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When You Wish Upon a Pickle is a Sesame Street special that first aired on HBO in 2018 (later premiering on PBS in 2020).

A mysterious Wish Pickle is delivered to Sesame Street, able to grant any wish. Hilarity Ensues as Ernie's wish causes Bert to become Trapped in TV Land, Elmo and Chris switch bodies, Abby Cadabby's favorite storybook detective comes to life, and Cookie Monster gets multiplied. Features appearances by Blake Lively and Amanda Seyfried.


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The special provides examples of:

  • Animated Credits Opening
  • Brick Joke: Mr. Johnson complains about not having a spoon to eat his soup with near the beginning...and he doesn't receive one until the very end.
  • Continuity Nod: During the opening titles, the store where the Wish Pickle originates is full of items referencing past Sesame Street segments.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Elmo's wish to be grown-up and Chris' wish to be younger causes them to do this (represented visually by having the two switch outfit as well).
  • "I Want" Song: "Imagine Me"
  • Trapped in TV Land: Ernie's wish for Bert to be on TV ends up physically trapping Bert inside the television and being shuffled from show-to-show.
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