While some franchises should be put to bed at the height of their success, never to be woken again, others are just so timeless that they can grow and change with their audience. This can happen particularly with cartoons and puppets, since aging isn’t much of a problem. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the Muppet revival since 1999 (and almost as intensely as I have awaited The Winds of Winter). Muppet Christmas Carol is watched religiously every Christmas in the Papadopoulos household, and, needless to say, I’m beyond excited for the season premiere of ABC’s The Muppets.
The Muppets’ ongoing success lies with the strength of its characters and its ability to adapt to its time period. Miss Piggy is an everyday woman’s hero. Gonzo is a shameless weirdo, and then there are gentler characters like Kermit, who play straight man to his motley crew of friends. Also, everyone knows that Kermit and Piggy are the original Ross and Rachel, so there’s that.
The show premieres Tuesday, September 22 on ABC, which is so close we can taste it. In the meantime, here are 25 hilarious memes to hold us all over.
Madina Papadopoulos is a New York-based freelance writer, author and regular contributor to Paste. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.