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Sesame Street has been surprisingly bold in its choice of parody, taking on even the darkest of HBO lineups from Game of Thrones to True Blood, though True Detective might seem a step too far. Well, thanks to Jimmy Kimmel and Sesame Street’s upcoming HBO move, we finally get a taste. Sesame Street is all just one gutter, man,
As weird as it still feels to think of Sesame Street on HBO, the educational gang have officially made their big move ahead of the January 16 premiere. Then again, why tell you how to get to the new Sesame Street, when we can show you in a new trailer and poster?
A few months back, Sesame Street gave a surprisingly adult announcement in news that it would leave its longtime home at PBS for HBO, but that isn’t the only big change afoot. Not only will Big Bird and co. only run for half an hour per episode in their new January premiere, we’ll also see new characters, theme songs, segments and more.
However ubiquitous and beloved Sesame Street has become over the years, there’s little secrecy surrounding the fact that PBS only provides so much of its funding, slowly shrinking Sesame Workshop’s production. Now, a whole new generation of Sesame Street will emerge with a move to HBO, allowing expanded production and spinoffs as early as this fall.
The longevity of Sesame Street has seen some inevitable turnover through the years, some less controversial than others, but the latest loss will have most everyone in a nostalgic fit. Sonia Manzano, best known as the iconic Maria, will say goodbye to Sesame Street after a whopping 44 years on the air.
At some point, we’re not sure when, Sesame Street stopped being a low-key educational children’s program and started being an educational children’s program that finds time to create internet-friendly parodies of whatever pop culture event is huge in a given week. So yeah, of course the show has made an Avengers-themed sketch and of course it’s called The Aveggies: Age of Bon Bon and of course it recasts Cookie Monster as the Hulk.
At some point in the SNL writer’s room, everyone must have realized that guest host Taraji P. Henson plays a monstrous character named Cookie on the smash hit Empire and, a few Cookie Monster jokes later, they were scrambling to call the producers of Sesame Street. Yes, SNL put Henson’s Cookie on the world’s most famous children’s program and the results are kind of spectacular.
Because there is nothing small children still learning to read love more than ultra-violent fantasy epics, Sesame Street has created a Game of Thrones parody. And we’re not talking about a simple excuse to dress up some Muppets in medieval garb. There are some serious George R.R. Martin deep cuts in this strange little sketch, which marks the first and probably last time that Sesame Street will obliquely reference brutal massacres, beheadings, and regicide.
Whatever your feelings on Birdman, we can all agree that Sesame Street’s spoof of the Oscar contender is absolutely perfect (and absolutely adorable). The long-running children’s program has made a delightful habit of spoofing some of our pop culture favorites, and their latest effort doesn’t disappoint. And it’s perfectly timed for this Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony.