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Author Topic: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it  (Read 16262 times)

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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #25 on: March 01, 2015, 06:06:58 PM »

I actually very much enjoy watching SpongeBob, and has always been a favorite cartoon. I don't watch TV that often anymore, but when I do, I always enjoy watching some SpongeBob, and IMHO, it's one of the only good things left on Disney Channel & Nickelodeon. Patrick's stupidity never gets old. SpongeBob, The Weather Channel, and any Drake and Josh reruns I can come across are about all I watch on TV these days, aside from YouTube, which I watch much more often now (huge collection of road videos, and all sorts of other entertaining stuff).
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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #26 on: March 01, 2015, 08:51:32 PM »

What was so bad about early Sesame Street? I never watched it that much except when my sister was a baby (early '80s) so I never watched it in the '70s. I've read that it was "darker". In what ways is it dark/sinister/evil?

I saw an article a few years ago that said it was mostly because Oscar used to be a lot meaner and the Count used to be a lot scarier.

Oscar originally was orange...Grover was originally Green...Big Bird originally had a pointy head...and Mr. Snuffleupagus used to be invisible to everyone but Big Bird.  When Snuffy could be seen by all, that's when SS "jumped the shark".   
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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #27 on: March 01, 2015, 09:41:35 PM »

Sponge Bob is schlock.

There. Someone had to say it.
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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #28 on: March 01, 2015, 10:26:59 PM »

Early Sesame Street was also quite dark-looking due to popular lighting techniques and film of the time. This is especially true of the cutaway scenes that didn't feature the puppets and main human stars. The men were swarthy and '70s hairy. Like that once scene where a guy gets a '60s Mustang stuck in the mud and is pretty much screwed until someone else comes along and pushes him out as the screen says "Teamwork" at the bottom. Or this one:



Look at the related videos for other examples

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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #29 on: March 01, 2015, 11:21:21 PM »

How about Capt. Kangaroo?  I watched it early in the mornings.  Nothing was funnier than watching Mr. Moose dumping hundreds of ping-pong balls on the Captain's head.

Captain Kangaroo was great.  I watched him at irregular intervals through my childhood.
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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #30 on: March 01, 2015, 11:37:48 PM »

Oh and don't forget 3-2-1 Contact when talking early '80s PBS.
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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #31 on: March 01, 2015, 11:39:03 PM »

This thread strongly reminds me of the Bloodhound Gang song "Your Only Friends are Make Believe."
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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #32 on: March 02, 2015, 12:17:37 AM »

What was so bad about early Sesame Street? I never watched it that much except when my sister was a baby (early '80s) so I never watched it in the '70s. I've read that it was "darker". In what ways is it dark/sinister/evil?

I saw an article a few years ago that said it was mostly because Oscar used to be a lot meaner and the Count used to be a lot scarier.

The Count is a pimp. Look at him. It's obvious.
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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #33 on: March 02, 2015, 12:21:23 AM »

Early Sesame Street was also quite dark-looking due to popular lighting techniques and film of the time. This is especially true of the cutaway scenes that didn't feature the puppets and main human stars. The men were swarthy and '70s hairy. Like that once scene where a guy gets a '60s Mustang stuck in the mud and is pretty much screwed until someone else comes along and pushes him out as the screen says "Teamwork" at the bottom. Or this one:



The only thing even remotely dark or sinister about this clip is the look on the guy's face.
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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #34 on: March 02, 2015, 12:41:17 AM »

The only thing even remotely dark or sinister about this clip is the look on the guy's face.

The actor is the late Paul Benedict, who was also known for playing Mr. Bentley on 'The Jeffersons'.
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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #35 on: March 02, 2015, 08:51:24 AM »

I know a lot of childless people who like to get stoned and watch kids shows. The colors, the sounds, the plotlines a 5 year old can follow, all perfect for chemically-enhanced enjoyment.
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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #36 on: March 02, 2015, 09:20:25 AM »

I know a lot of childless people who like to get stoned and watch kids shows. The colors, the sounds, the plotlines a 5 year old can follow, all perfect for chemically-enhanced enjoyment.

HR Puffnstuff easily leads the pack for kid shows in that category.  I think Sid and Marty Krofft designed all their shows with recreational pharmaceuticals in mind!
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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #37 on: March 02, 2015, 09:53:06 AM »

I know a lot of childless people who like to get stoned and watch kids shows. The colors, the sounds, the plotlines a 5 year old can follow, all perfect for chemically-enhanced enjoyment.

HR Puffnstuff easily leads the pack for kid shows in that category.  I think Sid and Marty Krofft designed all their shows while on recreational pharmaceuticals!

FTFY.
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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #38 on: March 02, 2015, 10:59:19 AM »

I was more of a Mr Rogers guy. My wife teases me about watching 90210.  In part because I'm 45 but also because I was 21-31 when it was on. 
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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #39 on: March 02, 2015, 11:15:34 AM »

I have stopped (briefly) on Sesame Street in my channel surfings, and for what I have seen -- including half the show devoted to "Elmo's World" -- the Sesame Street of today is nowhere close to the SS of the 70's.

In fact, I have seen on DVDs for older Sesame Street episodes WARNINGS that state content that was suitable for children back then is NOT suitable for the children of today!

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/tvandradioblog/2007/nov/26/sesamestreetnotsuitablefor

We're a bunch of fucking wussies now.  We also (GASP!) used to let kids play on their own and roam the neighborhood.

WTF is so wrong with doing that now, in this safer world now, blows my fucking mind.
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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #40 on: March 02, 2015, 01:17:28 PM »

I know a guy who is 46 and Teletubbies is his favorite show.
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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #41 on: March 02, 2015, 04:03:06 PM »

Oscar originally was orange...Grover was originally Green...Big Bird originally had a pointy head...and Mr. Snuffleupagus used to be invisible to everyone but Big Bird.  When Snuffy could be seen by all, that's when SS "jumped the shark".   

Wait, everyone can see Mr. Snuffleupagus now?   :-o
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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #42 on: March 02, 2015, 05:24:17 PM »

Sponge Bob is schlock.
Absolutely, but it is the highest quality schlock that, as 3yos and 15yos will happily sit there watching it for their enjoyment, Nickelodeon can not only make a butt load of money off marketing, but repeat episodes the same day and save money...
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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #43 on: March 02, 2015, 06:48:45 PM »

Oscar originally was orange...Grover was originally Green...Big Bird originally had a pointy head...and Mr. Snuffleupagus used to be invisible to everyone but Big Bird.  When Snuffy could be seen by all, that's when SS "jumped the shark".   

Wait, everyone can see Mr. Snuffleupagus now?   :-o

Since 1985:  http://www.feelguide.com/2010/10/13/the-disturbing-reason-why-sesame-street-producers-finally-revealed-mr-snuffleupaguss-identity/
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Re: Watching 'Sesame Street' when you're too old for it
« Reply #44 on: March 02, 2015, 08:22:34 PM »

Sponge Bob is schlock.
Absolutely, but it is the highest quality schlock that, as 3yos and 15yos will happily sit there watching it for their enjoyment, Nickelodeon can not only make a butt load of money off marketing, but repeat episodes the same day and save money...

Sponge Bob candy is actually worse. It can literally ruin a whole Halloween experience.
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