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Fraggle Rock - Complete First Season (1983)

Karen Prell , Gerard Parkes , Jim Henson , Douglas Williams  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Karen Prell, Gerard Parkes, Kathryn Mullen, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt
  • Directors: Jim Henson, Douglas Williams, George Bloomfield, Martin Lavut, Norman Campbell
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lionsgate / HIT Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 715 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009RQSSW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,543 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fraggle Rock - Complete First Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 24 episodes on five discs
  • Replica of Jim Henson's "Fraggle Rock" notepad
  • Behind the scenes documentary narrated by Jim Henson
  • New interviews with "Fraggle Rock" cast and creators
  • Deluxe embossed collector's box

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From a fun-loving group of furry subterranean creatures came: millions of fans, 100 original songs, 96 total episodes, 5 seasons, but only one First Season Boxed Set. Dance your cares away with the complete first season of Fraggle Rock, Featuring all 24 episodes - never before available on DVD! Filled with all the Fraggley Fun you've been waiting for. Share in the music and memories that have kept fans rockin' for more than 20 years! So save your worries for another day and experience 715 minutes of frag-tastic fun in the untimate Fraggle Rock collection.

The world of Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock is far from the sunny urban buzz of Sesame Street, where many of Henson's most beloved Muppet characters dwell, or the frantic, backstage shenanigans of The Muppet Show, the classic variety program starring Kermit, Miss Piggy, and other icons of children's television. In Fraggle Rock, humans and Muppets live in different worlds. So different, in fact, that the Fraggles--small but diverse creatures who live in a cavernous land behind a wall in the shop of a tinkerer named Doc (Gerry Parkes)--regard the realm of flesh-and-blood people as "outer space."

Fraggles and people live apart, but the order of things is shaken up when the series' central character, Gobo, can't talk his determined uncle, Traveling Matt, from being the first of his kind to explore the great unknown. Matt leaves Fraggle Rock with a promise to get word to Gobo about how things are going. Thereafter, Gobo has to find a way, from time to time, to fetch postcards from Doc's trash can (Doc can't figure out why missives from someone named Uncle Matt keep turning up in his mailbox) by dashing into the tinkerer's warm workshop, avoiding not only Doc's eyes but the suspicions of his wonderful dog, Sprocket. (Doc mutters occasionally about boarding up a hole in the wall that serves as Gobo's door. When he finally does so, mid-season, it poses a crisis for Gobo, who is caught on the wrong side.) While Traveling Matt sees what people are like, Gobo and his fellow Fraggles--Red, Wembley, Boober, Mokey, and others--have adventures (and some misadventures) of their own, trying to get along, learning to say what they mean and how to avoid making the same mistake twice. Over time, they begin to ponder the big questions of their world and lives, questions that have an ethical subtext that can easily be appreciated by young viewers. Such as: Is it okay to eat elaborate structures built by Doozers, small construction builders whose materials apparently are so tasty? Should one ever trick a friend so seriously the latter actually grieves? Helping the Fraggles with these tough issues is all-knowing Marjory the Trash Heap, guru of garbage and life lessons. Not helpful by any stretch are the problematic Gorgs, giants who want to enslave Fraggles and who consider themselves royalty of the universe (such as it is behind Doc's wall). Each busy episode is designed to impart wisdom to kids, but they are also as funny as one might expect from the wisecracking Muppet Factory. Bonuses include recent interviews with cast and crew of the 1980s show, as well as a documentary about Henson. --Tom Keogh

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373 of 377 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fraggle Rock - Something For Everyone May 29, 2005
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Fraggle Rock has been one of my favorite shows since I first saw it on the Disney Channel back in the 1980s. I have seen most of the shows over the years and have watched them numerous times on video tape. I am thrilled that the first season is finally scheduled to come out on DVD. I have enjoyed the DVD releases of the Fraggles, but I prefer to have season collections. Hopefully this first season will sell well enough for all 5 seasons and 96 episodes to be released, as well as the various Fraggle Rock specials - such as Down At Fraggle Rock.

I love the fact that the stories are entertaining, but also have a good moral to each story. With the different worlds shown with different creatures, there's a world and creature for everyone - whatever their tastes. Since each episode usually contained at least 3 storylines about the different creatures, I'll concentrate on the Fraggles in my below description of the shows.

The first 3 shows have appeared on DVD under the title "Where It All Began" and show #11 (Catch The Tail By The Tiger) on the DVD "Live By The Rule Of The Rock", but the other 20 shows of the first year have not appeared on DVD as far as I know.

The 24 shows of season 1 are as follows:

1. Beginnings (or "The Beginning") - the different creatures of the show are introduced, beginning with the human inventor Doc and his dog Sprocket (a Muppet-type dog) discovering a large hole in the wall of an old room Doc is converting into a workshop. Gobo (one of the main Fraggles) has the scary task of entering the workshop in order to retrieve the postcards his Uncle Matt sends as Matt explores "Outer Space" (the human world).

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127 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Let the medley begin!" June 8, 2005
Rejoice, you children of the eighties, your day is here at last! Fraggle Rock, Season One, is finally out on DVD. After years of buying stray episodes on VHS for outrageous prices, we can all sit back and enjoy what was arguably the greatest children's show of all time.

In the long history of children's programming, there have been shows that taught language skills, shows that taught math, geography, history, whatever, but "Fraggle Rock" was unique in that it focused specifically on morality. The tiny Fraggles (knee-high to a human) were mirrors of ourselves. This season addresses such issues as the real meaning of slavery ("Wembley and the Gorgs"), personal identity ("The Minstrels"), the value of natural resources ("Let the Water Run"), what makes something truly priceless ("The Treasure of the Fraggles") and, in one of my all-time favorites, the balance of ecosystems and the dangers of persuasion ("The Preachification of Convincing John").

Sound like heady stuff for kids? It was actually hilarious, sweet, and totally unforgettable. When Jim Henson died he left a void that no one has filled, a world where laughter was based not on ridicule but on goofy bizarreness, where friends were loyal and enemies usually just misunderstood, and where joy was always tinged with a touch of melancholy. "Fraggle Rock" (along with the little-seen "Storyteller") was one his most brilliant creations.

Great songs, magical sets, many of the most legendary Muppet performers, and important things to say. What more do you want? You know you belong to the song...


(For a complete list of the episodes on this 4 disc set see reviewer Jerry Edwards' review below, and give the dude his kudos for all that typing!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get down with Fraggle rock! August 3, 2005
From the wonderful world of puppet pioneer Jim Henson, creator of the "Muppets" comes his most successful TV work of the 1980s "Fraggle Rock". This fantasy series that had huge mass appeal across cultural groups, started with a simple premise, a workshop where inventor named Doc spends his days coming up with new ideas and his Dog, Sprocket, as curious as his master, peering into a large hole in the baseboard - there is something that lives behind the wall I tell you! Sure enough there exists a beautiful land bound together by Magic called Fraggle Rock. Through the hole and down the tunnel are the brightly lit caves filled with wonderful creatures, far removed from the world as we know it, were reality ends & fantasy begins. Front and center are the Fraggles, furry, fun loving, brightly colored creatures spending their days having a whale of a time singing, playing games, telling jokes in their simple care-free existence where the entertainment never stops!
More than 20 years after the series first aired on HBO, the word on the street is that all 5 seasons are planned for release, starting with Season 1 - All 24 episodes is set to hit the shelves with this 5disc set loaded with extras (as announced & possibly more might be added)
Fragglefantastic extras!
- Replica of Jim Henson's "Fraggle Rock" notepad
- Behind the scenes documentary narrated by Jim Henson
- New interviews with "Fraggle Rock" cast and creators
- Deluxe embossed collector's box
- CD-ROM with fun Fraggle things, like including wallpaper, games, and more
Complete Episode list: Season 1
1. Beginnings
2. Wembley and the Gorgs
3. Let the Water Run
4. You Can't Do That Without a Hat
5. The 30 Minute Work Week
6. The Preachification of Convincing John
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series for children
Takes me back to the 80's when my daughter was little. Now my grand kids, 4 and 2 are enjoying the shows. The little one dances to the fragile songs as if she was a fraggle. Read more
Published 3 days ago by robert c hartman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Dated, but still a fabulous classic. My daughter loves it.
Published 3 days ago by Lauran
5.0 out of 5 stars She was delighted.
My, now, adult daughter was a Fraggle fan when she was little. I had to buy the series of DVD's for her. She was delighted.
Published 8 days ago by jennifer reed
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved introducing my 3 y/o nieces and 2 y/o nephew ...
I loved introducing my 3 y/o nieces and 2 y/o nephew to Fraggle Rock. The girls were excited about watching my favorite show from when I was their age. My nephew loves the music. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Who doesnt love Fraggle Rock. Best kid show ever!
Published 18 days ago by Bob Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars ageless
I ordered this for my great-grandson. Isn't it great, a wholesome cartoon produced so long ago still entertains little ones.
Published 2 months ago by Dennis R. Smith, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Still a favorite after all these years!
Published 2 months ago by Paulene
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Granddaughter and friends enjoy the fraggle.
Published 2 months ago by Kay Emanuel
4.0 out of 5 stars She loved it; and so did he
I sent the tape as a gift for my 1st grandchild. Her father watched it as a child. She loved it; and so did he.
Published 2 months ago by Hazel Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars My granddaughter loved this and it was free with Prime
My granddaughter loved this and it was free with Prime, however, when we tried to watch more shows the following weekend it was no longer free. This makes me sad.
Published 2 months ago by J. McNeil
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