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Monday, November 19, 2007

Vintage SESAME STREET is now adults-only

The very first episodes of Sesame Street are out on DVD. But they carry a warning label: "These early 'Sesame Street' episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today's preschool child." And this is not intended to be a joke either, according to this New York Times article. Seems that a lot of things have changed since Sesame Street's first broadcast 38 years ago this month. Among the items listed as unacceptable for today's children: Cookie Monster smoking a pipe during "Monsterpiece Theater", Oscar the Grouch is now seen as having untreated depression, and how there are too many "rural — agrarian, even — sequences" in the early episodes.

I have a question: how many of the "child experts", who sit around all day finding stuff like this to nit-pick about, actually have children?


Anonymous said...

How ridiculous. When and if I have children, these DVDs are a must-watch.