The highly anticipated reboot of the beloved Jim Henson 1980’s TV show Fraggle Rock received a debut trailer today.
The Apple TV+ exclusive show, titled Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock will be a 13-episode Apple Original series, which will debut on Friday, January 21, 2022. The new series sees the return of Henson’s fun-loving and musical Fraggles: Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley, Uncle Travelling Matt—alongside new Fraggles and Doozers voiced by special guest stars Patti LaBelle, Cynthia Erivo, Daveed Diggs, Ed Helms, Kenan Thompson, as well as an appearance by Foo Fighters.
The show is executive produced by The Jim Henson Company’s Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford, and longtime Henson collaborator John Tartaglia. Matt Fusfeld and Alex Cuthbertson, who serve as showrunners, also executive produce, alongside New Regency’s Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer. Co-executive producers are Dave Goelz and Karen Prell, and executive music producer is Harvey Mason Jr. The series is produced by Ritamarie Peruggi.
In addition to the new show, Apple’s partnership with The Jim Henson Company includes Harriet The Spy, the first animated adaptation of the iconic children’s novel, and the popular Fraggle Rock: Rock On! shorts.
The original Fraggle Rock series, as well as several, recently added bonus specials—Down at Fraggle Rock, Doozer Music, and Fraggle Songs—are also currently available on the Apple TV+ streaming platform.
Henson described the original Fraggle Rock series as, “a high-energy, raucous musical romp. It’s a lot of silliness. It’s wonderful.” The show was acclaimed for being accessible to audiences of all ages, and used the fantasy creatures as an allegory to deal with serious issues such as prejudice, personal identity, and environmental issues.