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 second season of The Muppet Show were just as enjoyable as the episodes that appeared during the first season. 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 Don Knotts, Zero Mostel, Milton Berle, Rich Little, Judy Collins, and Nancy Walker. The second disc featured Edgar Bergen, Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, George Burns, Dom DeLuise, Bernadette Peters, and Rudolf Nureyev. The third disc features Elton John, Lou Rawls, Cleo Laine, Julie Andrews, Jaye P. Morgan, and Peter Sellers. The final disc in the set features Petula Clark, Bob Hope, Teresa Brewer, John Cleese, and Cloris Leachman.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 Valentine Special.” This was aired on ABC on January 30, 1974 under the title, “The Muppets Valentine Show”; it was one of the two pilots that were produced during the planning stages for The Muppet Show. This special features Mia Farrow as a guest star. The plot of the special is that Wally, the host of the show, has writer’s block and can’t come up with material that represents the true meaning of love. It’s OK for being a pilot, but it’s not something I go out of my way to watch during the Valentine’s season. However, this is a nice thing to be able to see for the sake of Muppets history.
The second feature is labeled as “The Muppets on The Muppets.” This can either be played as one continuous piece, or you can choose to between seven segments. This feature also includes some characters from Muppets Tonight, the Muppets variety show that aired on television during the 1990s. Each of these segments runs about a minute in length. These try to incorporate humor; some of the humor works, while some of it doesn’t.The final bonus feature is “Weezer & The Muppets ‘Keep Fishin’’.” This is a music video for the song “Keep Fishin’”; it appears it takes place on the set of Muppets Tonight. This was actually an amusing music video, and the song was pretty good, too.
The Muppet Show: Season Two DVD box set is the best way to get all of the episodes of the second 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 Two that my husband and I purchased.