The Muppet Show was endearing and revolutionary - it was adorable, insanely funny, and appealed to all ages not only because of it's roster of top rated guest stars, but because of the Muppet characters themselves. A timeless show to be sure.
I keep hoping that they will come out with every episode, whether it be a few at a time on one DVD like this one or one massive collection, but for now, my family and I make do with a few gems like these. This DVD features commentary by Brian Henson, Jim's son, with some behind the episodes information. That may be my only complaint here - we had thought that there would be more special DVD features, or maybe even room for four episodes.
On the whole, this one is superb - Steve Martin's episode is highlighted by Steve playing his banjo with the Muppet "jug band". For anyone who didn't know, Steve Martin is a self-taught banjo and ukelele player, and he is phenominal.
Gilda Radner is at her absolutely ditsy, lovable best - her mock operetta with a carrot in a distinguished tuxedo is wonderful. Her episode also features a rousing chorus of penguins singing Broadway standards. Too cute.
Carol Burnett's selection is definitely the best one here, and won an Emmy for writing. The entire episode takes place in the midst of a dance competition, (suggested by Gonzo, so you know things are bound to go haywire!). Carol winds up with Animal as her partner, and tries unsuccessfully to perform her ballads amid the changing song styles, all with hilarious results.
The best thing about The Muppet Show is that it never grows old or out of style, and never loses it's charm. Our 2 year old is just as happy watching it as our 10 year old, and my husband and I have no problem with popping this in, either. Even if you are just revisiting these episodes after seeing them when you were a child, this show and it's episodes are must haves for any family to enjoy. Three classic comic talents, on one great DVD, from one fantastic show!!!!