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A Muppet Family Christmas: Why You Haven’t Seen the Most Important Holiday Special Ever Made

A Muppet Family Christmas: Why You Haven’t Seen the Most Important Holiday Special Ever Made

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The Muppets were already the unofficial patron saints of Christmas before they released a litany of holiday specials, starting with Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas in ’77 and more officially with John Denver and The Muppets: A Christmas Together two years later. The variety show icons remain, at their purest, a family of co-dependent anarchists. Jim Henson’s world offered a parallel reality where archetypes like the conservative, patriotic Sam Eagle could thrive alongside a filthy long-hair jam band called Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. It’s where a pig and a frog could conceive of romance, where chaos reigns and nobody—not even type-A constructivists like Kermit or backstage manager Scooter—fights the cacophony. The show remains a manifesto against class stratification, a rallying cry against the most basic semblance of organization. And because of this anti-modus operandi, the Muppets can work with almost anyone , and they have. The Muppet Show […]

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