Childhood shows rocked, especially Sesame Street
For the past 6 days, Google has been featuring custom logos with Sesame Street logos in honor of the show’s 40th anniversary. Each custom logo made me squeal like a 4-year old and I surely checked at midnight every day to see the new one. (Add this to list of reasons Google rocks sock). This had me reminiscing about shows from my childhood, so here are the 5 shows I love.
Sesame Street is hands down, my favorite childhood show. It seems I’m not the only one who thinks so either. Thembi and Leon wrote about it too. The fact that it’s been on TV for 40-years is no small feat. How many ways can I count it’s awesome? Well, there’s the theme song. Remember how you hear the first words “Sunny Days…” and you start singing it at the top of your lungs, bobbing your head from side to side. Then you start to grin like a Cheshire cat. This was yesterday.
The muppets on Sesame Street are icons, and everyone has a favorite character. Could it be Big Bird, the uber-jolly bird with bright yellow feathers? Or maybe the Count, with his deliciously evil ways with numbers (1 ah ah ah… 2 ah ah ah…)? For some, it’s Cookie Monster (“C is for COOKEEE…”). It could also be Oscar the Grouch, who spent his days being a wet blanket, hating on all of Sesame Street and telling folks to “SCRAM!” How could you not love his grouchy ass? We can’t forget the closest BFFs EVER, Bert and Ernie (and their rubber ducky). I also think they were groundbreaking for being TV’s first gay couple. Yeah I said it. Well, then again. If Ernie was a gay, he’da gotten his unibrow groomed. The |:-| look wasn’t cutting it. Either way, I still loved them.
Elmo’s my favorite and the cutest. That red muppet gives me EVERYTHING! When
I’m my niece is watching Elmo’s World, Mr. Noodle makes me cackle. Plus Elmo’s dance moves bring all the muppets to the yard. Oooo AND I saw Elmo’s parents before. I squealed in glee!
Them muppets used to dance their hearts out too. One of the best things about Sesame Street was the celebrity cameos. Everyone who is anyone in the past 40 years has made an appearance on there. Like then Patti LaBelle came and gave the alphabet song more soul than it’s ever had. Or when Andrea Bocelli came to sing Elmo a lullaby. No other show has had this much star power.
By the way, what ever happened to Kermit the Frog? One day, he just stopped showing up on the Street. Did he travel and find a better street to live on? I mean, I’m just wondering. Anyone know?
Sesame Street taught us how to read, count, have manners and a ton of other things without us even realizing it. LOVE IT!
Magic School Bus – “Cruising down on main street, you’re relaxed and feeling good, next thing that you know, you see an octopus in the neighborhood!… ” Miss Frizzle and her class were some exploring fools! If I was a parent, I woulda pulled my child from her class. Their reckless field trips were never safe. I wondered how the school system approved them. But it sure did teach me a lot. I may have even gotten one of my science fair experiment ideas from there. I even watched it the other day and found myself going “Wow, who’da thunk it?” at some of the knowledge they were dropping. My overgrown self is STILL learning from them.
School House Rock – This show made waking up on Saturday mornings fun. Teaching us about life, grammar and math using catchy songs. Who doesn’t remember “Conjunction Junction, what’s your function?” And of course, the pitiful little Bill on Capitol Hill who wanted to become a law. That poor bill was just *WALL SLIDING* all over Washington. iLIVE!!!
Animaniacs – Wakko, Yakko and Dot gave me so much life! They were the snarkiest cartoons characters. And of course the theme song was dopeness. “Its time for Animaniacs, we’re insany to the max…” Yakko was especially foolish. He was my fave (“HELLLOO NURSE!). I remember the time he was on Jeopardy and named the capital of every United State. But he got the answer wrong because he forgot to start it with “What is…”
Animaniacs was also the original home of “Pinky & the Brain.” And who can forget the 3 Italian pigeons? One of them was voiced by Joe Pesci, if I’m not mistaken. YESSSS!!! Chock full of AWESOME.
Rugrats – I ALMOST forgot the Rugrats! Oooo these kids were everything! Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil and Angelica’s lives were made interesting somehow, even though they barely ever left the backyard. Tommy was my favorite (of course) and Angelica used to make me mad, with her baby bish self. I sweahfolawd! She was the kind that needed a good spanking at least once a day.
Lambchop’s Play Along – Who didn’t love Lambchop, the little sassy puppet that used to crack herself up? “This is the song that doesn’t end, yes it goes on and on my friends. Some people started singing it not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue singing it forever just because…” Shari Lewis and her red ‘fro were hilarious to me. RIP Shari! *pours out a little orange juice for the homies*
Honorable mentions: Tiny Toons, Barney (don’t front. You watched it), Bananas in Pajamas, Arthur, Big Comfy Couch.
They definitely don’t make shows like they used to. Theseclassics cannot be replaced. My birthday is in a little less than 2months. If you all love me, you’ll buy me the DVDs to this show. I’mserious. I want them. Please and thanks. I’m for real.
What other shows have I missed that deserve a shoutout?