At November's "Muppets, Music and Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy" event in New York, Henson writer and historian Craig Shemin announced that Disney will be releasing season by season box sets of "The Muppet Show" on DVD.
Craig Shemin (Henson Historian), Jerry Juh (Muppet Writter)l, Jerry Nelson (Muppeteer), Dave Goelz (Muppeteer), Carroll Spinney (Muppeteer), and many other Henson employees and fans were interviewed for bonus material on the discs at the event.
It was announced that the season box sets would begin arriving in the summer of 2005. That estimate seems a little optimistic. Late 2005, early 2006 sounds like a more realistic target date. Nonetheless, this is long-awaited news for Muppet fans. Hopefully, Disney will release the episodes uncut with UK skits and the original first season openings. Bonus material like two pilot episodes/specials ("The Muppets Valentine Show", and "The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence") and the behind the scenes special "Of Muppets and Men" would be excellent special features.