- "Forty years and we're still going strong. You're all part of our neighborhood."
- There's also something oddly amusing about the Cookie Monster 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 on Thanksgiving Day so that parents 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.
- Nearly 20 years after their first attempt fell flat, the production team gave the subject of divorce another shot. Who better than Gordon to help Abby?
- Patrick Stewart on Sesame Street delivering 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 "Make it so, number one!"
- Big Bird FINALLY proving that 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.
- Smell Like a Monster. It really says something for the series to parody something which would be entirely unfamiliar to the target audience. And it works.
- Basically, any time Oscar gets called out. He questions Santa Claus in front of Big Bird, who decides to wait outside for Santa in the middle of a snowstorm. Maria 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.
- In Follow That Bird, Gordon urges Big Bird to jump from one moving vehicle to another during the latter's rescue. Big Bird points out that he's not allowed to do anything that dangerous, leading to a Crowning Moment of Funny.
Gordon: Jump, I'll Catch You!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: Turn Off The Dark. When Sesame Street is making fun of you, you've got problems.
- Stevie Wonder 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 he did it for "Sesame Street".
- Later when Sesame Street did My Sesame Moments retrospectives for Season 40, singer Donny Osmond remarked in his retrospective that when he first saw Sesame Street, he only thought it was good... until Stevie Wonder, who was, in fact, his musical icon, appeared, which made it great.
- 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 Jim Henson). 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.
- The greatest secret to Sesame Street's longevity is that the production team keeps a great handle on what works for the show and its viewers. When things need to change, they take what they learn on board, and they make the necessary adjustments. They're just very conscientious, and that's why they stay at the top of the heap.
- 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.
Bert: Well...I can't lose 'em all. (laughs)
- The 1983 movie "Don't Eat the Pictures" have the Sesame Street gang trapped in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art after it closes. Big Bird meets the ghost of a young Egyptian prince cursed by a demon, to never be with his parents in the afterlife for 4000 years unless he solves a riddle. Big Bird helps him solve it, and then when Osiris, god of the Underworld (filling in for Anubis, apparently) appears and judges the prince not worthy, Big Bird tells him off and his support actually changes the nature of the child's soul so that it can ascend. Let me repeat, Big Bird overruled a god's judgement.
- For those of us who are too young to have experienced The Muppet Show, Sesame Street and Elmo's World are proof that it is possible to make a Muppet version of anything.
- Big Bird responding to threats to cut PBS funding (from Mitt Romney, then trying to run for President again) by 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 shrinking to win a cookie from two Anything Muppets. He'll do anything for a cookie.
- Casey MacPhee, played by Cookie Monster, conducts a trainload of cookies and sweets that are supposed to be delivered to a birthday party elsewhere. When the train gets swamped by an avalanche, Cookie contemplates eating the cookies, but he realizes that the kids would be unhappy without their cookies, and determines to get the train through by eating the snow that stranded the train!! Aw, he's got his priorities set.
- The operatic remake of "C is for Cookie" by Marilyn Horne is epic.
- In a sense, Carly Rae Jepsen's Approval of God of "Share It Maybe":
"Sesame Street, man. It doesn’t get any better than that!”
- Slimey being the first worm in space.
- There is something to be said about the Cookie Monster playing Blue Oni to Stephen Colbert's Red Oni, that he still taught a lesson about self control and even called out Colbert on his Manchild tendencies (on Colbert's own show no less) was just more awesome.
- For your Oscar consideration: Big Birdman.
- The House of Cards spoof House of Bricks.
- Keeping the spoof theme going, might we interest you in Game Of Chairs? The fact that it seeks to parody the darkest show ever means it makes the grade, but it covers the highlights up to when it was made as well.
Melisandre: The monster is blue and full of errors!Robb: Can we hurry this up? I've a wedding to get to.Grover: I'm sorry, it looks like you choked Joffrey.Grover, again: Do not lose your head over this Neddy baby!
- The classic, ''Law & Order Special Letters Unit.''
- 2015: The show's 1995 best-of compilation Sesame Street Platinum All Time Favorites is one of the year's inductees for the National Recording Registry. This means that memorable (if not naggingly catchy) childhood hits such as "Rubber Duckie", "C Is For Cookie", and "Sing" (as well as lesser-known gems like "Lambaba" and "Little Things") will be preserved forever alongside some of the best albums and singles ever written. This alone demonstrates how far the show has come since 1969.
- It was also reissued on vinyl shortly afterwards!
- And for those who feel that the Platinum cover doesn't look good on a vinyl sleeve, for Record Store Day's 2016 Black Friday event the 1993 Sesame Road album (which primarily consists of spoofs of popular songs from the then-recent past) was given a limited-edition vinyl reissue, complete with its still snazzy-looking Abbey Road Crossing cover.
- A new initiative for kids with autism introduced Julia, a Muppet with Autism, and teaches children about the difference between kids who have autism and those who don't. They also partnered with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network instead of the much-maligned Autism Speaks. Upon her introduction, Julia (whose actress herself has an autistic son) was widely praised for providing both a sensitive and accurate portrayal of the condition, and another excellent way for parents to broach a tricky subject with their kids.
- The show spoofs yet another decidedly adult series with Orange is the New Snack.
- This stereotype-busting skit shows two boys playing a stereotypical cowboys-and-Indians game, when an actual Native American boy shows up.
Native American Boy: "Indians don't talk like that."Boy Pretending to be Native American: "What do you mean Indians don't talk like that. Indians talked just like that on TV, didn't they, Rick?"Native American Boy: "Well, no matter what you saw on TV with all those 'ugh's and 'me wannum's, I'm telling you, Indians don't talk like that."Rick and His Friend: "Oh yeah, well how do you know?!"Native American Boy: "I'm an Indian!" (leaves)Rick and His Friend: "Oh."