The Muppet Show heads to Disney+ this February
James R | On 19, Jan 2021
It’s time to play the music and light the lights, because Disney has confirmed that The Muppet Show will finally arrive on Disney+ this February.
Jim Henson’s iconic series that started it all stars Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, the Swedish Chef, and more in a groundbreaking twist on the classic variety show, blending original songs, sketch comedy, and guest stars into a prime-time hit for all ages.
“It’s going to be great to welcome back longtime fans, and to give a new generation of fans a chance to see how we got our start, how Miss Piggy became a star and so much more,” said Kermit the Frog. “Today, I’m proud to say: ‘It’s time to play the music, light the lights and meet the Muppets on Disney+ tonight!’ And as for Statler and Waldorf, the two old guys in the balcony, I can only add: ‘Sorry, guys, but… here we go again.”
Originally premiering in 1976, some of Hollywood’s brightest stars stopped by The Muppet Show for comedy and chaos including Steve Martin, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Alice Cooper, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Gene Kelly and Mark Hamill. You can expect to see them all, with Seasons 1 to 5 heading to Disney+ – yes, even Seasons 4 and 5, which have never previously been released on home entertainment.
Season 5 poses a tricky problem for Disney, with Chris Langham appearing in one episode, standing in for Richard Pryor after he was unable to make it to the recording – whether that will be cut or not is yet to be seen, as is whether Disney+ will also face similar aspect ratio problems as it did with The Simpsons.
The good news, however, is that it won’t be long to find out, with all five seasons available to stream from 19th February.
The Muppet Show: Season 1 to 5 is available on Disney+ UK, as part of a £7.99 monthly subscription or a £79.99 yearly subscription.