The Muppet Present Headed to Disney +: All 5 seasons of the Jim Henson basic will begin streaming in February
It’s time to play the music. Hell, let’s light the lights too, because the Muppet Show is finally making its streaming debut!
Disney + announced Tuesday that all five seasons of Jim Henson’s classic ’70s variety series, starring Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Gonzo (to name just four) will begin streaming on Friday, February 19 .
“It will be great to welcome back longtime fans and give a new generation of fans the chance to see how we started, how Miss Piggy became a star and more,” said Kermit in a statement. “And as for Statler and Waldorf … I can only add: ‘Sorry guys, but … here we go again.'”
In 1976, the 120-episode run of the Muppet Show premiered in 1981. Showbiz stars who appeared over these five seasons included Steve Martin, Elton John, Liza Minelli, Alice Cooper, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters and Diana Ross. Gladys Knight, Gene Kelly and Mark Hammill.
The Walt Disney Company acquired the rights to the Muppets characters in 2004.
In July, Disney + relaunched the franchise for the umpteenth time through Muppets Now. In the six-episode series, dubbed “The Muppets’ First Unwritten Series,” Kermit and Co. got involved in improvisational comedies, delivered off-the-peg gags, and met up with celebrity friends.