There are people on the internet who will have you believe that every single moment of every single Muppet Show episode is worth watching at least once, even those that are uncomfortable. Well, you can chalk it up to my Muppet heresy, but I don’t think that’s true at all. There are moments, and even a few whole episodes, that you can skip over entirely without really missing anything.
Muppet Show episodes run the whole gamut, from the delightful to the disturbing. If you’re new to Seasons 4 and 5 like I am, you may wonder where each episode falls. The Disney+ content warnings help a little but don’t give you any specifics and don’t apply to things like domestic violence depictions.
I’m providing a more specific analysis, and I’m organizing the episodes into four categories:
- Delightful: Relax and enjoy; you shouldn’t see anything offensive or objectionable in these episodes at all
- Mostly Harmless: There are a few uncomfortable moments, but these episodes are enjoyable for the most part
- Cringeworthy: There are a few bright spots, but these episodes are mostly dull or upsetting.
- Horrific: These episodes are almost completely demoralizing. Even the few good numbers aren’t enough to save them. Skip the episodes altogether and look up the few good parts on YouTube instead.