True Religion

Too many pagans now espousing the one true and and only way, theirs

Ronnie McBrayer

Statler-and-waldorfForty years ago this month, Jim Henson launched “The Muppet Show” on primetime television. While it only lasted for five seasons, it remains an iconic memory for me and my generation. We all watched it – parents, children, and teens – in the era before YouTube, Reality TV, and streaming video. Remarkably, most everyone I knew loved it (these were singing and dancing puppets after all), and those who didn’t were few. And as Elizabeth Hyde Stevens has written, she being a Muppet aficionado and Jim Henson historian, “Anyone from Generation X who didn’t like the Muppets can’t be trusted.”

It was a star-studded cast, what with Gonzo, Fozzie, Kermit, Ms. Piggy, the Swedish Chef, and a parade of human actors, comedians, and singers gracing the stage. Yet, no reference to “The Muppet Show” would be complete without discussing those puppeteering merchants of bewailing complaint: Statler and Waldorf – those…

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