The best reason to get Disney Plus is here today — and it’s not WandaVision

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Forget Star Wars. Forget The Simpsons. Forget WandaVision. The best reason to get Disney Plus has dropped today, in the form of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and company. 

Yes, it’s time to start the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to watch the Muppet Show from today onwards on Disney's streaming service. 

I’ll admit, I was pretty young when The Muppet Show went off the air in 1981, but I have fond, vague memories of Jim Henson’s variety show that introduced us to Pigs in Space, Dr. Bunsen and Beaker, and of course, Statler and Waldorf cracking wise from their box seats.

Apart from the Muppets themselves, the show, which ran over five seasons, had a who’s who of guest stars from the era, including Mark Hamill, John Cleese, Twiggy, Alice Cooper, Liberace, Crystal Gayle, John Denver, Lynda Carter, and Carol Burnett. 

For those younger than myself, whose introduction to the Muppets only came through the later movies and shows like Muppet Babies, being able to watch the original series will give them the opportunity to see where it all started. While still family-friendly, the Muppet Show was a bit edgier than what came after, so there’s something there for both your kids (if you have them) while still keeping grownups entertained. Plus, you can explain to your children what made Jim Nabors famous. 

Where else can you hear Elton John singing Crocodile Rock with a bunch of crocodiles (opens in new tab), or Steve Martin playing Dueling Banjos (opens in new tab) with a jug band? And let’s not forget about Mahna Mahna (opens in new tab).  

When it’s released on Friday, Disney Plus will not only have all five seasons (102 episodes), but it will include skits that only appeared on the UK version of the program, so unless you were a really devoted fan, you’ll be able to see (at least for you) entirely new segments. 

Just know that Disney has already placed its Content Advisory Warning on the show, saying that the show contains negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or culture. This warning probably refers to more than Beaker being blown up and the Swedish Chef’s inscrutable dialogue. 

It’s been 10 years since Jason Segel’s Muppets movie reinvigorated the franchise with just the right combination of nostalgia — which was then squandered with a lackluster sequel and the short-lived Muppets Now series. Maybe the re-release of the original series will inspire someone to try and recapture Jim Henson’s magic.

Mike Prospero
U.S. Editor-in-Chief, Tom's Guide

Michael A. Prospero is the U.S. Editor-in-Chief for Tom’s Guide. He oversees all evergreen content and oversees the Homes, Smart Home, and Fitness/Wearables categories for the site. In his spare time, he also tests out the latest drones, electric scooters, and smart home gadgets, such as video doorbells. Before his tenure at Tom's Guide, he was the Reviews Editor for Laptop Magazine, a reporter at Fast Company, the Times of Trenton, and, many eons back, an intern at George magazine. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College, where he worked on the campus newspaper The Heights, and then attended the Columbia University school of Journalism. When he’s not testing out the latest running watch, electric scooter, or skiing or training for a marathon, he’s probably using the latest sous vide machine, smoker, or pizza oven, to the delight — or chagrin — of his family.