* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYF1dQFo-cY "Forty years and we're still going strong. You're all part of our neighborhood."]]
** There's also something [[CrowningMomentOfFunny oddly amusing]] about the Cookie Monster [[spoiler:trying to eat the award by chewing the globe off!]]
* The show gets one for planning and filming "Goodbye, Mr. Hooper", as well as airing it over Thanksgiving [[WordOfGod so families could be home to explain death to the little ones]].
** What made it even more awesome is that the entire scene was taped in one take. The genuine show of emotion by the adults, who gently explain to Big Bird why the beloved Mr. Hooper was not coming back, showed to children that even adults feel sad and cry when a loved one dies. (There have been rumors that the producers wanted to scrap this take so the adult characters would keep their emotions in check, to show their strength to the disconsolate Big Bird, etc. ... but it would have killed the impact.)
** Bob would later confirm that they ''did'' try to do another take...and only lasted a minute before they all broke down.
* After their first attempt fell flat, the production team gave the subject of divorce [[http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits/divorce#0 another shot]]. [[spoiler: Who better than [[TeamDad Gordon]] to help Abby?]]
* Patrick Stewart on ''Sesame Street'' delivering [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA7lv1SDzno a Hamlet-style soliloquy about the letter B]]. Go ahead; watch it and try to tell yourself this isn't awesome.
** He went and topped himself later on with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNatvLe18ro "Make it so, number one!"]]
* Big Bird finally, FINALLY [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L073xTrriZE proving Snuffy is real]].
** And the reason it was done, to show kids that they could trust adults to believe them about things like sexual abuse.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkd5dJIVjgM Smell Like a Monster]]. It really says something for the series to parody [[Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike something]] which would be entirely unfamiliar to the target audience. And it ''works''.
* Basically, any time Oscar gets called out. He questions SantaClaus in front of Big Bird, who decides to wait outside for Santa in the middle of a snowstorm. Gordon severely dresses Oscar down.
** Oscar thinks that the snowglobe incident in ''Elmo Saves Christmas'' is funny. Maria responds with the best thing that she has ever said.
--> '''[[BigShutUp Be quiet, Oscar!]]'''
* In ''Follow That Bird'', Gordon urges Big Bird to jump from one moving vehicle to another during the latter's rescue. [[MoralDissonance Big Bird points out that he's not allowed to do anything that dangerous]], leading to a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
--> '''Gordon:''' JumpIllCatchYou
--> '''Big Bird:''' Gordon, this is nuts! You should never jump from a moving truck! Why, I shouldn't even be standing up.
--> '''Gordon:''' You have my permission! Just this once. Now come on!
* The parody of the disaster-prone Broadway show ''Spider-Man''. When ''Sesame Street'' is making fun of you, you've got problems.
* StevieWonder performing a mind-blowing, nearly seven-minute version of "Superstition" during the peak of his artistic powers in 1973 is something any program of the time would have killed for...and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ul7X5js1vE he did it for "Sesame Street"]].
* Not only was "Superstition" a major coup for ''Sesame Street'', so was one of its signature songs from its early years becoming a huge hit for one of America's most popular duos. "Sing" was conceived and written as a children's song by Joe Raposo, a staff songwriter on the Children's Television Workshop staff; in late 1972, Richard Carpenter decided that he and his sister, Karen, should record the song (perhaps seeing an adult message in the song). With the Jimmy Joyce Children's Choir providing backing vocals, ''Sesame Street'' got its biggest mainstream hit ever -- the children's song, "Sing", a No. 3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1973.
** ''Sesame Street'' got its first mainstream hit three years earlier with "Rubber Duckie", performed by Ernie (the lovable Muppet performed by JimHenson). The song reached No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1970, largely due to novelty airplay. Less than a year after ''Sesame Street'' debuted, the show began having an impact on mainstream popular culture, thanks to "Rubber Duckie".
* You want to know how powerful this show was from the very beginning? How about when the Mississippi state government initially refused to have it aired on their PBS stations on account of it having Blacks and Whites living together in harmony, various commercial broadcasters responded with "If you won't air it, ''we will!''", and forced the state government to back down. The show began airing there a month later.
* [[ButtMonkey Bert]] gets sucked into playing Ernie's silly drum game, and you think it's going to be a typical "Ernie drives Bert crazy" sketch...and then Bert just keeps ''winning'', getting every sequence right, and Ernie is so flabbergasted he ''gives up''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhjhTmDhFB8 "Well...I can't lose 'em all." *laughs*]]
* Big Bird standing up to an Egyptian god in the special ''Don't Eat the Pictures''.
* For those of us who are too young to have experienced ''TheMuppetShow'', ''SesameStreet'' and ''ElmosWorld'' are proof that it is possible to make a Muppet version of ''anything''.
* Big Bird responding to threats to cut Creator/{{PBS}} funding by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tSPtkRSFCA appearing on Saturday Night Live]]. Rather than taking sides, he lets his presence speak for itself. His arrival nearly brought down the house.
* Cookie Monster [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bgnAn5a2EA shrinking to win a cookie]] from two Anything Muppets. He'll do ''anything'' for a cookie.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLHXwC7lkas Casey McPhee, played by Cookie Monster]], conducts a trainload of cookies and sweets that gets stranded after an avalanche. Cookie contemplates eating the cookies, but he determines to get the train through by eating the snow because the kids would be unhappy without their cookies. Aw, he's got his priorities set.
* An operatic remake of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaF7kT5Moc0 "C is for Cookie" by Marilyn Horne]]
* In a sense, Music/CarlyRaeJepsen's ApprovalOfGod of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qTIGg3I5y8 "Share It Maybe"]]:
-->"''Sesame Street'', man. It doesn’t get any better than that!”
* Slimey being the first worm in space.
** The fact that [[Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse Lynne]] [[Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego Thig]][[Series/WhereInTimeIsCarmenSandiego pen]] played the WASA official.
* There is something to be said about the Cookie Monster playing ''[[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]'' to StephenColbert's ''Red Oni'', that he still taught a lesson about self control and even called out Colbert on his ManChild tendencies ([[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/174545/june-19-2008/cookie-monster on Colbert's own show no less]]) was just more awesome.
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