Jim Henson hosts an anthology series. The typical format has the first part being the misadventures of Muppet TV as Kermit the Frog struggles to operate a Muppet TV super station with the usual level of help from his friends. The second part is the Storyteller as an old man and his sarcastic dog tell obscure fairy tales in the tradition of the great classics.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
In Feburary 2004, the rights to the Muppets were bought by The Walt Disney Company. This was the only series where the distribution rights were split between The Walt Disney Company and The Jim Henson Company. See more »
After the shows original run, many parts of this show were broadcast without the Jim Henson Hour opening and without Jim Hensons introductions and closings. All of the second half-hour portions were shown on their own, all hour-long specials (except for The Secrets of The Muppets) were shown without an opening or introductions and closings by Jim Henson, and the first half-hours were previously broadcast in Canada with an altered title (The Jim Henson Show). See more »
It's an anthology series from Jim Henson, the legendary creator of The Muppets and so much more. It's an hour long show. Twelve episodes were produced and the show was cancelled before all of them aired. A few of the episodes are hour long stories. The best episode is undoubtedly Dog City. It's the best concept and actually got real laughs. I love when the dog say some dog commands by accident. It's a great episode and I wish the rest have the same level of conception. The other compelling episode is the behind-the-scenes show. It's fun to see. The rest are episodes divided into two sections.
The first sections are basically The Muppet Show crossed with SCTV. This is actually somewhat fun if Muppets are your thing. Kermit is operating from a TV control room with the creepy looking Digit. It's song and dance and all one expects from the Muppets. Quite frankly, it needs to embrace the SCTV side by creating TV shows with all The Muppets that we're familiar with. Chef would definitely be doing a cooking show. Sam Eagle would be doing politics. Gonzo could do the X-Files with Beaker. Miss Piggy would be the Kardashian. Jim really needs to hire brilliant writers more than puppetry artists. The second half is where I have all the issues. The show reruns The Storyteller, a British live action show from two years earlier by Henson. John Hurt is the storyteller who tells medieval tales. It's not The Muppets. The stories are stodgy and British. It's hard to sit through. Mostly, it's not fun. This show needs more Dog City and less Storyteller. One thing I will never forget. I didn't realize that Henson sounds like Kermit. I'm that dumb.
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