Fraggle Rock Season 4 (TV 1986)

Technically, there was a Season Four AND a Season Five to Fraggle Rock, if you watched it on tv. They did some number shuffling for a variety of reasons. Reading Henson’s bio talked about this a little. It had to do with what studios would accept, etc, So they stretched out the final season into 2 seasons. As I’m watching dvd rips, I’m getting it the way it was originally produced.

When they made the choice to split the final season, they cut 2 episodes from Season Three, added them to the final season and then cut that in half for 2 shorter seasons of 13 episodes each. Yeah, it makes a real hash of trying to figure out stuff. I guess that was why I included the episode list in my last review so I could keep straight what episodes were going where. So here’s this sets episode list:

  • Disc 1
  • Sidebottom Blues
  • Uncle Matt’s Discovery
  • Junior Faces the Music
  • The Perfect Blue Rollie
  • A Tune for Two
  • A Brush with Jealousy
  • Disc 2
  • Wembley’s Flight
  • Wonder Mountain
  • Red’s Blue Dragon
  • Space Frog Follies
  • Boober Gorg
  • Mirror, Mirror
  • Disc 3
  • The Riddle of Rhyming Rock
  • The Voice Inside
  • The Trial of Cotterpin Doozer
  • The River of Life
  • Beyond the Pond
  • Gone, But Not Forgotten
  • Disc 4
  • Mokey, Then and Now
  • Ring Around the Rock
  • Inspector Red
  • The Gorg Who Would Be King
  • The Honk of Honks
  • Change of Address

After reading Henson’s bio, watching this season made so much sense. Henson was adamant about only producing top quality stuff and at the same time was all about letting the artistic side of himself dictate stuff. So when he got bored with something, he would drop it. But unlike a certain jackass author *coughgrrmartincough* Henson made sure to finish things up. Which meant his shows usually ended on a high point.

We’re so unused to that here in the States now (where producers, executives, studios milk anything until they destroy it) that it is extremely refreshing but also gives me pause, as I did find myself saying “Awwww come on, I want some more”. But more wouldn’t have been better. Doc and Sprockett move away and the Fraggles find that they can make entries into our world using the power of magic so the adventures don’t have to end. It was the perfect ending to this light, (extremely) loud and frenetic series.

While I enjoyed the Muppet Show more, this was still very engaging and fun and I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent at Fraggle Rock. I can also see myself coming back and just listening to this in the background as I do other things. If you enjoy the Muppets, I would unreservedly recommend this series as well.

15 thoughts on “Fraggle Rock Season 4 (TV 1986)

    1. …. is the totally correct answer!

      It will be a long time before I ever rewatch it though. I was looking on wikipedia and there has been a LOT of muppet stuff put out since 2000 (most of it not succeeding too well)

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    1. Considering the success of the muppet babies and the resurgence of the muppet babies reboot, I am really surprised there hasn’t been more noise about the reboot series for this. At some point I’ll get to Back to the Rock, but honestly, I don’t have much hope for it….

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    1. I don’t think there are any Shakespeare or even Charlie Chan references, so I’d be hesitant to recommend it to you.
      But the theme song would definitely help get you moving when taking out the bins….

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  1. This has me wondering how far I actually got into the series as a kid. I just don’t recall. I don’t remember knowing anything about seasons at the time. And your comments about ending things versus milking them for far too long brings to mind one reason I really enjoy and prefer some of the Japanese anime series I watch that stick to 1 or 2 seasons and that’s it. They tell the story they set out to tell and then the series ends. On to the next anime series! 🙂

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    1. I used to think that about anime too. Until I saw shows like Bleach, Naruto, and even One Piece 😉
      But overall, I do agree. They have a story to tell and then it is done. I like that.

      I know we’ve talked a little about anime, but do you still watch it?

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      1. Yeah, that’s one reason I’ve not often gotten into those longer anime. I much prefer the shorter 1 or 2 season ones. Yeah, I do still watch it, though maybe not as often as I used to. I’m getting ready to do a RahXephon rewatch before too much longer because of a previous post of yours. 🙂

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