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TV: After 46 years, Kermit & Co are still ribbiting on

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Those of us working from home, making hundreds of hours of Zoom calls with colleagues, will have spent the past few months staring at muppets on our screens.

Yet the return of the genuine Muppets has been a welcome one.

Yes, the same puppet show which started a staggering 46 years ago, feels fresher than ever, really.

How come the fabric on my joggers look worn out after a month of lounging on the sofa yet Kermit & Co still look like they just bopped out of Jim Henson’s Workshop yesterday?

It’s another comeback for the Muppets, then, this time on streaming platform Disney+.

Instead of an on-stage variety show, or a movie, or a faux reality show, this new incarnation somehow seems right at home in 2020.

The presentation is a bit like browsing through Insta or TikTok – but don’t panic. There’s enough here to snare younger viewers into the anarchic Muppet universe while still retaining its eternal warmth and wit.

Miss Piggy is back as – what else – a social media beauty guru as vain as she is volatile. Her segment is, rather brilliantly, called Lifesty.

The only complaint is there’s a new voice actor for Kermit and as similar as it sounds, it’s just not those classic amphibian waffly tones we’re used to.

He seems a bit too fresh, perhaps. The actor could do with a frog in his throat.#


Muppets Now, Disney+, streaming now