The Muppets. To any kid (at heart) born in between the late '70s and early '90s, the Muppets--like so many other corny media touchstones such as the Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, Power Rangers and Smurfs that Gens X and Y now show allegiance to with even cheesier yet somehow trendy graphic tees--are pretty much synonymous with childhood. Except, at least for me, the Muppets weren't corny. The Muppet Show was never preachy, boring or repetitive. It was joyful, funny, even magic--something that my older brothers and I, some ten years older, could all watch together with no remote bickering (and something we still forward YouTube clips of back and forth, even and especially mocked-up Rick Rolled ones).
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