There has never been, and will never be anything that is quite like The Muppet Show. In the mid-1970s, a British production company led by a real honest Lord took a chance that a variety show featuring characters from Sesame Street, carried only through syndication, would actually work.
To be honest, it didn’t. It was expensive and performed poorly in the ratings. To call some of the dialogue and production numbers “stupid” would be, in the words of one of my favorite films, an insult to stupid people. But yet, here we are 40 years later talking about it.
Why? Because the combination of hallucinogenic drugs (come on, it’s really obvious), creative freedom, innovations in puppetry, and some really awesome guest stars made it an instant classic.
It seems almost a foregone conclusion that there will never again be a show like it. Despite a decent movie or two, most attempts to recapture the spirit of The Muppet Show have failed. Personally I blame the lack of LSD.
If you grew up with The Muppet Show, it became a part of you. You’re probably humming the theme already. So, I present to you a playlist claiming to be “the very best” of the show. Enjoy!