Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Can You Tell Me How To Get To...

As a child I loved Sesame Street. I remember being very little and asking my mom what channel Sesame Street was on and then holding out that many fingers as I ran to the television so I wouldn't forget.

I had a favorite outfit that was Sesame Street brand. It was bright yellow pants and a rainbow striped turtle neck.

I love the muppets.

I love the set - the row houses and Hooper's store and the fix-it shop and how everything looked a bit gritty and dingy and actually like it may have been in New York City for real.

I love the dependable human characters that don't ever change...or so I thought.

My kids haven't really gotten on board the Sesame Street train, but I did try to expose them to it awhile ago and let me tell you, things are not the same on The Street. Sadly, the show is not what it once was. It still has some of the same muppet characters, but the skits they do just aren't as funny and clever as it seems they used to be. Kermit the Frog is, sadly, totally absent.

They do have some of the same human characters as they had in my childhood days, but they are shockingly changed. Namely, Bob. Take a look at this:

The peppy music teacher Bob of my youth:

The frail looking, age-spotted Bob of my old age:

Susan is gone altogether, as is Linda. Gordon, Luis, and Maria are still holding on, along with Bob.

Hooper's store is still there, although not run by Mr. Hooper, obviously. The fix-it shop became a mail-it shop, which was really lame. Big Bird's nest now looks like a play place at the mall. The tire swing isn't in the courtyard anymore.

The things I miss most are the wacky little segments they would do with the muppets. I loved "This is Kermit The Frog reporting live.." and "Monsterpiece Theater" and the song parodies, like "The Beetles" singing "Letter B". So much fun.

So I ask you, why mess with a good thing? I guess should be asking Wendy's the same thing about why they changed the frosty recipe after so many good years...


Amanda said...

Wendy, were you there the night we watched FAME together? We were so excited because after all, wasn't Fame the best show that ever was? NOPE, it was lame. We turned it off after about 15 minutes of 'think singing.'
I truly don't believe that Sesame Street would be like that, but just throwing it out there. :)

Gina said...

Elmo is the Yoko Ono of Sesame Street. Ever since he became the most popular character (to some), SS went down. Long live Bob & Maria! Didn't you love the Swedish chef?

Liz W. said...

You know, I've learned that you can't go back. I learned this when there was a Land of the Lost marathan a couple of years ago.

Totally ruined the show for me! I could practically see the hands moving the claymation dinosaurs.

Rachel said...

Gina, excellent analogy with Yoko Ono. Once they let in Elmo they opened the door for all sorts of weird and annoying creatures. Like the one with a speech impediment.

Wendy, they have old school Sesame Streets on DVD now. You should try to get your kids hooked on those instead. Ben loves them.