Back to the Rock Hits Apple Coming Soon


Yup, the Fraggles are back. Image: Apple TV+

The full trailer for Restart Apple TV+ of Fraggle Rock is here and when you look at it you will believe it is 1985 again. All characters, costumes and more are back, with a look that feels like nothing has changed at the Rock in 30 years, except for a few extra bulbs and some new Fraggle additions.

The show is called Fraggle Rock: Return to the Rock and all 13 episodes come together on Apple TV+ January 21. Once again, the Jim Henson Company is at the helm; along with Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley and the gang, new characters voiced by Patti LaBelle, Cynthia Erivo, Daveed Diggs, Ed Helms and Kenan Thompson have joined the party. Watch the trailer.

Gobo is right. That song is catchy. But it’s not nearly as catchy as the HBO show’s original theme song that ran from 1983-1987. And that will be the biggest challenge for Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock. Can you add just enough nostalgia for parents to enjoy introducing their kids to this new version, while also giving those kids something new to hold onto?

Because look. Apple TV+ already has all the original episodes of Fraggle Rock on its service. It wouldn’t be hard to just move your cursor and view/revisit the originals. Hopefully this show will find a way to justify itself and differentiate itself from the original. And if not? It’s still, hands down, the Fraggle Rock kids of the 1980s grew up with and loved, and Apple certainly paid a ton of money for it. The world is a better place with more Fraggle Rock, meaningless or not.

Once again, all 13 new episodes of Fraggle Rock: Return to the Rock debut on Apple TV+ January 21. Are you excited about this or what?


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