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Produced by: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Release Date: August 9, 2005 (US)
Discs: 4
Region: 1 (US)
2 (UK)

The Muppet Show: Season One is a 2005 four-disc DVD set collecting all twenty-four episodes of the first season of The Muppet Show for the first time. It was released in the UK as The Muppet Show: Series One.

The episodes are presented with the original first season openings, which have not been seen since the 1990s, when they were replaced on first season episode reruns and home video releases by the second season openings.

In addition, the set contains all twenty-four UK Spots, sketches that were not initially intended to be aired in the United States and that have only been seen in selected reruns, compilations, and home video releases.

Several edits made to the episodes due, in part, to music licensing issues, are detailed below. Most of the edited episodes appear fully intact on the German release, including the optional English sound track.

Disc Features

Disc 1

Bonus Features:

Muppet Morsels pop-up trivia track on each episode
Live-Video Menus featuring Statler and Waldorf

Disc 2

Bonus Features:

Muppet Morsels pop-up trivia track on each episode
Live-Video Menus featuring Statler and Waldorf

Disc 3

Bonus Features:

Muppet Morsels pop-up trivia track on each episode
Live-Video Menus featuring Statler and Waldorf

Disc 4

Bonus Features:

Muppet Morsels pop-up trivia track on each episode
Live-Video Menus featuring Statler and Waldorf
The Muppet Show Pitch Reel
Original Pilot: The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence
Season One Promo Gag Reel: Original Season 1 Promos (for the Bruce Forsyth, Phyllis Diller, Valerie Harper, Candice Bergen, Paul Williams, Sandy Duncan, and Peter Ustinov episodes)

Menus

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Statler and Waldorf on the menu.

The main menu of each disc features rotating blocks that reveal character images while an instrumental version of "The Muppet Show Theme" plays. Statler and Waldorf (Steve Whitmire and Dave Golez) appear on the menu heckle the viewer with new video footage produced for the DVD set. Statler and Waldorf crack jokes at the expense of the show, and sometimes reference to the viewer's reluctance to select an option on the menu.

The three various sub-menus ("Episode Selection," "Bonus Features" and "Set Up") each feature static backgrounds and play various instrumental tracks.

Packaging

In North America and other regions, a limited run of a "furry" felt-covered box was created for the initial release. Subsequent printings of the set featured a flat cardboard box with the same design. The discs feature Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, and Gonzo laid in a overlapping digipak-style design decorated to look like the curtain from the Muppet Theater.

In the United Kingdom, the box set has the option to hear The Muppet Show in French on all 24 shows; Charles Aznavour and Peter Ustinov dub their own voices in these episodes.

Edits

The following edits were made to episodes in the set.

  • The pilot version is not included with the other episodes.
  • The pilot version is not included with the other episodes
  • There is no fade to black between "Some Enchanted Evening" and the goodnights.

It is speculated that the News Flashes and Balcony scene are missing owing to Disney mistakenly using a tape containing an earlier edit of this episode, especially since both News Flashes were late additions to the episode.

In addition, Kermit's closing line was cut from "The Original Pitch Tape." At the end of the original pitch, Kermit appeared and inquired, "What the hell was that all about?"

The German release presents most of the episodes intact, with the few exceptions being the Joel Grey episode (still missing both Muppet News Flash segments and the balcony scene after "Razzle Dazzle") the Connie Stevens episode (still missing the fade to black between "Some Enchanted Evening" and the goodnights), as well as Kermit's closing line, still cut from "The Original Pitch Tape."

Logos

An eight-second "Muppet Studios" logo with music is shown before each episode. There are no chapters within each episode, but there is a "play all" feature on each disc. Due to ownership change, the original closing shot of Zoot with the ITC logo is not included on this set. Instead, the episodes feature a shot of Zoot from the 1980s with The Muppets Holding Company information.

International Releases

Notes

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The "Sneak Peaks" menu on the Season Two DVD advertises the set as "Complete First Season."

  • The release was originally billed as "The Muppet Show: Season One: Special Edition." The set was also later advertised as the "The Muppet Show: Complete First Season."
  • Eleven of the episodes on this set have the UK version of the closing credits.

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