'Muppets Now' Episode 1: Disney+ series leaves fans overjoyed as their 'favorite' characters return to screen

Longtime fans of the characters believe that the first episode of 'Muppets Now' is a step in the right direction


                            'Muppets Now' Episode 1: Disney+ series leaves fans overjoyed as their 'favorite' characters return to screen
Still from 'Muppets Now' (Disney+)

Forget the old stage and the live Muppets variety act, the Muppets have gone digital, with an all-new series titled 'Muppets Now', which features multiple unique segments and celebrity guests. Fans have all logged in to watch their favorite Muppets on screen again, and though not all of them believe the Muppets have recaptured their original glory, they seem to agree that 'Muppets Now' at least sets the Muppets on the right track.

While the Muppets have failed to hit that same classic level of appeal ever since being acquired by Disney, longtime fans of the characters believe that the first episode of 'Muppets Now' is a step in the right direction.



 

 



 

 

Many are simply happy to see their favorite Muppets, like Kermit the Frog (Matt Vogel) and Miss Piggy (Eric Jacobson) returning to their television screens with all new content. Although Disney+ has a treasure trove of classic Muppet movies, and the old 2015 series, this is the first new content that the Muppets have put out in a while.



 

 



 

 

While fans both old and new seem to be enjoying the new series, there are those who believe the show is only mildly funny. A certain section of the Muppets fandom has called out the series for a lack of laugh-out-loud moments. The opinion seems to be that while 'Muppets Now' is funny, it's not that funny.



 

 



 

 

The segments featuring Kermit the Frog were especially popular with fans. In 'Muppet Masters,' Kermit displays his hidden talent of "photobombing," much to the viewers' delight, while in 'Mup Close & Personal', Kermit interviews RuPaul -- or, at least, he attempts to. It's not long before Kermit's interview is interrupted with a string of Muppets who insist on interrupting the taping in order to ask RuPaul some questions of their own. Both segments were a hit, and fans felt that Miss Piggy's 'Lifesty' segment and Swedish Chef's (Bill Barretta) 'Okey Dokey Kookin' segment dragged in comparison.



 

 

Overall, while the series does not appear to be a standout hit, fans are having a great time seeing the Muppets return to the screen in an approximation of the variety show that made them so popular in the first place. The series has definite room to grow, and the Muppets have a dedicated audience willing to watch whatever comes next.

The next episode of 'The Muppets' airs August 7, on Disney+.

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