Today I flashed back to my childhood. A few friends of mine were talking about the children shows we grew up with and how different they are from the shows on TV today. One of them was the The Muppets. Oh the memories. If you grew up in the late 70 and 80's then you would remember The Muppets. Those lovable creatures with their zany ways are hard to forget.
Most of you can remember the lead characters like Kermit, and Missy Piggy, but how many remember Gonzo with his funky hair; one could never tell what kind of creature he was, and Animal, the way he played those drums, so unlike a pro. How could you not laugh? Or Fozzie the Bear, Slater or Scooter? For the patriot their was always Sam the American Eagle, bet you don't remember him? What about Dr. Benson Honeydew and Beaker? I used to love watching their science experiments go wrong. Then their were the critics always commenting on everything. Do you remember the Swedish Chef? No one could whip up a meal like him with his "hourde dum" speal. Love him. All of the characters are crazy in their own lovable way.
Today The Muppets would be considered a punch of misfits, but they are the most lovable, accepting group of characters that were ever on TV. In evey episode The Muppets worked together. They had their silly times, serious times, and they always accepted everyone. Never did you hear a snide remark towards another character, or say something mean, rude, or disrespectful to another character whether it be another muppet or human on any of their shows.
The Muppet Show wasn't necessarily an educational show, it was just good clean fun. Now, compare the childern shows that are on TV today, and what do you notice? Can you name any that are good clean fun? Oh, there are some, just not many, and you have to think really hard to come up with one don't you? Thought so. Now name one that when you look at the character you don't say to yourself, "What the hell is that?" or "Oh please, are you for real?" Seriously sometimes it's sad how times change.
But not to worry The Muppets still live on. Did you know they still are a favorite for many people in Disney. It's nice to know that the classic don't die. I just wish the show was on TV on a regular basis so today's kids can enjoy some good clean fun. The question is, with all the changes on the TV today, would they appreciate them. I'd like to think so. Thank you Jim Hensen for all the lovable characters you have created and the world of fun they live in.