A Muppet Family Christmas

A warm Yuletide special, A Muppet Family Christmas pairs the Muppet gang with the perennial favorite Sesame Street cast for a holiday celebration. With a blizzard brewing outside, Fozzie’s childhood farmhouse on Christmas Eve becomes the backdrop for a medley of holiday tunes—eight in all—ranging from the Muppet band’s rousing ’Jingle Bell Rock” to Big Bird’s sweet rendition of “The Christmas Song.” Though the script meanders in part, the 42-minute program shines as a musical revue, seasoned with quick-witted interludes by the culinary comedic Swedish Chef, slapstick odd couple Ernie and Bert, and the diva-like escapades of Miss Piggy. While lacking the irresistible sizzle of The Muppet Movie, the show’s finale, which includes Kermit and Piggy under the mistletoe and a cameo appearance by Jim Henson, proves that nothing can dim the Muppets’ appeal.

Run Time: 42

Rating: Not Rated

Year: 1987