This series featured celebrity guest stars each week, as well as recurring skits and seeing what goes on behind the scenes while the show is going on. Some of The Muppet Show’s recurring skits have gone on to become classics: Pigs in Space, Veterinarian’s Hospital, and The Swedish Chef, just to name a few.To me, the episodes in the third season of The Muppet Show were just as enjoyable as the episodes that appeared during the first two seasons. Not only were the recurring skits entertaining, but the impressive roster of guest stars continued into this season.
On the first disc, the celebrity guest stars were Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge, Leo Sayer, Roy Clark, Gilda Radner, Pearl Bailey, and Jean Stapleton. The second disc features Alice Cooper, Loretta Lynn, Liberace, Marisa Berenson, Raquel Welch, James Coco, and Helen Reddy. The third disc features Harry Belafonte, Lesley Ann Warren, Danny Kaye, Spike Milligan, Leslie Uggams, Elke Sommer, and Sylvester Stallone. The final disc in the set features Roger Miller, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Lynn Redgrave, and Cheryl Ladd.When it comes to the DVD set itself, the discs were still authored in such a way that the episodes are presented as a single chapter. Of course, this means that there’s no way to skip to particular scenes or skits in an episode.
Each disc has a bonus feature labeled as “Muppet Morsels.” If you choose to activate the “Muppet Morsels,” text with trivia facts will appear on the screen as you watch the disc; sometimes, random graphics will also appear on the screen. Personally, I didn’t mind the text too much, because it’s kind of like watching a DVD with subtitles. However, I thought that the graphics were unnecessary and I found them to be rather annoying.The fourth disc has three bonus features in addition to the “Muppet Morsels.” The first is labeled as “The Muppets on Puppets.” This is an hour-long black and white special about puppetry that features Rowlf the Dog and Jim Henson; also appearing in this special are Frank Oz, Jerry Juhl, and Don Sahlin. This features was recorded in 1968, and aired on National Education Television (the precursor to PBS) in most areas in 1970.
During this special, various types of puppets are described, demonstrations show how to operate several kinds of puppets, and there’s also a brief history of the development of puppets and performance throughout the world. I thought it was a neat special, and it should really appeal to viewers who have an interest in puppetry. Unfortunately, there are audio dropouts that appear in this bonus feature, because the audio dropouts were in the original source material that was used to be able to include this feature on the DVD box set.The second feature is labeled as “A Company of Players.” This is a documentary that runs for about 10 minutes, and talks about the Muppeteers behind the characters that appear on The Muppet Show. There’s some behind the scenes footage shown, as well as quite a bit of interview bits with various people involved with The Muppet Show and the Jim Henson Company. I enjoyed this documentary, because I really like being able to see what went on behind the scenes for producing the shows that I watch.
The final extra is labeled as “Purina Commercials.” In 1962 and 1963, Rowlf the Dog was featured in some black and white commercials to promote Purina Dog Chow. There are a total of four commercials in this feature, and they include the type of humor that viewers have come to expect from Jim Henson and The Muppets.The Muppet Show: Season Three DVD box set is the best way to get all of the episodes of the third season of The Muppet Show on DVD. If you enjoyed watching The Muppet Show as part of your childhood, this is a set that really should be in your home video library.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of The Muppet Show: Season Three that my husband and I purchased.