The second season of The Muppet Show has now officially been out on the market for about two weeks. And if you’re a decent sort of Muppet fan, you’ll have already watched it several times, nitpicked it to death, and cried over all of the scenes with Miss Mousey.
But if you haven’t watched the second season yet, you are in luck. I have gone through the trouble of picking out the very best scenes from every episode and prepared them in an easy-to-read format for your enjoyment.
So without further ado-doo-do-do-doo, here are 24 spectacular scenes and riveting reasons to watch The Muppet Show: Season Two.
Episode 1 – Don Knotts
There is nothing in the world more satisfying than Zero Mostel trying to murder Sam the Eagle with a hammer. Except maybe when he points his gun at Sam, then points it into his own mouth when Sam turns around, while Sam hardly flinches.
Episode 3 – Milton Berle
It’s comforting to know that world-famous impersonator Rich Little crashes and burns when he attempts to do the voices of Fozzie, Kermit and Piggy.
It’s more comforting to know that Mark Hamill can do a better job at it.
Episode 5 – Judy Collins
Judy Collins’ strung-out performance. Note her muffled bewilderment at Crazy Harry’s explosion and the sincerity with which she sings a ballad in front of three incredibly creepy clowns.
Episode 6 – Nancy Walker
The biting honesty when Nancy Walker admits to Fozzie that the show is a flop, right after picking up his spirits with a jaunty song. It’s like I’m watching an episode of “Rhoda”!
Episode 7 – Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy does nothing but insult the Muppets in any way he can muster, only to be asked to join their motley clan. And how does he thank them? More insults! Thanks, you wooden jackass.
Episode 8 – Steve Martin
Because you can pinpoint the exact moment when Cleo Laine’s career ended. Here’s a two-word hint: Bruce Schwartz.
*EDITED to say that according to ToughPigs contributor David, despite Bruce Schwartz’s best efforts, Cleo Laine’s career apparently is alive and well. You can read all about it here.
Episode 17 – Julie Andrews
Because Cloris Leachman gets booed in the first 15 seconds of the show. By a bunch of vegetables.
And there you have it, folks. 24 episodes, 24 great reasons to buy season 2 on DVD. And if that ain’t enough, maybe you should try the H.R. Pufinstuf fan site.
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