We are back with new fun facts about America’s longest-running children’s TV show. You’ll definitely find out something new about Sesame Street!
Number Seven: Sesame Street Has a Special Connection to Star Wars
In 1980, the year in which Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was released, C-3PO and R2-D2 appeared on two Sesame Street episodes. Anthony Daniels, the actor who played C-3PO in the movies, actually played the robot in the show as well.
Number Six: The Mash Reference
Big Bird’s teddy bear is named Radar. That was an intentional nod to the famous ‘70s army film and TV show MASH, whose character Radar O’Reilly always sleeps with a teddy bear.
Number Five: Dealing With Divorce
In 1992, the producers filmed an episode in which Snuffy’s parents get a divorce. However, it never aired due to negative testing reviews. The show producers had been meaning to produce that episode a few years earlier because they believed it to be a relevant topic that should be addressed after a drastic increase in divorce rates in America.
Number Four: The Count And the Numbers
The Count’s love for numbers is not unintentional at all. European folklore has often portrayed vampires as sufferers of arithmomania, which is an obsessive-compulsive disorder of individuals who have a strong desire to count everything around them. Count von Count, who was modeled after Dracula, is always counting objects.
Number Three: Snuffleupagus Was an Imaginary Character
The big wooly mammoth was originally written as Big Bird’s imaginary friend. All of the adults who appeared in the show ignored him and acted like he wasn’t there. That was until 1985. According to Martin P. Robinson, who was the man under Snuffleupagus’ costume, things changed due to concerning cases of pedophilia at the time. The show’s executive producer, Lucy Singer, explained that they didn’t want children to be scared that adults won’t believe them. Singer said, “We didn’t want to do anything to discourage children from going to their parents.”
Number Two: Special Videos for Military Families
In 2008, Sesame Street producers released a series of DVDs and online videos targeted to families of army members going away to war. In these stories, Elmo’s dad comes back from war and he must overcome the situation, understanding that he will leave again. The project is called Talk, Listen, Connect.
Number One: Elmo Used to Be an Extra
Originally, Elmo was used as a mere background extra who barely appeared on the show and rarely communicated. The show’s producers, who had previously given up on the character, decided to pick it up in season 12 and introduce him as a main character, now one of the audience’s favorite. We hope you enjoyed the article and discovered something new about America’s favorite puppet show!