The Muppets: Season 1 Reviews

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Top Critic
November 26, 2019
"The Muppets" brings the classic characters into modern culture in a way that feels fresh, distinctive, even a little dangerous.
October 20, 2015
Sadly The Muppets was neither sensational, inspirational nor celebrational.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 6, 2015
With the exception of Gonzo, the Muppets should not work blue.
September 25, 2015
And when it comes to classics like The Muppets, the right course is to protect what's best about the gifts left us by creators universally described as gentle, kind and sweet - not to taint them by plundering their charm.
September 24, 2015
May come across as too tame for viewers used to more spice and cynicism in their sitcoms. For them, there's always the new season of The League. For the rest of us? Save us seats next to Stadler and Waldorf.
September 23, 2015
The Muppets isn't really the Muppets, except in sad facsimile.
September 23, 2015
It's The Muppets. Do you really need any other reason to tune in?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 23, 2015
This version of a Muppet show is a tone-deaf disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 23, 2015
On a base level, it's captivating to see the Muppets interact with the real world in such an unprecedented way.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 22, 2015
This is a real tentative recommendation, honestly. I can't say The Muppets pilot wasn't funny. It was funny, but it was also...mean-spirited? Too cynical? I don't know.
September 22, 2015
Although The Muppets shares the backstage focus of the old Muppet Show, it lacks the spunkiness and innocence.
September 22, 2015
And even if you prefer the good old days, there's nothing you're missing from skipping this latest entry, the most monotonous Muppet caper of all.
September 22, 2015
It is as clever and well constructed as many series whose casts are entirely human (and an improvement on the pilot, released to the press early in the summer).
September 22, 2015
But one major concern keeps bubbling up: The original series had a lovingly dusty vaudevillian style, an affectionate throwback to a show business world from decades earlier, while this just feels like stuff from five years ago.
September 22, 2015
It's quite possible that in the weeks to come, The Muppets will satisfy the way we want it to satisfy. It's quite possible that this weird and wonky thing will grow into itself, and/or we will grow into it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 22, 2015
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.
September 22, 2015
It's still magical to watch these characters navigate the real world -- as dispiriting as it may be to see them reflect it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 22, 2015
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 22, 2015
This reinvention just feels a little overthought. The Muppets does not need to be snarky to be smart, and there's nothing antiquated about joy.
Top Critic
September 22, 2015
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.
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