Of course, I am referring to recurring segments on the show (modern era ones, at any rate) and not recurring sketches. I.E. Elmo's World is a recurring segment, Waiter Grover is a recurring sketch. The parts of the show that are separate from the rest of the show, and ones that were going to be recurring or at least semi-recurring parts of the show. Designated segments for older skits (Monster Time, Ernie and Bert's designated segments) are exempt, as are the Letter and the Number of the day intros (since each is a sub-genre in and of itself)... So without any further to do: 1) Bert and Ernie's great Adventures: This one gets high marks for taking characters out of their normal situations but keeping their personalities and characteristics in tact (more or less)... plus I find it novel that the segment is entirely in Clay stop motion. Unlike other segments down on my list, it comes across as a fun little segment without having to bookend too much educational value into it (other than morals and problem solving). And most of the segments are much better than some of the more recent Ernie and Bert puppet segments. 2) Murray had a Little Lamb (and Word on the Street- I'm counting them both as one): This is what I'm talking about... Muppets going out into the real world, interacting with people AND getting messy. Whereas Cookie Monster is given fake, painted rice cakes for cookies (as oils damage the puppet), Murray has used watercolors, clay, and even actual dough in a cooking segment. Murray plays off as well with humans (kids and adults) as he does with his lamb, Ovejita. The only real weakness this segment has is the overuse of reruns. 3) Global Grover: Just a hair under Murray, Grover's intros and outros of around the world footage (new, old, and from actual co-productions) make this segment a lot more fun that it needed to be. While the segments are fine on their own, Grover's classic style of humor is the most memorable bit. One segment didn't even have a film, and used a Waiter Grover skit to teach Russian cuisine. 4) Abby's Flying Fairy School: I never thought I'd enjoy the segment this much. Another example of taking a character out of the context of a show and placing them in their own little adventure in problem solving. Nice twists and references to fairy tales, and snappy writing/ Not to mention the great characters like Blogg and Nibblet. While the segment is very good, 2 things detract from its strengths... the constant repeats (not really the segment's fault) and the length... the theme song is longer than most other segment themes and the segment with Spot, while clever, drags on too long. 5) Trash Gordon: Clever little segment featuring Oscar, Slimey and Gordon. Too bad it was only used as a show ending, because it had so much potential to be more than that. Plus, I'm sure even the adults had trouble figuring out what it was a parody of. 6) Journey to Ernie: this one loses a LOT of points for it's original concept, basically just trying to be Blue's Clues and nothing more... sure, the use of older films was a nice touch, but it felt repetitive and useless as a segment. However, it earns points for turning the segment around completely in the next season, even giving a daily appearance to the Twoheaded Monster. Add to the fact the concept was switched up a little (Ernie searches for Big Bird in one segment, Bert substitutes for Ernie in another)... while it still had the nagging air of copying Nick Jr., it came into it's own, making plotlines more complex (and giving them plotlines period). And the B museum segment with a cameo from Bob was too cool to ignore. 7) Celebrity Word of the Day. Varies from celebrity to celebrity, so I can't even really place it that low. While a lot of comedians and comedic actors know what to do with the segment, some other celebs basically felt they were on a Baby show to wave at their children, while others didn't even get the point at all. Adding muppet helpers to the segment made it work much better, though. 8) Sesame Street Dinner Theater: This deceivingly low grade shouldn't fool you. I really liked most of the segments. Omelet, Prince of Denmark and Pear were wonderfully funny... but others fell flat. The segment was very hit or miss, and often were just song parodies instead of something more substantial. 9) Hero Guy: Don't get me wrong, I think Baby Bear is a very underrated character (especially when used with Telly) and I love Muppet cartoonists/Artists like baby Bear, Big Bird and Elliot Shag... but it really seems this segment was just here, and it really feels like a flat execution of something that could have been a little more enjoyable. Plus, it was VERY repetitive. 10) Ernie's Show and Tell: I don't know whether I should have added this or not, but... I like those fun little Muppet Moments where the muppets goof around with the kids. Too bad this one isn't one of them. While I do think Ernie gives it a nice sweet feel to the segment, somehow if it were Grover or someone else they'd at least add some more playful humor to the segment. It's cute, but it gets boring. 11) Monster Clubhouse: Oh, it's fine... if you don't pay attention to the fact that it's extremely repetitive, way too frantic, feels like it's part of another show, and how it comes off more idiotic than goofy. But some of the characters were great. I really think Mel and Narf should have been used a lot more outside of the segment. But when you even reuse the same jokes over and over, it just doesn't work. 12) Elmo's World: You'd think this would be in last place, but I got 2 more I think are worse. Basically this is something that said "Hey! Elmo toys for sale! Buy some!" and the educational content of talking about one random subject... well, I don't really think that gels well. And it totally feels like something for kids too young to watch Sesame Street. Seems like the writers and puppeteers at least try to bring some humor to the segment, and the cartoon parts are actually quite enjoyable. But the segment as a whole feels like another show for a different audience, and the most repetitive of the bunch. 13) Veggie/Fruit songs: thankfully they only made this daily for one season. While some of them were not terrible (especially ones sung by Jerry Nelson) these were not just unfunny or entertaining, but just seemed to be there to push the healthy agenda over and over, as if we weren;t already bludgeoned over the head with it. And last, but certainly least: 14) Time to Play: Really... REALLY... who thought kids would love to see the same 2 films about kids slowly putting patterns together? I hope they were the FIRST to get laid off.