Warning! The New 'Muppets' is Not Family-Friendly

Warning! The New 'Muppets' is Not Family-Friendly

UPDATE! In case you haven't heard, ABC is making some major changes to the new "Muppets" program. Season 2 will have a complete overhaul since the first attempt with an adult-themed "Muppets" did not receive the ratings hoped. ABC has replaced executive producer Bob Kushell, the man who was behind the idea of taking "The Muppets" in a more adult direction. The new executive producer is Kristen Stewart. The change indicates it will reduce blatant adult references. It is too soon to say if it will be completely family-friendly though. It is also difficult to know for sure what's behind the network's decision, although 1MM did warn parents, had the media writing about it, and had parents questioning the network.


Original Alert:

ABC's New Adaptation of "The Muppets" is for Adults Only!

1MM suspects there are going to be a lot of shocked moms and dads when they discover that the family-friendly Muppets of the 1970s are no more. It appears that no subject is off limits. ABC's new Muppet Show, airing on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT, is not what Jim Henson imagined and created. The new show is aimed at a mature, modern audience and addresses subjects not suitable for family viewing.

"It's sort of an adult Muppet show," Kermit the Frog said during a promotional video for the show. One ad read, "Finally, a network TV show with full frontal nudity."

The mature version of "The Muppets" will cover a range of topics from sex to drugs. Miss Piggy came out as a pro-choice feminist during an MSNBC interview. The puppet characters loved by kids in the 1970s and 1980s and beyond are now weighing in on interspecies relationships and promiscuity.

ABC hopes children watch the show and predict they would enjoy some of the humor, but 1MM would disagree. It is not the show it once was. ABC has ruined "The Muppets." How many parents want to explain the punchline of sexually charged jokes to young children?

Many parents unknowingly will let their children watch an episode only to find out its perverted nature too late, unless they are alerted ahead of time. 1MM and others need to get the word out to families to avoid this program at all costs. Please forward this to everyone you know!

Meanwhile, parents will have to explain to confused children that the program they once were allowed to watch is no longer a nice show. This would have been completely unnecessary if ABC had made the program follow its original family-friendly design.

Take Action

Please use the information we have provided to contact ABC (owned by Disney) and strongly encourage the network to drop all plans to air the program.

Send Email

Send To: robert.a.iger@disney.com Subject: ABC has ruined "The Muppets"

As a parent and a member of OneMillionMoms.com, I strongly encourage ABC and Disney to drop all plans to air the new version of "The Muppets." 1MM suspects there are going to be a lot of shocked moms and dads when they discover that the family-friendly Muppets of the 1970s are no more. No subject is off limits in ABC's Muppet Show aimed at a mature audience, and it is not suitable for family viewing.

Children will not enjoy this perverted humor on topics they are far too young to comprehend or understand. ABC has ruined "The Muppets" by introducing adult subjects to children. How many adults will want to tune in to watch "The Muppets" only to end up having an embarrassing conversation with their children?

ABC and Disney need to stick to entertaining families instead of pushing agendas. ABC is deciding to be politically correct versus providing clean, family-friendly programming. Your company could easily revise the storyline of this program, which uses characters children have grown to love.

I do not appreciate your network attempting to trick my family into watching a vile show. If your producers air this program as originally planned, my family will have no choice but to no longer watch the ABC Network at all in our home so we can avoid the previews and commercials for this irresponsible new show. I will not allow ABC in my home unless you produce and air family-friendly programming.