Show of the week
If the Muppets didn't mind their manners, they might be something like the puppets in this erratic but creative new series.
The March 27 opener cleverly establishes the premise that puppets are living creatures capable of giving lip to the humans who run society. On the set of a children's TV show called Sweetknuckle Junction, puppet cast members vex producer-director Gil Bender (dependably funny SCTV veteran Eugene Levy) and mock the cranky human who plays Junction Jack (Bob Gunton). Even viewers sick of showbiz jokes will be amused when puppet Greg the Bunny, best pal of Gil's son Jimmy (Seth Green), snags a key role on the ratings-poor program because he's more "demo-graphically desirable" than over-the-hill Rochester Rabbit.
The awful April 3 episode—featuring the neutering of a nasty dog—should be hidden in a rabbit hole, but the humor gets smarter again April 17 when Greg embraces the identity politics of a puppet pressure group.
Bottom Line: Hop along