Muppets, for crying out loud.
Here’s a promo for the show.