[[caption-width-right:300:It's PrimeTime to get things started!]]

->''Cut to interviews? That is just a totally overused device to make easy jokes. 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!''

'''''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:

* AscendedExtra: After quite a while of being DemotedToExtra, Rizzo is back in full force. Also gaining a bigger presence are Uncle Deadly, Pepe, Bobo, and Big Mean Carl, all of whom had small parts in ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted''.
* BatmanGambit: Kermit pulls a simple one in "Hostile Makeover", in order to get rid of Josh Groban. The plan? [[spoiler:Telling Piggy that the show's name is being changed to ''Josh Groban Presents Up Late with Miss Piggy''. This takes advantage of Piggy's [[ItsAllAboutMe ego]] and causes her to break up with him.]]
* BigEater: Kermit is revealed to be a stress eater. He even asks for more food after eating so much that he can't move.
* BiTheWay: When Yolanda Rat says that Josh Groban gives her "the feels" in "Hostile Makeover", Pepe--notoriously (and thus far heterosexually) TheCasanova (or CasanovaWannabe)--agrees that Groban gives him the feels, too. When everyone stops and looks at him, he shruggingly says, "What? He's a handsome man, and gender is fluid!"
* BrickJoke: In "Hostile Makeover", Kermit has a throwaway line about being in an elevator with Lea Thompson. [[spoiler:He runs into her again in an elevator in the [[OhCisco credits scene]].]]
* ButtMonkey: Poor Tom Bergeron repeatedly gets the short end of the stick in the first broadcast episode.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: With all the classic Muppets abound, it's rather easy to see that Walter is completely absent from the series so far, despite him being a major character in the [[Film/TheMuppets two]] [[Film/TheMuppetsMostWanted films]] made in the years before this show.
* CodeEmergency: "Hostile Makeover" establishes that there is a color-coded system used to define [[UnstoppableRage Piggy's anger stages]]. Apparently, they hadn't ever been in code green (that is, normal mood) until Josh Groban came along.
* ComedicSociopathy: Dr. Bunsen Honeydew continues to abuse Beaker in cool and unusual ways with no particular concern for his assistant's well being.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Gonzo, Rizzo, and Pepe pitch a "[[Series/DancingWithTheStars Dancing with the Czars]]" sketch, Kermit tells them that he hates everything about it. Gonzo's reaction? "You hear that? Only one note!"
* CueCard: Fozzie reads off ones held up by Sweetums to start ''Late Night with Miss Piggy'' off in "Pig Girls Don't Cry". They seem to be out of order.
-->'''Fozzie: '''Featuring the Electric Mayhem! Dr. Teeth and The! ...Electric Mayhem.
* FantasticRacism: Fozzie is dating a human woman, and her parents are ''not'' happy about it.
-->'''Carl''': What if you had children? How would you raise them? Where would they go to the bathroom? In the woods?!?!\\
'''Fozzie''': OK! ''That'' is an offensive stereotype!
* 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]]
** 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.
** Scooter points out that the Electric Mayhem might be good target for Bobo's cookie-selling efforts, as [[TheStoner They're always happy. Legally now."]]
** Fozzie notes that advertising himself as a "bear searching for love" on dating sites has [[TheBear caused some misunderstandings.]]
* 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.
** Jay Leno gets mad at Fonzie for stealing a glass bowl...that he stole from George Carlin.
* InterspeciesRomance: Another Muppet tradition.
** Fozzie has a human girlfriend.
** After breaking up with Miss Piggy, Kermit starts going out with Denise, who's also a pig.
-->'''Kermit:''' What can I say? [[HasAType I'm attracted to pigs]].
** "Hostile Makeover" revolves around Miss Piggy getting together with Music/JoshGroban.
* LimitedWardrobe: Averted, in contrast with previous productions. Most Muppets who wear clothes wear different outfits each day.
* LiteralMinded: Lew Zealand seems to have an issue with this, as shown when the Muppets are trying to find Piggy a date in "Hostile Makeover".
-->"Throw everything we've got at Creator/KeanuReeves!"
-->*Lew Zealand proceeds to throw one of his fish at a pinned picture of Reeves*
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: So many that many of the regulars--Rowlf especially--still haven't been glimpsed two episodes in.
* MoodWhiplash:
** While most of the first episode is jam-packed with one liners, physical comedy, and classic Muppet zaniness, the moment the exact circumstances of the Big Break-Up are revealed, things turn heart-wrenchingly serious. [[spoiler: The look on poor Piggy's face when an evening out with her boyfriend goes sour in the worst way...]]
** "Hostile Makeover" is generally a lot more comedic than the first episode... until Jay Leno discovers that Fozzie stole his George Carlin candy bowl. Let's just say that Fozzie isn't welcome in Leno's house anymore.
* MythologyGag: Kermit ends the show's intro with, "Hm. [[Series/TheMuppetShow Time to get things started.]]" Followed by the logo forming on-screen to the beat of [[MusicalGag the seven notes those words were sung to.]][[note]]"And-now-let's-get-things-star-ted!"[[/note]]
* NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat: "When your online profile says 'passionate bear searching for love,' you get a lot of wrong responses. Well, not ''wrong'', just...wrong for me.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted, with Big Mean Carl and Becky's father Carl.
* PrecisionFStrike: It's pretty tame compared to where they could go, but Kermit The Frog hadn't said "hell" [[note]]"... A bacon-wrapped hell on earth."[[/note]] since the pitch reel for the original Muppet Show.[[note]]"What the hell was that?"[[/note]] He also said "screwed" earlier on in the pilot.
** {{Lampshaded}} on the first episode (as opposed to the pilot short) when Sam passes by and says "Can't say 'hell'."
* RealityEnsues: Fozzie was lucky Jay Leno simply broke off their friendship instead of calling the cops on him after he stole his George Carlin candy bowl.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Dr. Teeth has an unusually flowery way of speaking.
--> '''Dr. Teeth''': Perhaps we should dis-mistify any further mis-confusion with a daily confabulation type meeting.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Up Late with Miss Piggy''.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Kermit and Piggy have since broken up, and he's dating another pig, Denise (who was herself an {{Expy}} of ''Series/MuppetsTonight'' character Spamela Hamderson before she was redesigned before production. She looks more like Creator/TinaFey now).
* WalkAndTalk: Often done to show that the characters are working in a busy office environment. All the more impressive because these extended takes are done with both muppets and humans as extras.
** {{Lampshaded}} like everything Muppet, in the first episode.
--> '''Piggy:'''"Walk with me"
* WeWantOurJerkBack: Somewhat subverted. When Kermit set Miss Piggy up with Josh Groban Miss Piggy began to mellow out considerably and began acting nice to everyone. Everyone liked the new gentle Miss Piggy, and the only reason Kermit wanted the old Miss Piggy back was because Groban began interfering with the show and it sucked as a result.
* WorkingWithTheEx: The first scene of the first episode has Kermit complaining about how tough it is having to work for Miss Piggy after their break up.
* XMeetsY: ''Series/TheLarrySandersShow'' meets ''TheOffice''[[note]]from either side of the pond, really[[/note]]. With [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Muppets]].

!!The pilot presentation 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!]]
* HypocriticalHumor: 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.
** Funnily enough, Chip is based on series producer Bill Prady.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: Gonzo's response to Piggy guessing his name is Gary.
->'''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!