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The Muppet Show - The Complete Third Season - family and children's DVD / television DVD / drama DVD / action adventure DVDreview
Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 1/2 stars
Actors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, Jerry Nelson, John Lovelady
Directors: Philip Casson   Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
DVD release: 20 May 2008   Runtime: 612 min. (4 discs)
Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
DVD features: Audio tracks (English), "Muppets on Puppets," "A Company of Players," Muppets commercials

On air from February 1978 through January 1979, the third season of The Muppet Show is just as much fun now as it was then. Those of us who were in footie jammies, grinning up at the screen when Gonzo blows his horn in the opening credits, will grin now too - but perhaps watching our own jammies monsters while they enjoy the puppetry antics. Season three has a lot to offer, in the same vein we expect of The Muppet Show, but this arrangement is when the creativity really starts to shine.

If Leo Sayer takes the place of the worst of the worst of the Muppets, then perhaps Liberace is the best of the best. The Mr. Sayer episode might be too scary for the kids to watch - it is definitely too scary for the adults! Other notables include Pearl Bailey, Harry Belafonte, and Lynn Redgrave. While some sets are incredibly dated (hello, Kris Kristofferson), others are timeless. Through the magic of music, kids today will enjoy Gilda Radner and Lesley Ann Warren.

There is more variety this season, more Muppets getting their moments of fame, more cheesy jokes, and more more MORE music and dancing. With Miss Piggy on the show, playing the jealousy card is to be expected. Miss Anna Sue Pig makes her stunning debut, much to the pleasure of Kermit and to the very outspoken dismay of leading lady Miss Piggy.

There is more Animal this season, who, of course, is the best and most entertaining Muppet there is. The Swedish Chef makes his appearances, as do the aged hecklers, "Pigs in Space," and Gonzo. Kermie and Fozzie go at it a few times, and the Eagle does his best to bring dignity to the show.

The Muppets doesn't really need extras beyond the shows themselves, but the commercials that are included top the whole thing off like a cherry with hot fudge.

Season three is when the Muppets begin to really come into their own. Despite off-the-wall guest stars, the show itself continues to thrive. The "characters" deepen in comic humor while the tiny subplots keep the show moving. The music is typically fantastic, and the exaggerated emotional puppetry is easy to connect with.

Knitted together with strange imagination and fur, and in spite of some very odd guest stars, The Muppet Show: Season 3 is a must-have.
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reviewed by Carolynn Evans
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