One-Season Wonders, Weirdos, And Wannabes: The Jim Henson Hour marked the first time that chaos defeated the frog

Some TV shows never even make it past the first season. Maybe a series lacked the ratings to match its artistic accomplishments, or maybe it floundered its way into the network crosshairs, but it’s time to look at one-season series outside the immediate context of ratings and renewals. One-Season Wonders, Weirdos, And Wannabes considers the merits of these short-lived shows. In this installment: The Jim Henson Hour, which ran for nine episodes on NBC in 1989.

Kermit The Frog watches a bank of monitors, their colored lines rising and falling by the second. The monitors chart the ratings for MuppeTelevision, the broadcast outfit under Kermit’s supervision. Thanks to modern technology, he can track the response to his programming choices in real time, broken down into several key demographics: “Men, women, youth, retirees, black, brown, yellow, green,” explains Kermit’s chipper assistant Vicki, who pauses to accept her boss …

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