Magic Muppet Moments

To celebrate the release of all five seasons of the original Muppet Show on Disney+, here at The Recs we look back at what we consider to be some of the top magic Muppet moments.

May the Fozzie Be with You!

In a galaxy far far away, in a time before Disney owned both franchises, Mark Hamill, R2-D2 and C-3PO appeared in a 1980 episode to tie in with the release of The Empire Strikes Back.  Their search for Chewbacca brings the Star Wars team to the Muppet Theatre where they have to tackle Kermit trying to get Luke on stage to do a routine, Gonzo as Darth Nadir and the hammy flirtations of Miss Piggy dressed as Princess Leia!


Do Do Do Do Do!

Singing Muppets became a staple of the show, which saw the release of two albums in 1977 and 1978. One of the most memorable songs came from a most unlikely source – a 1968 Italian movie called “Sweden: Heaven or Hell” that featured lesbian nightclubs, swingers, alcoholism, biker gangs and suicide!
Mah Na Mah Na didn’t feature a guest or regular character and had already been featured in Sesame  Street. However, the absurdity of the song given a Muppet makeover, makes this a classic Muppet Show number which will get in your head. And stay there. All day! (do do do do do). 

(Trivia fans may be interested to know that the fluffy pink creatures are called The Snowths)

When Piggy met Chrissy

Christopher Reeve flew in to Muppet theatre in 1980 and caused a certain pig to go into full flirtation mode, making Kermit, well green with envy! 

Not only did she have a dressing room full of Superman memorabilia, Miss Piggy was a pig on a mission and went to extreme lengths (poor Rowlf) to get Christopher to accompany her on a tuneful rendition of East of the Sun and West of the Moon! A super episode.

Rockin' Robin

Another classic Muppet tune, which also features in the Muppet album, was the melancholic Half Way Down the Stairs. Sung by Kermit’s nephew (the very sweet) Robin, the lyrics are from a A.A Milne poem written in 1924. It was released as a single and reached no.10 in the UK charts, leading Robin to appear on Top of the Pops.  

It's time to meet the Muppets

It’s impossible to speak about the Muppets without mentioning the iconic theme song and opening credits. Co-written by Jim Henson, the theme song encapsulates everything that makes the show what it is and sets the tone for the Vaudevillian joy you’re going to watch. At the end of each opening, there is a recurring gag of Gonzo trying to playing the last note on a horn, but  somehow, it never quite produces the desired coda. 

Muppets with an M

The Muppets went to Broadway in 1979 when the legendary singer and actress Liza Minnelli made a guest appearance in which the Muppets presented a murder mystery story across the whole episode with Liza as the star.

Ever the professional, Liza made performing with Muppets look perfectly natural and gave it her all throughout the episode. Her version of Copacabana, in which she dances with two giant Muppets as Tony and Rico is a musical theatre smash! 

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All 5 seasons of the original The Muppet Show are available to watch on Disney +