Muppets Tonight is an ABC network live-action\puppet family-oriented series created by Jim Henson Productions, featuring The Muppets. It was a continuation of "The Muppet Show."
The show aired from March 8 to July 14, 1996, lasting for two seasons & 22 episodes.
The show's premise was that Clifford was the host of a variety/talk show on KMUP. It also stuck closely to "The Muppet Show" format of various skits (mostly featuring the show's human guest star) interspersed with some sort of crisis occurring backstage.
There were 22 episodes of "Muppets Tonight" produced in two batches. Thirteen episodes were ordered by ABC, though only ten of them were run in the 1995–96 TV season.
The show was then purchased by the Disney Channel, which ordered a further nine episodes and aired these along with the three episodes ABC did not air, in the 1997–98 season; one of the nine newly produced episodes was a clip show compilation culled from the earlier episodes.
The reception from critics was mixed. Among the staff at other "TGIF" shows, the reception was also negative.
Jaleel White (of "Family Matters") blamed the show for Family Matters' own cancellation: "[S]omewhere along the line, Winnie the Pooh and the Muppets started emerging around us and it [TGIF] became kids' night. And we lost a lot of credibility."