-->''Cut to interviews? [[SelfDeprecation That is just a totally overused device to make easy jokes.]] [[HypocriticalHumor You know, talking to the camera about how you really feel, and then cutting back and saying something completely different! I just hate that!]]\\
* woosh*\\
I love it! Great device!''\\
-- Gonzo

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

Like all of the previous Muppet TV series, ''The Muppets'' is a ShowWithinAShow, 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 ''Series/TheOffice'' and ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' 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 [[http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2391650329/ 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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2B5d-8H588 pilot]] available on their Website/YouTube channel. Production officially began in August 2015.

Not to be confused with the 2011 [[Film/TheMuppets film of the same name]] - or for that matter the original ''[[Series/TheMuppetShow Muppet Show]]''.

!!This series features examples of the following tropes:
* AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted: 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.
* BlatantLies: No, Miss Piggy certainly did not quit her new movie for Kermit.
* ConeOfShame: Rowlf sports one early in the trailer.
* ConspicuousConsumption: 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 Music/KatyPerry 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'' [[{{Creator/ABC}} broadcasting company!]]
* FantasticRacism: Fozzie is dating a human woman, and her parents are ''not'' happy about it.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Wouldn't be the Muppets without it. Of particular note is Fozzie's human girlfriend and her parents' disapproval.[[note]] Also serves as a nice CallBack to ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', where Season 3 had an entire episode devoted to Fozzie's intensely sexual attraction to guest star Raquel Welch. The Muppets: Championing interspecies dating for decades![[/note]]
** When it looks like the show won't go ahead, Kermit notes that everyone will be pretty upset. "Except the band. [[TheStoner 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.
* HypocriticalHumor:
** 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.
** Creator/ElizabethBanks 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.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Features all your favorite Muppets, as well as the ones '''nobody''' remembers, ''[[UpToEleven even those Muppets themselves!]]''
-->'''Kermit''': And you are...?
-->'''Chip'''[[note]]a Muppet created for ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'' and last seen in ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace''[[/note]]: I think I was in a holiday special or something.
** Funny enough, Chip is based on series producer Bill Prady.
* PrecisionFStrike: It's pretty tame compared to where they could go, but when was the last time you heard Kermit the frog say "hell"? [[note]]"... A bacon-wrapped hell on earth."[[/note]]
** The pitch reel for the original Muppet Show.[[note]]"What the hell was that?"[[/note]]
** He also said "screwed" earlier on.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: Gonzo's response to Piggy guessing his name is Gary.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Kermit and Piggy have since broken up, and he's dating another pig, Denise (who is herself an {{Expy}} of ''Series/MuppetsTonight'' character Spamela Hamderson).[[note]]The 2015 Comic Con panel has revealed that the puppet used in the pilot is being substantially redesigned for the actual series, the resemblance might be temporary.[[/note]]
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->'''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!\\
'''[[JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf Both]]''': Do-ho-ho-ho!
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