The Muppets: Season 1 (2015 - 2016)

Season 1
The Muppets

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The Muppets brings new energy to a beloved franchise -- and although longtime fans may be taken aback by the show's adult mockumentary approach, the classic characters retain their essential spirit.



Critic Ratings: 58


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User Ratings: 311

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Air date: Sep 22, 2015

Jim Henson's lovable puppets return to the small screen in this mockumentary-style series that follows their personal and professional lives. In the premiere, Miss Piggy is livid when Kermit books Elizabeth Banks on her late-night talk show; and Fozzie meets his girlfriend's parents. Also: a performance by Imagine Dragons.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2015

Kermit tries to make amends with Miss Piggy by setting up her up with Josh Groban, who shares his ideas to improve her late-night talk show. Meanwhile, Fozzie is invited to a party at Jay Leno's house; and the cast and crew are irked by Bobo selling cookies for his daughter's scout troop.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2015

Kermit gives Fozzie advice that the bear, as usual, goes to extremes to heed, so Nick Offerman offers the gang a helping hand. Meanwhile, Christina Applegate is a guest on Miss Piggy's late-night show; and Pepe, Rizzo and Liam Hemsworth weigh in on Gonzo's online-dating problems.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2015

The gang runs into Ed Helms on a crazy night out at Rowlf's Tavern, where they dust off their favorite karaoke routines, but Kermit is annoyed when no one shows up for work the next day. Meanwhile, Fozzie has an unfortunate accident.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2015

The feud between Miss Piggy and Reese Witherspoon heats up when they volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Meanwhile, Fozzie and his girlfriend have problems.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2015

Kermit searches for a gift for Denise's birthday, but is at a loss about what to get her, so he asks Miss Piggy for help. Meanwhile, Kristin Chenoweth accidentally creates tension in the Electric Mayhem when she agrees to do a gig with the band.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2015

Work pressure gets to Kermit, so he's sent for some R & R at a private yoga retreat, where he runs into Jason Bateman, who's also dealing with stress-related issues. Meanwhile, Scooter tries to run the show in Kermit's absence, but his best is, unfortunately, not nearly good enough.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2015

Scooter books his crush, Chelsea Handler, who spices up "Up Late" and his personal life. Meanwhile, Kermit learns that Becky may be hiding her past from Fozzie when he and Denise go on a double date.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2015

Joseph Gordon-Levitt performs a duet with Miss Piggy on "Up Late" and then plays poker with Scooter, Pepe and the gang. Meanwhile, the Great Gonzo prepares for his next death-defying stunt; and Dave Grohl challenges Animal to a drumming contest.

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Air date: Dec 8, 2015

Mindy Kaling is the guest for the annual "Up Late" live Christmas special, and the crew are hard at work as Animal's in charge of the tinsel, Sweetums hangs the lights and Sam Eagle places the mistletoe. Meanwhile, Miss Piggy gives relationship advice to Fozzie; and Echosmith perform at the staff Christmas party.

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Critic Reviews for The Muppets Season 1

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (34)

"The Muppets" brings the classic characters into modern culture in a way that feels fresh, distinctive, even a little dangerous.

Nov 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The whole show is like this: knowing, self-aware, clichéd, adorable, irresistible-unless you, understandably, thought the Muppets were perfect as is.

Sep 9, 2015 | Full Review…

I did not laugh at The Muppets. Bill Prady tries to update Kermit and Company with adult humor. Miss Piggy and Kermit have called it quits, draining the Muppets of the warmth and love that made them so lovely in the first place.

Sep 22, 2015 | Full Review…

These first two episodes are watchable enough, with next week's half-hour hitting on a fairly novel way to short-circuit a gooey Groban-Miss Piggy relationship that calms her tempestuous temperament but compromises her show.

Sep 22, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The Muppets -- which of course relies on the glorious, dysfunctional menagerie created by the late Jim Henson -- does everything right, including the really hard stuff.

Sep 22, 2015 | Full Review…

After seeing only 10 minutes, which you might also have seen, I couldn't be more convinced that the show will be hilarious.

Sep 21, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The Muppets, for its part, has more mainstream goals. It wants to be adult, but in a gentle, fun way that doesn't involve putting you off your food and making you despair of humanity.

Jul 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The thing I love the most about the show, though, is the way it tackles the concept of adult humor in a family-friendly setting.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Some of the mildly risque humor will go over kids' heads but will amuse parents in a comedy perfect for co-viewing.

Sep 15, 2015 | Full Review…

The Muppets moves at a fairly fast clip, with plenty of rough-and-tumble slapstick for the youngsters and an overall tongue-in-fist sensibility that should tickle most willing adults.

Sep 22, 2015 | Full Review…

Potential is a little Fozzie.

Sep 21, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The pilot signals the show has great potential, although it wasn't quite as witty as you'd expect from a Muppets series aimed at an older target audience.

Sep 21, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Muppets: Season 1

  • Jul 03, 2016
    A hilarious reality television spoof, The Muppets is a smart and satiric series that provides a lot of laughs. The show follows the behind-the-scenes workings of Miss Piggy's late night talk show "Up Late" as Kermit and the rest of the Muppets put on the show and deal with backstage drama. The Muppet characters are cast especially well, with Fozzie as the announcer, Gonzo and Rizzo as comedy writers, and Uncle Deadly as Piggy's personal assistant. Additionally, dozens of celebrities either guest star or make cameos, which gives a certain reality to the talk show motif. However, off-screen problems ended up spilling out onto the show, resulting is some cast changes, a shift in tone, and even a meta story arc about the network meddling in Miss Piggy's talk show. Still, Season 1 of The Muppets is a lot of fun, and a clever update of the original Muppet Show.
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  • Dec 29, 2020
    They did awesome man
  • Jun 19, 2020
    The Muppets (2016) was really solid for what it was: a decently funny workplace mockumentary. Unfortunately, the only times it's ever truly great -- the few times it slips back into the classic Muppets absurdism -- are the times you are reminded of how much better it could have been. I understand the idea of trying to modernize the muppets, and certain changes -- like resetting the show in a Late Night talk show instead of a variety show -- are really quite clever, but it misses the point of The Muppet Show. Yes, it was set in a variety show, but the style of it was not contemporary or mainstream - it was a niche, surrealist, yet shockingly earnest take on classic vaudevillian comedy. By making just another workplace sitcom, Bill Prady and Bob Kushnell have created a pretty good show in its own right, but they've lost The Muppets. And that's a shame.
  • Feb 24, 2020
    It was good for what it was. A muppet version of the office is what I need in my life.
  • Nov 19, 2019
    Criminally underrated show and the best Muppet product in decades.
  • Oct 17, 2019
    I don't get how this flopped, I think it's because we didnt get it. But its a lot of fun!!!
  • Aug 01, 2017
    The show has a slow start, but near the end of the series they fix a lot of their mistakes. But they were too late... It wasn't AMAZING or anything. Just okay. But it's a show with Muppets, so it's hard not to love it.
  • Feb 09, 2017
    Uneven yet still funny
  • Sep 13, 2016
    I love the show and it's new version of what a muppet is all about. Yet, they cancelled it and ending a whole new era of memories. Shame on you. Bring back the oldest family entertainment on television. So what if the kids don't understand what they're saying, we all love them.
  • Aug 12, 2016
    BOOOOOOO!!!! childhood ruiners......

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