Tuesday, June 14, 2011

That's Entertainment...

Now I am completely showing my age, but I don't care. As I shared with our daughters this evening, they just don't make 'em like they used to.

I came upon my daughters mindlessly watching the garbage Cartoon Network and ABC Family Channel pawns off as entertainment for our children. Between the toilet humor and everyone-over-the-age-of-thirty-is-a-moron mentality, I had enough. I confiscated the remote, banned turned off the television, and asked my girls if they want to see some REAL entertainment. Knowing their Mom is overflowing with wisdom, of course they conceded. Well, if eye-rolling and exasperated sighs constitutes submitting to my insight, well, they conceded.

What I find ironic is this very evening my friend, Tim, posted this same clip on his Facebook page, so I know I'm not just making this up. This is classic entertainment. I explained how we did not have 24 hours of television viewing at their age - we waited all week for four hours of cartoons on Saturday and for the best show of the week...The Muppet Show.

So now, without further ado...my favorite Muppet Show skit.

Thank you, Jim Henson...oh, yeah...and You Tube!

From there I introduced them to Statler and Waldorf, the best curmudgeons this side of Jeff Dunham's Walter. 

This lead us to the Muppets singing Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and we were all cracking up:

Each week hosted a different star who reveled in the privilege of working with an ensemble of puppets...I mean, marionettes...I mean....muppets. Whatever. The point is, this was comical genius for the entire family! We watched many episodes and not once did I have to be embarrassed over what my children just saw or role my eyes over the stupidity that not only gets airtime, but I actually pay Time Warner to deliver to my home.

Luckily, the Muppets were not restrained to television. The Muppet Movie is a WONDERFUL movie with and wonderful soundtrack! For instance:

Movin' Right Along...bet you can't watch this and NOT sing along!

Last but not certainly not least is the song sung by none other than Kermit the Frog that never fails to bring a happy tear to my eye. Sit back and enjoy The Rainbow Connection and reminisce about your childhood for a little while...when television was good (well, except for T.J. Hooker...that was just horrible. Sorry William Shatner.)

Jim Henson, wherever you are, thank you for bringing these little guys into our lives. 

From the lovers, the dreamers, and me.


  1. I always watched The Muppets each week with my parents. My favorite muppet is Swedish Chef.... see him blow holes through little cakes to make them donuts here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbs64GvGgPU

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  2. I loved the Muppets too...Kermit and Miss Piggy are legendary :)
    Lovely post...I agree with Adrienne a wonderful trip down memory lane!

  3. We waited every week for the Muppet Show too...and Little House. Great nostalgic post, my friend. :) Thank goodness your girls have you. xxBliss


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