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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street Season 34

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Apr 6, 2003.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Beginning tomorrow on Monday April 7th, Sesame Street will begin it's 34th season on public television. Be sure to check out the new episodes and let us know what you think of the format changes, guest stars, and new segments.

    If you don't know when Sesame Street airs in your local area, you can check your listings here...

  2. Koozbanian Foob

    Koozbanian Foob Well-Known Member

    It's up...and it's Good!

    Saw the Season Opener this morning and as is often the case, there were moments where I laughed myself silly.

    Great job!
  3. dcfboss

    dcfboss Well-Known Member

    1 complaint .... there was the same number and letter of day sketch .. that's what i really wanted to see. the new JTE looks better. i actually enjoyed it.

    highlight of the show was when the monster grabbed bert and did the tango lol.
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Well, I found it a little disappointing, but still MUUUUUCh better than last season. It's a great direction they went in.

    Firstly, I commend them for bringing back Gladys with a new performer (A woman, oddly enough playing a man, playing a woman) but I do not know her name. I think she plays Cleo on Between the Lions, but that's a guess.

    The New JTE was much more enjoyable then the lame vewrson last year. Only ONE location this time, and it's not as repeptitive and rediculous. The 2 Headed Monster really made a comback in this episode, being in 2 skits in one show....

    I liked Wayne Brady's Between song much better than the original.

    But my one dissapointment is the same as dcfboss, the letter and Number of the day rrecycled last seasons skits....

    Everything was new, even Elmo's world, except that....
  5. Koozbanian Foob

    Koozbanian Foob Well-Known Member

    What I really liked (in addition to the Dance scene with Bert and Ernie - that was hilarious!) was that in the Karaoke ( pardon my spelling :D ), all the songs were old SS classics except for Rosita's Olah (again my spelling - I'm rushing :o ).

    Very cool.
  6. Hays

    Hays Well-Known Member

    I have to say it was the best episode of Sesame Street I've ever seen - and I've been watching SS on and off for 30 years.

    The "On the street" segment was absolutely stupendous: touching and fun. Karaoke was a terrific idea for bringing all the characters together at the opening, and bringing out some of the songs I remember singing when I was three (most notably, Big Bird singing "Abcdefg...where he runs the alphabet into one word) My little boy loved it, too, singing along at the end of Bob's "People in Your Neighborhood." I loved how the segment handled two problems: Telly's theoretical and Baby Bear's real stage fright, and the loss of the karaoke machine. Nobody made a big deal or a sermon out of either problem, but each was solved with the help of the entire group. Terrific.

    Didn't miss "monster time," though Narf and Google were in the background of the Karaoke crowd. Gotta love Wayne Brady! My son loved the "Playdo" cave people fighting over the chair.

    JTE was fine, though I missed my "classic" Bert and Ernie sketch (I'm old...maybe that WAS a classic...but there WAS that "Horse Whisperer" reference) I hope they've filmed lots of them, though because I don't think I want to see that one more than 30 times.

    I wish they'd fixed the number of the day segments; I think they should trash those and start over - they're much worse than the old JTE.

    I thought "Global Grover" was a terrific addition; I liked how they used Sesame Street documentary-style footage with the little African girl narrating, but chose a location that was very different to American kids. It stopped short of a "save the children" commercial in that it didn't hide the lack of facilities, food, and classroom space (we complain about class sizes of 30!) but still showed children with dignity and an eagerness to learn and play. I will be interested to see more.

    The other "Global" thing was fine, but I didn't really understand why the concept of standing in line and sharing the fun was being explained with a globe.

    And, there was a new Elmo's World! Yes, I could live completely without Elmo and life would be fine, but I'll take a month free of Elmo reruns if I can get it!
  7. somethingofafan

    somethingofafan Well-Known Member

    Actually, "Hola" is a classic Sesame Street song. I remember...I believe it was Maria and Luis singing it back in the eighties.

    And I don't know about you, but I would have been annoyed if they hadn't kept the letter-cookie segments from last season. That's been some of the funniest stuff on the show!

    I will agree that every song in that episode is a classic (even those outside the main street segment)...About the only ones missing were "C is for Cookie" and "Sing a Song"...and we got enough of the latter last season to last a lifetime.:p
  8. Hays

    Hays Well-Known Member

    Don't you mean "a woman, oddly enough playing a man, playing a female bovine?" Maybe it's like the Rocky Horror Picture Show where women in front of the screen played Dr. Frankenfurter!

    Wasn't "Hola" done with Gloria Estefan, too?
  9. dcfboss

    dcfboss Well-Known Member

    i also enjoy the fact that there wasn't the same style as last season. last season the story took place in one segment ... this episode had a few cartoons and things in between which was great.

    i loved the telly, rosita, bob verion of "i dont want to live on the moon"

    the wayne brady song was GREAT

    i also was wondering why Cookie Monster wasn't shown on the street, i mean he is a staple character. but i guess we'll have to wait till wednesday for his episode lol.
  10. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Phil, here's a bit of news you might want to keep in mind about Season 34. Slept in this morning and I missed out on the premiere of the new season, thinking that it would be repeated later this afternoon. Well, when I turned on the TV and tuned to PBS at 3:00 PM EST and Puerto Rican Standard Time Season 33 repeats were what greeted me after the title song. Guess the Season 34 episodes are being aired at 8:00 AM EST and not during the afternoon hours, unless the premiere of S34 wasn't shown down here in Puerto Rico today and saved for another day. I'll have to watch it tomorrow morning to confirm this point, just thought you'd might want to know.
  11. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member


    OMG, Frank was performing Bert in the new ancing segment!! And Cookie in Letter of Day (for the first part, then he played Grover)!! I really like the new season so far. I missed the first 15 minutes, so I only caught the very end of the Karaoke segment. "Global Thingy" has to go. Very weird and annoying. Other than that, the show looks nice. :cool:
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Right you are...
    Wed's episode:
    Sesame Street
    60 min.
    Cookie Monster is being blamed for eating cookies he didn't consume. No one believes that Cookie when he says he's not the culprit, so it's up to Cookie Hood to clear Cookie's name. (VCR Plus+ 72847)
  13. Gonzo

    Gonzo Well-Known Member

    Highlights of the show for me included:

    Seeing Gordon, Susan, Bob, Maria, Luis, Gina, Miles and Gabi all together. Alan? Muh. Anyone know if that's the same actor for Miles? I tried to catch it in the closing credits, but it zoomed right on by. And Gabi's becoming quite the little hottie--much like her mother before her. How very...Jedi of her.

    Gladys the Cow's return. AWESOME.

    The Ladybug Picnic !!!

    The Two-Headed Monster showing up...twice!

    No more box on "Journey to Ernie." ...I like this version better--it seemed to go faster, and hopefully it won't become as repetitive as last seasons JTE.

    A Bert and Ernie segment! Instead of the tango moment, my favorite part was just Bert reading "The Pigeon Whisperer." .... "coo."

    If Global Grover hadn't had the elephant, I would have liked it more. I liked that Grover drew the boy and got to say "isn't he CUTE?" And then SuperGrover made a great appearance in Cookie Monster's sketch. I like the two of them together. And having SG's Old School music was a nice touch. EVEN though it was from last season, I still liked it. Good to see my favorite monsters hanging out.

    Cookie's Conscience was nice too: "COOKIE MONSTER..."

    That's it. All in all I enjoyed it a lot more than what the Street was doing say, five years ago. I think the last two seasons are definitely going in the right direction for my tastes.


    :p :(
  14. MuppetQuilter

    MuppetQuilter Well-Known Member

    Great start to the new season! The whole thing felt a bit flashier to me, but I can't really pin point why-- have to watch some more episodes.

    It was great to see so much of the human cast all at once. Budget constraints has made that a rarity in recent years. Karaoke was a lot of fun (which is saying a lot because I am not a fan of karaoke). To the list of problems that were solved during that bit add Rosita messing up and being encouraged to keep going and not worry about it. Nothing preachy or condesending about how the various problems were dealt with. I have to agree, Bob and company singing I Don't Want to Live on the Moon was a definite high point.

    Wayne Brady's song was very well done. Nice to see so many different Muppets worked into a celebrity bit. Hopefully the other new celebrity skits will be on par with this one.

    Global Grover has a lot of potential and it is wonderful to have Grover in a featured segment-- this was over due. It will be interesting to see how much appeal this segment has with kids.

    Gladys was my favorite part of the show-- great to see her again and hopefully there will be more of Gladys to come.

    Looks like Season 34 is off to a strong start.....

    But mostly, I'm just glad to have a break from the Season 33 reruns! ;)
  15. Hays

    Hays Well-Known Member

    Amen to that!

    You aren't the only one! My two-and-change year old son said "time for NEW Sesame Street?" every hour since Friday! Repetition is a good thing at that age - but all things in moderation!

  16. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    I have to say that it's much better than last season. All those old songs, and they even brought back Gladys. Not only that, but it was just like when she was on years ago, when she would try to do something, but they didn't have time for her. And they didn't do a bad job at all of using old clips. That African School film as part of Global Grover is from Season 21, and we will be seeing more of those. It's more like the old format than it was last season.
  17. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    seeing the new season was cool

    :excited: I thought it was cool seeing old friends again. Yes Gladys it was cool seeing her again. I can't wait to see other episodes. And reading some of the forums I didn't know that Frank Oz did Bert, Grover and Cookie Monster. I was amazes to see his name in the credits but didn't know he was doing his charatcers again. I thought he was being paid for being apart of the company. So I was glad to see all their faces again. Loved the JTE seagment. I thought he was alot better to see it with a different way of putting it. So I loved it a lot better.
  18. bats1972

    bats1972 Well-Known Member

    I got super excited when I saw this was a new episode. I am a stay at home Dad and watch Sesame Street with My 15 month old. (He loves the show, claps and dances. It's great)

    My first day at home with my son was 4/3/02 so for at least one year it has been repeated. Now I agree repetition (spelling?) is great for my son but over one year of it was a bit much.

    Loved seeing everyone together in the beginning and that it was at night, nice touch. Loved Bert and Ernie segment, JTE was great. The only thing I liked about the old JTE was that every now and then you would get two or three "older" segment, which was always nice to see but this is a huge improvement.

    I went nuts with excitement when Big Bird sang Abcdefg...that was my favorite as a child.

    I have three PBS stations on my cable and the potential to watch Sesame Street six times a day. So after this morning I taped it since it was such a great episode. Can't wait for tomorrow!
    :( :p :grouchy:
  19. C'irdan

    C'irdan Well-Known Member

    frank oz

    what's this about Frank? Was he really doing his characters again? It sounded like they were David rudman and Eric jacobsen...but if he's doing his characters again that's great! either way it's great because eric and david are doing a really good job with grover, bert and cookie as well.

    Gladys is awesome!!!

    Sadly enough...I'm pretty sure that Elmo's world was longer than usual though...

    I loved this episode! looks like a promising new season!!!

  20. MuppetQuilter

    MuppetQuilter Well-Known Member

    Frank taped some skits for Season 34. He didn't do all the the new stuff for his characters, but he did some. I don't know if he was in the studio for a day or two or a week or what-- maybe someone else will fill in that information or we'll get to play guessing games all season trying to figure out when it is Frank and when it isn't. :)

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