Thread: Scary Sesame Street Segments

    • 2 years 4 months ago
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    When I was little, I thought that I was the only one scared by certain segments on Sesame Street. Now there are YouTube videos and Internet fora dedicated to that topic, so I know that I'm not the only one. What were your scariest Sesame Street segments when you were a child? Here are some of mine.

    1. The Count singing "Bones, Bones, Bones inside of you" -- especially when the segment showed the haunted house where he lived at the beginning and the end, and the skeleton doing the creepy laugh.

    2. A cartoon segment that ended, "Never cross the street ALONE!"

    3. Anything with the Yip Yips, especially when they came down in their spaceship.
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    • 2 years 4 months ago
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    this one

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    • 2 years 4 months ago
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    I was an avid watcher of Sesame Street, but don't remember that segment. Thanks for sharing! The voice-over is a little creepy.
    • 2 years 25 days ago
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    Some scary segments I had encountered:

    1. Two segments which involved the set rotating 180 degrees:

    a. A blonde Anything Muppet girl demonstrating how the number 11 appears right-side up or upside-down. Surprising there was not one such segment for the number 8.

    b. Herbert Birdsfoot and his infamous letter M segment. When the M flipped to resemble a W, Herbert was frustrated and decided to rotate the set 180 degrees and decided to explain the letter W instead. I would think this was an extremely rare segment, only seen on episodes that featured the letters M and W. Interestingly, a scene from early in the 2006 movie "Aquamarine" reminded me of that segment.

    2. One segment that creeped me out was an animated letter Y segment that the letter appeared to be yawning. As much as I enjoyed Old School Sesame Street as a kid, the moment I found out the letter Y was featured, I would instantly change the channel.

    3. The game show parody segment "Name That Sound". When Grover had to identify a dripping sound, the studio would eventually be underwater, and a man in a scuba diving outfit would appear aND maybe some fish. That's downright creepy. "Say the Word" was my most favorite game show parody in the series.

    4. The "Count of Ten" segment, which had two hollow eyes and a mouth supposedly generated by a computer that is now long-outdated. The way it animated, it was creepy. A similar concept was also used with the number four, but without the eyes and mouth - hence not being creepy.
    • 2 years 22 days ago
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    JonSea31 --

    Interesting choices! Those aren't ones that people often cite when they name their scariest Sesame Street segments. I vaguely remember #2, and would probably recognize the others if I saw them.
    • 2 years 21 days ago
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    • 1 year 11 months ago
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    I know of another scary segment. This one was animated, and featured a blonde girl demonstrating hot and cold when about to take a bath, and when the temperature was just right, she would briefly be seen nude as she entered the bathtub. Totally disgusting and too adult for a kids' show.
    • 1 year 11 months ago
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    JonSea31 --

    Very interesting! I don't remember that one. Would you happen to have a YouTube clip? I might remember it if I saw it again.
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    • 1 year 10 months ago
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    I was scared of Being Green sung by Kermit The Frog when I was younger. The others I don't want to say though.
    • 1 year 10 months ago
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    Quote by PrairieScout
    JonSea31 --

    Very interesting! I don't remember that one. Would you happen to have a YouTube clip? I might remember it if I saw it again.


    Unfortunately, I am not allowed to access Sesame Street due to behavior issues that justified my right to view the show being banned by my mother in October 1984.

    Without accessing the video, I did a Google search for it, and if you key in the YouTube search engine "Sesame Street Goldilocks has a bath", you can view the video - if you dare.
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    • 1 year 10 months ago
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    WET PAINT

    The letters scared me and looked like they were written in blood.
    • 1 year 10 months ago
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    JonSea31: I watched the "Goldilocks has a Bath" segment. I still don't remember it, even though I probably did see it when I was little. The segment does seem too adult for a kids' show. You practically saw her naked; they showed her topless in the tub. I wonder if the segment was later banned or if it's still shown on TV?

    survivor147: I definitely remember the "Wet Paint" segment! I was a little older when it came out, but I saw it when my younger sister watched Sesame Street. My mom sang that song when a girl from the neighborhood kicked over a can of paint when my father was painting inside the garage.
    • 1 year 10 months ago
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    Quote by PrairieScout
    JonSea31: I watched the "Goldilocks has a Bath" segment. I still don't remember it, even though I probably did see it when I was little. The segment does seem too adult for a kids' show. You practically saw her naked; they showed her topless in the tub. I wonder if the segment was later banned or if it's still shown on TV?

    I wouldn't be surprised if it that segment eventually got banned.

    Plus given that the newer episodes today are broadcast in HD, and has segments that likely involve computer animation, the days of seeing classic segments are long gone. I haven't heard tell of any segments from prior to the late-80s since Season 35 (the "number rap" segments were from the lare-80s, and from what i heard they were likely still used in 2004, maybe 2005, but yeah, segments from the 70s and early 80s were likely virtually obsolete by the mid-2000s.

    If it weren'T for my ban on watching the show in October 1984, I probably would have stopped watching by 2005.
    • 1 year 4 months ago
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    How can we forget the nightmare-made-flesh that is "Monster Cookie"? Looking back, it's amusing, but as a 5-year-old, one tends to take something like that more literally... aside from that, there wasn't anything on Sesame Street that really scared me, since I never watched it often. I only saw select episodes. I was more interested in stuff like Mr. Rogers and Reading Rainbow. I do remember a short segment with the subject of "-at" words fascinating me, though. It was a dark and kind of moody animation of anthropomorphic animal characters, all ending in "-at" of course (ex. a bat, a cat, a rat) and the music was little to none; only a voice (that sounded like Spike Spiegel from what I remember) reciting a poem about these characters. I recall the bat looking like a stereotypical beatnik (think Judy from Doug.)
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    • 9 months 29 days ago
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    The only scary one I recall was The Geometry Of Circles by Philip Glass. Ominous, loud opera-style chorus with a black background...freaky as hell for a child, but not so much now.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D--qSD01VRA&list=RDtam1XY0HGjY
    • 9 months 28 days ago
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    Wow...I don't remember that one. I watched it, and it is freaky. The music is a bit much for the segment, and doesn't sound like it belongs on a kids' show -- it's more like religious or liturgical music, or the soundtrack to a scary movie.
    • 4 months 21 days ago
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    Quote by JonSea31
    Some scary segments I had encountered:

    1. Two segments which involved the set rotating 180 degrees:

    a. A blonde Anything Muppet girl demonstrating how the number 11 appears right-side up or upside-down. Surprising there was not one such segment for the number 8.

    b. Herbert Birdsfoot and his infamous letter M segment. When the M flipped to resemble a W, Herbert was frustrated and decided to rotate the set 180 degrees and decided to explain the letter W instead. I would think this was an extremely rare segment, only seen on episodes that featured the letters M and W. Interestingly, a scene from early in the 2006 movie Aquamarine reminded me of that segment.


    Just want to clarify, I checked Muppet Wiki a while ago, and discovered that the M and W segment in question was never featured in the two known episodes that had M and W as sponsors - aired late in Season 10, and again in the mid-1990s. In fact, there are four known occurrences of that particular segment.

    - The initial appearance was known to have M as the lone letter sponsor, early in Season 2.
    - In January 1982, the segment was shown and the accompanying letter was I.
    - In April 1985, the segment was shown again in an episode in which the other sponsored letter was R.
    - One final appearance in March 1994 had the accompanying letter being X.

    Also, there was a segment about an upside-down eight, but it had two Anything Muppet kids. I probably would have had no problem with this one, unlike the upside down eleven and the M and W segments; but due to my ban on watching the show, I am unable to view it.

    Also, while not scary, Herbert did do another letter M segment, but it had Grover making repeated "Mmmmm" sounds, and Herb had Grover tell a story using M words. The reason for Grover's "Mmmmm" sounds was because his mouth was stuck together after eating peanut butter. I believe that such segment was shown a lot more often than the "M and W" segment.
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    • 19 days 14 hours ago
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    Quote by Rosequartz2000
    How can we forget the nightmare-made-flesh that is "Monster Cookie"? Looking back, it's amusing, but as a 5-year-old, one tends to take something like that more literally... aside from that, there wasn't anything on Sesame Street that really scared me, since I never watched it often. I only saw select episodes. I was more interested in stuff like Mr. Rogers and Reading Rainbow. I do remember a short segment with the subject of "-at" words fascinating me, though. It was a dark and kind of moody animation of anthropomorphic animal characters, all ending in "-at" of course (ex. a bat, a cat, a rat) and the music was little to none; only a voice (that sounded like Spike Spiegel from what I remember) reciting a poem about these characters. I recall the bat looking like a stereotypical beatnik (think Judy from Doug.)

    "And that was that. At." I remember that too!
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