I have three children who are 8, 5, and 1. Since sometime in 2007 when my oldest was around one and began to enter the toddler years, I have been watching a lot of Sesame Street. I personally find it one of the more tolerable kid shows to watch over and over and over again. And there is that nostalgia factor of watching a show I grew up watching with my kids.
We watch TV at our house through a Roku box so it is mostly a lot of Netflix and Hulu Plus, which means we can watch an episode and then re-watch it right away. Sometimes multiple times in a day. Sesame Streets gets it. They know us parents are right there along with our binge Sesame Street watching offspring (or grandchild, nieces/nephew, etc). While Sesame Street’s goal is first and foremost to educate children and all that jazz, they throw in a little something for the adults out there going mad as they watch Elmo speak in the 3rd person.
It is I want, not Elmo want, Elmo! I digress.
In the form of parodies of adult programing and songs, Sesame Street says, “Hey parents, grandparents, child care providers, etc, we get it. You need a laugh at how highly inappropriate the actual show would be for children. And here we have made it into a parody that also teaches.
If you do a Sesame Street parody search on youtube.com you will get pages of results. From songs (often with the original artist participating in the parody, which really just makes it so much better), to movies and television shows Sesame Street rocks the parody for kids market.
Here are a few of my favorites:
There are tons of musical artists who guest star on Sesame Street to preform the parody version of their songs. One of my recent favorites is Mackelmore as Mucklamore with this parody of Thrift Shop.
The Cookie Monster Movie Paraodies
Cookie Monster has always been one of my favorite Sesame Street characters, so I really like the movie spoofs they do featuring him.
Here are a few,
Furry Potter and the Goblet of Cookies
The Hungry Games
Twilight Breaking Cookie
The Spy Who Loved Cookies
Cookie of OZ
Lord of the Crumbs
While I would love to share a video of each of the above clips, that could get a little long, so here is one of my favorites, Twilight Breaking Cookie. I love how the puppet Belly (the equivalent of Bella in Twilight) is as one dimensional as Kristen Stewart portrays her in the movie.
True Mud (True Blood)
Presented by GrouchBO (HBO was the network for True Blood), a grouch (instead of a vampire) comes in and wants Tru Mud. The waitress keeps bringing him things that rhyme with mud, instead of the Tru Mud he orders.
Upside Downton Abbey (Downton Abbey)
The characters are all upside down and have a hard time having time as gravity keeps making all the items served fall to the ceiling.
Birdwalk Empire (Boardwalk Empire)
A gang of chickens and a gang of ducks fight about how to walk on the bird walk.
Sons of Poetry (Sons of Anarchy)
Two poets searching for the right word to rhyme with blue are helped by the sons of poetry gang.
Game of Chairs (Game of Thrones)
To decide the next king or queen they must play the game of chairs (musical chairs). This is one of the many that feature Grover, another one of my favorite Sesame Street characters.
These are just the tip of iceberg of the parodies Sesame Street has created based on adult programing. If you need a quick kid friendly 5 minute clip hop, on over to the Sesame Street channel on you tube and enjoy watching your favorite shows parodied over on the street.