No! Cookie Monster!
As I watch the saccharine meanderings of Calliou on Children's Television, I hark back to the really weird and wonderful thing that was Sesame Street when we were little.
Above, Stevie Wonder, Sesame Street, 1973.
Supposedly, the DVD releases of the first few seasons of Sesame Street came with a warning to parents that it was much grittier than what we watch today.
No kidding. The above looks like Saturday Night Light circa 1977.
I think one of the kids in the background is smoking.
But, as a side note, Jimmy and Mary Frances absolutely adore dancing to this song as I cook dinner.
With the death of adventure playgrounds, the rise of bike helmets, and the disappearance of lawn darts, I worry for the next generation. The world is a much richer, deeper, scarier, and even darker place than Barney would lead you to believe.
Plus, the above is simply the coolest thing I've ever seen from the Children's Television Workshop.