If you're a die-hard Muppets fan, you must be really looking forward to this weekend and the release of Muppets Most Wanted.
Also if you're a die-hard Muppets fan, you'll agree that choosing a favorite of the Muppets movies so far is very difficult. Not that all of the features starring the Jim Henson creations are equal, but those first three are pretty incomparable if you're of a certain generation.
And if you didn't grow up along with the original trilogy of The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppets Take Manhattan, then you might have a preference for one of the movies released during your own childhood. A lot of young people today, for instance, might like 2011's The Muppets best.
I'm of an age where The Muppet Christmas Carol was thought to be the beginning of a weaker era for the franchise. But a lot of fans younger than me do really love it. The same is true for Muppets from Space, and perhaps there are nostalgic hard-core fans of Muppet Treasure Island and The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, too.
It's really not easy for me to pick a favorite. The first one has it all: the best story, the best songs, the best cameos. But then the third one fits into my love for 1980s movies set in New York City and features the adorable introduction of the Muppet Babies.
However, I've always had a real fondness for Caper, probably since it's one of the first movies I saw in a theater. Plus it's full of action, romance and, most importantly, Charles Grodin. I'll never understand why I thought he was so awesome when I was four years old, but no human member of a Muppet movie cast has ever been better, in my opinion.
Let us know which one of the Muppets movies you prefer. Feel free to broaden the reach to include the Sesame Street movies Follow That Bird and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, if that's your thing.