But all the familiar Muppets are back — Statler and Waldorf (the old guys in the opera boxes), Animal the drummer, Rizzo the rat, the Swedish Chef, Beeker, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew — and so is the goofy satire that made “The Muppet Show” so enduring and funny. Instead of “Pigs in Space,” it’s “Bay of Pigs Watch” with Spamela Anderson; KMUP’s sked includes “Single Duck in the City With an Apartment Full of Friends” and “Mad About Ewes.”
Also like the original series, a top star is booked as a guest: Who can forget Beverly Sills balancing a spoon on her nose with Gonzo coaching her? Premiere of “Muppets Tonight!” features Michelle Pfeiffer — no stranger to working with Muppets, as Clifford drags up a 1975 film clip of her as a guest on “Muppet Match-Up,” a hysterical “Dating Game” takeoff — battling Miss Piggy for the guest star spot, which climaxes in a musical number from “The Sound of Music.”
Uh-huh. Well, just watch the show. The Muppet humor is subtly subversive and fun for the whole family.
As always, the puppeteering, sets and production values are matchless.