Sesame Street

45 Awesome Behind-the-Scenes Photos of Muppets and Muppeteers

There will always be something a bit surreal about seeing images of actual humans with their hands stuffed inside familiar faces like Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, and Gonzo — not to mention a man sporting Big Bird’s legs like casual trousers. As A.V. Club pointed out over the weekend, many behind-the-scenes photos taken from the early days of Sesame Street have been making the rounds online lately. Here are some more photos from The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and even a couple of Muppet movies, courtesy of Muppet Wiki. And no, we didn’t forget about Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band… Read More

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10 Notorious Kids TV-Show Controversies

The proverb that a child’s mind is like a sponge can be as much a source of wonder as of vexation. Unlike primetime sitcoms and hour-long dramas on HBO, viewers tend to agree that children’s television must be driven by a higher purpose, and must deliver the right message. As a result, even when the programming seems lighthearted and beyond the reach of politics, the debate about kids TV can verge on bitter acrimony, whether it’s a show about neighborhood kids who love to share (“socialist propaganda”) or a hero who delivers the benefits of civilization to his fellow elephants (“promotes colonialism”). Concerned parents and uninvolved critics have always had something to say about the culture kids are exposed to. After the jump, inspired by the news that a Russian kids’ show was pulled off the air after a joke about Putin’s divorce, are a few controversies that have arisen in recent memory. … Read More

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What’s On At Flavorwire: The Day’s Best Links

Happy National Teacher’s Day! Celebrate with us by learning a few new things, eh? We found out that Mr. T was a gym teacher and that quite a few celebrities started out as (presumably crush-worthy) teachers. We got a hilarious primer on every illogical moment in Star Trek. We’re thrilled that the… Read More

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Charming Portraits of People with Their Favorite Things

Photographer Michael Warren, who Design You Trust introduced us to, photographed his subjects with their favorite things. Somebodies depicts the strange and lovely things we cling to, because of their personal meaning. For some, that meant an old doll and a tube of cherry chapstick. Other people were photographed with their pets and a bag of used Kleenex that belonged to their late spouse. See more of Warren’s charming photos in our gallery, and visit the artist’s website to read the stories behind them. … Read More

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Delightful and Hilarious Vintage Library Videos

We haven’t stopped giggling over the hilarious 1987 workout video for librarians that we told you about earlier this week. Seeing Betty Glover and her team of aerobicizing bookworms do the “horizontal drawer pull” and “Coke machine kick” to Van Halen and Paul Lekakis’ “Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back to My Room)” inspired us to seek out other vintage library clips. Find out what happens when pop culture and books join forces for literary raps, a Stevie Nicks reading, Captain Kirk confessions, and more. … Read More

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14 Celebrities’ Holiday Cookie Recipes

You can probably guess that we have sweet treats on the brain. It’s the holidays, and we did recently show you how to host a hipster cookie party. With everyone’s ovens working overtime, is it any wonder we’re craving cavity-inducing yumminess? After we spotted a holiday recipe from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his family (it’s in a new cookbook filled with recipes from technology gurus), we wondered what other famous people are snacking on while they make merry. It felt like the right time to host an online cookie exchange. Get personal recipes from Neil Patrick Harris (he loves his cookies “ooey gooey”), Cookie Monster, and many others past the break. Report back to let us know how the taste test went. … Read More

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Accuser Recants Allegations Against Elmo Puppeteer, Kevin Clash

“I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further,” Kevin Clash, the voice of Sesame Street’s Elmo, said after his accuser recanted recent claims of underage sex. The 23-year-old, unidentified man’s law firm issued this statement: “He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we remembered several Nickelodeon toys most people probably forgot about. We found out what Lil Wayne vs. Rent sounds like. We enjoyed The Onion’s 1990s-riffic BuzzFeed ribbing. We practiced a series of bets that are proven winners. We loved seeing all the cute pups… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Did you go see Skyfall over the weekend? The movie pulled in $90 million at the domestic box office, making it the biggest Bond film opening in the 50-year-old franchise’s history. [via Vulture]

2. Kevin Clash, who has voiced Sesame Street’s Elmo for the past 28 years — and charmed us all… Read More

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