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Review: The Muppets redeem themselves — well, Disney does — with delightful 'Muppets Now'

Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

"You're alive," says Miss Piggy.

"Thank you."

"I don't know if you're looking for affirmation, but I am here to tell you that you are alive, girl."

"Thanks, girl."

"You may have no expression on your face, but you are alive."

"I'm alive!"

"You're as alive as me," says Piggy. And just for a second, you can see Plaza pondering the ramifications of this statement.

I've seen four episodes, out of six -- too few! -- and the only segment that felt off to me -- and, yes, this probably says more about me than it does about "Muppets Now" -- is one in which Kermit displays his photobombing skills. I mean, it was fine; I just didn't buy it as a thing he'd be into. (Gonzo, sure; Fozzie, absolutely.) The abuse Beaker takes in the "Muppet Labs" episodes can be a little distressing -- there is an emotional as well as a slapstick component to it -- but that always was an asymmetrical toxic relationship. I hope these half-dozen episodes are a token of more to come; I want to see where else they take it. Within the bounds of Muppetness, of course.

 

'MUPPETS NOW'

Where: Disney+

Rated: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)

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