Monster Clubhouse is a recurring Sesame Street segment which premiered in season 32. This segment was used to introduce children to daily routines featuring energetic young monster friends Mooba, Mel, Narf and Groogle. When the show changed it’s format in 2002, it became one of the main features. In addition, Mooba was renamed Googel and Groogle was renamed Phoebe.
Within each segment, about ten minutes long, the monsters would usually enjoy:
- Narf arrives
- Welcome Song
- Monster Dance
- A lost Lavender Anything Muppet Man, played by Jerry Nelson, looks for a different club
- Furry Feeling/Furry Shape/Furry Animal Sound of the Day
- Get chased by an elephant
- Mail time
- Monster Goodbye Song
In season 33, the segments were shortened considerably, and the monsters would only do three or four of the activities. Three new segments were taped for the season. Although the segment was dropped after season 34, it was still seen in the opening. According to Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street, "It was an inspired idea, but kids didn't know the new Muppets and became confused, and the frenetic pace of the segment raised concerns. The puppets Mooba, Mel, Narf, and Groogle literally bounced off the walls."
A CD-ROM game (2001, 2002), and a book, "Welcome to the Clubhouse!" (2003) were both released. A play area named after the segment (using a slightly modified version of its title card) appears at Sesame Place in Cookie's Monster Land.
| ||Episode 3941|| Narf arrives by running and crashing into the monsters. The monsters dance the "Turn Around, Turn Around, Turn Around and Fall Down Dance." Today's Snacktime is Milk and they all drink it. The doorbell rings and a man comes in looking for a kazoo club meeting. The Furry Feeling of the Day is Sad and after a brief nap, the group get chased by an elephant. At Mail Time, the monster reads a letter asking how monsters brush their fur.
| ||Episode 3955||Narf arrives by cannon and hits the monster members. Mel reads the previous meeting's minutes and the monsters dance the Honk Your Nose, Touch Your Toes, Spin Around And Strike A Pose Dance. After naptime, the Snack of the Day is a huge salami sandwich. A Lavender Anything Muppet arrives looking for the Club for People Who Like To Pretend They're Seagulls.|
| ||Episode 3969|| Narf "drops by" from above. Mel gives a brief of last meeting and shares eating the minutes with the other monsters. Then they do the "Monster Pants Dance" with a dancing pants. After naptime, it is time for snack time which is crackers provided by a duck, who thought it was time for quack time. The Lavender Man comes in with a Banana Hat who is looking for the National Slip on a Banana Peel Club.|
This segment was written by Belinda Ward and directed by Jim Martin.
| ||Episode 3974||Narf arrives through the door and gets his head stuck in the window before crashing into the other monsters. The monsters talk about the last meeting and how they were penguins and Mel eats the minutes. The monsters then dance the "Turkey Dance." Today's Snacktime is Bananas and the man arrives looking for the Hat Wearers of the Known Universe club. Before the "Monster Good-Bye Song," Mel gives some words to live by.|
|Episode 4020||The monsters count themselves and dance the Dance Until You Hear the Bell Dance. After naptime, they get chased by the Elephant and play the Which Monster is Missing game.|
|Episode 4022||The monsters have roll call and do the "Hop Hop Stop" dance. Today's Snack Time is a peanut butter sandwich large enough for an Elephant, which one comes. Today's Furry Animal Sound of the Day is "Cow." The Elephant comes back to chase the monsters.|
|Episode 4025||First, the monsters dance to the "Monster Hop." After their nap, they snack on a giant burrito. They then spin their wheel to find the Furry Shape of the Day - a Square. The Elephant arrives, but he feels like being chased as well, so he's brought along a chicken to pursue them all. The chicken joins them in another nap before they say goodbye.|
- Performers for these segments include Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Joey Mazzarino, Alice Dinnean, Kevin Clash, Jerry Nelson, Martin P. Robinson, Eric Jacobson, Rick Lyon, John Tartaglia, and Matt Vogel.
- ↑ Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street, page 167
- ↑ Credits to the segment on Elmo's World: Wild Wild West!