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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street Season 40

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Just a reminder that Sesame Street's 40th season officially begins Tuesday on PBS stations across the country. Check your local channels for times in your area.

    After you see the new episodes, post here and let us know what you think. When you're the first to post about a new episode please include a description of the street scene or an episode number so that we know which episode you are talking about. Twenty-six new episodes are planned for this season.
  2. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    I saw part of the season premire before school and the street scene was excellent. Nice cast cameos, good use of songs and Big Bird's song at the end was great.

    The only thing I'm not too keen on from what I saw was the new "block" format. It's almost like it's reverted to the Season 33 format, where there's nothing but the daily Muppet segments and the only films shown are ones for letters and numbers.

    And from what I saw of Abby's Fairy School, it's actually funny. There are puns in it that are so corny, but you can't help but laugh!

    I really wish I could see the rest of the show.
  3. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    I am definately going to have to look at this when it comes on again tonight at 7pm in my hometown.
  4. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I really loved the street story, it was a lot like Follow That Bird. I also thought it was a homage to Mr. Hooper, and Big Bird how Big Bird was always saying the real estate agents name wrong.

    I really don't think the Abby spot fits well with the show. It could be me, but it just seemed like it should be a seperate show.

    You all need to really watch this one all the way through because there is a very shocking surprise cameo towards the end. I'm not going to say who but you will be surprised.
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Lemme just say this... no WONDER why it took them so long to run Elmo's World: Frogs. No Wonder. That was just amazing. A New segment with a brief cameo by a certain Mr. Kermit the Frog! I was expecting a short brief silent clip of him in the opening montage at best... at best! Not only that, but we have a semi-revival of the Camp Wannagohoma segment in Elmo's E-Mail. Best EW since Food. If you see this episode do NOT change the channel. All the Mr. Noodel capering in the world is worth a SS Kermit the Frog cameo.

    As for the rest of the show:

    This is the problem I think SS has had for the past few years since. They're trying to get too too much stuff into one hour, especially when 10-15 minutes of 8it is taken by EW. Abby's Flying School was much much better than I thought it would be. Even a small hint of Fractured Fairy Tales, and the reference to Zia Zia Gabor was just too funny not to bust out laughing... but it really feels like the show changed channels on us, and we got another show entirely. A Good one, but not SS... and the fact we've got that and an Ernie and Bert's great adventures in the same episode doesn't exactly help things. At least it wasn't filled with long, boring footage of kids making sushi or doing yoga... yet.

    I'm mixed about the framing devices myself. I LOVE Murray going out into the real world, improvising with kids (Jim would have been proud)... but it seems that he's almost like a 1990's Saturday morning TV host with his "Coming up Next" stuff. I did like how he handled the letter and number segments.

    Other than that magnificent opening story, nothing screamed "this is our 40th anniversary show," other than the fact it had 40 be the largest number of the day ever (Plaza Sesamo had 40 or 30 on occasion). I didn't really see any classic shout outs, unless you count the standard puppet parrot as Poco Loco or H. Ross Parrot, or Bob walking Barkley. Seemed that Big Bird should have said good bye to a lot more characters.

    It's early in the season here, so I can't really give a real wrap on it until I've seen everything... I just can't say I like what they've been doing in this particular episode.
  6. MuppetDude

    MuppetDude Well-Known Member

    I suspected that was the reason! It was a really good choice that they held onto that for this year.
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Seems like they either waited for this year, or they had some sort of rights hold up with Kermit. Seems that if it is indeed a new, exclusive cameo, they paid a pretty penny for it.
  8. BeckyDR

    BeckyDR Well-Known Member

    Which number segments were included to honor the number of the day, 40? ;)
  9. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Because my PBS station did something where they fooled me into thinking Super Y was coming up at 10 AM, I missed out on the premiere. So I apologize to those who've come to expect my episode synopses.

    *Apologies to Becky, that's Becky I said.
    *Barry Sobel reference.
  10. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    What segments came after the Abby cartoon? (Other than EW and the Michelle Obama bits)
  11. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I just wonder if this is a sign of things to come, maybe slowly Kermit will be coming back to the Street.
  12. BeckyDR

    BeckyDR Well-Known Member

    El Conde: gracias :) I was actually just asking that question to anybody who had seen the episode, since I am at work and could not see it, but thanks anyway :)
  13. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, this is indeed the first time Kermit has appeared on Sesame Street in a new segment since Disney bought the Muppet Show characters in 2004. It's great to see that Disney allowed this to happen under any circumstances.

    It would be wonderful to see Kermit appear on Sesame Street more often, but this is likely a very special occurrence in honor of the show's 40th anniversary. However, I'm sure Disney and Sesame Workshop will be watching closely the kind of response Kermit receives.
  14. tutter_fan

    tutter_fan Well-Known Member

    I could easily tell right at the beginning that there'd be a reference to "Follow that bird", and I thought it was wonderful. The Abby's flying fairy school segment was unbelievable! I thought it was hilarious! I think the number segment was appropriate for the show, since it is the 40th season of the show!
  15. BeckyDR

    BeckyDR Well-Known Member

    and what was/were the number segment(s)?
  16. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Kermit! Kermit! Kermit! KERMIT! ! ! That was AWESOME! What a GREAT Happy Birthday to the Street! I loved the Street story and seeing Kermit. Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures was awesome too! I'm not a huge fan of this new block format at all... it seems like it leaves very little room for inserts and stuff. *shrug* We'll have to see. But either way, this was a fantastic episode and it's been an absolutely wonderful 40th Anniversary for Sesame Street! :wisdom:
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    In response to that and what Phillip said, I'm sure that there was a lot of haggling on the part of SW and Disney. It could very well just be a special occurrence, or it could very well just be a sign of negotiations to come. I don't expect anything major. But consider that Disney has been handling SW's Kermit situation well, and they could have just as easily forced SW to surgical remove any reference and appearance of Kermit, like in the case of Emmit Otter.

    That said, I wouldn't expect an Elmo's World about Pigs to mention/reference Miss Piggy nor would I think they would Fozzie for Bears or Rowlf for Dogs... but if you make a Frogs segment and don't reference Kermit in some way, that's kinda cheap. Unlike the others, he was integral to the show for years. But that's all I was expecting. A reference. A couple bars of "It's not Easy Bein' Green," a silent clip played over the opening montage, saying one of his catchphrases, maybe a background Frog that sounds sorta like him... but I never expected them to actually bring him back on the show.
  18. Psammeadboi

    Psammeadboi Well-Known Member

    It was really nice to see and hear Frank Oz as Bert again in episode 4188, The Cowmonster Pair!
  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    OH MY GOD! ! !

    KERMIT! ! !




    I mean holy smoke, I was fast-forwarding through the EW segment on my DVR, but when I saw Kermit, I immediately rewinded it to see Kermit talk about his "pad", that was so totally awesome!

    I'm not going to share too many of my thoughts here, because I don't want to repeat myself, but Prawnie did ask me to do a review of this week's new episodes for the Muppet Mindset, so you can read my thoughts there.
  20. BeckyDR

    BeckyDR Well-Known Member

    we can't read your thoughts there if you don't give us a link :p j/k (I know a lot of people probably know where to go, but some people don't)

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