Jim Henson had his impact on many people’s childhood. If you are somehow unfamiliar with the man’s name, he is the iconic puppeteer that created the mega-hit characters from The Muppets, but he also worked on Sesame Street and created Fraggle Rock before his death in 1990. Fraggle Rock began to air in 1983 on HBO, and in a recent report by Deadline, our Jim Henson favorite will be returning to their network.
The Jim Henson Company announced that there will soon be a digitally remastered version of the acclaimed Fraggle Rock, and they have chosen HBO to be the series’ home once again.
In this new remastered show, we’ll expect to see the zany Fraggles as they work besides the hardworking Doozers. Fraggle Rock contains not only silly but striking stories about these cave-dwelling folk, but also features a vast array of music from gospel to rock. The children’s series taught such morals as caring for the planet and the importance of tolerance, which modern audiences should still take to heart today.
In its five season run, Fraggle Rock aired 96 episodes and served as an international treat. 98 countries adored this unconventional childhood series, winning critic’s hearts and numerous awards as well. HBO may seem an odd choice for a lovable series (as its also home to Westworld and Game of Thrones), but the international appeal made the network a strong choice, and the idea of returning home to a certain network perfectly complements the nostalgia for Fraggle Rock.
Fraggle Rock shaped so many childhoods in the past thirty years, and it’s heartwarming to see the remastered version bring this magic to our modern audience.