The Muppet Show: Season Three

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Title: The Muppet Show: Season Three
Year: 1978-1979
Network: ITV
Creator: Jim Henson
Directors: Peter Harris, Philip Casson
Writers: Jerry Juhl, Jim Henson, David Odell, Chris Langham, Don Hinkley
Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, Leo Sayer, Roy Clark, Gilda Radner, Pearl Bailey, Jean Stapleton, Alice Cooper, Loretta Lynn, Liberace, Marisa Berenson, Raquel Welch, James Coco, Helen Reddy, Harry Belafonte, Lesley Ann Warren, Danny Kaye, Spike Milligan, Leslie Uggams, Elke Sommer, Sylvester Stallone, Roger Miller, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Lynn Redgrave, Cheryl Ladd (1 episode each)
With: The Muppets (Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Louise Gold, Steve Whitmire, Peter Friedman, Graham Fletcher, Kathryn Mullen)
Music: Sam Pottle (theme); Jack Parnell
Episodes: 24 at c. 25 minutes
Synopsis: The Muppets put on a weekly variety show
How I saw it: on video several times (have on DVD), most recently over the past few weeks
Subjective Rating: 10/10 (Favorite of my favorites).
Objective Rating: 8/10 (points off for story and cinematography) c. 3.3/4 (Very good).

Not as good as season two; there aren’t many sketches here that I would count among my favorites, although it’s all great of course.  The guest star spots stand out as much better this season, though – not that they have better guests, but they’re used more effectively.

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