Series: The Muppets

The Muppets is a live-action series co-created by Bill Prady and Bob Kushell, premiering on ABC on 22 September 2015, and The Muppets' first full-fledged TV series since Muppets Tonight on the same channel nearly 20 years prior.

Like all of the previous Muppet TV series, The Muppets is a Show Within a Show, set behind the scenes of a talk show hosted by Miss Piggy that airs on ABC after Jimmy Kimmel Live (in-universe). In a similar style to The Office and Parks and Recreation it is a single camera mockumentary, featuring cutaway interviews with the Muppets to glean insights about their personal lives and triumphs and disappointments. Essentially, it's "a more adult Muppet show—for children of all ages."

Watch the trailer here. The test pilot was apparently extremely well-received, and was chosen to be screened at various summer festivals as part of ABC's Summer Block Party, as well as San Diego Comic Con during the show's panel. Eventually, due to popular demand from the Comic Con screening, ABC made the pilot available on their YouTube channel. Production officially began in August 2015.

Not to be confused with the 2011 film of the same name - or for that matter the original Muppet Show.

This series features examples of the following tropes:

  • A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: All of the Muppets except for Kermit and Miss Piggy start extravagantly spending their wages from their new show before it's even green-lit.
    Kermit: Wait a minute. Did everyone just run out and start spending money they don't have on ridiculous nonsense?
    Newsman: This just in: all the Muppets recklessly spent the money they don't have on complete nonsense. In a related story, my shoes are filled with caviar.
  • Blatant Lies: No, Miss Piggy certainly did not quit her new movie for Kermit.
  • Cone of Shame: Rowlf sports one early in the trailer.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: Assuming that their new show means they'll be loaded, the Muppets immediately start splashing the cash (that they don't actually have). The Electric Mayhem add a lap pool to their tour bus, Uncle Deadly hires Katy Perry to sing at his nephew's Bar Mitzvah, Swedish Chef opens a Swedish sushi restaurant (Which is just sushi topped with Swedish meatballs), and the Newsman fills his shoes with caviar.
  • Eagleland: Sam, as per usual.
    Sam: God Bless America, and its magnificent broadcasting company!
  • Fantastic Racism: Fozzie is dating a human woman, and her parents are not happy about it.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Wouldn't be the Muppets without it. Of particular note is Fozzie's human girlfriend and her parents' disapproval.note 
    • When it looks like the show won't go ahead, Kermit notes that everyone will be pretty upset. "Except the band. They're always happy. Legally now."
    • Piggy seductively tells her new squeeze that he better take a good nap, because "[he'll] need his strength tonight!" But it turns out to be because they have a party to go to that night, but the implications were clear.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Gonzo derides the mockumentary cutaway format (in such a cutaway), citing it as a way to make cheap jokes based on this...and then promptly expresses his support of the idea around the others.
    • Elizabeth Banks randomly appears to ask if they can have celebrity guests. Kermit thinks it's a great idea, but doesn't recognize Elizabeth as one, leaving her nonplussed and depressed.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Features all your favorite Muppets, as well as the ones nobody remembers, even those Muppets themselves!
    Kermit: And you are...?
    Chipnote : I think I was in a holiday special or something.
    • Funny enough, Chip is based on series producer Bill Prady.
  • Precision F-Strike: It's pretty tame compared to where they could go, but when was the last time you heard Kermit the frog say "hell"? note 
    • The pitch reel for the original Muppet Show.note 
    • He also said "screwed" earlier on.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: Gonzo's response to Piggy guessing his name is Gary.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Kermit and Piggy have since broken up, and he's dating another pig, Denise (who is herself an Expy of Muppets Tonight character Spamela Hamderson).note 

Waldorf: Uh, which way do I turn the knob if I think this Muppet show is terrible?
Statler: To the left.
Waldorf: It won't go any further!
Statler: Sure it will! I turned mine so far I broke it!
Both: Do-ho-ho-ho!