Advent Calendar House: The Muppets Valentine Show
Bonus Episode: Love and dynamite are in the air as I introduce 2 guests to 1974’s The Muppets Valentine Show, an early pilot of what would eventually become The Muppet Show, guest starring a pregnant Mia Farrow.
On this episode
- Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), your typewriter-bound host wearing sunglasses indoors whom you’ll never see again.
- Brian Arnold (@phillyradiogeek), from Me and You and a Blog Named Boo.
- Joey O. (@ImGonnaDJ24), from Y-Not Radio and Words with Nerds.
About this special
Topics and tangents
- Jim Henson’s Red Book entry about getting this pilot green-lit by some guy at ABC named Mike Eisner. Yep, that one.
- Hey, fellow kids, remember typewriters?
- We quickly touch on Crazy Harry’s original incarnation as “Crazy Donald” and then immediately drop it.
- Before Miss Piggy, Kermit loved Miss Mousey. Corporate foreshadowing!
- George the Janitor is simultaneously UHF’s Stanley Spadowski and WWE’s Perry Saturn.
- George and Mildred took a back seat after this pilot, but were regular partners on The Muppet Show’s “At the Dance” sketch.
- The morose Muppet Droop had a quick cameo, alongside a bunch of other Muppets, in the Cosby Show episode, Cliff’s Nightmare.
- The first appearance of Kermit the Frog riding a bicycle.
- You gotta know what a crumpet is to understand cricket.
- Mia Farrow sings Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms, a 19th-century love song I remember better from the recurring Looney Tunes musical bomb gag.
- The first time I remember hearing the word “sex.”
- Brian on the Candy Apple News Company, which you can now see an episode of on YouTube.
Previous episodes of this podcast mentioned
- S1, E2: A Muppet Family Christmas
- S2, E16: Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas
- S2, E24: Christmas Eve on Sesame Street