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Texts and Tunes: Sesame Street Old School

Sesame Street has changed! If you haven't tuned into the beloved educational program since you were a child, you may be in for a shock when you turn it on with your tot. Mr. Snuffleupagus is now simply Snuffy and everyone can see him! Cookie Monster eats fruits and vegetables and encourages children to exercise and the opening song is now sung with a hip-hop beat.

The people at the Children's Television Workshop are well aware of the updates because they recently introduced the second volume of the original Sesame Street shows on DVD, "Sesame Street: Vol. 2 - Old School (1974-1979)" ($26.99). While the new set includes five hour-long shows, 57 bonus segments, and the never aired test pilot, a 12-page booklet with behind-the-scenes information and photos and celebrity appearances by Judy Collins, Henry Winkler, Paul Simon, Lily Tomlin, Richard Pryor and Ray Charles, what you might find even more exciting is the lack of Elmo, Zoe and Telli. And, It's nostalgic for those who grew up in the 70s.

In fact, The New York Times Magazine had an interesting piece about how the show has changed over the last two decades, suggesting that this DVD might need to come with a parental warning label to meet today's parenting standards.

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jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I think it's sad that old school Sesame Street isn't good enough for today's parents. :( I read that NYT piece and it wasn't "suggesting that the DVD might need to come with a parental warning label". It reported that the DVD does come with a warning label that they were intended for adults and might not be suitable for today's preschool students. But, the author was of the opinion that the show was actually quite good for kids. And I agree with her.
Rally-RE Rally-RE 9 years
i think kids these days are being short changed ... like taking away the mystery of how no one but 'bird' could see mr. snuffle-uffugus and the wild behavior of cookie monster when he'd shovel an entire box of cookies into his puppet mouth. kids like make-believe and laughing at silly things. do any shows offer that anymore?
snarkypants snarkypants 9 years
i would still show the old school sesame street to my kids. if your kid is dumb enough to eat a pipe because cookie monster did, i'm not sure sesame street is to blame...
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 9 years
So true! So much of the shows I grew up with would never make it in todays society. My how we've regressed....
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