The Muppet Show Season Two (TV 1977)

I really enjoyed this season two of the Muppet Show. Part of that was that they had a bunch of actors/entertainers who I actually had heard of (unlike season one where it was mostly C-list nobodies) and the variety was much greater in terms of skits and backstage goings ons. I’m guessing the budget was increased?

Things got started with Don Knotts, who I grew up with watching his disney movies and a few others. The Apple Dumpling Gang, the Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, the Shakiest Gun in the West, etc.

And the guests got bigger from there in many cases. Bob Hope, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Elton John. I don’t know if they were more talented or just because I knew them, but I liked most of the guests and their acts better than in season one. It felt like there was more interaction between the Muppets and the guests instead of the guests just doing their act with the Muppets involved.

I really enjoyed that there was a LOT more backstage stuff going on. One show was all about the Pigs taking over the show and the guest star helping Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo escape and take back the show. Ideas like that are right up my alley and I loved it. The terrible jokes are still front and center but don’t have quite as much attention paid to them as in season one. I was ok with that!

I mentioned the greater variety of skits and I think my favorite of them all is the Pigs in Space. The Swinetrek is a hilarious ship. John Cleese participates in one of the skits and he’s a pirate, with a muppet parrot, eye patch and sword. On a spaceship. He was trying to take over the ship but everything went wrong for him. I’m not a fan of Cleese and even I found the skit hilarious ๐Ÿ˜€

I am really looking forward to season three now.

35 thoughts on “The Muppet Show Season Two (TV 1977)

    1. That particular skit is what has stuck in my head over the decades and it was really good to see them again. Miss Piggy is just a fantastic character and I think she makes most of the skits she’s in better.

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    1. I’ve got several of the more modern movies on tap, as well as the reboot show.
      AND I just got access, from a wonderful friend, to seasons 4 and 5.

      But once I’m done, I’ll hit you up…

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                1. Now, the muppet babies WAS a kids show and like I said teh movies in the 90s were aimed there as well, but the show itself (through all it’s various reboots) was always aimed at adults. I think Henson was initially aiming at the incongruity of puppets being something adults could enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Not really much of a theme. Maybe in later seasons? But here it is still mainly 2-5min skits and various things with some backstage shenanigans each show ๐Ÿ˜€

      Honestly, even the guest stars don’t play as much a role as I would have imagined. They are VERY much guests and the Muppets are the real stars.

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