The Muppet Show: Season 3 Special Edition DVD set is another nice set to have in the collection. I do like the show, and there are so many surprising guest stars who appear and add to the fun.
Like the previous seasons, this is a 4 disk set with one DVD atop the other. The negative of this arrangement is that you often have to remove one DVD to get the other one out, and that annoys me to no end.
Joining Kermit and Miss Piggy as Cover Muppets is Fozzie Bear, who gets his close up on the box cover of this 3rd season set. It is appropriate since he is a vital part in so many episodes.
There were a couple of interesting things about this 3rd season. It is the one when the character of Annie Sue comes to life, giving Miss Piggy someone to look at as a potential rival. Like Robin, Kermit’s nephew, Annie Sue added some color and fun to the regular characters.
I also noticed that Miss Piggy looks a little prettier this season. She must have been given an overhaul in the off-season. I like it. She looks much more appealing in this year. Sam the Eagle also had a change, going from a blue to green shade most of the time.
As for the bonus extras, there is a really neat old special on puppets called Muppets on Puppets that was done for the network that somewhat preceded PBS. It is very informational with lots of demonstrations. It is led by Jim Henson and is just fascinating in learning about how puppets are engineered and handled. It is black and white and it is also quite long. There are a couple of sound drop offs, but that is not the DVD, but the original source of the recording. On the overall, those few lapses are satisfactory.
As with the previous seasons, there are multiple greetings on each of the disks where the Muppets talk to the viewer, telling them to do something, like hit the button. It is quite inventive and fun and certainly they must have gone to some expense to have this feature.