The new DVD Sesame Street Old School: Volume 2 was released last Tuesday, November 6. Do you have it yet? Well, you should, because it’s groovy.
The set picks up where Volume 1 left off, covering 1974 to 1979, so if you were a kid watching the show during those years you’ll be bathed in warm, soothing nostalgia. If you weren’t born yet during those years, you’ll get to see what the show looked like when Susan had an Afro. And if you were the president of the United States during those years, you’re either Jimmy Carter or the late Gerald Ford, in which case you probably didn’t have much time to watch children’s television, so here’s your chance to catch up.
There are a lot of great Muppet sketches here… By this time, the familiar characters were established, and Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson and Richard Hunt were really at the top of their game. In these three discs we get stuff like Cookie Monster exasperating a librarian, Grover and Biff inventing the wheel, and Kermit helping Don Music write his latest hit song “Yankee Doodle.” Oh, and I know this one’s not Muppets, but there’s also Maria smashing pies in the faces of Bob, Luis and David.
A few years ago, I would have thought it very unlikely that we’d ever see a Sesame Street DVD release aimed at the grown-up nostalgia market, but between the two Old School releases we now we have a total of ten full episodes from the early years available. I don’t know about you, but I’m already looking forward to Volume 3.
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