A "new school" resident of Sesame Street, Murray is pretty cool. He does the Word on the Street segment. I always loved it when monsters or Barkley went out into the real streets.
If I started singing "1-2-3-4-5, 6-7-8-9-10, 11 - 12. Dooo, do-do, do-do-do-do, dooo-dooo...." You would totally know what I was talking about, right?
Sesame Street premiered its 40th season yesterday morning at 6am in the Philadelphia area. At least I think I was watching Sesame Street. Maria, Luis, Gordon, Bob, Barkley and Big Bird were there, but so was some monster named Murray, some CGI fairies at a CGI daycare and a whole lot of generically arranged "hip-hop". Absent were trippy animation shorts about aliens, farm animals with names or ladybugs jumping rope that featured scores of every musical genre. Sesame Street is a weird place now. Hooper's has an outdoor cafe and a one episode character like yesterday's sleazy real estate agent for birds that tries to sell Big Bird a new habitat was played by a human instead of a Muppet. Creepy Muppets = funny, creepy humans = creepy. Sesame Street feels off in its present form, which is odd since you'd think a lot of people responsible for making it also grew up on the original. Am I saying that watching classic episodes doesn't leave me compulsively counting in my sleep? Actually no, I'm not, but I don't think the DVD of "old school" Sesame Street should come with a warning that it is not intended for children. Old school Sesame Street simply no longer reflects the accepted