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==21 Jump Street==
==21 Jump Street==
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[[File:21 Jump Street Ernie and Bert|thumb|right|250px]]
* In the season two episode "Christmas in Saigon", an [[Ernie_and_Bert_Sketches:_Apartment#theqgame|Ernie and Bert sketch]] is shown to teach English to a Vietnamese teeneager.
* In the season two episode "Christmas in Saigon," main character Sergeant Harry Truman Ioki, previously presumed to be a Japanese immigrant, is outed as a South Vietnamese refugee named Vinh Van Tran. An [[Ernie_and_Bert_Sketches:_Apartment#theqgame|Ernie and Bert sketch]] is shown in one of a series of flashbacks as having been instrumental in teaching English to young Harry after his arrival in the states.
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The British show ''Bo' Selecta!'' has referenced The Muppets numerous times, especially in the third series premier in which celebrity stalker Avid Merrion gets his own TV show and promises it will be "Just like the Muppets!". [[Statler and Waldorf]] who rebut that it is not at all like The Muppets- "The Muppets dumps all over this dumps all over this shit!" The duo appear throughout the episode commenting on Avid's antics.
The British show ''Bo' Selecta!'' has referenced The Muppets numerous times, especially in the third series premier in which celebrity stalker Avid Merrion gets his own TV show and promises it will be "Just like the Muppets!". [[Statler and Waldorf]] who rebut that it is not at all like The Muppets- "The Muppets dumps all over this dumps all over this shit!" The duo appear throughout the episode commenting on Avid's antics.
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File:Boselecta1.jpg|From season one episode 6
File:Boselecta1.jpg|From season one episode 6
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''Dexter's Laboratory'' originated as a part of Cartoon Network's ''What A Cartoon!'' show before becoming it's own series, which initially ran from 1996 to 2003.
''Dexter's Laboratory'' originated as a part of Cartoon Network's ''What A Cartoon!'' show before becoming it's own series, which initially ran from 1996 to 2003.
Puppet Pals Mitch and Clem, who visually resemble ''Sesame Street'''s [[Bert]] and [[Ernie]] and stand behind the traditional brick wall, star in a show-within-a-show featured primarily in ''The Justice Friends'' segments. The Puppet Pals have also been seen in live-action form in their own filler segments. They've also appeared on ''[[The Powerpuff Girls]]''.
Puppet Pals Mitch and Clem, who visually resemble ''<nowiki>Sesame Street'</nowiki>''s [[Bert]] and [[Ernie]] and stand behind the traditional brick wall, star in a show-within-a-show featured primarily in ''The Justice Friends'' segments. The Puppet Pals have also been seen in live-action form in their own filler segments. They've also appeared on ''[[The Powerpuff Girls]]''.
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==The Ricky Gervais Show==
==The Ricky Gervais Show==
* In the episode "Art" of '''[[HBO]]''''s animated comedy (based on the podcast with the same name), Gervais and Stephen Merchant explain that the only way to improve Charles Dickens [[A Christmas Carol]] was doing it with the Muppets and they go to suggest new story ideas with The Muppets, as The Muppets' Schindler's List (with [[Fozzie]] and [[Gonzo]]), Schindler's List in Space and Miss Piggy's Choice.
* In the episode "Art" of '''[[HBO]]<nowiki>'</nowiki>'''s animated comedy (based on the podcast with the same name), Gervais and Stephen Merchant explain that the only way to improve Charles Dickens [[A Christmas Carol]] was doing it with the Muppets and they go to suggest new story ideas with The Muppets, as The Muppets' Schindler's List (with [[Fozzie]] and [[Gonzo]]), Schindler's List in Space and Miss Piggy's Choice.
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==TV's Most Censored Moments==
==TV's Most Censored Moments==
The program, an original presentation of the now-defunct Trio Channel, briefly touches on ''Sesame Street'''s state-wide banning from broadcast in the state of [[Mississippi]] for one month during 1970, due to its integrated neighborhood.
The program, an original presentation of the now-defunct Trio Channel, briefly touches on ''<nowiki>Sesame Street'</nowiki>''s state-wide banning from broadcast in the state of [[Mississippi]] for one month during 1970, due to its integrated neighborhood.
==Two and a Half Men==
==Two and a Half Men==

Revision as of 21:14, June 27, 2014

The following is a list of Muppet Mentions made in TV shows outside of the Henson/Sesame fold, which are too brief or minor to constitute having their own page in the TV Mentions category. See also: Minor Movie Mentions.

2 Broke Girls

The CBS series chronicles the lives of two waitresses, Max and Caroline, in their early twenties working together at a Brooklyn restaurant and dream of one day opening a cupcake shop for which they need to raise $250,000. Although they can barely afford anything with the pay they receive at work, and must continually find ways to make ends meet.

  • In the episode, "And Hoarder Culture," Caroline takes a temp job as a professional organizer from Craiglist, but doesn't realize she is cleaning a hoarder's apartment till she arrives at the place. When Caroline brings Max with her to the apartment, Max is excited at the hoarder's items around her. Then Caroline ask what pile of items are in the corner and Max replied, "It is either an old shag carpet or a masquerade of dead Muppets."
  • In the episode, "And the Cronuts," Max and Caroline noticed a bakery is successful because they sell a product called cronuts, a combination of croissant and doughnut. They decided to have someone buy the product from the bakery so Max and Caroline can add it to their cupcake shop's product line. When Caroline told Max that their cupcake shop has a long line, Max replied what would happen when they run out of cronuts and said "I worked at Target the Christmas they ran out of Tickle Me Elmo and there was so much blood."

21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street Ernie and Bert

21 Jump Street Ernie and Bert

  • In the season two episode "Christmas in Saigon," main character Sergeant Harry Truman Ioki, previously presumed to be a Japanese immigrant, is outed as a South Vietnamese refugee named Vinh Van Tran. An Ernie and Bert sketch is shown in one of a series of flashbacks as having been instrumental in teaching English to young Harry after his arrival in the states.


An animated Canadian sitcom set in the fictional "Galleria Shopping Mall", and follows an ensemble cast of six sixteen-year-old friends as they explore their first part-time jobs and lives as teenagers.

In episode, "Boo, Dude," Jen Masterson has to dress up as a pig for Halloween at her job and one guy says, "Yo Miss Piggy, digging the snout, man."

According to Jim

  • In the season 8 episode "Two for the Money", Jim tells Cheryl that he took the twins to the art institute and mentions some exhibits they saw. Andy pulls Jim aside and asks him where he knows all that stuff from, Jim tells him that Elmo and Big Bird from Sesame Street went to the museum.

All in the Family

In the seventh season episode "Archie's Chair" (1/15/77), Mike and Edith are going into the living room.

Mike: Ma, do you have any coffee? And Ma, do you mind if I drink it in the living room? I gotta catch Sesame Street.
Edith: I thought that was for little kids!
Mike: Yeah, it is but they got a great show on today about the letter Z. Besides I heard that Big Bird's gonna lay an egg today.


All That

Nickelodeon sketch comedy show, in the pilot episode, a frog rapper (played by Kenan Thompson) is asked if Kermit is his father.

In another episode, in a "Good Burger" sketch, recurring character Ed falls in love with a co-worker. The co-worker asks a customer "Isn't he cute?" and the customer says "Yeah, he should be a Muppet!"

A.N.T. Farm

A Disney Channel sitcom about the lives of kids, who are part of a high school program for advanced young adults.

In the episode "bad romANTs," self-centered Lexi Reed makes it a mission to make it into the school newspaper. One of her attempts to to have her friend Paisley pretend to choke. She states she has food caught in her "Snuffleupagus."

In "amusemANT," Paisley, Lexi and Olive compete in a doll beauty pageant, hosted by an aging puppet character Bernie, formally a character on the 70's childrens' show Poppyseed Place (a Sesame Street spoof). When Olive's talent portion results in a chemical explosion, he mentions he hasn't seen such a bomb since Cookie Monster's performance in The Color Purple.

Antiques Roadshow

An American show on PBS, based on a British program of the same name, the program has had one partially unintentional reference to Sesame Street. Rudy Franchi, of Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas, wore an Oscar the Grouch tie in a 2001 appraisal, that didn't air until November 2008 episode "Politically Correct".

Henson Alternative has parodied the format.

Awesomeness TV

In the episode that premiered on July 29, 2013, two brothers want to know where babies come from. They "do like Elmo does and ask a baby." When they don't get an answer, one boy says, "Why does Elmo ask babies stuff? They never tell the answer."


An MTV sitcom about a high schooler named Jenna and her friends and enemies.

In the episode "Knocker Nightmare," Jenna wears a green sling with googly eyes. At one point, she mentions that she has Elmo on her arm.

Back To You

  • In the series pilot, Marsh McGinley recalls one wild time when he and Chuck Darling hung out with two skater girls with gorgeous legs, who were dressed up as characters on Sesame Street on Ice. Marsh recalled that Chuck banged Bert and Chuck replied, "That particular night was brought to you by the letter O."

Beavis and Butt-head

Beavis: Well, Miss Piggy's kinda hot.
Butt-head: That fat pig?
Beavis: Shut up, Butt-head! I like 'em with a little meat on their bones.
  • During the music video, The Family Ghost by King Diamond, Beavis says that the lead singer looks like the Count. Butt-head agrees and does an imitation of Count as he counts four buttknockers with the trademark laugh.
  • During the music video, Mockingbirds by Grant Lee Buffalo, Butt-Head notice there are a lot of big Muppet-like birds there and then Beavis talks about Big Bird and how he never poops.
  • Cloris Leachman voiced Old Woman in Beavis and Butt-head Do America
  • David Letterman voiced Mötley Crüe Roadie #1 - a.k.a. Butt-Head's Dad (credited as Earl Hofert) in Beavis and Butt-head Do America
  • Robert Stack voiced ATF Agent Flemming in Beavis and Butt-head Do America
  • Demi Moore voiced Dallas Grimes in Beavis and Butt-head Do America
  • Bruce Willis voiced Muddy Grimes in Beavis and Butt-head Do America


  • In the episode, "Man Plans, God Laughs", John Becker's nurse and office manager, Margaret, is at home with the flu and Becker's other flaky nurse, Linda, is left in charge of the office. When the office is in chaos, Linda recommends Becker to rename the exam rooms to A, B and C and put the patients in them according to the letter of their ailment. Becker then calls up Margaret to beg her to come back to the office by explaining to her, "She wants to bring the patients in alphabetically, Margaret. She's turning the place into Sesame Street."
  • In the episode, "Heart Breaker," Becker goes on a date with a woman who is younger than him. When his friends at Reggie's diner find out because Margaret called them, they made fun of him. Bob says, "So Becker's taking a walk down Sesame Street?" and Jake replies, "Looks like Oscar the Grouch has a girlfriend."
  • In the episode, "Really Good Advice," Becker plans a date with a woman name Beth and tells Reggie that they are going to meet tomorrow. Reggie tells Becker that today is Tuesday and tomorrow is Wednesday to make a point that Wednesday dates are pity dates. Becker replies, "Well thanks Big Bird. Maybe later we'll work on numbers."

Being Erica

Being Erica Big Bird

A "Big Bird chic" wedding dress.

In the third season premiere of the CBC drama series Being Erica, Julianne Giacomelli comments to Erica Strange about the gay village-area coffee shop Goblin's, then under renovation. Both Fraggle Rock and Being Erica were produced by CBC.

Erica: Whoa, what is going on here?
Julianne: Well it looks like Fraggle Rock, but it sounds like Queer as Folk.

In a 2009 video blog, released online and on the first season DVD set, Erica is describing three odd wedding dress choices her sister has selected, including "number one, Big Bird chic. It's perfect."

Ben 10

An animated series, and two sequels, about a boy who can turn into aliens with a device called the Omnitrix.

The ninth episode of the second season of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien was titled "It's Not Easy Being Gwen".


Better Off Ted

In the episode, "Change We Can't Believe In", Veronica (Portia de Rossi) calls scientists Phil (Jonathan Slavin) and Lem (Malcolm Barrett) "Bunsen" and "Beaker".

The Bill Engvall Show

In the episode "Car Trouble", Bryan Pearson (Skyler Gisondo) gets in a fight at school, and tries to get his parents to not call the school because they'll embarrass him. Lauren Pearson (Jennifer Lawrence) points out that he has an Elmo lunchbox and is worried that his mother (Nancy Travis) would embarrass him. Bryan points out that "The Muppets are timeless!"

Black Dynamite

An animated series on Cartoon Network's [adult swim] block, based on the movie of the same name.

The pilot episode, "Trouble on Puppet Street," features many references to Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. Black Dynamite and his crew are hired to take out That Frog Curtis, a the main character of "The Puppet Show" (described by a government agent as a low-budget way to entertain kids while the school system was fledgling), as he is about to start a child robbery wave across the country. Arriving at Puppet Street, they blow up Crenshaw the Slime, a trash can-dwelling creature. They are soon captured by Curtis and his army (featuring spoofs of Ernie, Bert and Big Bird), but Curtis is quickly defeated. "The Puppet Show" seen in the episode mixes elements of The Muppet Show (such as the logo and theater setting), Sesame Street (a brownstone and garage are seen on stage) and other tiny references (including a rainbow on stage).

For the season one finale, there was a sequel episode, "That Seed of Kurtis, aka Fathers is Just Another Word for Motherf****r", where That Frog Curtis's son, Brother Minister That Bastard Kurtis plans on using Black Dynamite's father Revenard Daddy Dynamite for revenge.


Bob's Burgers

An animation series airing in primetime on Fox.

In the episode "Bad Tina", Sexy Sesame Street and Erotic Muppets are among the books of romantic fan-fiction that Tina has written.

In the episode "Broadcast Wagstaff School News", Linda refers to her son, Gene -- having cut his hair and glued on a mustache in order to imitate the title character, his father -- as "my Muppet Baby Bobby."


The Bob Newhart Show

The second season episode "The Last TV Show" deals with psychologist Robert Hartley appearing on a public television show. His neighbor Howard Borden says, "Oh, I love public television. They have such interesting people on: William F. Buckley, David Susskind, The Muppets."

  • Peter Bonerz played Jerry Robinson
  • H. B. Haggerty played the Hammer in "Ex-Con Job"
  • Mariette Hartley played Marilyn Dietz in "Have You Met Miss Dietz?"
  • Raul Julia played Greg Robinson in "Oh, Brother!"
  • Bruce Kirby played Dr. Klein in "Fit, Fat and Forty One"
  • Will Mackenzie played Larry Bondurant (1975-1977) and directed one episode
  • Penny Marshall played a stewardess in "Fly the Unfriendly Skies" and Miss Larson (1972-1973)
  • Pat Morita played the bartender in "Bob and Emily and Howard and Carol and Jerry"
  • Howard Morris played Shorty Vance in "Jerry's Retirement"
  • Bob Newhart played Dr. Robert Hartley
  • Tom Patchett wrote several episodes, served as executive producer and story consultant from the third season onward, and appeared as David Robbins in "Mister Emily Hartley" and Dave Death in "If Death Be My Destiny."
  • John Ritter played Dave in "Sorry, Wrong Mother"
  • Richard Schaal played Chuck Brock in "Goodnight Nancy" and Don in "By the Way.... You're Fired" and "Life Is a Hamburger"
  • Jay Tarses wrote several episodes, served as executive producer and story consultant from the third season onward, and appeared as a waiter in "Mister Emily Hartley" and "Enter Mrs. Peeper"
  • Fred Willard played John Tobin in "Tobin's Back in Town"
  • Henry Winkler played Miles Lascoe in "Clink Shrink"

Bo' Selecta!

The British show Bo' Selecta! has referenced The Muppets numerous times, especially in the third series premier in which celebrity stalker Avid Merrion gets his own TV show and promises it will be "Just like the Muppets!". Statler and Waldorf who rebut that it is not at all like The Muppets- "The Muppets dumps all over this dumps all over this shit!" The duo appear throughout the episode commenting on Avid's antics.

Boston Legal

  • In the season two episode "Stick It," Paul Lewiston's daughter Rachel can be seen cleaning up her daughter's toys. Clearly visible in one shot is The Sesame Street Treasury Volume 8.
  • In the episode "Truly, Madly, Deeply," Zozo the Clown cites Sesame Street as an influential children's television program.


An HBO children's series.

In the game "Faces" in the pilot episode, a distorted image had two Fraggles Red and Mokey. In the game "Museum Misstakes" in the second episode, a 1663 Dutch family pic has a TV set with Cookie Monster.


In the first episode, head ranger Woody Johnson recalls his former PTSD. A flashback cutaway is shown of him attempting suicide, with a gun in one hand and a Kermit puppet in the other.


In the season one finale, "A Nutcracker in Paradise," Weezer's cover of "Rainbow Connection" from The Green Album plays during Boo's speech to Carl and their dance.


California Dreams

In the season 4 episode, "Two Too Much," Tiffani Smith introduces her date, Bruce, to her friend, Jake Sommers. Bruce replies that they only have a few minutes because they have expensive tickets to "Muppets on Ice." Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus are mentioned in dialogue.

Cash Cab

Cash Cab is a Discovery Channel television game show that takes place in a New York City taxi cab, where contestants must answer trivia questions for different amounts of money whilst trying to get to their destination without getting three wrong answers and getting kicked out.

In one episode, a Red Light Challenge topic as to name the six Sesame Street Muppets that have appeared on the show since its start in 1969. The contestants won the challenge before time ran out.

  • The show mistakenly lists Mr. Snuffleupagus as a character that has appeared since 1969, when he has only been around since 1971.


  • In the first season episode "Home Is Where The Heart Stops," Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion) refers to the main suspect in a murder case as a "perp." Two assisting detectives ask why writers always call them that, and offer a list of other names real cops call them. Among them are several pop culture references including Destro (from G.I. Joe), Sleestacks (from Land of the Lost) and Skeksis.
  • In the fifth season episode "Under the Influence", Castle assumes a number of situations by which someone might have acquired the nickname "Monster." When he sees it's just a kid, he remarks, "More like Cookie Monster."
  • Lisa Waltz played Laurie Horn in "Hell Hath No Fury"


A sitcom about a Boston bar, which ran on NBC from 1982 to 1993.


Cookie monster plush in the Cheers episode "A House Is Not a Home"

  • In the 1984 episode "I Call Your Name," Diane describes Sam as "a man whose idea of intellectual stimulation is to count along with Big Bird."
  • In the 1987 episode "A House Is Not a Home" Sam and Diane are hosting one last Christmas for the Miller family as they have bought their house. One of the kids gets a Cookie Monster plush.


  • On the third episode of Chuck, the title character's best friend and sister discuss Chuck's future:
Morgan: You don't understand. He is a fragile little gelding. You know? Still trying to find his legs. The real world will crush him.
Ellie: Do you know what a gelding is?
Morgan: [scoff] It's that weird creature from The Dark Crystal. "Smells like gelding"... that guy.
  • In the third season episode "Chuck Versus the Mask," Chuck is looking for the antidote to a poison in one of several vases in a museum. He says to himself, "C'mon Chuck, one of these things is not like the others."
  • In "Chuck vs the Aisle of Terror" Ellie and her mom are shopping in a baby store where some Sesame Street dolls are on display.
  • Chevy Chase played Ted Roark in three 2009 episodes
  • Udo Kier played Otto von Vogel in "Chuck Versus the Role Models" (2010)
  • Zachary Levi played main character Chuck Bartowski
  • Jenny McCarthy played Sylvia Arculin in "Chuck Versus the Suburbs" (2009)
  • Robert Picardo played Perseus in "Chuck Versus the Lethal Weapon" (2009)
  • Andy Richter played Brad White in "Chuck Versus the Suburbs" (2009)
  • Brian Thompson played Cliff in "Chuck Versus the Suburbs" (2009)
  • Fred Willard played Craig Turner in "Chuck Versus the Role Models"

The Cleveland Show

  • In the fifth episode of the Family Guy spin-off, "Cleveland Junior's Cherry Bomb," depicts Cleveland and his son at a baseball game when the giant screen shows the "Kiss Cam." One of the couples making out is Ernie and Bert.
  • In the episode, "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta," Cleveland asks his wife, Donna, to hand him a towel with a hood that makes him look like Cookie Monster. Donna gets a blue towel with Cookie Monster Eyeballs on it.
  • In the episode, "Brown Magic", Cleveland told Rallo that he is just a prop and that nobody remembers Oscar the Grouch, but they did remember Caroll Spinney.
  • In the episode "American Prankster", Donna is taking away Rallo's toys, including a Tickle-me-Elmo doll. Later, Cleveland is seen playing in his bedroom with the same doll, but throws it away.
  • In the episode "When a Man (or a Freight Train) Loves His Cookie" as LeVar is singing to his wife, he says "As Cookie Monster So greatly put it "C is for Cookie and that's good enough for me"
  • Edward Asner voiced The Daily Splash Editor in "The Curious Case of Jr. Working at The Stool"
  • Jason Alexander voiced Saul Friedman in "Brotherly Love"
  • Seth Green voiced his Family Guy character Chris Griffin in various episodes and in "Our Gang." He also voiced Kurt Cobain in "Da Doggone Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance."
  • Jane Lynch voiced Ms. Eck in "Love Rollercoaster"
  • Kevin Michael Richardson voices various characters.
  • Ashley Tisdale voiced Lacey Stapleton in "The Curious Case of Jr. Working at The Stool"
  • Danny Trejo voiced Danny Trejo in "Hot Cocoa Bang Bang" (2011)
  • Patrick Warburton voices Joe Swanson in various episodes.
  • Kanye West voices Kenny West
  • Will.i.am voices Bernard

Click and Clack's As the Wrench Turns


Satirical animated limited series aired on PBS in 2008 loosely inspired by Car Talk and featuring numerous jokes about public television and radio. In one episode, Big Bird and Cookie Monster beat up Click and Clack after their station fails to meet its fundraising goals.

In the episode "Campaign," Sal gambles away Click and Clack's fundraising money on a bet on whether or not the number of the day on Sesame Street will be even. After she discovers it is even (4), she angrily comments, "The Count is killing me this month!"

Comedy Central's Last Laugh 2005

Last Laugh 2005 was a TV special that aired on Comedy Central and opened with a number by William Shatner as The Devil.

In a public service announcement sketch spoof concerning the possible threat of the Avian Flu, a red bird puppet named Burt Flu teaches viewers about the disease, how to avoid it, and what they should and shouldn't do (demonstrated by child actors and some adults)

Burt then says that his brother "Big Bird" Flu will give out a list of more do's and don'ts. The camera cuts to a park where "Big Bird" Flu (full-body puppet like Big Bird of Sesame Street) is seen almost featherless, shaking, coughing and falling to the ground.

Corner Gas

Corner Gas is a Canadian TV show set in Dog River, Saskatchewan, which originally aired on CTV, and replays in weekday syndication on CTV2.

In the episode "TV Free Dog River", Dog River is competing against another town for who survives not watching TV for one week. However, Oscar offers to people "You want some Muppets? Or how about The Flintstones?


The Critic


The Critic is an animated series that ran on ABC and FOX from 1994 to 1995 about a movie critic named Jay Sherman. In an episode guest starring Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert as themselves, Sherman is seduced by the two for a position as their co-host on their own TV show. As Ebert thumbs through a photo album, he points out a picture of he and Siskel from the year they went as Ernie and Bert for Halloween.


Curb Your Enthusiasm

An HBO comedy starring Larry David, executive producer of Seinfeld, playing a fictional version of himself, his life following the successful series, and the odd situations he gets himself into, often due to his social awkwardness.

  • “The Nanny From Hell” (Season 3, episode 4)

Martine (Cheri Oteri), the nanny in the title, divulges she knows the secret from Susie Greene. (Susie Essman)

Martine: Hey congratulations!
Susie: Congratulations on what, dear?
Martine: (whispers) On the baby. Congratulations.
Susie: How did you know about that?
Martine: (motions to Larry) Big Bird told me.
  • “The Grand Opening” (Season 3, episode 10)

Larry has inadvertently broken both thumbs of food critic Andy Portico (Paul Wilson). Now both his hands are in casts.

Portico: I look like a fuckin’ Muppet.
  • “The Lefty Call” (Season 6, episode 4)

Larry and Richard Lewis (himself) argue over a couple wanting more children.

Richard: Who are you to them how many kids to have?
Larry: She’s got nine kids. C’mon, that’s plenty!
Richard: She wants more children!
Larry: How many does she need?”
Richard: Who the fuck are you, the Messiah? The Count?

Da Ali G Show

In episode #4 of Season 1, Ali G conducts an interview with four media analysts. He mentions that he's learned a lot from watching Sesame Street and asks why there isn't a version of it for kids, oblivious that it's a kids' show to begin with.

Dave's World

  • In the series pilot, Shel ask Beth if it is the breast that makes them good with kids. Kenny tried to bring up another subject relating to breast, but Dave tried to stop him from talking about it. Kenny replied back, "Oh I'm sorry. If they're not on a Muppet, you people aren't interested."
  • In the episode, "It's A Small Van After All," Dave tries to keep the family happy in the van ride to Walt Disney World. He mentions some cds to listen including "Sing Along with Kermit."

Dead Like Me

  • In the pilot, George considers talking to a little girl before saving her soul. After asking her name, she thinks to herself, "I didn't know what to say after that. I mean, it's not like they cover this sort of thing on Sesame Street."
  • In the episode "Curious George", a photographer uses a Tutter puppet to try and make Reggie smile for a family photo.
  • In the same episode, George and Mason have the following exchange:
George: I was dreaming about frogs.
Mason: Real ones, or like Kermit?

Degrassi: The Next Generation

Holly J eats a cookie
  • In the episode "Ghost in the Machine, Pt. 2", Ashley Kerwin and Craig Manning are having a discussion about their rock band and fellow bandmembers.
Ashley: You know, you guys should try going a little more post-Emo. Still punk, but less mopey.
Craig: I don't think the other guys even know what regular Emo is. Spinner probably thinks it's a Muppet.
  • In the episode "Ladies' Night", Anya tricks Holly J. Sinclair into devouring a double chocolate chip cookie during a fast for charity, during which Holly is also secretly videotaped and shown to an auditorium. Later when Holly J. comes to speak in the auditorium, Anya introduces her as: "It's the Cookie Monster!" A student in the audience taunts in a gruff monstery voice, "Holly J. hungry!"


  • In the episode "Crocodile", Rita (Julie Benz) serves Dexter (Michael C. Hall) a plate of cookies and tells him that he is "snarfing them down like the Cookie Monster".

Dexter's Laboratory


Dexter's Laboratory originated as a part of Cartoon Network's What A Cartoon! show before becoming it's own series, which initially ran from 1996 to 2003.

Puppet Pals Mitch and Clem, who visually resemble Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie and stand behind the traditional brick wall, star in a show-within-a-show featured primarily in The Justice Friends segments. The Puppet Pals have also been seen in live-action form in their own filler segments. They've also appeared on The Powerpuff Girls.


Dharma and Greg

  • In the season 5 episode "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's ... My Wife" Kitty hired a decorator to design Greg's office at his father's company. In one of the designs, a Kermit telephone is on Greg's desk. When the phone rings, Edward says, "Your frog's ringing."

Diagnosis Murder

In the second part of the fifth season episode "Retribution", Canin is counting backwards when Steve surprises him. "I guess watching Sesame Street finally paid off for you, Canin. You count real pretty."

Diff'rent Strokes

In the episode "Arnold's Hero", when Arnold's adopted father Mr. Drummond informs Arnold that he won't be able to meet Muhammad Ali as promised, he says that he'll make it up to him by taking him "to see the Muppet film, for the twelfth time."



  • In the tenth episode of the first season, "Haunted":
Jocelyn Bashford: [crying] God, I'm so emo.
Margaret Bashford: I have to say, there's a part of me that's not sad to see someone mourning my friend.
Jocelyn: Is that what this is?
Margaret: You lost your mother. It's only natural you'd be so elmo.
Jocelyn: Emo.
Margaret: That's not a word, sweetie.
  • In the first episode of the second season, "Vows":
[Claire wakes up Topher by sexually seducing him]
Topher Brink: What the hell? Are you drunk?
Claire Saunders: I'm just trying to be my best.
Topher: Whoah, I don't want your best.
Claire: [notices his arousal] Well, I think you do.
Topher: [covering his crotch] That is the minority vote. And you tricked it. Okay? A guy's asleep... could'a been Fozzie Bear and it would have...
Topher: [gestures]
Topher: Not that I think about Fozzie Bear.
  • Jane Espenson wrote two episodes and served as Consulting Producer

Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23

  • In episode 6, "It's Just Sex", June donates some stuff of Chloe's to the rummage sale, and the woman at the desk finds love letters from a celebrity and says, "I had a suitor myself - Frederick Spitz." When June looks puzzled, she says, "The famous puppeteer. His hand manipulated a Muppet for 40 years."
  • In episode 13, "Sexy People," Chloe states that if People put Fozzie Bear on the cover, June would find him sexy (since she follows every "Sexiest Man Alive" issue).

Dragon's Den

This reality show format, which originated from Japan, has entrepreneurs try to get a deal from up to 5 investors for a percentage of their company. This format has been exported to many countries, including the United States where it is known as Shark Tank and airs on ABC.

  • On the episode for December 11th, 2013 for Dragon's Den Canada, Canadian Investor Kevin O'Leary is holding an Oscar the Grouch t-shirt.
  • Jeff Foxworthy appeared in several episodes in season 2 of Shark Tank

The Drew Carey Show

In the season six episode "Drew Pops Something on Kate," Drew has lost his job and is unable to make payment on his engagement ring. He tells his friends Lewis and Oswald, "All Kate needs to see is me drinking a beer every morning and watching Sesame Street. Nothing like a drunk guy in his underwear singing about the letter E."


Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist

In the episode "Pretzelkins" Ben is shown laying on his bed, watching "Sesame Street". The clip is very brief, showing Bert and Ernie on the television screen.


Eek! the Cat


  • The 12th episode of season 3 is titled "It's Not Easy Being Green." After members of a bowling team are turned green as a prank by the opposing team, Tess Fontana says that it's a pretty color. Sheriff Jack Carter replies, "Yeah, if you're a Muppet." Later during an argument, a bowler calls one of his green opponents, Kermit.
  • Colin Foo played a retired scientist in "Dr. Nobel" (2006)
  • Matt Frewer played Jim Taggart (2006-2007, 2009)


A television drama that ran on the WB network from 2002 to 2006.

In the episode "The Great Doctor Brown," Amy Abbott reveals to Ephram Brown the origin of her unusual nickname.

Amy: Grover.
Ephram: Grover?
Amy: It's my nickname. I always loved Grover as a kid. I know for most kids it's all Winnie the Pooh and Hello Kitty, occasionally Strawberry Shortcake, but for me, life was about a little blue Muppet named Grover.
Ephram: Well, Grover was a very underrated Muppet.

In the episode "The Reflex," Hannah Rogers and Dr. Harold Abbott comment on a picture in the Abbott family photo album.

Hannah: Is that Bright wearing Muppet slippers?
Dr. Abbott: Ah, yes. Bright was oddly bewitched by Miss Piggy. And Amy simply would not remove her Fozzie Bears for all the tea in China.

Everybody Hates Chris

Everybody Hates Chris is a sitcom narrated by and loosely based on the life of Chris Rock.

In episode 4.08 (entitled "Everybody Hates Big Bird"), Chris begins dating a tall girl in class who has been dubbed "Big Bird" by others at school. The episode includes background music similar to the Sesame Street theme, and a scene in which members of the football team mock the couple:

Football Player #1: Hey, it's Big Bird!
Football Player #2: Hey, where's Bert and Ernie?
FP #1: (to Chris) I guess that makes you . . . Snuffleupagus?
FP #2: No, it makes him Roosevelt Franklin!
FP #1: Cookie?

When she breaks up with him, the narrator says "Tonight's episode was brought to you by the letters D, A, M and N!"

  • Jason Alexander played Principal Edwards in "Everybody Hates the Buddy System" (2006) and "Everybody Hates Snow Day" (2007)
  • Debbie Allen played a mother in "Everybody Hates Elections" (2006) and a gun woman in "Everybody Hates Minimum Wage" (2007)
  • Wayne Brady played Louis in "Everybody Hates Thanksgiving" (2006) and "Everybody Hates the Buddy System" (2008)
  • Terry Crews played Julius Rock (2005–2009)
  • Whoopi Goldberg played Louise in "Everybody Hates Rejection" and "Everybody Hates a Liar" (2006)
  • Kadeem Hardison played the judge in "Everybody Hates Driving" (2007) and "Everybody Hates PSATs" (2009)
  • Steve Landesberg played Mr. Levine in "Everybody Hates Mr. Levine" (2009)
  • Chris Rock voices the narrator and played Mr. Abbott in "Everybody Hates the Guidance Counselor" (2007)
  • Tyler James Williams plays Chris

Everybody Loves Raymond

  • In the season 4 episode "Prodigal Son," Raymond tells Debra about how he is a good person and that he doesn't have to go to church on Sunday morning. He replies he treats people normal and gives an example of a plumber he hired with a big eye. Raymond said he would treat the plumber normal, but other people would make fun of the plumber and call him, "Big Muppet-Eye Guy."
  • In the season 4 episode "Bad Moon Rising," Raymond secretly recorded Debra yelling at him with a tape recorder. After playing the tape recorder and making Debra cried, Raymond tries to cheer up Debra. He tells her that when he first heard himself in a radio interview, his voice sounds like Snuffleupagus.


A British sitcom about film extras, created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

In episode 2.4, Darren Lamb and Barry discuss Crazy Frog.

Darren: I'd have thought he's probably the second-richest frog in the world, after Kermit.
Barry: Kermit, yeah! There was his nephew, Robin...
Darren: Ah, Robin was good.
Barry: Looked set to take over the empire for a while, didn't he.
Darren: Oh yeah, he was a very good actor, and singer.
Barry: "Halfway Up the Stairs".
Darren: Good song.

The Fairly OddParents

An animated series shown on Nickelodeon.

Fairly OddParents ChannelChasers Poppyseed Avenue
In the made-for-TV movie "Channel Chasers" one of the TV shows is entitled "Poppyseed Avenue," a parody of Sesame Street. A puppet version of Vicky walks up to a brick wall and says "Today's show is brought to you by the letter 'V'." (She holds up a letter 'V' ) She runs into a fake TV and jumps through the screen. Then, puppets of Timmy, his adult form, Cosmo, and Wanda walk up to the wall. Timmy and his adult form walk towards the TV. Cosmo looks at Wanda and blurts out, "I've never felt more alive. Get it? Felt!" They all jump through the TV.

In another episode, the town baseball team, The Pirates, is playing, and a real pirate is running around saying nothing but "Arrrr." He passes two Sesame Street type monsters who are holding up the letters Q and R.


Fish Police

In the first episode of this short-lived 1992 prime-time cartoon, Inspector Gil tells waitress Pearl "You know how I feel about you" and winds up repeating "How..." when at a loss for words. Pearl asks why he talks like that, and Gil retorts that "all the great couples talk like that... uh, Fred and Wilma, Kermit and Miss Piggy, Rocky and Bullwinkle..."



  • The second episode of the first season "White to Play," features a Kermit pillow in the little girl's bedroom.
  • The same pillow appeared again in the sixth episode, "Scary Monsters and Super Creeps."

The Flight of the Conchords

In the episode "Bowie", Bret has visions in which he receives advice from various incarnations of David Bowie. The third and final Bowie is Jareth from Labyrinth.



  • In the third season episode "Look Before You Leap," Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) and his producer Roz Doyle (Peri Gilpin) are volunteering at a PBS pledge driver. Roz, who is answering telephones, remarks (apparently to a small child) "No, Lamb Chop's not here. Big Bird isn't here either. What are you doing up so late? Oh. Do you have your mommy's credit card handy?"
  • In the seventh season episode "The Dark Side of the Moon," Daphne complains she is overworked, saying that her boss, Frasier, "keeps her in stitches," to which he responds "Wocka Wocka!"
  • In the eleventh season episode "Caught in the Act," a copy of I Like School is seen on the shelf in the bookstore.

Freaks and Geeks


Freaks and Geeks aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 television season, and was set in the early 1980s.

In the episode "Girlfriends and Boyfriends," Cindy Sanders says to Bill Haverchuck, "Well, I don't really watch TV. Except for The Muppet Show." Cindy also keeps a copy of Miss Piggy's Guide to Life in her bedroom, which Bill peruses.

Later, Bill insists Cindy's abnormal since "she eats carrot sticks and likes Miss Piggy." His friend Sam Weir rebuffs him with "So what, the Muppets are cool." Bill: "The Swedish Chef is kind of cool, but Miss Piggy's lame." Neal Schweiber chimes in, "Look, Professor Honeydew is hysterical!"



  • In the first season episode "Unleashed," Walter Bishop describes the animal characteristics that might have been involved in the death of an activist. His son Peter, attuned to his father's eccentricities, quips to investigating agent Olivia Dunham that they're looking for Big Bird.
  • From the second season episode "Momentum Deferred":
Rebecca Kibner: After awhile, it wasn't just during the experiments. I would see their faces in front of me. They seemed to have a certain glow about them.
Peter: The shapeshifters?
Rebecca Kibner: Mm-hm. It took me a year or two to really understand it. But I realized that I was recognizing people that didn't belong. Huh, you know, like that children's song. One of these things is not like the other.
Walter: One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just doesn't belong. Sesame Street.
Rebecca Kibner: Yes, that's it.
  • From the third season episode "Stowaway":
Lincoln: (looking at a book) One of these things is not like the others.
Peter: Hm?
Lincoln: You never watched Sesame Street?


Ghostwriter was a CTW show which aired on PBS. Focusing on a group of young detectives who work with a ghost (who manifests by rearranging words and writing), most stories were serialized in four or five parts.

In the first season story "Building Bridges", the 1992-1998 Sesame Street theme and the cold open for Episode 3092 can be heard in the background when Rob visits Victor's home.

In the second season story "Just in Time", when Jamal's grandmother asks Alex if he'd like to stay for lunch, he replies "Is the sky blue? Do birds sing? Is Sesame a Street?"


The Goldbergs


The 2013 ABC sitcom narrated by Patton Oswalt features Fraggle Rock puppets in two scenes from the episode "You Opened the Door". The dad uses Mokey and Boober puppets in an attempt to teach his son about sex. The puppets appear later in the episode when the dad is sitting on the porch thinking about his failures.

Good Morning, Miss Bliss

A sitcom that ran on Disney Channel from 1988 to 1989. The series is about a junior high school teacher Miss Carrie Bliss (Hayley Mills) and her students at John F. Kennedy Junior High in Indiana. This series was revamped for NBC as Saved by the Bell.

  • In the episode, "Leaping to Conclusions," Nikki refuses to do the science class's frog dissection and comes up with a sign petition to stop frog dissecting. When her friends questioned about her petition, Nikki asked, "You don't think frogs have feelings?" Screech asked, "What about Kermit?" and Nikki replied, "You toad. You're talking puppets. I'm talking mother nature."

The Goodies

A surreal sitcom broadcast by the BBC from 1970 to 1980, and by ITV from 1981 to 1982. It starred Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden.

  • In the 1977 episode "Earthanasia" (sometimes called "The End of the World Show"), after the Goodies learn of the world's impending destruction, Tim laments that the Muppets will have to go as well, and that he hopes they won't suffer. Graeme then informs him that all the Muppets are puppets, demonstrating with impersonations of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Statler and Waldorf and Robin the Frog singing "Halfway Down the Stairs"

Growing Pains

A sitcom that ran on ABC from 1985-1992.

In the episode "Feet of Clay", Ben Seaver finds out that his favorite rock star isn't such a nice guy after meeting him, and decides to stop being a fan. At one point, his father, Jason compares this to the time when Ben learned that Kermit the Frog isn't real. Ben said that because of that he couldn't get himself to watch Sesame Street for awhile.



When Claire researches her birth parents in the first season episode "The Fix," she and her friend Zach find a newspaper article from Kermit, Texas. When Zach wonders why that sounds so familiar, Claire replies, "`Cuz of the frog?"



  • In the episode "Megalomaniacs", after Froggo introduces Julius Caesar for the "Word of the Day" sketch, Caesar responds to his introduction by saying "Thanks, Kermit."
  • In the episode "Presidential People" during the "Ask me if I care" segment, Toast interviews Lyndon B. Johnson and Lydia Karaoke interrupts half-way to comment on Johnson's achievement of creating public television. Toast replies by taking offense at the fact that Johnson was the one who gave them "those boring English dudes and those tickle me spaz puppets".

Hollywood Game Night

In the premiere episode, the second game was a charades-based game in which one word clues can be used. The first answer was "Cookie Monster", but Daniel Day Kim accidentally says "Cookies" in Cookie Monster style.

On the August 29th episode, one of the games was to put pictures of a certain theme in chronological order. One of the themes was toys, and one of the pictures was a Tickle-me-Elmo doll.


Jane Lynch hosts the show.

Hope and Faith

  • In Season 3, Hope gets mad at Charley for letting Justin watch The Exorcist, and states that he still has nightmares from Elmo In Grouchland.

Hot in Cleveland

  • In the first season episode "Good Neighbors," Elka comes back to the house and the ladies find out she changed the color of her hair to red. Elka says she found the picture in a magazine to show her stylist and Joy asked if the picture was Elmo.
  • In the second season episode "I Love Lucci: Part Two," Victoria refers to Susan Lucci's hand in the following way: "I can still feel that little Muppet hand on my mouth."

House of Cards

The sixth episode of the Netflix original series features a CNN debate between Frank Underwood and Marty Spinella that devolves into a metaphor about vowels, which Spinella compares to Sesame Street.



The fourth episode of the BBC series features Robert Vaughn's character standing in front of a store with a Tutter doll in the window display.


In the crossover with sister show Victorious called "iParty with Victorious", Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy) insults a ventriloquist dummy named Rex Powers (handled by Matt Bennett in character and in real life, voiced by Jake Farrow) during a rap scene by calling him "a rejected Muppet."


  • Jack Black guest starred in the episode "iStart a Fanwar" as Aspartamay.
  • Jane Lynch guest starred as Sam Puckett's mother Pam in "iSam's Mom."
  • Michelle Obama guest starred as herself in "iMeet the First Lady."
  • Jim Parsons guest starred as Caleb, a mental patient at Troubled Waters Hospital in "iLost My Mind."
  • Emma Stone made a cameo in "iFind Spencer Friends".
  • Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots appeared in iShock America.

The IT Crowd


In the season three episodes "Are We Not Men?" and "Calendar Geeks", Roy (Chris O'Dowd) wears t-shirts of a pixellated Kermit the Frog and Bert and Ernie.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

In the season one episode "The Gang Gives Back", Dee (Kaitlin Olson, who guest starred in a Late Night Buffet pilot) wears a yellow pantsuit, and her friend Mac tells her she looks like Big Bird.

In the season three episode "Mac is a Serial Killer" a pimp named Pepper Jack mistakes Dee for one of his prostitutes. Her brother Dennis offers to buy her back for seven dollars and a Fraggle Rock thermos. Pepper Jack agrees, enthusiastically saying he loves the show.

The Jamie Foxx Show

In the season one episode "Break Yourself, Fool," Jamie and Braxton become robbery hostage at a bank. One of the robbers call the two as Bert and Ernie.



  • In one episode of the Disney Channel comedy series, entitled "Glue Dunnit: A Sticky Situation," Emma mentions Mrs. Chesterfield has more feathers in her outfit than Big Bird.
  • In the same episode, Ravi parodying popular crime shows interviews his sister Zuri as a suspect. To get a confession, Ravi promises candy. In agreement, Zuri tells him, "I'm about to squeal like Miss Piggy.

Judging Amy

  • In the season 5 episode "Motion Sickness" Kyle are having his morning coffe and asks a bunch of plushes if everyone sleept well among them are a Ernie, Big Bird and Cookie Monster. Later in the episode Donna asks Kyle to hand her a Elmo plush.

Just Shoot Me!

  • In the season 3 episode "Steamed" Jack calls the tenant above his office as Oscar the Grouch.
  • In the episode, "Puppetmaster," Maya starts dating a guy, Steven, who is a puppeteer on a children show. When Maya asked Steven how he got started with puppets, Steven replies he was obsessed with Sesame Street in college and how Cookie Monster's talking made sense when you are stoned. Maya said that Oscar the Grouch must have made him paranoid and Steven mentions that Big Bird look delicious.

Kids in the Hall

In one sketch from Season 5, a little boy is waiting for the Chicken Lady (Mark McKinney) to finish riding a quarter horse at the mall. He asks "Are you Big Bird?" and the Chicken Lady replies, "No, but I want to meet him, 'cause the Bearded Lady says they call him Big Bird 'cause he's got a really big--" at which point the boy's mother prevents the Chicken Lady from finishing the sentence.

  • Like Fraggle Rock, this show was produced for HBO and CBC. As a result, several of the Fraggle Rock crew members also worked on this show.
  • Frank Meschkuleit puppeteered the cat in the 2010 miniseries Death Comes to Town.
  • Dan Redican served as a story editor and producer.
  • Sandra Shamas was a troupe member during the troupe's formative years.

King of the Hill

  • "Plastic White Female" - Hank and Peggy are arguing over whose fault it is for how their son Bobby turned out. Hank accuses Peggy of letting Bobby watch "all them Muppets! ... They got frogs kissin' pigs - what the hell did they think was gonna happen?"
  • "Goodbye Normal Jeans" - Peggy overhears Hank watching a Thanksgiving Day parade on TV with Bobby. She hears Hank say to Bobby, "That Miss Piggy balloon has the same hairdo as your mother."
  • "Stressed for Success" - In a discussion about the presence of pop culture in academics, Boomhauer points out that Oberlin College has a course on the Muppets.
  • "Edu-macating Lucky" - Lucky comments on Luanne's sense of humor: "I'm datin' a regular Fozzie Bear."
  • One episode was titled It's Not Easy Being Green.
  • Christina Applegate played an Attorney in "My Hair Lady" (2004)
  • Tom Arnold played Norm Glidewell in "Megalo Dale" (2003)
  • Jason Bateman played Dr. Leslie in "The Petriot Act" (2005)
  • Laura Dern voices Katherine
  • Snoop Dogg played Alabaster Jones in "Ho, Yeah!" (2001)
  • Carmen Electra played Angela in " Boxing Luanne" (2003)
  • Sally Field played Junie Harper in "Hilloween" (1997)
  • Brendan Fraser played David Kalaiki-Alii in "Peggy Makes the Big Leagues" (2000) and Irv Bennett/Jimmy Beardon in "Gone with the Windstorm" (2005)
  • Paul Giamatti voiced Mr. McKay in "It's Not Easy Being Green" (2001)
  • John Goodman played Tommy in "Serpunt" (2007)
  • Vince Gill played Assistant Pastor Larry in "Peggy's Fan Fair" (2000) and Boomhauer's Singing Voice in "The Bluegrass Is Always Greener" (2002)
  • Jeff Goldblum played Dr. Vayzosa in "The Substitute Spanish Prisoner" (2002)
  • Michael Keaton played Trip Larsen in "Pigmalion" (2003)
  • Heather Locklear played Ms. Donovan in "Old Glory" (2000)
  • Lindsay Lohan played Jenny Medina in "Talking Shop" (2004)
  • William H. Macy played Dr. Rubin in " Pregnant Paws" (1998)
  • Debra Messing played Mrs. Hilgren-Bronson in "Get Your Freak Off" (2002)
  • Mary Tyler Moore played Reverend Karen Stroup in "Revenge of the Lutefisk" (1999)
  • Brittany Murphy voiced Luanne Platter
  • Kathy Najimy played Peggy Hill
  • Willie Nelson played himself in "Hank's Got the Willies" (1997)
  • Alan Rickman played King Philip in "Joust Like a Woman" (2002)
  • John Ritter played Eugene Grandy in "The Son That Got Away" (1997), "What Makes Bobby Run?" (2000), and "Witches of East Arlen" (2003)
  • Chris Rock played Roger 'Booda' Sack in "Traffic Jam" (1998)
  • Ben Stiller played Rich in "That's What She Said" (2004)
  • Meryl Streep played Aunt Esme Dauterive in "A Beer Can Named Desire" (1999)
  • Randy Travis played himself in "Peggy's Fan Fair" (2000)
  • Danny Trejo played Enrique in 17 episodes
  • Travis Tritt played Walt in "Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane" (2003)
  • Fred Willard played a voice in "Lupe's Revenge (2001)", Officer Brown in "New Cowboy on the Block" (2003), Ranger Bradley/Reclining Hippie in "Phish and Wildlife" (2004), and Officer Brown in "Doggone Crazy" (2008) and "The Accidental Terrorist" (2008)
  • Henry Winkler played himself in "A Rover Runs Through It"
  • Reese Witherspoon played Debbit in "Hanky Panky" and "High Anxiety" (2000)

The King of Queens


Ernie doll behind Carrie.



Arthur talks to Carrie about Sesame Street

  • In the second season episode "Flower Power," Doug (Kevin James) takes Carrie (Leah Remini) to Coney Island to the carnival fair booths. One of the game booths has a Ernie doll.
  • In the third season episode, "Twisted Sitters," Doug and Carrie are watching Deacon and Kelly's kids while they are out of town. When Doug came back from work, Carrie told him that she and the kids were watching Elmopalooza three times in a row and fielded some tough questions about Bert and Ernie's relationship.
  • In the sixth season episode "Secret Garden," when Carrie sees Spence (Patton Oswalt) in his bathing get-up (a shower cap, blue robe and large scrub brush), she claims "[he] look[s] like Ernie, from Sesame Street."
  • In the eighth season episode "Sold-Y Locks," Robert Goulet tells Doug that he once performed in a Muppet special with Jamie Lee Curtis in which she sang a haunting duet with Fozzie Bear.
  • In a later season eight episode, "Four Play," Carrie and Arthur (Jerry Stiller) share the following exchange:
Arthur: I've dealt with this type of character when I worked as a production assistant on a little show called Sesame Street.
Carrie: You worked on Sesame Street?
Arthur: Sure, from March of '76 to mid-March of '76. Anyway, I can't name names, but I had a similar situation with a large bird with an even bigger ego.
Carrie: Big Bird?
Arthur: You said it, I didn't.

The Knights Of Prosperity

  • "Pilot" - When Eugene wants to enter the building to find out which key fits Mick Jagger's appartment, Esperanza has to distract the doorman that stays behind, while the other doorman goes for a cup of coffee. When he leaves the building, this is referred to as "Big Bird has left its nest."

The L.A. Complex

  • In the episode "Help Wanted" the character of Nick Wagner (Joe Dinicol) refers to his boss Scott Cray (Ryan Belleville), who allowed him to take the blame for bringing drugs to work and get fired for it, as "...a Muppet without its fur."
  • In the episode "Make It Right" the character of Raquel Westbrook (Jewel Staite) refers to the two filmmakers Cam (Kristopher Turner) and Kevin (Jordan Johnson-Hinds) as "Bert and Ernie."

Last Comic Standing


Season 6:

  • In the "international audition" episode, an Israeli prop-comic does an imitation of Grover by placing a blue wig on his head and wiggling around.
  • In episode #9, the comics have to look for props for a prop comedy routine. Marcus finds a blue dishwashing glove, and remarks, "This is what happens when Cookie Monster was lonely and he didn't listen to his parents ..."

Let's Make a Deal

Let's Make a Deal is a game show which has been run in various incarnations since 1963.

On the episode of November 16, 2009, the audience helps Wayne Brady count $800 to a contestant who refused a deal (which turned out to be a Zonk!). He stops at $500, the audience continues counting, and Wayne remarks, "It's like Sesame Street for grown-ups or something"

On the episode of October 26, 2012, the second game involved an audience poll using three multiple-choice questions. The third question was "Cookie Monster" or "Monster Truck". The correct answer was Cookie Monster which the contestant guessed correctly.

On the episode of February 19th, 2014, after a contestant returns to his seat, Wayne quips about how he dances like a Muppet.

On the episode of March 10th, 2014, the second game involved an audience poll using three multiple-choice questions. The second question was "Bert" or "Ernie". The correct answer was Ernie which the contestant guessed incorrectly.


  • Lance Bass played the game on Gameshow Marathon.
  • Gilbert Gottfried appeared in a Celebrity Zonk! in a Gameshow Marathon episode.
  • Ricki Lake hosted the show Gameshow Marathon which featured Let's Make a Deal in one of the episodes.
  • Kathy Najimy played the game on Gameshow Marathon.
  • Leslie Nielsen played the game on Gameshow Marathon.

Life's Too Short


Life's Too Short is a BBC comedy series featuring Warwick Davis who plays a fictional version of himself.

  • In a promo for the series Ricky Gervais is sitting on a stairway with Davis dressed as a frog. Gervais says that he had the opportunity to combine two favorite things in fiction Robin from The Muppets and Warwick Davis, who comments that he's just glad that he didn't bring the puppeteer. (YouTube)


The Listener

In the episode "Lockdown", Osman 'Oz' Bey (Ennis Esmer) comforts the daughter (Erin Pitt) of a quarantined patient (Krista Bridges) with food. Leaving her with the plate, he suggests: "Can you keep an eye on them, make sure there's no Cookie Monsters running around?"

Little Britain

  • In the pilot episode, Marjories Dawes was asking a fat kid what names the bullies at school call him (suggesting the names in a mocking tone), she asked him if they called him "Pigs in Space."
  • In Season 3 episode 6, Linda insultingly described a group of multi-ethnic or physically diverse students as "the cast of Fraggle Rock."

Little Britain USA

  • In Season 1, episode 6, Ellie-Grace who, while sharing love sentiments with her mother before parting with her for a short time, tells her mother that she loves her more then "Sesame Street"
  • In Season 1, episode 6, Marjorie Dawes asked her fat-fighters groups about nicknames they get called, she asked if they get called "Pigs in Space" (and she said it with the echoing sound effect the Narrator usually said it with)

Living Single

  • In the episode, "Stormy Weather," Max is watching television and shouts at it, "I will tell you how to get to Sesame Street. You take Puke-Avenue."


  • In Series 2, Episode 2, Alice Morgan tells John Luther they can travel the world as a duo: "Yin and Yang. Bonnie and Clyde. Bert and Ernie."

Malcolm in the Middle

  • Malcolm's Girlfriend - After recently breaking up with a cute girl, Malcolm decides to "go back" and play in the moon bouncer at the birthday party for his little brother Dewey's new friend. As he does, the Sesame Street Theme plays (the 1998-2001 version), and then suddenly stops when Malcolm wrecks the moon bouncer.
  • Cheerleader - A subplot involves little Dewey wanting a Tickle Me Elmo-type doll called Sleepy-Time Herbie, a blue aardvark. They are very expensive and can be ordered by a special TV offer, and Dewey hallucinates the Herbie talking directly to him from the TV. Once he gets the Herbie, he imagines it saying "Break me."
  • Lois Strikes Back - While Malcolm argues with his mom, he asks her if it felt good to cut through Elmo's neck.
  • Standee - Hal tries to make peace with the garbageman, but Reese brings him a new bag of garbage and remarks, "Hey Oscar, here's your lunch!"

Mama's Family

In the season one episode, "Positive Thinking," Eunice gets angry when she finds out most of her lines for a play is given to a scene-stealing actress name Sally. When Sally says it is lucky that the theater would let Eunice on stage, Eunice replies back, "Well, I don't see you on Broadway, Miss Piggy!"



In the fifth season episode, "One Flew Over the Hoochie's Nest," Martin Payne (Martin Lawrence) tries to rescue Pam James (Tichina Arnold) from the mental hospital after being mistaken for her twin cousin Tammy. At the mental hospital, Cole Brown, Martin's friend, and his girlfriend, Shanise McGullicuddy, are watching the TV. When Shanise notices that Sesame Street is on, Cole asks his girlfriend, "Was Big Bird a boy or a girl?" Also when Martin is bringing food for Pam's party and makes a joke about her, Pam calls him " Tickle me Earmo."


The Martin Short Show

In the third episode, "A Hippo Never Forgets," Martin tries to get onto The Lovey Show (a Barney spoof). His agent tells him he can instead get him a guest spot on Sesame Street, doing a song and dance with "that big bird...what's his name?"


Mary Shelley's Frankenhole

On the second season of the Adult Swim animated comedy about Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the world of the monsters, Count Alongwithme (a spoof of Count von Count) has become a regular character of Dracula's vampire entourage.

Men at Work

In the season one episode "Plan B", Gibbs (James Lesure) and Tyler (Michael Cassidy) gets a discount on a gym membership by pretending to be a gay couple. They are having difficulties figuring out how gay they need to act. Tyler thinks it should be like Bert and Ernie "You are not sure they are gay, but you can't prove they are not". Gibbs agree and calls Tyler "Bert". Afterwards Tyler tells Ernie (Gibbs) to keep his Rubber Duckie‎ in his pants, after Gibbs was taking a closer look at one of the women that passes by.

The Mentalist

A procedural drama on CBS with some comedic elements centering on Patrick Jane, who formerly posed as a psychic, but became a consultant for a team in the California Bureau of Investigation following the murder of his wife and daughter by a serial killer.

In an episode of the program's second season, "Red Bulls" (11/14/2009), a member of another team refers to Wayne Rigsby (one of Jane's co-workers) as "Bert." Talking about it with his partner, Cho Kimball, Kimball reveals that he already knew that they were being referred to jointly as "Bert and Ernie." Rigsby asks if this bothers Kimball, but he says it doesn't because "Ernie's the clever, handsome one."

In the episode "Rose-Colored Glasses" (01/14/2010) from season 2, the team investigates an incident inside a high school that happened 20 years earlier. During a conversation between LJ and Phil (at their joint igh school reunion), LJ asks Phil if anyone still calls him "Frog Man." Phil answers "Pretty much everyone calls me Phil, except for my son who calls me dad." LJ replies, "You fathered a kid? Go, Frog Man! Wait - does he play the french horn too? Because if he does, then you could call him Frog Boy, or, Kermit!"

  • John Aylward played Professor Stutzer in the first season episode "Red Brick and Ivy"
  • Eugene Byrd played Russell Bigelow in the second season episode "Red Letter"
  • M. C. Gainey played Pete in the third season episode "Cackle-Bladder Blood"
  • Bob Gunton played Alexander Harrington in the second season episode "Red All Over"
  • Jon Polito played Duesterberg in the second season episode "Red Herring"
  • Raphael Sbarge played Hollis Dunninger in the season two episode "Redemption"

Mike & Molly

  • In the episode, "Molly Gets a Hat," Mike's mother, Peggy, gives Molly a hat as a present of goodwill. When Molly doesn't like the hat, Mike gives the hat to his police partner Carl's grandma. Carl tells Mike that his grandma loves ugly hats and that she has one that looks like Bert and Ernie in a caged match.

The Millers

  • In the episode, "The Mother is In," the Miller family is about to watch a movie on TV, but their father hasn't order a movie yet. It was either he pick a movie or Debbie Miller's daughter, Mikayla, would make them watch The Muppets for the 20th time. Debbie says Mikayla is too young to see Gonzo's nose. Somehow, Mikayla got the tv remote and the family had to watch The Muppets. The father replied that it is ok since the green frog is a hoot.
  • In the episode, "Sex Ed Dolan," Carolyn talks about how she made Tom look good. "I learn how to dress him and how to steer him towards his best jokes. It's basically the technique that Jim Henson used to turn a pig into a movie star."

Modern Family

An ABC television series about the life of three interconnected families told in style, Modern Family premiered in 2009 and it has won the Best Comedy Emmy two years in a row.

  • In "Unplugged," while waiting for an interview at the pre-school, Cameron thinks that one of Lily's strong points could the fact that "she always perks up whenever we watch Charlie Rose." Mitchell states it was a one-time occurrence, mainly because Elmo was a guest.
  • In "Hit and Run", Cameron and Mitchell mistakenly enter a showing of The Muppets. Believing they are going to watch a film with a lot of blood and gore, Cam tries to convince a father to leave the cinema before the movie starts. When he leaves, he explains to the other family that he was "always a fan the Muppets, specially of the two guys in the theater who wouldn't shut up". Once at home, they retell their story to their extended family. When their daughter, Lily, overhears that they were kicked out of The Muppets she responds sorrowfully, asking, "you saw the Muppet movie without me?" Mitchell tries to convince her that they have only watched "just the first two numbers".

Mr. Show with Bob and David

In a sketch from the first episode, co-creator/actor David Cross breaks character to complain about the sketch, claiming that "HBO spent more money on Fraggle Rock."

MXC: Most Extreme Elimination Challenge

Parody dubbing of a Japanese game show called Takeshi's Castle that aired on Spike TV from 2003 to 2007.

One episode featured Sesame Street cast members going up against Las Vegas entertainers and casino workers.

Mr. Sunshine

In the pilot episode Roman asks Ben if he knows the song "The Rainbow Connection."


My Life as a Teenage Robot

In the episode, "Puppet Bride," one of Mrs. Wakeman's old creations, a robot puppet named "Li'l Acorn," tries to make Jenny his bride and have revenge on Mrs. Wakeman for abandoning him. When Jenny refuses to marry Li'l Acorn, he sends out an army of puppets to make her marry her. The puppet army include puppet parodies of Ernie and Bert.

  • Cree Summer voiced Stephanie (one episode), Tiff, Queen Vexus (one episode), Vicky, and QT2

My So-Called Life


In the first season episode "On the Wagon," Rayanne Graff watches a Bert and Ernie sketch. Later, while waiting on line at a movie theater with her friends Angela and Rickie, Rayanne breaks out into the Sesame Street theme song.

The Neighbors


Kermit in the episode "Cold War."

The Neighbors is an American television comedy series about a human family living among in a suburban community made up entirely of extraterrestrials. The series began airing on ABC in 2012.

  • In the season one episode "Merry Crap-Mas," as the leading alien family sits among the Weaver family's Christmas presents they wrongfully opened, Larry Bird says "Tell you what; let's watch the Muppets' A Christmas Carol again! The Muppets, I like. I could really get down with the Muppets. Kermit: [imitating the frog's voice] Jackie Joyner-Kersee, please press play!" Later on in the episode, Kermit singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (from A Red and Green Christmas) plays over a scene of Larry Bird contemplating having ruined Christmas for his neighbors, and Abby Weaver talking sense into him over a cup of tea.
  • In the season one episode "Cold War," Kermit the Frog is again a reappearing theme. Kermit can be seen twice, and heard several more times, singing "The Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie, as Max Weaver likes to watch the frog sing his trademark song on a loop to feel better when fighting the common cold (prompting Abby to mutter "You're ruining Kermit for me" at one point).

The New Normal

The New Normal is an American television comedy series that began airing on NBC in 2012.

In the pilot episode (originally aired on September 10, 2012), Jane Forrest launches a tirade explaining that Clay Clemmons' excuses had forced her to take drastic measures into a divorce.

Jane: (Aiming what appears to be a lighter in the shape of a gun) You, Hello Kitty out.
Clay: Hey, that is a toy right?
Jane: You know something Clay. I have put up with you for the past nine years. I put up with your ridiculous Fozzie Bear impersonations, with your self diagnosed narcolepsy.
Clay: No, that's real, it's not just naps.
Jane: I can't think of anything else to do except to kill you. Now unforunatley I couldn't live in prison without my lean cusine. So I am open to other options.
Clay: (Revealing himself) I always found you to be really sexy Nana.
Jane: Oh put that gherkin away.
Clay: What's a gherkin.
Jane: A tiny pickle.
Clay: That's messed up.


A sitcom about a middle-aged couple who run an inn in Vermont, which ran on CBS from 1982 to 1990.

In the episode "Dick the Kid," Dick Loudon spends a week at a Western ranch. On movie night, while the other residents want to watch High Noon, a tough resident wants to watch The Muppets Take Manhattan, and he almost gets his way until Dick takes a stand for the others.


NOVA scienceNOW

  • The November 21, 2006 episode of the PBS documentary series NOVA scienceNOW featured a segment on the development of sociable robots. One robot in particular, "Leonardo" developed by Cynthia Breazeal, is used in an on-camera study of recognition behavior. The tools used are an Elmo doll and a Cookie Monster puppet, which are presented to Leonardo and vocally asked to find the character by name. After a simple demonstration, the technician holds up Cookie Monster and asks Leonardo to find Elmo, but the robot cannot be tricked. (video)
  • The June 25, 2008 episode featured a segment about dark matter. As experts study what dark matter is, host Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses the ambiguity surrounding what the scientific community uses to describe the material that makes up 85% of the universe. The term has been applied ambiguously because the material is unobservable with current methods. Because of this, the label could just as easily have been called Ernie and Bert. (video) (The episode also features Wikia founder Jimmy Wales in a segment about statistics).

One Tree Hill

An hour-long young adult drama that premiered on the WB in September 2003. Set in Tree Hill, a fictional town in North Carolina, it revolves around half brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott (played by Chad Michael Murray and James Lafferty).

  • In a Season 3 episode, Peyton (Hilarie Burton) tells Pete Wentz (played by himself) that she was worried that he would become her Mr. Snuffleupagus, after he arrived at the cabin that they are staying in a few days late. When Pete questions what a Snuffleupagus is, Peyton explains to him the story of Mr. Snuffleupagus, and how only Big Bird could see him.
  • In a Season 4 episode, Lucas is showing Glenda his impression of Gollum from The Lord of the Rings. Glenda, not knowing who he is impersonating, guesses that he is impersonating Elmo.
  • In a Season 5 episode, Jamie (Jackson Brundage) talks to Brooke (Sophia Bush) about what color he wants his racecar, and mentions that his parents want it red like Elmo, but he wants it blue, like Grover.
  • In a Season 6 episode, Victoria (Daphne Zuniga) is helping Sam (Ashley Rickards) pick out a dress for Peyton's baby shower. Victoria picks out a green dress for Sam, but Sam doesn't take it, and claims that is makes her look like Kermit the Frog.
  • In a season 8 episode, Nathan tests out the new stage by singing "Mahna Mahna"; The recording from The Muppet Show is used.

Oh Madeline

Short-lived 1983-84 ABC sitcom starring Madeline Kahn. In the episode "Ah, Wilderness," Madeline and her husband Charlie are stuck in the woods at night. They hear the sound of a bullfrog, which they affectionately refer to as "Kermit."

Orange is the New Black

In the season two episode "Hugs Can Be Deceiving", Grace asks her sister, "Suzie, you want the Chipmunks or the Muppet Babies sleeping bag this time?" She answers, "I'll take the Muppets tonight."


Penn and Teller: Bullshit!

On a fourth season episode of the Showtime documentary show entitled "Numbers," interviews are shown with two Washington, D.C. think-tank consultants. They are introduced by name and narrator Penn says "We asked them why there are so many songs about rainbows. They had no idea. They did know something about the national debt though."

Perfect Couples

In the first episode of the NBC comedy series, Amy attempts to play "Celebrity" on game night, and immediately bombs after giving a clue: "He's a Muppet ... he's a frog ..."

The Proud Family

Animated series that aired on the Disney Channel from September 2001 to August 2005. The show centered around an African-American teenager, Penny, her family, and her friends. Basically an animated sitcom in format, it was geared towards a pre-teen and teen audience.

Episode 214: Pulp Boot Camp: Penny's family sends her to boot camp because they fear she is becoming a bully, and she steals cookies from a little girl there. The sergeant catches her and says "Well, well. We have ourselves a little Cookie Monster."


Raising Hope

Season 2, episode 3 of the series Raising Hope has a Sesame Street reference. It has yet to air.


  • In the episode "The Good Girl", when Barbara Jean claims that she put a scratch in Van's car, and is worried about what he will say, Kyra says "It's true! He gets this look on his face where his two eyebrows murge together, and he looks like that Muppet who lives in the Trash Can!" (referring to Oscar the Grouch).

The Ricky Gervais Show

  • In the episode "Art" of HBO's animated comedy (based on the podcast with the same name), Gervais and Stephen Merchant explain that the only way to improve Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol was doing it with the Muppets and they go to suggest new story ideas with The Muppets, as The Muppets' Schindler's List (with Fozzie and Gonzo), Schindler's List in Space and Miss Piggy's Choice.


Animated television show that first aired on Nickelodeon in 1991. This series focuses on the point of view of a group of babies, including Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, Phil and Lil, and Angelica Pickles.

In the episode "Toys in the Attic," Tommy and Angelica's grandparents, Boris and Minka, argue over which one of them will turn on the "Sesame Seed," an obvious reference to Sesame Street.


Rules of Engagement

  • In the 2009 episode, "Buyer's Remorse," Russell says to the owner of the Island Diner, "Shouldn't you be in a balcony insulting Muppets?"
  • In the 2010 episode, "Harassment," Timmy challenges Jeff to a game of cricket to porve it isn't a sport for wimps. During the match, Russell says, "Dude, you're about to be struck out by Scooter from the Muppets!"

Running Wilde

In the episode "One Forward Step", Steve suggests to Emmy that she use the laundry chute in the house, saying "You know there are people at the bottom of that thing? They've got their own subterranean world, kinda like Fraggle Rock."


A Russell Peters Christmas

In the stop motion animation segment "Little Russell Saves Christmas", Russell Peters' mother sends him to the store for "A Loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of butter".


Samurai Pizza Cats

On Saban's English dub of Samurai Pizza Cats, an episode features a giant Buddha statue that has a bird's face. One of the characters remarks, "A Big Bird? Go back to public television! We don't want your kind here!"

The Sarah Silverman Program

  • In the last episode of the series, "Wowschwitz", Brian and Steve steal a gun from a cop and replace it with a banana. Referring to him as "Banana Cop" throughout the episode, the two sing a rendition of "Mahna Mahna" replacing the words with "Banana Cop." The episode ends with Sarah's dog going back in time to kill Hitler, preventing the Holocaust. In the present, an old man asks, "What never happened?" Brian: "The Holocaust." Steve: "Do doo do do do!"

Saved by the Bell

  • In the Season 1 episode "The Gift," Jessie Spano tells Zack that she has had straight A's since she started watching Sesame Street. Zack then calls Jessie a Big Bird brain.
  • In the Season 1 episode "The Friendship Business," Zack and his friends form a company selling friendship bracelets for a business class project. Zack decides to appoint himself president over Jessie because he thinks Jessie is too sensitive. When Jessie doesn't agree, Zack tells Jessie that she cried when Kermit and Miss Piggy broke up.
  • In the Season 2 episode "Miss Bayside," Kelly gets mad at Jessie when she finds out Jessie was entering the Miss Bayside Beauty Pageant even though Jessie talked her out of entering. Jessie replies that Kelly wouldn't understand because her view of politics is limited to who won the elections on Sesame Street.
  • In the Season 3 episode "Fourth of July," Stacy hears from Screech that Kelly and Zack had gone out together and were getting back together now. When Stacy tells Kelly about it, Kelly respons with "Screech also said that Elvis has a day-care center for the Muppet Babies."

Saved by the Bell: The College Years

  • In the episode, "The Homecoming," Alex Tabor becomes the California University's mascot, Freddy the Falcon. When she goes out with A.C. Slater and dressed as the mascot at the homecoming banquet, A.C. Slater tells her that he feels ashamed like he is on a date with Big Bird.
  • In the episode, "Teacher's Pet," Professor Jeremiah Lasky thanks Kelly for getting him cologne and Kelly replies it is better than getting him a Bert and Ernie Bath Kit.
  • In the episode, "A Question of Ethics," Screech sings the Sesame Street Theme as he is emptying out the trash at his workplace, The Falcon Nest.
  • In the episode, "Bedside Manner," Mike Rogers reveals to Screech and the Sigma Alpha members that he has a real tattoo in college when the members found out Screech's tattoo was drawn by Leslie Burke. After Mike show his tattoo to the members and Screech in the boy's bathroom, Screech tells Leslie that Mike has a tattoo of Big Bird on his butt. Mike corrects Screech that it is actually Tweety Bird, but Screech replies it is a "Big" Bird.
  • Marv Albert appeared as himself in "A Thanksgiving Story"

Saved by the Bell: The New Class

  • In the episode, "Belding's Baby," Scott Erickson finds Barton 'Weasel' Wyzell hiding in a trash can from Mr. Belding. When Scott ask Weasel why he is hiding, Weasel replies "Would you believe I'm visiting Oscar the Grouch?"
  • In the episode, "Swap Meet," Scott tries to get two tickets to the Janet Jackson Concert by selling a Defender Dog comic book worth $600 with a misprint on it. When the comic gets ruined and Scott still doesn't have any tickets, Weasel offers his tickets to Sesame Street on Ice.
  • In the episode, "Belding's Prank," the new superintendent to Bayside is covered in slime and chicken feathers from the pranks between the main characters. When Mr. Belding asks Screech, who is administrative assistant to Mr. Belding, where the superintendent is and the superintendent arrives covered in chicken feathers, Screech replies, "Sir, that's not Big Bird."
  • In the episode, "Casino ID's," Tommy had just finish his book report on Moby Dick. His friend, Lindsay Warner, finds it hard to believe and said that Tommy had trouble finishing a book entitled Big Bird goes to Paris.
  • In the episode, "Trash TV," Eric Little asked Screech and Mr. Belding if they saw the commercial for Yukon Yogurt and reality show which portrays him and the gang as selfish and irresponsible people. Screech replied that they got home late and that Mr. Belding had recorded "Muppets on Ice" instead of the show.

Sealab 2021

  • In the episode "Splitsville," one of the rock bands at the Battle of the Bands is named the Ocean Bottom Nightmare band, a reference to the Riverbottom Nightmare Band in Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas.
  • In the season 4 episode "Craptastic Voyage", the crew undergoes a mission of entering Captain Shanks' body and destroying a tumor. Stormy comments, "Wow, a shrink ray. Just like that time on Muppet Babies! You know, when Scooter had spinal meningitis?" This is a reference to the Season 3 episode "Scooter's Uncommon Cold". Shortly afterwards, Stormy sets up a talk show similar to The Tonight Show, and fails to show a video clip from the episode.
  • Erik Estrada voiced Marco the entire series.
  • Kid 'n Play appear as themselves in an episode sponsoring the fictional action movie Tinfins.

The Secret Lives of Vampires

A 2005 documentary produced for television by NBC studios looks at vampire culture and the history of such characters as Dracula. Examples include Count Chocula cereal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sesame Street’s Count von Count. Video footage of the sketch with the Count counting his mail is featured, as well as a photo of a stage version of the character.

Secret Mountain Fort Awesome

This series did poorly on Cartoon Network, causing them to pull it from the schedule after episode 8 of season 2. Episode 9 was titled "Labyrinth". It was unaired until picked up by Netflix.

According to Wikipedia: "When Gweelok wishes that Jerry, the Goblin King, would come take his annoying friends away, he realizes how much he misses them and has to enter the twisted world of the Labyrinth to rescue them. This is the first time that Gweelok has legs for dancing."


The 2011 US version of the UK series airing on Showtime set in Chicago's South Side Back of the Yards neighborhood.

  • From "Three Boys":
Veronica: What good is a dress if I don't have a priest?
Debbie: You could hire an actor. Remember the guy who played Elmo at my birthday party?
Fiona: You remember that?
Debbie: He took his head off. It was traumatizing.

Shining Time Station

A 1989 to 1997 PBS show that introduced Thomas the Tank Engine to America

  • From Mr. Conductor's Movie
Stacy: Now Schemer, don't you think you should wait & see what the director needs?
Schemer: Little lady, let me tell you what the director: needs he needs a star name because star names sell tickets! John Wayne, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Big Bird, and now Super Schemer!
  • In the episode How to Have Style à la Schemer from the Schemer Presents Home Video lessons spin off of Shining Time Station Schemer does a Kermit the Frog voice when he shakes his mannequin to make it look like it's talking
  • Ringo Starr played the role of Mr. Conductor in the first season.
  • Olga Felgemacher puppeteered Didi, the drummer of the Jukebox Band.
  • Leonard Jackson starred as Harry Cupper in the first season & made his return on the Family Special: One of the Family
  • Gerry Parkes starred as Barton Winslow in the second & third season.
  • Paul Fierlinger animated the songs "Don't Be Afraid", "Baking a Cake" & "Follow Directions" in season 1.
  • Wayne Moss directed various episodes.
  • Myra Fried guest starred as Ms. Smith in a "Schemer Presents" short.
  • Joe Raposo composed the theme song on the show

$#*! My Dad Says

  • In the series pilot, Ed has to retake his test for driver's license at the DMV. When Ed has to retake his eye exam, he says to the DMV applicator, Tim, that he shouldn't have to identify letters on the chart. Ed tells Tim that he has been driving for sixty years and that he has never been rear ended by a gigantic letter E. Tim replies, "Clearly you never driven down Sesame Street."

The Smoking Room

A British comedy first aired on BBC Three in 2004, focusing on the conversations of characters while on their smoke breaks, all shot inside their office's smoking room.

In episode 3, "Paintball," the manager's assistant Janet is trying to get other employees to sign up for a company paintballing event:

Janet: No, what I was getting at is - I hope [the sign-up sheet] doesn’t end up covered in jokey names. According to the one downstairs, the only people planning to go paintballing are Marge Simpson, Osama Bin Laden, Barbara Windsor and The Bear in the Big Blue House.

Spaceballs: The Animated Series


In the season one episode, "Revenge of the Sithee", two aliens resembling the Martians are seen in the NasPod race crowd. Also, a blue creature resembling Kermit is seen during the Sithee presentations. Later, Yogurt remarks "It's not easy being chosen...or green for that matter."

  • Mel Brooks created and wrote the show and voices Yogurt and President Skroob
  • Rino Romano voices Lone Starr

Spin City

In the season 1 episode, "Starting Over," Mike refers to Carter and Stuart as Bert and Ernie.

In the Season 5 episode, "Lost and Found," Caitlin tries to describe Charlie to her friend, Sam, as "warm, funny, and kids love him." Sam replies that Caitlin had just described Elmo.


Sports Night

In the episode "The Apology," Casey asks Dan if the Muppets are cool. Dan replies that they are.


State of Georgia

In the episode "Know When to Fold 'Em", Georgia Chamberlin (Raven-Symoné) and Jo (Majandra Delfino) are wearing chicken mascot-style costumes; Georgia quips "We look like Big Bird's illegitimate kids."

Another first season episode was titled "It's Not Easy Being Green".

Step by Step

In the episode "2 B or not to Be" Frank and JT are performing a scene from "Hamlet" in the kitchen. After the performance, Dana remarks "Yeah, I didn't know Bert and Ernie did Shakespeare". Cody answers "I'm not surprised, Bert's a very versatile actor". Mark says "Cody, Bert is a sock!"

Still Standing

Judy Miller, one of the show's lead characters, is sometimes seen wearing Sesame Street T-shirts.



In the sixth episode of the first season, entitled "The Bailey Family" (originally aired on February 28, 2005), a 38-year-old father named Bill Bailey and his 2-year-old son named Billy Bailey are reading a Elmo's World book about food during bedtime at 8:00pm.


  • A fourth season episode of the CW series was titled "The Monster at the End of This Book."
  • In the fifth season episode "Free to Be You and Me" Dean Winchester tells Castiel, "there are two things I know for certain. 1) Bert and Ernie are gay. 2) You are not gonna die a virgin."


  • In the second season episode, "Twilight of the Vampires", the Count is shown to be the head vampire in the vampire takeover of Hollywood.
  • In the second season episode, "Soggy Doobies and Strippers", Barack Obama hosts a Job Fair. He shows one possible job in the bad economy is become the President of Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzi claims he's like a puppet in the system and firing him would be like "firing Kermit the Frog." Joe Biden then complains that Obama has now canceled The Muppet Show.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic appears as himself in the episode, "Weird Al Colabo Jam", and teamed up with the show's creators to create his "Ringtone" music video.

Talk Soup

Entertainment show on the E! Network that features clips of other talk shows.

During the John Henson era (mid to late 90's; no relation) a recurring character called McDermott the Frog was used, which was simply a commercially available Kermit puppet.


A sitcom about New York City cab drivers, which ran on ABC from 1978 to 1982, and on NBC from 1982 to 1983.

In the episode "The Great Race," Alex picks up two nuns who are fighting over what movie to see. One of them wants to see The Muppet Movie, and the other one wants to see The Sound of Music. One of the nuns says, "I can't stand that little frog!" After Alex tells them to pick one, they finally decide to see The Muppet Movie.


Teen Titans

  • In the season three episode, "Bunny Raven... or... How to Make A Titananimal Disappear," this animated DC Comics spin-off series features two elderly characters who sit in a theatre box and make wisecracks about the mock variety show being performed on stage. The manner in which they laugh at their particular flavor of jokes is reminiscent of, and likely a direct reference to, Statler and Waldorf. Most of the episode's third act is a homage to The Muppet Show, complete with a spoof of the theme music and a parody of Scooter.
  • In a "New Teen Titans" short, the Titans appear in a kids program, "Kidz Korner 4 Kidz," which contains references to Sesame Street (including a "One of These Things"-style segment and a Two-Headed Monster-inspired scene).

Terrifying Times

The Daily Show correspondent John Oliver's television special of his stand-up comedy act premiered on Comedy Central on April 21, 2008. He opens the show citing a disclaimer about his nationality; "Primarily, I've gathered you here this evening to tell you this: that, it's not easy being British... as Kermit so nearly sang."

This Hour has 22 Minutes

On the October 23rd, 2013 episode, Nancy Kent interviews 2 men dressed in green leotards who boo opposing players penalty box at the Rogers Centre in Vancouver, BC. Before the interview, Kent says "Let's take a look and see if it's not really easy being green"

In a Raj binder segment he talks about the Oscar nods, and an image of Oscar the Grouch is shown behind him.

Tiny Toon Adventures

An animated variety series following produced by Steven Spielberg the adventures of a group of young cartoon characters who attend the Acme Looniversity to become the next generation of characters from the Looney Tunes series.

  • In the season 2 episode "Toon Physics", and the 'Once Upon a Star' segment, Elmyra's Barbette doll, which is also a parody of Barbie, demands fashions from Paris, not Sesame Street.


An animated variety series similar to Animaniacs and produced by Steven Spielberg featuring Dr. Vic Frankenstein with his assistant Igor and their dim-witted Frankenstein monster known as Phil. The show featured rotating segments with other characters like a family of zombies called the Deadman and a bratty girl named Melissa Screetch.

In the Night of the Living Fred episode, "Bang," the family zombies were about to have dinner when the house started to shake and Fred shouted, "Snuffleupagus is that?"


Trophy Wife

Trophy Wife - Muppets Take Manhattan

In season one's "The Wedding - Part One" Kate (Malin Åkerman) shows Pete (Bradley Whitford) the wedding scene from The Muppets Take Manhattan as an example of what she'd like their wedding to be like.


TV's Most Censored Moments


The program, an original presentation of the now-defunct Trio Channel, briefly touches on Sesame Street's state-wide banning from broadcast in the state of Mississippi for one month during 1970, due to its integrated neighborhood.

Two and a Half Men

  • In the episode, "The Spit-Covered Cobbler," Alan tells Charlie that Kandi may not be sophisticated, but she's street-smart to which Charlie replied, "Sesame Street-smart."
  • In the episode, "And the Plot Moistens," Alan talks to Charlie that he has trouble communicating to Kandi after lovemaking and Charlie replies that he should have thought of that before he started boinkin' a girl with the IQ of Tickle Me Elmo!
  • In the episode, "The Two Finger Rule," when Charlie, Alan, Gordon, Herb, and Jerome were talking about their first date, Herb told them he didn't start dating till he was in college at freshman year. Herb says he was a geek in high school and how everyone called him "Big Bird" that when he went to college, he stopped wearing yellow shirts and lowered his standards.
  • In the episode, "818-jklpuzo," Alan and Melissa had just finish skinny dipping and then they started talking to each other.
Melissa: Alan, what do you say we take a hot shower and unshrink the Snuffleupagus?
Alan: He'll be fine, it's Bert and Ernie I'm worried about. I think Bert has ascended to my rib cage.
Later Alan talks to Charlie after Melissa leaves to take a hot shower.
Alan: Now that we're seeing each other again the fact that she lives with her mom presents a problem.
Charlie: Why, because you tickled Mom's Elmo?
Alan: It was just light necking. I never touched her Elmo.
  • In the episode, "Bite Me, Supreme Court," Marty's friend (played by Steve Lawrence) says that he once did a show with Miss Piggy and says, "You know there's a guy under her?"

Ugly Betty

In the first season episode "Fey's Sleigh Ride", Marc says of Betty, "The poor cow has no idea we only invited her so people could see she really exists. She's like a real-life Snuffleupagus, only hairier."



In the episode "Drunks" Gimpy tells Mum to set up a discussion as to "weather Yoda sounds like Grover or Miss Piggy"


In one episode, the main character, Addie Singer's brother Ben is sick. Their mom says his favorite film as a kid was The Muppets Take Manhattan.

Unhappily Ever After

A sitcom created by Ron Leavitt, who also created Married with Children, which aired on the WB from 1995 to 1999 which centered on Jack Malloy, the father of a dysfunctional family, and his best friend, a stuffed animal rabbit named Mr. Floppy voiced by Bob Goldthwait.

  • In the episode, "High and Dry," Jack Malloy and his wife, Jennifer Malloy, suspected that their son, Ryan, is doing drugs, when they find some white powder in his car and on the towel of his bed. Since they are not smart enough on how to parent their children, Jenny said they have to go to the video store and also said, "Sesame Street taught them to read, Barney taught them to hug. Surely there's got to be some hip happening puppet out there with more parenting skills than we have."
  • In the episode, "Exorcising Jennie," Mr. Floppy talks about if he was a ghost, he would be in Elmo's dressing room with a knife. Then he looks to the viewer and says "Hey Elmo, this murder is brought to you by the letter K...as in Kermit, my next victim. That skinny little tap-dancing toad."


In the episode, "Helsinki", Dan asks Mike, "How do you do that Fozzie Bear happy guy 'Wocka Wocka' bullshit to get the press to like you?"


The Vicar of Dibley

In the Easter Special of 1996, (sometimes entitled "Easter Bunny") Geraldine is explaining the truth behind the Easter Bunny to Alice. The vicar (while trying to break it gently to her) says: "Now at 10 your mother sat you down, and she told you that Kermit was really just an old windsock..."

In a sketch entitled "Celebrity Party", aired as part of a Comic Relief (UK) special in 1999, Geraldine and Alice prepare for their party with Johnny Depp.

Geraldine: Johnny's spent his whole life being surrounded by exotic birds.
Alice: Yeah, like Paris and Britney and Big Bird from "Sesame Street".


In the episode "Terror on Cupcake Street", Beck (Avan Jogia) comments that "we're not on Sesame Street." Cat (Ariana Grande) claims that she loves Sesame Street and begins to sing the theme, but is immediately shut up by Jade (Elizabeth Gillies).

  • Perez Hilton guest starred as himself in "Wi-Fi in the Sky."

Video On Trial

A Canadian show where 5 people pick music videos and make harsh (yet funny) comments on them and at the end they make verdicts of whether the singer(s) is guilty or not.

  • In "Video On Trial: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Hump de Bump," Boomer Phillips said he was waiting for Oscar the Grouch to pop out of a garbage can. (YouTube)
  • In "Video On Trial: The Killers - Read My Mind," Fraser Young's verdict was for having sex with a "Muppet" and sentenced them to maintain a distance not less then 100 feet from Miss Piggy. (YouTube)

The Venture Bros.

In the season four episode "Perchance to Dean" of the Adult Swim animated series, Dermott Fictel noted that he saw Fight Club in 1999 instead of The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, the age-appropriate fare his mother had intended him to see.

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series that centers on a small group of survivors led by Sheriff's Deputy Rick Grimes and his family.

In the first season episode "Tell It to the Frogs," survivors Shane and Lori have an exchange about frog's legs with Shane stating, "We'll feed these folks cajun-style Kermit legs." With Lori retorting, "I would rather eat Miss Piggy."

Warren the Ape

  • The third episode of the Greg the Bunny spin-off, "Crash Course," Warren gives a teaching presentation to a sixth grade class. During the Q's and A's, one boy asked Warren if it is true that he got arrested for smoking crack with Fozzie Bear and Warren denies it by saying the boy shouldn't read what the press says.
  • In the fifth episode, "Gay Ape," Warren meets Perez Hilton, Celebrity Blogger, and compliments him on a written piece on Oscar the Grouch. Hilton agrees, "Nasty Drug Problem," and Warren replies, "There's a reason he is homeless." In addition, Warren's gay neighbors Mark and Merkle are similar in design to Ernie and Bert.

The Wayan Bros.

In episode 17 of season 5, "Crazy 4 You," Shawn and Marlon both fall in love with the same girl. Shawn tells Marlon that he doesn't stand a chance to date her since she is a psychiatrist. Marlon thought Shawn said ventriloquist, but when he heard the word again, it reminded Marlon of a psychiatrist name Sigmund Freud. Shawn is impressed and said to Marlon that eight years of Sesame Street paid off.



  • In episode 8 of season 4, Celia Hodes, manning the register at Maternity World while manic on uppers, entreats a customer to settle for a green shirt rather than the blue she wants. "Green is the color of spring," effuses Celia in a suspiciously Kermit-y voice.
  • In episode 10 of season 5, Andy invites Dr. Audra on a date to a jazz concert. Doubting he knows anything about jazz, she dares him to name one jazz musician, and he can only think of Dr. Teeth.
Audra: He's a Muppet.
Andy: He's a jazz Muppet!

Will & Grace

  • The fifth season episode, "All About Christmas Eve," features the following exchange:
Jack: In order for us to forgive you, you'll perform the following task. You must sing "The Twelve Days of Christmas."
Will: I can do that.
Jack: As the Count, from Sesame Street.
Will: [Romanian accent, imitating the Count] On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... That's one, one day! Ah ha ha!
Jack and Karen laugh and clap
  • In the sixth season episode "I Do. Oh, No, You Di-in't" Beverly is sorry she missed a wedding ceremony. Karen says, "Probably just as well. There were some children there, and they get frightened when something your size isn't covered in Muppet fur."


  • In the first episode of the fifth season, "Deck The Balls" (a Christmas-themed episode, aired December 8, 2011), one of the contestants imitated Elmo throughout her runs, earning her the nickname "Tickle Me". Earlier, new co-host Vanessa Lachey indicated that she thought host John Henson's father "invented the Muppets, right?" (Henson, unrelated to Jim Henson and not to be confused with his actual son John Henson, replied "Uh, no.")

Wizards of Waverly Place

  • In the episode, "Justin's New Girlfriend," Alex complains to her brother, Justin, and best friend, Harper, about how much she hates silent movies. She remarks that it is not hard to go back and invent some voices in the movie, and that people on the internet do it all the time. She gives an example of a video she saw of Big Bird doing a Kanye West song.

WKRP in Cincinnati

Sitcom centered around a rock-and-roll radio station, which ran from 1978 until 1982. In the first season episode "A Commercial Break," from 1979, Venus Flytrap and Herb Tarlek are auditioning jingle singers for an in-house commercial, and trying to coax shy Bailey Quarters into singing.

Venus: Come on, sing. Sing a song!
Herb: Sing out loud! Sing out strong! Sing of good things...

Working Class

Sitcom centered around Carli Mitchell (Melissa Peterman), a single mom from a rough and tumble background, trying to give her three kids a better life by moving them to an upscale suburb. In the episode "Short, Then Sweet," Carli tries to find a date on the internet to go to her boss' house warming party. When she finds out her date, Derek, is shorter than her, she feels a bit funny about going out with him. They soon open up at the party and made a few funny jokes about each other's height. In one of the jokes, Derek calls Carli, "Big Bird."

  • Ed Asner played Carli's neighbor, Hank Greziak.


In the episode "Muffin Buffalo," lead character Jaye is playing Pictionary with her family and her friend Pat. While Jaye's sister draws frantically, Pat shouts out guesses as to what she's drawing: "It's a frog! He's singing! 'Rainbow Connection!'

Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous

In the episode "Zach Stone is Gonna Be a Famous Chef," Zach mentions that all great celebrity chefs are baed only on their character, not their cooking skill. Among those in his list is "the Swedish one from The Muppets."

Zoey 101

In the episode "Quinn Misses the Mark", Michael Barrett (Christopher Massey) claims that a horse ate the cookies meant for Logan (Matthew Underwood) and James (Austin Butler). James, annoyed, calls Michael "Cookie Monster".

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