As I think I touched on in an earlier post, I finally picked up the first two seasons of the Muppet Show. It’s freakin’ great. I’ve viewed about six 20 minute episodes so far, and watching it now, all these years later, two things really stand out.
One, is that the performers are excellent, and very sly. First off, the puppet actors are fannntastic. I mean, watching it, especially as a kid, you don’t really notice how good they actually are, which means they are really, really good. Making a preposterously shaped little bit of cloth and padding with a hand up its butt seem alive and have you suspend your disbelief like that is an amazing talent.
One thing that was super sly, but really impressed me, was in one of the first episodes when they were filming two or three members of the Muppet band playing an instrumental. They didn’t play it for humor, but rather, completely straight. And the lighting and cinematography on it was straight out of the best concert footage I’ve ever seen. Brilliant. It was so good that I didn’t know if they were trying to be serious, or ironic. But it was spectacular.
And Two, the female guest stars were just as beautiful and sexy, or even more so, than I remember as a kid. I mean–Juliet Prowse. Wowsers. Connie Stevens. Must’ve been the Jessica Simpson of her day (well, the Brooklyn-born Irish-Italian one, anyway). Rita Moreno. I don’t EVEN know where to begin, with her…
There were reasons these girls were stars. And in the first few episodes of the Muppet Show (the middle 1970s), you know they were getting the stars that had already peaked in the 50s and 60s–and these women are spectacular… funny, graceful, sexy, bee-yoo-tiful.
Anyway–I feel good about falling in love with these women as a kid. My taste was good, and it still holds up to this day! 😉