Muppets Now: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Muppets Now

Critics Consensus

Though Muppets Now's formulaic sketches fail to showcase The Muppets' chaotic charms, it's entertaining enough to suggest that with looser reins - and a lot more music - it could become the best reboot in years.

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Critic Ratings: 51

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User Ratings: 61

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Air date: Jul 31, 2020

Scooter rushes to make his delivery deadlines and upload the brand-new Muppet series for streaming. They are due now, and he'll need to navigate whatever obstacles, distractions, and complications the rest of the Muppet gang throws at him.

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Air date: Aug 7, 2020

Fozzie Bear has some big ideas for Muppets Now, and there's no time like the deadline to start pitching! He's found a very tough audience in Scooter, who just wants to finish uploading the latest delivery. We see the very first episode of a game show that Pepe The King Prawn totally just made up. The Swedish Chef tries to cook a better molé sauce than his competitor, Danny Trejo. Dr. Bunsen Honeydew has replaced Beaker with a new smart assistant, and things get fired up. Miss Piggy and her guests, Taye Diggs and Linda Cardellini, show viewers how to work it out when they share the secret to staying healthy.

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Air date: Aug 14, 2020

Joe, the new legal counsel for The Muppets, interrupts the scheduled delivery of Muppets Now to announce that all streaming content must be vetted by a focus group. Things go from bad to worse when Scooter meets up with the assigned test audience -- curmudgeonly critics Statler & Waldorf. The Swedish Chef collaborates with Chef Roy Choi as the two try to make a one-of-kind kalbi bowl. Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant, Beaker, enlist a Pizza Delivery Person (Al Madrigal) to explore velocity. Miss Piggy and her guests, Linda Cardellini and Taye Diggs, dig deep into the workings of a healthy relationship. Pepe The King Prawn's unbelievable game show features new contestants, new challenges, new rules, and no planning at all.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2020

Scooter wakes up in horror to discover his all-nighters have finally gotten the best of him, and he has only 30 minutes to upload Muppets Now. With the clock ticking and his eyelids drooping, Scooter enlists Animal to help him stay awake. Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant, Beaker, conduct a series of vibrational experiments with the help of a lonely, outdated computer. The Swedish Chef uncovers the secrets of Spaghetti Carbonara when staring down his competitor, Giuseppe Losavio. Miss Piggy sits down with Aubrey Plaza to conduct a fabulous one-on-one interview. Later, she looks out for number one as she focuses on self-care with guests Linda Cardellini and Taye Diggs.

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Air date: Aug 28, 2020

Chip the I.T. guy installs an upgrade to Scooter's overtaxed computer just as Scooter is beginning to upload the latest episode of Muppets Now. Scooter must work fast to get everything in place before the hard reboot goes into effect. Miss Piggy takes a trip through the topic of travel with guests Linda Cardellini and Taye Diggs. Pepe The King Prawn makes up a new game show on the spot, and the contestants do their best to keep up. Uncle Deadly demonstrates the drama, disciplines, and danger of stage combat for Muppet fanboy, Walter. Dr. Bunsen Honeydew puts the pressure on his assistant, Beaker, with a hydraulic-press experiment that requires a personal touch.

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Air date: Sep 4, 2020

Muppets Now social media intern, Robin The Frog, makes Scooter co-moderator of the social media accounts. Scooter attempts to carry out this week's upload amidst a flood of alerts, requests, and notifications. Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant, Beaker, receive legal lectures and accidental assistance from Muppet attorney, Joe The Legal Weasel. The Swedish Chef faces his competitor, Marina Michelson, to prove his family recipe makes the most magnificent meatball. Fozzie Bear talks shop with fellow comedian Seth Rogen, while babysitting some bad babies. Linda Cardellini and Taye Diggs indulge Miss Piggy more than usual for this installment of Lifestyle with Miss Piggy.

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Cast & Crew

Matt Vogel
Kermit the Frog
Eric Jacobson
Fozzie the Bear
Dave Goelz
The Great Gonzo
Bill Barretta
Rowlf the Dog
David Rudman
Scooter
Peter Linz
Joe the Legal Weasel
Bill Barretta
Executive Producer
Sabrina Wind
Executive Producer
David Lightbody
Executive Producer
Leigh Slaughter
Executive Producer
Andrew Williams
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Muppets Now Season 1

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (22)

It's great to have the Muppets back with original programming, but there's a lot of refining necessary before the next season of "Muppets Now."

Aug 14, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

My advice if the staff of "Muppets Now" convenes for a second season is simple. Cut the sketches by half, sharpen the writing, keep the weasel and, by all means, bring back the music.

Aug 3, 2020 | Full Review…

It's great to see these characters back in action. "Muppets Now" just isn't a great use of their talents, as always.

Aug 3, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

There's something comforting in how the writers blend in the familiar beats and strike a nostalgic chord for those of us who grew up with these characters.

Jul 30, 2020 | Full Review…

I'm a bit confused what it is trying to do and who it is for, and that is why I think it doesn't really work.

Aug 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Muppets Now does have the glossy sheen of the kind of corporate product you would expect from Disney+, but it also doesn't skimp on that anarchic Muppet spirit. It's a joy delivery service.

Aug 4, 2020 | Full Review…

The results are exactly the kind of entertaining and anarchic television for all the family the Muppets were once synonymous with.

Aug 24, 2020 | Full Review…

A just OK reboot with room to grow,

Aug 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The unscripted nature of the show does make for a lot of fun moments, particularly when the celebs get involved, but it also means it can be hit and miss.

Aug 14, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Of all the attempts to modernize the Muppets since the original series and movie, this one is the best. The Swedish Chef a big highlight.

Aug 11, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Light, family-friendly return is both familiar and fresh.

Aug 7, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Some bumps aside, Muppets Now is a sweet and silly reimagining of The Muppets for the digital age.

Aug 3, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Muppets Now: Season 1

  • May 10, 2021
    Muppets Now had great potential, but failed to show the Muppets chaotic charms with some formula like bits and unfunny moments. Athough, if you are a Muppets fan, it is something that can keep you busy for a bit. Also, if this reboot was to include some more live music performances like the original, it would probably be a lot better as those were some highlights of the show.
  • May 08, 2021
    This is far from the best muppet show - but it's up there. It's a great return to form after their 5 year hiatus.
  • Mar 24, 2021
    I have been an avid fan of the Muppets for a long time, but things have been rocky for the last couple of years. Disney just doesn't seem sure what to do with the Muppets nowadays, and Muppets Now is further proof of that. Muppets Now is a bunch of repetitive shorts that, most of the time, fall flat. As usual, the Muppet performers are excellent (though Kermit's new voice is still hard to listen to, even after 4 years of it), but forcing them to work off of scripts written by non-Muppet writers, instead of having the performers themselves write sketches like the pre-Disney series, severely dampens their ability to really shine. Disney, for some reason, would rather the Muppets be more like Sesame Street than The Muppet Show, as a decent amount of segments feature some sort of lesson to learn, whether it be cooking or science; and the classic zaniness and chaos of the Muppets is completely absent. Instead, the Muppets are all soft, cute and bland. The lack of variety of shorts also doesn't help, as the already bland shorts get repetitive and grating. They feel like they were all filmed in one day. Additionally, the lack of music hurts the series immensely- what are the Muppets without songs to sing? Disney's two Muppet movies (The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted) and the 2015 Muppets mockumentary series had that chaotic edge the Muppets are known for, and were great, but for some reason they've stripped that back since the 2015 series was (wrongfully) cancelled. What Disney needs to do to make the Muppets shine again is loosen the reigns and give the performers more/full creative control (something that Kermit's previous performer was fired for wanting) and allow them to be the characters we know and love, instead of the sanded-down, corporate-approved Disney versions we're stuck with. The Muppets don't work as a kiddy Sesame Street streaming show. Perhaps Josh Gad's Muppet project could be revived, as that sounded much more in-line with the Muppets as we know them- full of charm, chaos, and music!
  • Feb 21, 2021
    I don't know how I sat through this whole series, but I sat through it with a straight face the entire time, with not so much as one chuckle... Up until this show, I'd liked everything Muppet related. Even the content the majority disliked. Not this show though, this show is that bad...
  • Feb 04, 2021
    This is just another lifeless, soulless, attempt at reviving a franchise that The Jim Henson Company should have never given up. Aside from 2011's The Muppets introducing Walter, I don't understand how Disney can get Star Wars right but has repeatedly butchered the Muppets for the last two decades. Characterizations of the loveable gang created in the 60s and 70s has been cheapened. It's about the gag and not about each character being a unique contributor to the arching comedy. The Muppets have lost their way.
  • Dec 07, 2020
    Tal vez el propósito de esta serie sería servir como entrada para después servir como plato fuerte una serie más grande, en cuanto a su calidad, cuenta con varios chistes graciosos, entretiene pero no deja huella, ni se ve que pretenda hacerlo, es el proyecto más débil de los queridos Muppets, esperemos que la serie secuela de Los Muppets en Manhattan vuelva a ver la luz para recuperar la grandeza que vimos por última vez en sus dos últimas películas.
  • Nov 21, 2020
    I hoped that Disney would bring back the Muppets but unfortunately find the 'Muppets Now' rather disappointing. For instance the Swedish cook is a great character and I wouldn't want to miss him but you can't do a whole lot with him. In the original series there was usually a small time allotted to him just enough to be funny. In this series it just drags on way too long, isn't really funny and is the same idea in every episode. I really would like see the Muppets but it needs better, funnier writing and shorter sketches.
  • Sep 26, 2020
    It's certainly no "Muppet Show" but it's got marvelous potential! It's wonderful to see the Muppets back one more time, I'm hoping this time lasts a while. Note to Disney-- Muppets and music go together like salt & pepper shakers! Without them performing music occasionally they lose so much!
  • Sep 13, 2020
    Hilariously entertaining and perfect for family viewing. Questionable guests but some really awesome segments. It's disappointing there were only 6 episodes, hopefully we'll get a second season to make up for it.
  • Sep 07, 2020
    It's a poor use of otherwise great characters. If it's unscripted, as stated, it shouldn't be. The format gets old after the first two minutes. The character's base personalities are used to form many half jokes, but no laughs. Overall, it's a disappointing revival of a great franchise.

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