For a long time I was obsessed with the Sesame Street episodes of yore, before everything got dumbed down all to Hell (thanks, Elmo). Why weren't the best moments in children's television being celebrated? The recent DVD releases of Sesame Street Old School were a boon to my childhood nostalgia, and now internet television station Hulu.com (which is how I catch most of my shows these days) has uploaded a slew of new and classic Sesame Street clips.
Update: If Hulu doesn't work for you (sorry, those of you outside of the US), then there is also the Sesame Street YouTube channel! They don't allow embedding, and stealing the video clip is a no-no, so I provided the link for the YouTubes as well whenever I could - plus a bunch of bonus YouTube links at the end of the post.
Here are a few favorites, starting with an appropriately grumpy holiday song. (YouTube)
Speaking of Oscar, here he gets a visit from the Man In Black. (Not on YouTube, but try this one instead)
The Ladybug's Picnic. This song is stuck in my head to this very day. (YouTube)
Indeed, the cartoons that helped fill the time between Muppet fun were as trippy as you remember. (YouTube)
A classic that is hard not to love.
The legendary Martian visitors. (More of them on Beware of the Blog here)
Grover the waiter. Made me want to enter the service industry.
The King of Eight, sung by Jim Henson. (YouTube)
MORE Sesame Street clips via YouTube:
The beloved Pointer Sisters' "Pinball Number Count"
Neil Patrick Harris has got shoes - a highlight from the new season
Grover meets Stevie Wonder (and here he is performing "Superstition" as the kids go wild)
Two legends meet: Bert and Ernie and the Martians
Inappropriate! Bert and Ernie's Water Sports
Herbie Hancock, state of the art
Cookie Monster riffs on the Beatles with "Hey Food"
Doin' the Pigeon
Some of my favorites are still missing from Sesame Street's official sites, but with the huge vault lurking at the CTW, here's hoping that more starts to surface. Until then, if you want to see the Count's dirty counting song, there's always those non-official YouTubers. Viva la interweb!
And in case I didn't make it clear in my intro, I blame the likes of Elmo for ruining the Street. Take this, Elmo.