Muppet Retro Reviews: Muppets Tonight, Part 8

Abigail Maughan – Thanks to everyone who voted in the recent poll! “The Best of Muppets Tonight,” “Johnny Fiama Leaves Home,” and the Dennis Quaid episode win, with the Prince episode and “The Cameo Show” close behind. See for yourself here, if you so desire. Now, let’s finish this up, shall we? 211—ANDIE MCDOWELL PLOT: With…

Muppet Retro Reviews: Muppets Tonight, Part 7

Written by Abigail Maughan. 207—DENNIS QUAID PLOT: While Kermit is forced to spend a disturbing evening with Gilbert Gottfried, Clifford feels unneeded when Dennis Quaid excels in all of his jobs. GUEST STAR: We have actor Dennis Quaid, who gets to reference his previous movie roles and good-guy persona. Also present is Gilbert Gottfried, whose…

Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Mulch

Written by Ryan Dosier. MULCH Performed by… Kevin Clash (Muppets Tonight) Jerry Nelson (The Muppet Show) First appearance… The Muppet Show Episode 501: Gene Kelly (1981) Most recent appearance… The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz (2005) Best known role… Dr. Phil van Neuter’s grunting lab assistant in “Tales From the Vet” WHO IS MULCH? Mulch is best known…

Muppet Retro Reviews: Muppets Tonight, Part 6

Written by Abigail Maughan. 204—PIERCE BROSNAN PLOT: Everyone is puzzled by Pierce Brosnan’s ineptitude compared to that of his character James Bond, including Peirce himself. Meanwhile, a hostile gang of lobsters seeks to take over the world, starting with KMUP. GUEST STAR: As we all know, Muppet guest stars get an equal balance of showing…

Muppet Retro Reviews: Muppets Tonight, Part 5

Abigail Maughan – Thanks for voting in the poll last week, everyone who voted in the poll last week! The episodes with Sandra Bullock and Cindy Crawford seem to be the overwhelming favorites, with Whoopi Goldberg and Garth Brooks close behind. You can see the results here. Now, on to Season 2! 201– THE ARTIST FORMERLY…

Muppet Retro Reviews: Muppets Tonight, Part 4

Written by Abigail Maughan. 108– JASON ALEXANDER PLOT: The egos and creative preferences of Gonzo and Jason Alexander clash while they attempt to make their college musical screenplay “Bats” a reality. GUEST STAR: Actor Jason Alexander, whose other Muppet connections include doing voices in Dinosaurs, plays off of Gonzo well. He is very good at…

Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Bill the Bubble Guy

Written by Ryan Dosier. BILL THE BUBBLE GUY Performed by… Dave Goelz First appearance… Muppets Tonight Episode 102: Garth Brooks (1996) Most recent appearance… Muppets Tonight Episode 212: Johnny Fiama Leaves Home (1997) Best known role… Performer whose head spurts out bubbles WHO IS BILL THE BUBBLE GUY? Bill the Bubble Guy is one of the many…

Muppet Retro Reviews: Muppets Tonight, Part 3

Written by Abigail Maughan. 105—CINDY CRAWFORD PLOT: Bobo the Bear falls in love with Cindy Crawford, and enlists Rizzo’s help to woo her. There’s also an amusing subplot involving Sal Minella being hit by Cupid. I like that this episode shows a more complex side of Bobo than the dimwitted snarker he usually is. It’s…

Punk Rock Merit Badges: The Muppets and Alt Rock

Dan V. – The Muppets and alternative music are two of my greatest passions. What I admire most about both is how adventurous they are. Think about it; the Muppets can pull off surrealism and sadness equally well. Meanwhile, “alternative” can mean anything from synthesizers to sitars. All caution about being “too weird” is thrown to…

Muppet Retro Reviews: Muppets Tonight, Part 2

Written by Abigail Maughan. 102 — GARTH BROOKS PLOT: Garth Brooks adamantly refuses to sing a country song, much to the frustration of Clifford, Rizzo, and the visiting network executive. GUEST STAR: Country singer Garth Brooks engages in all sorts of bizarre activities here, including dressing in pantaloons, singing “If I Were a Rich Man,”…