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Produced by: Time-Life
Release Date: 2001-2002
Discs: 15 (each sold separately)
Region: 1

Best of the Muppet Show was a line of videos and DVDs available through Time-Life Video. Time-Life originally released 6 videos, and then 9 more videos were released. The first ten were soon released on DVD, and the remaining 5 videos were released on DVD in 2002.

Each video and DVD in the series (each sold separately) contained 3 select episodes from The Muppet Show. The episodes included the UK Skits; however, the season 1 opening sequence was replaced on the season 1 episodes with the syndication reworked "season 2" opening. Each episode included a brief introduction by Brian Henson, and each disc included bonus interstitials and an original concept drawing. On the main menu, there was a picture of Animal which could be highlighted, leading to a hidden feature: a fact about the show that usually related to one of the episodes included. Also, for each video, the first two episodes would close with a wide shot of the orchestra from the first season's closing sequence, followed by a shot of Zoot from the 1980s after the end credits. However, the third episode would just end with The Jim Henson Company Home Entertainment logo.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of The Muppet Show in 2002, Columbia began re-releasing the series in stores. At that time Time-Life had only 10 volumes available on DVD; they released the remaining 5 a short time later. Columbia initially announced that they would reissue the entire Time-Life series and add an additional 5 volumes, for a total of 20 [1], but they had only released volumes 1-5 and 7-8 before the sale of the Muppets to the Walt Disney Company in 2004 terminated their distribution contract.

Cover Episodes Bonus features
Volume 1
Timelife01
Episode 214: Elton John
Episode 217: Julie Andrews
Episode 501: Gene Kelly
Muppetism (Floyd & Kermit)
Movie Mania - Flipperdance
Swedish Chef concept drawing
Volume 2
Timelife02
Episode 417: Star Wars
Episode 511: Paul Simon
Episode 311: Raquel Welch
Muppetism (Miss Piggy)
Movie Mania (Star Wars: Yoda Screen Tests)
Angus McGonagle concept drawing
Volume 3
Timelife03
Episode 314: Harry Belafonte
Episode 523: Linda Ronstadt
Episode 401: John Denver
Muppetism (Bunsen & Beaker)
Movie Mania (A Streetcar Named Desire: Screen Tests)
Statler & Waldorf concept drawing
Volume 4
Timelife04
Episode 219: Peter Sellers
Episode 223: John Cleese
Episode 407: Dudley Moore
Muppetism (Waldorf & Statler)
Movie Mania (The Frogfather)
Animal concept drawing
Volume 5
Timelife05
Episode 307: Alice Cooper
Episode 119: Vincent Price
Episode 518: Marty Feldman
Muppetism (Animal)
Movie Mania (Kerminator)
Uncle Deadly concept drawing
Volume 6
Timelife06
Episode 208: Steve Martin
Episode 515: Carol Burnett
Episode 304: Gilda Radner
Muppetism Fozzie (da Bear)
Movie Mania (I Love Lucy: Screen Tests)
Beaker concept drawing
Volume 7
Timelife07
Episode 210: George Burns
Episode 211: Dom DeLuise
Episode 221: Bob Hope
Muppetism (Kermit)
Movie Mania (From Here to Eternity)
Bob Hope's horse concept drawing
Volume 8
Timelife08
Episode 424: Diana Ross
Episode 506: Brooke Shields
Episode 213: Rudolf Nureyev
Muppetism (Kermit)
Movie Mania (Dances with Wolves)
Pig Ballerina concept drawing
Volume 9
Timelife09
Episode 505: James Coburn
Episode 320: Sylvester Stallone
Episode 509: Debbie Harry
Muppetism (Gonzo)
Movie Mania (Silence of the Lambs)
Betsy Bird concept drawing
Volume 10
Timelife10
Episode 524: Roger Moore
Episode 207: Edgar Bergen
Episode 316: Danny Kaye
Muppetism (Waldorf & Statler)
Movie Mania (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)
Louis Kazagger concept drawing
Volume 11
Timelife11
Episode 322: Roy Rogers & Dale Evans
Episode 410: Kenny Rogers
Episode 514: Mac Davis
Muppetism (Beaker & Bunsen)
Movie Mania (The Horse Whisperer)
Rowlf concept drawing
Volume 12
Timelife12
Episode 309: Liberace
Episode 105: Rita Moreno
Episode 419: Lynda Carter
Muppetism (Gonzo)
Movie Mania (What's New, Pussycat?)
Marvin Suggs concept drawing
Volume 13
Timelife13
Episode 513: Tony Randall
Episode 409: Beverly Sills
Episode 305: Pearl Bailey
Muppetism (Rizzo)
Movie Mania (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)
Pops concept drawing
Volume 14
Timelife14
Episode 414: Liza Minnelli
Episode 209: Madeline Kahn
Episode 124: Mummenschanz
Muppetism (Pepe)
Movie Mania (Planet of the Apes)
Dog Lion concept drawing
Volume 15
Timelife15
Episode 508: Señor Wences
Episode 411: Lola Falana
Episode 101: Juliet Prowse
Muppetism (Bobo)
Movie Mania (A Fish Called Wanda)
Miss Piggy concept drawing

Sources

  1. Chapman, Phillip Muppet Central News Article

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