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Top Five Classic Sesame Street Videos

2011 October 3
by distracted daddy

My daughter’s Elmo Embargo is over. (Not that it was ever particularly well enforced.) She’s now allowed to watch Elmo videos. During these Elmo video sessions (thankfully) we’ve stumbled upon the occasional classic non-Elmo Sesame Street video. Videos that I remember watching on Sesame Street, many years, if not decades ago. So here they are, five of the best classic non-Elmo Sesame Street videos. Or at least the ones that I remember from my childhood.

Rubber Duckie

Rubber Duckie is the Casablanca of Sesame Street videos, a simple ode to everyone’s favourite bathtime friend, the rubber ducky. I challenege you to see a rubber duck and not hum a few bars.


Yip Yip Phones

If rubber ducky is Sesame Street’s Casablanca, then the Yip Yips are its cult classic. These martians who are slowly discovering Earth’s inventions are a riot. My daughter’s become hip to the Yip too. Now when we watch their videos, she mimics their familiar sound. Yip. Yip. Uh huh.


Bert’s Nephew

During my childhood, I was fascinated with all the bath toys that Ernie had in this video. During my adulthood, I’m more fascinated by the presence of a member of Bert’s extended unibrowed family.


Gone Fishin’

Before even rewatching this video, I remembered Ernie’s classic fishing technique. Sadly, it never worked in real life angling situations.


C is for Cookie

What else would C be for! It’s a classic Cookie Monster video from back when cookies were more than just a sometimes snack. I may or may not have had this song on my iPod pre-baby.



Judging from the contents of the classic list, I grew up in the Bert and Ernie phase of Sesame Street. My daughter missed that phase, but thanks to YouTube I show tell her how much cooler these retro videos are than all those Elmos.

5 Responses leave one →
  1. Jeremy permalink
    October 4, 2011

    Listen, I’m OK with Elmo’s World, I really am… and my 2-year-old daughter loves it.
    I just wish they could make some new segments. Wikipedia says there are 67 episodes, but it seems like I see the same 12-15 over and over and over again.
    I would donate $$ directly to an Elmo’s World production fund if it would mean I never have to see the “weather” episode again. I know it by heart.

  2. October 4, 2011

    My son is actually rather obsessed with Grover and not so much the new Super Grover 2.0 but the more traditional Grover.

    The entire family are big fans of his Wuba Wuba Wuba song (which I think actually has another name)!

  3. October 4, 2011

    Jeremy, Wikipedia is full of lies. There’s no way there’s that many episodes. I think there’s just 4.

    Jenn, Grover is much more tolerable than Elmo. We’re going to have to search for the Wuba Wuba video.

  4. December 5, 2012

    Thanks like your Top Five Classic Sesame Street Videos | Distracted Daddy

  5. May 9, 2013

    Thanks Getty! We will not wait to get began!

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