Thanks to The Muppets, Pigs In Space is only the greatest imagining of space exploration of all time, and new episodes are on the way.
For the uninitiated, Pigs In Space was a recurring sketch from the original 1970s The Muppet Show, featuring an intrepid crew made up of Captain Link Hogthrob, First Mate Piggy, and Dr. Julius Strangepork manning the ship, Swinetrek.
The sketch started in the late 60s as a spoof of Star Trek, but it’s gained it’s own notoriety and cult following. Since Muppets never go out of style, Pigs In Space has moved into the 21st century and now has new episodes premiering on The Muppets YouTube channel.
Chris Hardwick has the good sense (just like the rest of us) to know a good thing when he sees it, and is pimping out the new installment on his Instagram with a little teaser just ahead of the December 9th episode.
New episodes are a huge deal to Muppet enthusiasts because, as Hardwick points out, there haven’t been new episodes in decades. (Neither the 1990s revival of Muppets Tonight, nor the new The Muppets thought to bring them back.) It’s huge deal, folks. Just ask the astronauts of the space shuttle Columbia. More than once Pigs In Space recorded special performances for the mission, and the astronauts watched their episodes as part of their morning routines.
If you need to be introduced to the hilarious and before-it’s-time bit, here’s one of the classics, starring Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.
You can see a brand new episode, 20 years in the making, December 9th at 9 AM Pacific Standard Time. Check out The Muppets’ YouTube channel for some of the best of the last 30 years in Muppet history.
It doesn’t really matter how old you are, when there’s news about The Muppets, you sit up and take notice. Everybody love a Muppet.