The Muppets are making their way to Disney+ next month in classic fashion. All five seasons of The Muppet Show are coming to the streaming service in February, which will give Kermit and the gang an even larger presence on Disney's direct-to-consumer platform. It also means that fans of Jim Henson's creations can revisit the show that made them famous in the first place.
Disney dropped the news over on the official Muppets Twitter account. The show's iconic opening number was posted, which kicked off the series when it first made it to air in 1976. The video was shared with the following caption, confirming a February 19 debut date.
"Play the music! Light the lights! All five seasons of The Muppet Show are coming exclusively to Disney+! Why don't we get things started on February 19?"
Part of the reason this is such a big deal is that The Muppet Show isn't currently streaming anywhere, and hasn't been for some time. More than that, season 4 and season 5 of the iconic show were never previously released on any home entertainment platform. So the Disney+ release will mark the first time ever that fans can stream the final two seasons. Disney included a statement from Kermit the Frog to go along with the news.
"It's going to be great to welcome back longtime fans, and to give a new generation of fans a chance to see how we got our start, how Miss Piggy became a star and so much more. Today, I'm proud to say: 'It's time to play the music, light the lights and meet the Muppets on Disney Plus tonight!' And as for Statler and Waldorf, the two old guys in the balcony, I can only add: 'Sorry, guys, but....here we go again."
Created by the legendary Jim Henson, The Muppet Show ran for five seasons from 1976 to 1981, airing 120 episodes. A-list guest stars appeared on the show over the years such as Elton John, Julie Andrews, Gene Kelly and Mark Hamill. It spawned the franchise as we know it today, including The Muppet Movie, and all of its sequels, many of which are currently streaming on Disney+ as part of "The Muppets Collection." The characters have returned to the small screen a few times over the years. Muppets Tonight aired for a couple of seasons in the late 90s, with a more modern, somewhat adult-oriented attempt made with The Muppets in 2015. Though that series only lasted a single season. Most recently, Disney launched the series Muppets Now on Disney+.
The Muppets are among the most enduring creations controlled by Disney. And yet, over the last several years, the studio hasn't done all that much with them. The last movie was Muppets Most Wanted in 2014. At one point, Josh Gad was co-developing a new Muppets show for Disney+ that would have taken place in the 80s and served as a sequel to Muppets Take Manhattan. However, the project never quite got off the ground. The Muppet Show arrives on Disney+ on February 19. You can check out the announcement from The Muppets Twitter account.