Crystal (ckocher) wrote in metaquotes,

Not Your Dad's Bert and Ernie

lordandrei is coming to terms with Sesame Street - The Next Generation.
One of the side effects of having a toddler is that after about a 25-30 yr hiatus I am regularly watching "Sesame Street" again.

To be able to watch Sesame Street after a hiatus requires coming back to it for about 2 weeks before you actually return from hiatus. So.. watch it as a kid... watch it some time in your young adult hood... then watch it as a parent.


Sesame Street has to change. It has to stay modern with educational methods as well as popular culture. This means that it's not your Sesame Street anymore.

Effectively, you need to pass through your own personal Kübler-Ross model with the show before you can move on and appreciate it again.

For those not familiar... to summarize:

The stages are:
  1. Denial
    Example - "This isn't really Sesame Street."; "This can't be what I'm really going to show my kids."
  2. Anger
    Example - "Hip Hop Theme? That's not the Theme!" ; "What's with this 'Elmo' Crap!?!?" ; "That doesn't even sound like Ernie!"
  3. Bargaining
    Example - "Just run the Ladybug Picnic."; "I'd watch if they bring Grover back."
  4. Depression
    Example - "My kid is not going to grow up well"; "I'm can't be a supportive parent without Sesame Street." ; "No one even knows what happened to David"
  5. Acceptance
    Example - "You know that Chris kid's pretty funny." ; (You know the order of skits on Elmo's World)

So, now you've accepted the Children's Television Workshop... the Sesame Workshop back into your life.


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