A Muppet Family Christmas – Nostalgia Critic

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Muppets, Sesame Street, and Fraggle Rock all in one special? It’s a Christmas Weird-acle! Nostalgia Critic looks at the holiday spectacle to see if it still holds up.

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  1. More Muppet Fun! Minus the Crumppets.

  2. ThatManWithTheHeadband12

    Home Alone 2 is next…Do you think it’s funny to have the man who will have killed net neutrality IN THE VERY NEXT REVIEW? I mean, come on man

    • I’m just praying for a really good joke to go with the man’s pointless cameo in that movie.

    • Yes, because the USA is a kingdom with an absolute ruler, and the president has the final say in everything and sleeps with his finger on the big red button.
      Man you guys are more naive and gullible than hippies were in the sixties. I guess easy net access helped in making the easily influenced people believe anything they hear.

  3. You forgot to tell us how to react to the next nostalgia critic review! What do i react to??

  4. The only Muppet related Christmas specials and movies I fondly remember watching are Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and Elmo Saves Christmas.

    4:44- No, I did not see “Free Birds,” but I know those idiots who love to talk about midnight movies in a car did. =P

    Please do a review of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.

    I agree that this movie should get a DVD/Blu-ray/Digital release. It’s a harmless, simple, nice Christmas special for all ages, and it goes nicely with the Muppet/Sesame Street shared universe.

    Walter does an awesome Michael Cane impression.

    I’m just praying for a really good Donald Trump joke to go with his pointless cameo in your Home Alone 2 review.

  5. For a possible last review this was great

  6. Actually, the special MUST have had a dvd release at some point. 1) it’s available on amazon (for $52) and 2) I have an old burned copy of it on DVD…but it’s burned from an officially dvd. I know cause it has all the menu options and stuff.

  7. Seeing Jim Henson at that end. Oh, my heart weeps! Taken too soon!

    That Michael Caine bit was hilarious. Didn’t know Walter could do a good Michael Caine.

  8. Between this and The Christmas Toy you’ve got to love Jim Henson Christmas specials from the 80s.

  9. “Mixed opinions”? I thought everyone loved The Dark Crystal?

    • Nah. The puppets were creepy, and the story was mostly New Age nonsense that was popular at the time. It’s an OK movie for what it tries to be, but it never was really well received.

  10. I LOVED this special as a little kid when it debuted. It was amazing to my four year old mind. I was happy enough about all the Muppets, but then: “Gasp…is that everyone from Sesame Street too?! Wait…no way! They got the Fraggles here too?!?!” And I always love whenever the Muppets sing in a group because they AREN’T good singers. They sound like a group of regular joes singing together and having a good time, just like us. Plus Jim Henson himself.

    BTW…the Swedish Chef made Chocolate-Covered Birdseed, not Man. I watched my taping of this the last time a good 25 years ago and I still remember that clear as day.

    Also, hilarious Michael Caine bit.

    • ThatManWithTheHeadband12

      “BTW…the Swedish Chef made Chocolate-Covered Birdseed, not Man. I watched my taping of this the last time a good 25 years ago and I still remember that clear as day.”

      But you don’t remember what a joke is

      • He’s also wrong, chocolate covered birdseed was what Big Bird gave the Swedish Chef for Christmas. What the Swedish Chef made for Christmas was shredded wheat with cranberry sauce.

  11. thechickinthemiddle

    Hooray, all the songs are restored! I’m guessing the video here was sourced from a foreign DVD release since the picture quality’s too good for VHS.

  12. Wait… the Fraggles are Muppet sized? I thought the scales of the Fraggles to the dog was like that of the Dozers to the Fraggles. But the Fraggles and dog are both Kermit sized.

  13. 4:20 Actually, I think at one point in the show, they mentioned his name being Tom…Or whatever the hell his uncle called him.

  14. Watching jim henson at the end makes me cry everytime I watch the special. I do have one question why does no one think this wasn’t on dvd. Its out of print sadly due to copy right dvd version was not full special but it was on dvd.

  15. I’m gonna disagree with Michael Kane. There’s a scene in Titanic where Rose called Billy Zane an “Unimaginable bastard”. She repeatedly switched eyes to look at and it was really effective.

  16. Aw, this makes me want to see Muppet Babies but that’s something else that’s hard to find. That last Caine skit was hilarious.

    • Due to the many, many, many licensed characters (and video clips) used in the cartoon, releasing the TV show out on DVD is a logistic red tape nightmare. Amazingly, Disney has unintentionally been making this goal more and more plausible with all of their acquisitions over the past two decades. I still remember when Disney purchased Marvel, someone else jokingly commented, “Lo, We are one step closer to getting Muppet Babies DVDs.”

  17. 5:38 You skipped the best joke.
    “My dog is not the turkey. The turkey’s the turkey, you turkey.”
    Now go back and do it all over again. Nah, just kidding.
    I love this special and I burned it onto a DVD as well.

  18. Fun fact: I own this on DVD. Found it in a supermarket in the Netherlands

  19. Ohymgod someone else remembers this, thank you for bringing this up! This was the Muppet Christmas special I grew up with. WHY is this not on TV anymore?! 🙁

  20. Another unskippable app advert. What happened to you Doug? Ads on the videos, website, all the Tshirts and DVDs you sell, not enough?
    Also, what’s with all the Michael Caine jokes? Was he ever on Muppet Show? I just don’t see the relation…

  21. There’s a reason you don’t blink. Because if you blink, you’re dead. They are fast, faster than you can imagine. Don’t turn your back, don’t look away, and DON’T BLINK!

  22. Honore de Ballsack

    there was a polka in the (proper, animated) Grinch!

  23. Honore de Ballsack

    If Kermit has a nephew who’s his brother or sister?

  24. I may hate the Muppets, but I really despise the really fugly monstrosity of Creature Shop of JH.

  25. Actually I have no love or hate towards the late Henson’s Muppets, Sesame Street, or even Fraggle Rock which I never seen in my whole childhood life and beyond, only thanks to internet programs did I find out anything like that, but stay the Creature Shop so far away from me, or I would even burn those talking sock marionette hell-spawn Uncle Fugly-like demons down.

  26. It is really strange that this is kind of Jim Henson’s biggest work before The Jim Henson show. Seeing him making that guest appearance makes me sad, but this show is so fully of Christmas joy that it just works. Yeah, you don’t really need much of a plot, and yes, the world needs to see Sesame Street, the Muppets, and Fraggle Rock all in the same cozy room.

  27. To bad that Vidme has closed now I cant watch Channelawesome videos at my work anymore since youtube is blocked

  28. Very nice
    You would be surprised how many people want to fuck a pig
    Check out Popo Club
    To many singing

  29. This was one of my favorite specials growing up. It still is.

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