THE MUPPETS Season 1 Episode 3 [Review]

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THE MUPPETS Season 1, Episode 2 “Bear Left Then Bear Write”/ Story by DAVE CAPLAN & GREGG METLER/ Teleplay by NELL SCOVELL & STEVE RUDNICK/ Directed by RANDAL EINHORN/ Developed by BILL PRADY & BOB KUSHELL/ Starring BILL BARRETTA, JULIANNE BUESCHER, DAVE GOELZ, ERIC JACOBSON, PETER LINZ, DAVID RUDMAN, MATT VOGEL and STEVE WHITMIRE/ Produced by ABC STUDIOS, THE MUPPETS STUDIO & BILL PRADY PRODUCTIONS

The Muppets on ABC is in full swing as “Bear Left, Then Bear Write” takes a stab at Kermit and Fozzie’s relationship. Fozzie writes a terrible sketch and Kermit is afraid of hurting his bear’s feelings. He offers him an alternative route for the sketch; telling Fozzie he should make the sketch into a movie. Fozzie takes to the road to pursue the movie idea, and Kermit eventually calls his companion to try and persuade him away from the path he set him on, leading to a hilarious showcase of the bear’s struggle with phone technology.

Kermit and Fozzie are an age-old bromance and it’s great to see their relationship take center stage. It took no time at all for Fozzie to be established as the MVM (Most Valuable Muppet) since the funniest moments of the show thus far have been centered around him and his struggles as a comedian.

Elsewhere, Piggy has Christina Applegate as a guest on the show, who publicly embarrasses her. Piggy seeks revenge and begins collecting dirt on Applegate. Meanwhile Pepe, Rizzo, and Liam Hemsworth are enlisted to help Gonzo with his lady troubles. Hemsworth is as charming as the Muppets are hilarious as they set Gonzo up for disappointment.

Nick Offerman and his beard step in to help replace Fozzie and it’s the best of the celebrity cameos this week. Viewers with a Ron Swanson-void in their life since Parks & Rec ended will be able to fill that hole briefly. Offerman isn’t anything like his famous P&R character, instead showing a different side of his comedic offerings, but still managing to warm the hearts of crossover fans.

Speaking of shows that inspired this new incarnation of The Muppets, there is a nice nod to The Office involving a certain mug that Kermit uses. There is also a common theme between this episode and an episode of The Office where Michael finds himself briefly stranded out in nature with Dwight not too far behind. And there are some great moments in which people react to The Muppets more as the animals they are than their Muppet celebrity.

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Rowlf makes a brief but triumphant return, providing some of the dog humor fans have come to expect from him. As suspected, more Muppets appear to show up as the show progresses. There’s also a “deep cut” Muppet character heavily featured in this episode – Chip “The IT Guy”. Many viewers may not remember him from before, but likely won’t ever forget him again as he is a major comedy highlight of the episode.

Three episodes in and The Muppets just keeps rolling with the laughter and deadpan timing, another home-run of hilarity for ABC.

Rating 5

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3 comments on “THE MUPPETS Season 1 Episode 3 [Review]

  1. I’m back to hating this show. Because they took my favorite Muppet, completely messed up his personality and nobody seems to care.

    Gonzo is afraid to be himself? Seriously? The most unconsciousness Muppet ever? The one who was teaching nerds to embrace their weird long before Felicia Day was selling t-shirts with that sentiment? That Gonzo is lying on his Match.com profile about his looks and afraid to talk to a woman?

  2. Dude seriously, don’t watch it then. They fixed your problem with Kermit and now you have a problem with Gonzo? It’s one episode, for the sake of the jokes, it’ll probably never be a factor again.

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