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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street Season 39

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Already? If they ran the episodes the whole way through, no repeats in the middle, we wouldv'e been through with the season sometime in September.

    So here's my post season wrap up...

    It had a lot of strong episodes, that's for sure... but did we need that many "Let's read a story and act it out" stories. And we had a lot of random competition days as well.. The Most hats on their head day, the 6 Day Games, the Bird Games, and (if it counts) Telly being on that game show.

    And most of the episodes focused on Baby Bear and Telly. I still wonder why they're not on any merchandise outside of the odd coloring book.

    And I really think Mine-itis should have been the season finale. They had a strong opening, doing a parody of something that was bound to have been the hit movie of the summer (Considering they filmed this about last year or so), Indiana Jones. I would have loved to have seen more episodes like that, Sock Chaos, and Super Hero Elmo, and less of the weaker read a story story lines.

    I think it was also painfully obvious that Ernie and Bert and Murray should have alternated with each other. Every Murray was used twice, and they seem to be hiding away some of the Ernies for next year. Don't get me wrong. I love the new Murray segment. I think the guessing game intro goes on way too long (though I'm at a loss as to have it cut). The fact they took a muppet out on the streets, ala Uncle Traveling Matt was pure brilliance. And it took care of so much... the Spanish words of the day, talk to kids segments... etc...

    And we saw a lot of rare stuff from the 90's... the Z zone,Noodles and Ned, Annie Eyeball... but we also saw a lot of junk from that period too... mainly the mural paintings (yawn) and the dancing animal animations (and we only got one of the rhythmic ones that were the only really good ones they did).

    We did seem to lose a lot of Muppet segments though, with it, we saw less of Cookie Monster and Grover. but we really saw more Big Bird than last year (hard to say that we've seen the most of him in years, we USED to have a segment with him every episode).

    And do we really need to shove yoga down kid's throats like that? I can't stand hearing about Mommy and Me Yoga (slash Yuppie brain washing) class, and they brought it to SS? Even worse than when they started saying "Play Date".

    We saw the return of Mr. Johnson, Wolfgang the seal, and (most importantly, after almost 20 years) Guy Smiley.

    And Abby wasn't used all that much this season in the street segments.

    But I have to say, I'm really liking Leela. She really seems to be accustomed to the series so far (Chris really dived right in last year, and fit in immediately). yeah, Leela's the kind of cute that she'd be modestly hot if she wasn't in a kid's show... :flirt:

    The TV parodies were great. I still wish they made more than one Special Letters Unit. but Preschool Musical was Disney getting SERVED! I seriously reiterate that.

    Oh, and I really hated those nervous writer on a lap top segments. It's funnier if you're trying to write a novel, and never finishing it, I suppose.

    And what's up with those how to segments in the last 3 episodes? They really seem out of place.

    And we got, what? 2 new Elmo's worlds this entire season? No wonder they tried to do away with it last year.

    So, I have to say, it was a good season. There was a lot keeping it from being a great season...
  2. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Ya' know what I just noticed? We actually didn't see "Don't Know Y" this season! We've been seeing it every season since season 35.
  3. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    I don't know Y we haven't seen it this season? I wonder just Y Exactly that is?
  4. The Shoe Fairy

    The Shoe Fairy Active Member

    Gah! These Y jokes are so bad that even Fozzie wouldn't like them!
  5. Daffyfan2003

    Daffyfan2003 Active Member

    I agree with that. It seems like the Murray segment appeared in every ep which really wasn't necessary considering they played them twice. If they don't have enough ideas on that for a full season, it probably shouldn't appear in every episode. Hopefully that's something they'll improve on next season. So far in my viewing of season 39, I only saw two 'Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures.' Maybe that one should have been played more frequently than 'Murray had a Little Lamb.' Just a thought, but it still would be good to see more skits with the classic Muppet Bert and Ernie that we know and love, especially if they replay the old skits.

    I saw the cheerleader episode for the first time today, I thought that episode was sort of fair. Though it's rare to see male cheerleaders, I wonder if it would have been better if it had been Rosita, Zoe and Abby rather than Elmo, Zoe and Telly. Just something I was thinking about. It's also good to know that Maria is still in the fixing business. Has the Fix-It Shop been shown at all this season or was that the only reference so far? Just wondering about that. The segment with Oscar and Mike whatshisname was pretty good as well. I guess it's been a while since we've seen Oscar's pet pig Spot.
  6. meok

    meok New Member

    Season 39 edited on my station

    Hi, all. I live in Barbados, (in the Caribbean) and Sesame Street seasons in this country are usually identical to those in the USA, but the Season 39 we're receiving has no "Murry Has A Little Lamb" segments. They have all been replaced with "Global Grover" segments, which are significantly shorter, and so the episodes are a little shorter. I don't see this as a bad thing, but was just surprised that we got an altered version.
  7. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    It's actually to the left of the subway station now.
  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    If you ignore it, maybe it'll go away.

    Anyway:

    That is seriously interesting. Now, I have a couple follow up question for you...

    in Barbados, do they air Sesame as it's intended, without commercial interruptions? If they did, it might have something to do with it. And do you have regular Sesame Street or "Open Sesame" (a collection of skits shown in other countries, sometimes dubbed)?

    If not, I don't know what to say... unless someone at SW or your station doesn't think the Murray segments are relatable (it's a stretch and a shot in the dark) and they had a specifically altered version for you.
  9. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    You mean the Fix-it-Shop? :confused:
  10. Daffyfan2003

    Daffyfan2003 Active Member

    Did you get that info from Maria's part in the cheerleading episode or has it actually been shown? Not trying to be annoying here, just curious. Lol.
  11. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    Well you can see it from certain angles on some episodes. You can see in in the Mine-I-tis episode.
  12. Daffyfan2003

    Daffyfan2003 Active Member

    Okay. I didn't see the Mine-itis episode yet but whenever I do, I keep a look out for that.

    I saw the Denny the Distracter ep today. (That's what's nice about me seeing episodes so late each season. It helps us to keep these threads going.) So that was Gilbert Gottfried. I haven't really seen him since after "Hollywood Squares." I was wondering what he was up to. It was also good to see Guy Smiley, though I have to admit that the voice wasn't quite right. Was that Eric Jacobson? I guess he's better with Frank Oz characters then with Jim Henson characters. Steve Whitmire might have been a bit better there. Anyway, just thought I'd post my thoughts on that.
  13. SillyRed

    SillyRed Member

    I would love too see more Abby in Season 40!
  14. Daffyfan2003

    Daffyfan2003 Active Member

    Wow. I didn't know about that. (No complaints on this topic please.) Is 4186 scheduled for next season? Production numbers really confuse me. Lol.

    Yeah. They probably did have Don in mind when they wrote that line. I was wondering about what happened with the end getting cut off. I thought that it was a problem that my local station was having, but I guess it wasn't just me. Maybe they couldn't come up with a good ending for that ep so they just reused some old footage and edited it so the letter and number match the episode. Kind of strange.
  15. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Hi... Answering a few questions.

    1 Bob was seen in Season 39, in Episode 4181, the Mine-Itis episode.
    2 Episode 4186 is indeed part of Season 39, that was the season finale.

    Hope this helps.
  16. Daffyfan2003

    Daffyfan2003 Active Member

    Wow! You're fast, Count. I just posted that about ten minutes ago. Another reason for me to check out the Mine-itis episode whenever my local station plays that one. Thanks for the info.

    BTW, Sillyred in response to your post, I think it's best that Abby wasn't used quite as much this year. Sometimes it seemed like she was taking over the show the way Elmo did. I think it's best if she is just like one of the group rather than a main character who appears in every episode. Nothing against Abby. Just my opinion.
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member


    I think that last season was the most of Abby we've seen so far. The first season she was introduced, she was in 3 episodes... the next one, she was in every episode... but a lot of it was inserted stuff (her word song,and closing the show specifically). This year I think they almost had the right balance... she had a lot of segments with other characters (mainly Elmo) and a few main street episodes. They almost had it, but they really need to make her the character who pops up halfway through the story, says, "I can use my magic to help," and then messes up and leaves the story completley... sort of how Mumford was used a bunch pf seasons back...

    Though, to be fair, she did have that almost sort of a movie thingy, and he's on half the SS merchandise. They want to make the character big, but after 3 years, they're still trying to work the bugs out. Almost there...

    That said, Elmo was used a lot this year, but compaired to previous years, not as much. Kevin must REALLY be busy nowadays... We only got 2 new Elmo's Worlds out of 26 episodes...
  18. Redsonga

    Redsonga Active Member

    I really think both Elmo and Abby need to be toned down, they are nearly running SS on the muppet level IMHO :\. I would love to see (I know, I know, 'SS isn't for you' but a girl can dream can't she?) a whole street story that focused on Big Bird or Snuffy for once..or maybe even Grover..after all, he's not that much older than them..and..and..he's fuzzy :3
  19. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    I, for one, liked Leela's intro episode best: it had plenty of Muppet supporting cast in the main story, but the real focus was on a human character (pretty rare today) and on the Street as a whole (even rarer). The references appealed to both preschool children (Prairie trying to stop Cookie Monster) and nostalgic adults (Leela's remark that "[n]othing says 'Sesame Street' like an eight-foot bird singing the alphabet"). If the Workshop could keep writing plots that balanced most of Sesame Street's highlights that way--I'd bet that it would last another ten seasons at least! :)
  20. The Shoe Fairy

    The Shoe Fairy Active Member

    Yeah, where has Grover been lately, same with Prarie Dawn. I don't see why there isn't more Grover, He is probably one of the funniest SS characters. To see more of him would be great:super:!


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