If you didn’t watch Sesame Street as a child, I feel very, very sorry for the life you’ve lived. Living in a world without Sesame Street is like living in a world without Christmas (or a world where every day is Christmas, a nightmare scenario that occurred in the movie Elmo Saves Christmas). And even if you’re no longer in the show’s target demographic, there are still parts of the show that you can enjoy. For example, the writers of Sesame Street have made a handful of parodies of TV shows and movies that are of a more adult variety. And some of them are more clever than anything on Saturday Night Live the past few years. Here are the 10 best parodies made by Sesame Street.
And yes, it’s Cookie Monster heavy because he’s the best character ever.
House of Bricks
This one came out this week in anticipation for the upcoming season of House of Cards. Frank Underwood is reimagined as the Big, Bad Wolf, in a comparison that he actually would probably enjoy.
Cookies of the Caribbean
It’s probably no shocker that in most of these parodies, Cookie Monster plays someone on a quest for cookies. But him playing the swashbuckling Snack Sparrow is pretty funny and far more entertaining than all the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels put together.
Upside Downton Abbey
Speaking of Sesame Street taking boring things and making them interesting, their spoof of Downton Abbey finally adds laughs to the unbelievably drab British drama series. And just like the actual show, all the characters try to do is drink tea and eat cookies. Surprised there wasn’t a cameo by a certain snack loving monster…
The Spy Who Loved Cookies
Sesame Street’s done a few James Bond parodies, but this one has the Goldfinger theme song in it, which is the greatest theme song in cinema history, so it takes the cake (or cookies, in this case).
How many preschoolers do you know who watch Homeland? Probably none. But that didn’t stop the show from mocking the adventures of Carrie Mathison and Nicholas Brody, recasting the show entirely with sheep. It’s actually more realistic than the second and third seasons of the Showtime drama, although that’s not really saying much.
Here’s a successful formula for Sesame Street parodies: Cookie Monster + Singing = Greatness. So obviously this one needed to make the list.
The hit AMC drama is returning for it’s final season in April, but Sesame Street’s been parodying the show since 2009. And they take the show literally. It’s just a bunch of mad men, as opposed to the actual show which is about a bunch of drunk men. Probably wouldn’t be appropriate for kids though.
Furry Potter and The Goblet of Cookies
When will Cookie Monster ever learn to follow instructions? Then again if Harry Potter always followed instructions, Voldemort probably would’ve enslaved all the Muggles or whatever his evil plot was. Did they ever actually explain Voldemort’s intentions? Seems like a major plot hole of the series. Either way Cookie Monster’s performance in this one is truly…magical.
The Hungry Games: Catching Fur
You know how SNL always tries to give people weird names for cheap laughs? Well Sesame Street blew them out of the water with their take on Katniss Everdeen: Cookieness Evereat. Have you accepted that Cookie Monster is a national treasure at this point?
Star Wars and Sesame Street. That is all.
Joseph Misulonas is an editorial assistant for Playboy.com. He has an unusual obsession with puppet creatures. He can be found on Twitter at @jmisulonas.