When the last show had aired--a moving tribute to the spirit of friendship--I found myself with a lump in the throat as the credits rolled while, for the first time, all the characters joined in on the theme song. My emotion was partly at sensing that this was the end of the series, and partly at the knowledge that my children would not be amused by this fact.
Thank goodness we have six full videotapes of four years' worth of shows, along with Fraggle dolls, wind-up Doozers, games, books, puzzles, a cassette of songs and a lunch box.
No, we haven't seen the last of Gobo and the Muppet gang. HBO plans to repeat all 96 episodes of "Fraggle Rock" and also will spotlight Henson and the Muppeteers in a special, "Down Behind the Scenes at Fraggle Rock" in July. The series also will probably end up in syndication on free TV eventually--replete with inserted commercials.
I'm sure the new two-dimensional animated Fraggles on NBC will be as cute and funny as their HBO Muppet counterparts, and that Hilary and Evan probably will watch every Saturday-morning episode.
Henson has stated that by moving the show into animation, he'll be able "to explore the world of 'Fraggle Rock' in ways that aren't possible given the limitations of puppetry. With animation, there are no boundaries to the fantastic things we can do with the characters."
That's all very nice. I just hope the cartoon series doesn't air opposite Pee-wee Herman. There are just so many traumas a modern-day parent can handle.