The Muppets are back on TV thanks to their new self-titled comedy series on ABC.
The Muppets series is mockumentary style, and follows the production of Miss Piggy’s late night talk show in Los Angeles. The personal and professional lives of the colorful characters are documented in this 30-minute series. As you can see from the promo below, the network is promoting The Muppets as a show for adults:
Hypable watched the first two episodes of The Muppets and liked what we saw. However, the show has a couple of issues. For starters, The Muppets relies heavily on celebrity cameos for surprises and entertainment. Can they keep the number of celebrity surprises high throughout the entire series to hold our interest?
The other issue is that the show just isn’t very funny. I only laughed a handful of times between the two episodes, and even those laughs were mild chuckles. The writing felt predictable and at times very unoriginal. For example, a bit in tonight’s episode about Miss Piggy auditioning with Banks for The Hunger Games falls flat. Perhaps bigger Muppet fans will find the show funnier than I did.
With that said, the show is visually pleasing and offers just the right amount of light entertainment someone may be looking for while unwinding in front of the TV at night. The best characters are, unsurprisingly, Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Fozzie. Despite this show taking on a more adult theme, the personalities they’ve become known for are very present — they’re as fun to watch as ever before.
If you have any interest in the Muppets, you should definitely give the series a try. Our only recommendation is to enter the show with mild expectations.
The Muppets series premiere “Pig Girls Don’t Cry” airs at 8 p.m. tonight on ABC. “Miss Piggy is furious that Kermit booked Elizabeth Banks as a guest on her late night talk show Up Late with Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear meets his girlfriend’s parents, and Grammy Award-winning rock band Imagine Dragons performs their new single ‘Roots,'” reads the synopsis.