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Sesame Street not for children?

The DVD of the first season of Sesame Street comes with a warning:

These early Sesame Street episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today’s preschool child.

No wonder why my generation is so messed up. They made us watch adult content when we were little kids.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 26, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Posted in Television

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  1. I remember the “psychedelic” cartoon and “drug dealer Muppet” skits from the late 80’s.


    November 27, 2014 at 1:05 AM

  2. And with no trigger warning


    November 27, 2014 at 1:23 AM

  3. Nope. The lawyers made them put that in because it displays dangerous activities like “unsupervised and unstructured play” and “playing on vacant land” and other stuff. Which was “acceptable” back when these were shot/broadcast, but nowadays, the legal liability downside would be vastly unpleasant.

    It’s like Jackass saying “don’t do this at home”


    November 27, 2014 at 1:34 AM

  4. !


    November 27, 2014 at 2:57 AM

  5. I don’t think we have to santize things to such an extent. I think kids can handle more than we give them credit for these days.

    Anyways, you would get a kick out of this article:

    Some Guy

    November 27, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    • #4… Wow! I would never have thought of this again. So cool to have it rekindled in my memory.

      November 27, 2014 at 3:52 PM

  6. Guess I should have clicked on the link you posted. Maybe I watched too many inappropriate Sesame Street epidosdes as a kid and they fried my brain.

    Some Guy

    November 27, 2014 at 9:13 AM

  7. I think you once mentioned you have in your investments in oil. What is your opinion about this now when the oil is sinking?


    November 27, 2014 at 2:05 PM

  8. I’ve been watching season 1 on Netflix with my kids. Episode 1 was kind of a klinker, but after that they are quite good. They certainly aren’t “intended for grownups,” and I can’t imagine why anyone would say such a thing. I recommend them, especially if you enjoy the nostalgia. Mr Rogers is pretty good too. The first seasons of that are on Amazon Prime.

    Also, as long as I’m at it, Electric Company is great. It’s amazing how much teaching they pack into each episode, compared with shows today. Modern reading shows like WordGirl and Martha Speaks are essentially cartoons with one or two vocabulary words thrown in. Original Electric Company has nearly every skit aimed at teaching.

    November 27, 2014 at 3:47 PM

  9. Ah… vintage sesame street. Who needs hallucinogenics? My favorite is the 10-11-12 song. My mother occasionally allowed us a few minutes and I was thrown into ontological angst by the guy with the thick marker writing on glass. He intentionally wrote in reverse for the courtesy of those on the other side. I couldn’t comprehend it.

    slithy toves

    November 27, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    • I used to indulge on the Teletubbies, but for the best results you need hallucinogenics (never did it though; I just found the controversy due to Tinky Winky amusing). On Pokemon, the antics of Misty’s Psyduck was funny.


      November 28, 2014 at 10:34 AM

  10. I was too old for Sesame Street, I watched part of one episode of Electric Company but didn’t like the way having multiculturalism shoved down my throat. Yes, I was HBD-aware before it was cool. But even so, I was much less of a racist than most of the white kids I went to school with when we moved from the Philadelphia suburbs to the Maryland suburbs.

    I watched Captain Kangaroo, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, and once in awhile Mr. Rogers. Plus cartoons and Three Stooges (nyuk nyuk nyuk!) And Dark Shadows and Soupy Sales before I began attending first grade.

    The Abbot of Lufford

    December 3, 2014 at 9:18 PM

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