Awesome: The Muppets

The 2011 movie

  • "Me Party" is essentially a Big Lipped Alligator Moment Gratuitous Disco Sequence seemingly put in just so Amy Adams can show off her singing-and-dancing skills. And darned if it isn't awesome.
  • After Uncle Deadly's Heel-Face Turn, he throws Tex off of the top of the building and mocks his lack of an Evil Laugh by showing off his own epic laughter!
    Uncle Deadly: (laughs maniacally afterward) Now THAT'S a maniacal laugh for you!
    • When he declares that just because he looks scary and has a British accent, doesn't mean he's not a Muppet.
    • Better yet, it's the first time Deadly's done anything noteworthy in three decades. Now he gets to show off to a new generation of Muppet fans!
  • Pixar people briefly stepped in to help with the script. It shows.
  • The true and triumphant return of Rainbow Connection, further cementing it's place as one of the greatest songs in all of fiction. Also counts as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
    • Animal also returns to the drums during this song as well. By the end he's hitting them so hard, sparks are flying!
  • Sure, we all expected the giant mob of fans lining the street outside the theater at the end. But the entire street was packed like it was New Year's Eve at Times Square.
  • The initial trailers, expertly suckering you into thinking it's some lame cookie cutter romantic comedy before Kermit abruptly shows up.
  • Walter's whistle solo, all done without missing a beat.
  • The song "Man or Muppet" did something not even The Rainbow Connection ever has - win the "Best Original Song" category in the Academy Awards, effectively giving the franchise its first Oscar.
  • Camilla and her all-chicken backup singers doing an epic job of blowing up the radar with a clucked out rendition of C-Lo Green's song.
  • You know that part in the montage where Scooter is "off to the TED conference"? That ACTUALLY HAPPENED. He speaks on the stage for 5 minutes about the validity of real-life puppets vs. CG, virtual animation in feature films with quite the enthusiasm! And the presentation isn't only for entertainment- he's bringing up valid points!
  • The airing of the Show Within a Show production of the Muppet Telethon comes complete with a new and complete filming of the show's opening, with a new Couch Gag every step of the way, the first such in nearly forty years. Most of the human cast were children the last time Gonzo's horn made a new ridiculous sound, and several of the younger cameo members weren't even born yet. And that is still Dave Goelz making Gonzo play the horn!
  • After Tex Richman cuts off the Muppet Theater's power during the telethon, Gary and Mary re-appear in LA and undo the damage.
    Gary: I love it when you talk shop.
  • Gonzo's joining of the group. The guy rips off his business suit to reveal his Daredevil outfit ("I've been wearing this under my clothes for thirty years!") and leaps proudly off the roof of his factory into a box full of packing peanuts. He then detonates his entire business. Using a button labeled "AUTOMATIC DESTROY PLUMBING BUSINESS BUTTON." Even though Gonzo was one of the more successful Muppets after the break-up, you realize that life was never insane enough to handle him.
  • Kermit seems to have lost everything, and he's obviously on the verge of despair, but he turns to his team of maniacs and gives a brief but powerful Rousing Speech. "It doesn't matter if nobody believes in us, because I believe. I believe in you." It's a tearjerker, but it's also proof that Heart really is an awesome power.

The 2015 series

  • Just the fact that the Muppets are returning to TV regularly after almost 20 years is enough to get everyone hyped.
    • Another thing: Minor Muppet Chip is getting a bigger role.
  • Kermit's Batman Gambit to get Piggy to break up with Josh Groban: Telling Piggy that the show's name is being changed to Josh Groban Presents Up Late with Miss Piggy.
  • In "Pig Out" Kermit pulls off another manipulation to get Piggy to stop going out with the crew: remind her that she's a class or two above the common crew members. Kermit points out he learned from the best.
  • In "Walk The Swine", say what you will about Piggy, but there's no denying that she can do an apology like no one can! It manages to be all three moments at once.
    • Earlier, she wins a sawing contest by karate chopping the end off.
  • In "The Ex Factor", Piggy using what Kermit told her about Denise to help him get the perfect birthday present for her, while at the same time slipping in a subtle Take That to him about making such an awkward request of her by having the jewelry box actually be a music box that plays Kermit and Piggy's favorite couple song.
  • "Pigs in a Blackout"
  • Near the end of "Going, Going, Gonzo", Gonzo (having originally planned to do the Piggy Water-sponsored cannon shoot, but backed out), to the strains of Dave Grohl & the Electric Mayhem playing "Learn to Fly", goes ahead and does the stunt anyway... and pulls it off.
    Gonzo: I'm Gonzo the Great!
    Kermit: No! You're Gonzo the GREATEST!
    • The episode's Stinger: Dave Grohl having a drum duel... WITH ANIMAL!!
      Dave Grohl: You win.
      Animal: (at the same time) You win.
  • During the Most Wonderful Time Of The Year number at the end of Single All The Way, Crazy Harry is clearly noticeable, doing something noteworthy for the first time on the show.
    • Kermit and Piggy seem to be one step closer to getting back together!