Muppet Mayhem on Disney+: A Riotous Review. Right off the bat, you need to know that I am and always have been a Muppets fan. I was 4 years old when The Muppet Movie hit theaters, and grew up with the next few movies to come along, The Great Muppet Caper in 1981 I was 6 and The Muppets Take Manhattan in 1984 I was 9.
I have fond memories of sitting around as a child trying to figure out what a clock was, and more importantly what a TV channel was that aired the Muppet Show. I had to check in with my parents on a daily basis, they probably got very sick of me asking when Fozzie Bear was going to be on the TV again.
I was an adult when I rewatched The Muppet Show on DVD, and Kermit and the Gang seemed way more profound and enjoyable in my 20s and 30s. Now, at almost 50, my childhood reared its head again with the new Disney + show “The Muppets Mayhem”, starring Lilly Singh.
The comedy series follows The Electric Mayhem Band — Dr. Teeth on vocals and keyboards, Animal on drums, Floyd Pepper on vocals and bass, Janice on vocals and lead guitar, Zoot on saxophone, and Lips on trumpet — on an epic, music-filled journey to record their first-ever studio album. With the help of a driven young music executive, Nora Gibbs (Singh), the old-school Muppet band comes face to face with the current-day music scene as they try to finally go platinum.
The series was developed by Adam F. Goldberg, Bill Barretta, and Jeff Yorkes based on characters created by Jim Henson. It is written by Adam F. Goldberg (“The Goldbergs”), Bill Barretta (“The Muppets,” “Muppets Haunted Mansion”), and Jeff Yorkes, and the executive producers are Goldberg, Barretta, Michael Bostick, and Kris Eber. Yorkes is a co-executive producer. David Lightbody and I from The Muppets Studio are also executive producers.
Disney + dropped the whole season so it is fun to binge The Muppets again. Each episode runs between 26 and 31 minutes, for a grand total of 10 episodes. Let’s be real for a second, the actual episodes really run 22 minutes with credits.
Muppet Mayhem on Disney+: A Riotous Review
The opening scenes are playful and rather funny. At the end of every episode, you are left with a cliffhanger, real or imagined. The Electric Mayhem band are the true stars of the show, with more in-depth character development that you come to expect from a Jim Henson creation. These aren’t just puppets! They have feelings and emotions, and a backstory.
In fact, without spoiling anything, one major character gets an emotional origin story that a fan of The Muppets will be very happy to see and enjoy the reveal.
The hijinx of the show is true Muppet fashion, with a lean toward humor that younger viewers will not be able to discern. In fact, I would think kids will enjoy the visuals of the show, but older adults will get all the inside jokes. Plus, if you are a music fan this show can do no wrong. With classic and newer artists alike taking the spotlight during episodes.
As for the Humans of the show that is where the only weakness is. Singh, while doing a great performance does not seem at home working with The Mayhem. She feels out of place, even though her character development is an important part of each episode, and she does it well.
The high point of human acting is Tahj Mowry who plays Moog! MOOOOOG! The Mayhem’s super fan and so much more. He feels like he naturally belongs talking with Zoot, or Dr. Teeth. His character is a cornerstone of the show, with a heartwarming story. Taj stands out like Michael Caine did in The Muppets Christmas Carol.
Overall as a fan, this show stands out as exceptional and a true nod to the past, while maintaining a fresh feel. For a band that has been around for what feels like our whole lives, they feel relevant again playing along with special guests and hit artists who show up during every episode.
One last thing we have glossed over is the music itself. Fans of classic rock will find a home watching the show, while fans of new music will find hits popping up randomly. Linda Perry, who you may know from 4 Non Blondes fame, and some huge hits written for other artists like Adele, and Christina Aguilera, just to name a few is the Executive Music producer and wrote the theme song.
The Muppets Mayhem is heartwarming and delightful. If we did a rating system, I would give it 4.8 Kermit Heads out of 5!
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