The Muppets were an incredible franchise, going from TV to movies, then back a few times, even restarting movies and now dealing with streaming. They didn’t win the average every time. Little do they remember Muppets Tonight much less the 2015 ABC “reality” series. Muppets Now it’s far more than the moment on Disney +.
This show was in the works before the coronary pandemic (COVID-19), but modern times have made parody even more appropriate. The Muppets spoof at every Zoom meeting you’ve ever had, complete with glitches and pixelation, screen swapping and every Muppet talking over each other to be thrown away. You must pause to read all the comments you type on the screen.
The “Muppets Now” should show streaming
The basic format is that Scooter is trying to put on the show. The viewer begins to see all the new sketches that the troupe has made. They are webisodes, if you will, but put together in a half hour show.
Some recurring segments include a cooking segment with The Swedish Chef and “Lifesty (no)” with Miss Piggy. Linda Cardellini is seen as a celebrity guest on multiple “Lifesty” despite Piggy’s passive aggressive attitude towards her. Celebrities seem to be having fun doing it.
Current lessons mixed with humor
Some segments manage to teach real lessons while keeping it funny. The cooking segments have actual chefs (or Danny Trejo) teaching real recipes while the Swedish Chef raises them with almonds. This is essentially a continuation of the classic Swedish Chef segments anyway, only with the new format of online cooking shows and new celebrities. Swedish chef ends up being the butt of most jokes.
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In the “Muppet Masters”, hosted by Walter (he finally incorporates as a real player and not as an obligation), he actually teaches the rule of third-party photography for the composition of a shot. Then Kermit photobombs the pictures so they can satirize a social media age phenomenon. If there’s any Muppet you expect to be around on Instagram, you can probably guess which one it is.
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A new segment of Bunsen and Beaker has some educational insights but also satisfies the various pyromania of the viewers. Modern technology terrorizes a poor beaker before it makes Bunsen.
Sometimes they just have fun
Not all sketches are educational, or even satirical. Some are just random and weird. That’s always the Muppets.
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So Kermit’s “Mup Close and Personal” segment interview tries to be one-on-one until Gonzo and others interrupt with random questions. “Pepe’s Unbelievable Game Show” doesn’t even relate to questions. Only Pepe is overly enthusiastic, and he is contagious. Fozzy’s bad ideas have grown exponentially thanks to the internet.
So the Muppets are back and you can watch their new Disney + showon. It may take a few episodes to give everyone screen time, but that’s fair. The ensemble has grown so much, each episode can focus on a few Muppets.
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