The Ten Worst Muppets
Even the best shows on television have bad characters. And like anything on the internet, this list has been made before (shocker, I know). However, those other lists include characters such as Miss Piggy, Sam the Eagle, Animal (one of the BEST Muppets), and even Kermit! Blasphemy. So here is the real list of Muppets who suck.
The backstage ‘gofer’ was only good for the ’15 seconds to curtain!’ gag that he did for virtually every guest star. Other than that, he was just an orange waste of space.
The gag started as a good idea, as Muppet Wiki explains:
Wayne and Wanda are a singing duo who performed regularly during the first season of The Muppet Show, often introduced by Sam the Eagle, who approved of their “wholesome, uplifting, and decent” act but was constantly frustrated by their inability to get past the first verse of any song. While their sketches began as mellow and classy, they always ended in disaster, seemingly foretold by the title of their chosen song.
But even Kermit got sick of them, fired them, got tricked into rehiring them, and fired them again.
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, who looks like a yellow bowling ball with glasses, is the resident scientist and host of Muppet Labs. He worked alone in Season One of the Muppet Show. It wasn’t good. Fortunately, for Season Two, he hired an assistant, Beaker (check out Gunaxin’s Tribute to Beaker), one of the funniest Muppets, and Honeydew became bearable only because Beaker was always there to provide actual comedy.
This just doesn’t work without Beaker:
An over-the-top character on Muppets Tonight who I would never leave alone with my kids. He looks like the Child Molester Muppet.
The Muppets already had Fozzie Bear, but that wasn’t enough. So they hired more bear-looking bears. Why stop there? Why not hire more frog-looking frogs, or pig-looking pigs? There was little point to these bears.
Named for Janis Joplin and designed to bare the frame of Mick Jagger, Janice the Muppet is the valley girl guitar player in the band Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem. She is freaky looking, not funny, and not the stereotypical guitar player that the band could have hired in her place. Imagine, instead, a Keith Richards-inspired Muppet instead of this blonde talentless airhead.
This is a computer-generated character, who appeared in Jim Henson’s MuppetVision 3D and The Jim Henson Hour. Yeah, that’s why we watch the Muppets – for this guy.
From The Jim Henson Hour and Muppets Tonight, I think Clifford is supposed to be the token smooth-talking black Muppet who is really cool and hip, but instead he made people not wanna watch. He once appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show and revealed that he enjoys being spanked. Creepy. Only Gonzo could have gotten away with that.
Once one of the top social parody shows on television, The Muppet Show actually was awful when Kermit’s nephew came on screen. Robin would have been fine for Sesame Street and the Elmo-loving crowd, but there was no reason to shove this little ‘lovable’ amphibian down our throats on The Muppet Show.
What in the hell is this? He’s scary looking, that’s all, and he makes me not want to watch.