Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sesame Street Revisited

Continuing our celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Television Crossover Universe...

This was my eighth blog post, and probably the one that truly separated the Television Crossover Universe from other crossover based shared reality websites and groups.  In fact, in one particular group, someone brought up this post in a thread, and it was quickly deemed off topic and forbidden to speak of.  I wear that as a badge of honor, because the Television Crossover Universe is unique and it is my baby, and I'm very happy to be doing my own thing, and standing apart from what others may be doing.

How many other crossoverists would seriously place a potty training video in their shared reality?  I take my methodology very seriously, but this should still be fun, right?


OK, so this will be my position on muppets.  

For now, I'll say that if you don't like muppets in your shared crossover reality, just skip this and the Muppet Show blog.  Simple as that.  You can certainly (I hope) enjoy the bulk of the work that I and my colleagues have done while skipping over these two posts.  But whether you like it or not, in the Television Crossover Universe, MY reality, they are here to stay.

This blog post is updated to incorporate information from my currently published books as well as some information from projects in progress.

On Muppet Monsters, Crazy Ivan had this to say a while back, which I have come to agree with:  While I respect the work you did on this, I have to question the decision to ignore the existence of Muppets as a seperate species / race / kingdom / etc. My own research into this fringe element of the Crossover Universe was made more palatable by conflating the Muppets of Sesame Street with the Monsters of (Pixar's) Monsters, Inc. If an enclave of monsters had learned early on that making children laugh would garner more energy for Monstropolis than making them scream, they might not have been well-regarded in the screamcentric society the lived in, and could have been summarily banished to Earth. I believe ELMO'S ADVENTURES IN GROUCHLAND supports such a theory, as does the large number of monsters populating Sesame Street. It also allows the origin of the Smile Time puppet demons to be the same as the muppets, though they obviously did not come to Earth to make children laugh.


From me:

The following are my excerpted introductions to the original Sesame Street and Muppet Show blogs.

Yes, in this blog, I'm going to show how Sesame Street fits into the TV Crossover Universe.  First, let me explain my take on Muppets.  When we see muppets on TV, we are actually seeing the being the muppet represents, not a puppet.  So if it's a big bird, it's a big bird.  If it's a frog, it's a frog.  They just happen to talk and are anthropomorphic. 

This is my take on cartoons and CGI as well.  If there is a CGI dragon, we're not seeing something computer generated.  It's a real dragon.

So let's talk about the nature of Sesame Street, and then I'll get to my crossover chronology.

Sesame Street is a street in New York City.  But it exists within a magical realm.  You can't just go there.  It's not on any map.  To get there, the portal to the street has to be open.  However, how and when this portal opens is kind of a mystery.  But it seems to do so one hour per day, weekdays only.

On Sesame Street, normal humans live with anthropomorphic talking animals and monsters.  A large part of their day revolves around discussing the alphabet, numbers, and things like cooperation. 

Often people from outside come to visit.  The magic of this street immediately erases the surprise that should be exhibited by these outsiders.  And when these outsiders leave, they don't forget their experience, but they choose not to discuss it, because who would believe it.

Kermit the Frog worked as a reporter for Sesame Street News before making it big as the host of the Muppet Show.  Muppets are the anthropomorphic talking animals, monsters, and immortal (though slightly insane) humans that make up the large part of Sesame Street.  However, the Muppets of the Muppet Show came from all across America, found each other, and chose to go into show business.

But how can we accept that there are famous Muppets?  Most people who watch the show think it's all special effects.  Those who actually encounter the Muppets in person tend to be in denial or shock, and block out the memories afterwards.

So this blog is not about the Muppets.  I will cover the Muppet Show in another blog.  Today's blog is about Sesame Street, and is brought to you today by the letter S and the number 8.

One last thing.  I'm only going to discuss crossovers with other fictional characters.  Many real life celebrities appear on Sesame Street.  But when celebrities appear as themselves on fictional shows, then they are playing fictional versions of themselves.  But since all real people tend to exist in a multitude of alternate realities, I can't include them as crossovers that connect shows and place them in the same reality.

Another final note, unlike other shows, where the concept is that the events happened and were later turned into a TV show, Sesame Street is brought to us live, thus the dates of episodes are the dates they happened.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Muppets are a group of puppet characters known for an absurdist, burlesque and self-referential style of variety-sketch comedy. Created in 1955 by Jim Henson, they are since 2004 the namesake for the Disney media franchise that encompasses films, television series, music recordings, print publications, and other media associated with The Muppet Show characters.
Henson once stated that the term "Muppet" had been created as a portmanteau of the words "marionette" and "puppet", but also claimed that it was actually a word he had coined.[1] The Muppets debuted on the television program Sam and Friends, which aired locally on WRC-TV inWashington, D.C. from 1955 to 1961. After appearing on skits in several late night talk shows and advertising commercials during the 1960s, Henson's Muppets began appearing on Sesame Street when that show debuted in 1969. The Muppets then became the stars of multiple television series and films, including; The Muppet Show (1976–1981), The Muppet Movie (1979), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984), and The Jim Henson Hour (1989). After Henson's death in 1990, The Muppets continued their presence in television and cinema with Muppets Tonight (1996–1998), a series continuation of The Muppet Show, and three films, The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), Muppets from Space (1999); the former two were co-produced with Disney, who sought to acquire the characters since the late 1980s. In 2004, The Walt Disney Company purchased the rights to The Muppets (except for the Sesame Street characters, which were sold separately to Sesame Workshop),[2][3][4] and later formed The Muppets Studio; a division created specifically for managing The Muppets franchise.
Disney underwent an extensive re-branding of the franchise beginning in 2008, in anticipation of the seventh film; The Muppets.[5][6] The film, written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller and directed by James Bobin, was released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 23, 2011, and met with critical acclaim and commercial success.[7] An eighth film, Muppets Most Wanted, will be released on March 21, 2014.[8]
Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its educational content, and images communicated through the use of Jim Henson's Muppets, animation, short films, humor, and cultural references. The series premiered on November 10, 1969 to positive reviews, some controversy, and high ratings.
The show has undergone significant changes throughout its history. The format of Sesame Street consists of a combination of commercial televisionproduction elements and techniques which have evolved to reflect the changes in American culture and the audience's viewing habits. With the creation of Sesame Street, producers and writers of a children's television show used, for the first time, educational goals and a curriculum to shape its content. It was also the first time a show's educational effects on young children were studied.
Shortly after creating Sesame Street, its producers developed what came to be called "the CTW model" (named for the show's production company,The Children's Television Workshop), a system of television show planning, production, and evaluation based on collaborations between producers, writers, educators, and researchers. The show was initially funded by government and private foundations but has become somewhat self-supporting due to revenues from licensing arrangements, international sales, and other media. By 2006, there were independently produced versions, or "co-productions", of Sesame Street broadcast in twenty countries. In 2001 there were over 120 million viewers of various international versions of Sesame Street, and by the show's 40th anniversary in 2009, it was broadcast in more than 140 countries.
By its 40th anniversary in 2009, Sesame Street was the fifteenth-highest rated children's television show in the United States. A 1996 survey found that 95% of all American preschoolers had watched the show by the time they were three years old. In 2008, it was estimated that 77 million Americans had watched the series as children. As of 2009, Sesame Street has won 8 Grammy Awards and 153 Emmy Awards—more than any other children's show.

Sunny Day 
Sweepin' the clouds away 
On my way to where the air is sweet 

Can you tell me how to get, 
How to get to Sesame Street 

Come and play 
Everything's A-OK 
Friendly neighbors there 
That's where we meet 

Can you tell me how to get 
How to get to Sesame Street 

It's a magic carpet ride 
Every door will open wide 
To Happy people like you-- 
Happy people like 
What a beautiful 

Sunny Day 
Sweepin' the clouds away 
On my way to where the air is sweet 

Can you tell me how to get, 
How to get to Sesame street... 
How to get to Sesame Street 
How to get to... 


TVCU Chron:

Medieval Times--LOST SOULS--This video game features Discordians who count in the manner of the Count from Sesame Street.  It's very well established that vampires of folk lore had some OCD issues.  Legends stated that if you drop a bunch of beads a vampire must stop and count each and every one before he could pursue you.  Additionally, he had to stop and tie shoe laces if he found any untied shoes.  It's been postulated before that the Count (Count Von Count) may have been a Dracula soul clone that had OCD.  Crossovers uses the soul clone theory, so it exists in the TVCU.  Sadly, I can't send you to Chuck Loridan's MONSTAAH website since it no longer exists.  (Well, the domain name still exists, but now it belongs to a Japanese diaper bag business.)  But basically, Dracula would turn some vampires into soul clones.  These soul clones, depending on the level of their own willpower, would believe they were Dracula and would follow the will of Dracula while he slept.  Should Chuck ever repost his Children of the Night website, I will post the link here.  All of the shows and movies he places on his site are in the TVCU.

12TH Century--SESAME STREET--Another Robin Hood poser was an ancestor of Ernie from SESAME STREET.

1338--SESAME STREET--"Snow White's Meltdown"--TELEVISION CROSSOVER UNIVERSE--The Seven Dwarfs weren't the first ones she encountered.  Watch it here.

16th Century--HAMLET--The Mel Gibson version, yes, is the official version in the TVCU because Mel Gibson played the same role again on Sesame Street.  

June 1948—ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (FILM)--Bud and Lou are now working as shipping clerks in La Mirada, FL under the assumed names of Chick Young and Wilber Grey. Two crates arrive for a wax museum, containing Dracula (in coffin) and Frankenstein’s monster. But in reality, it is Armand Tesla and Henry Frankenstein’s monster. Tesla, using the alias Leighos, has come to seek the aid of Doctor Mornay, to get a docile brain put into the monster. She has the perfect candidate: Wilber. Meanwhile, Larry Talbot (the Wolf Man) has arrived in La Mirada in pursuit of this Dracula. To make matters worse, Wilber and Chick are accused of thievery when the wax models they were supposed to deliver disappear (because they got up and walked away, naturally.) This brings insurance investigator Joan Raymond to town. In the end, everyone ends up on the island of Doctor Mornay. (Really.) Mornay’s assistant Dr. Stevens realizes his boss is up to no good and joins in on the heroics. Mornay is turned into a vampire. Wilber keeps his head. Apparently Tesla flees when chaos ensues, while the monster and the Wolf Man end up in suspended animation. The bumblers flee on a boat that just happens to have the Invisible Man Geoffrey Radcliffe in it, who was coming to play but missed all the fun. I know this film is preceded by other films with the three main monsters, but this one has Lugosi as Dracula, adds in the Invisible Man, and has my favorite comedy pair. This is absolutely one of my all-time favorite films. So let’s talk continuity and canon. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are always the same characters in everything they do. But here’s the thing. In Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy, we have the best clue that they are the same guys. First, their characters are Freddie Franklin and Pete Patterson, but when they get flustered they forget and call each other Bud and Lou, and at one point, Lou yells for “Abbooooooott!!!!” So we need to assume the film titles are accurate, and that we are talking about two characters, not actors, named Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, who are flim flam artists, thus always moving and changing names. But let’s talk about Abbott and Costello meet Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. That takes place in the 1880s. No way could that be them. Well, I propose that it is Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, and that the other films feature Bud Jr. and Lou Jr. Now for the monsters. Dracula here is Armand Tesla, from Universal’s Dracula. (The name comes from the unofficial sequel with Lugosi Return of the Vampire.) He is not the infamous Count, but it’s likely he is one of the soul clones. Count Dracula from time to time turns others into vampires. Some of these he makes his agents while he rests. He controls them mentally, and grants them a limited amount of his powers, and memories. Often, because of the imposed personality, these clones begin to think they are the Count, and even reenact his former schemes. (Many end up in London trying to steal back their “true love”.) Tesla will later also use the alias of Doctor Leighos, but often refers to himself as Count Dracula. The Frankenstein Monster here is the original creature of Henry Frankenstein from Universal’s Frankenstein. The Wolf Man is Larry Talbot, from Universal’s Wolf Man. Geoffrey Radcliffe is the Invisible Man from Universal’s Invisible Man Returns, which is part of Universal’s Invisible Man series. Another note: Tesla casts a reflection in this film, while he cast none in previous films. This may be due to the human blood transfusions he received in his previous appearance. Also, Talbot’s cure from his previous appearance apparently didn’t take, and neither did Radcliffe’s. This film follows House of Dracula and is the final in the Universal Dracula/Frankenstein/Wolf Man franchise. The scene in this film where Lou keeps seeing the monsters move but Bud doesn’t is spoofed in The Best of Bert and Ernie, featuring the Sesame Street characters. Ever notice how Lou Costello is shown to have the ability to easily hypnotize people in two films? In Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, when imitating Dracula, Lou accidentally puts Bud in a trance, and in Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man, Lou accidentally places a psychiatrist into a trance (when the doctor is trying to put Lou in a trance), then goes and places everybody else in a trance when trying to demonstrate how he accidentally put the doc in a trance. From the TVCU perspective, as a descendant of Zed, this is probably due to Zed’s eating from the Tree of Knowledge in Year One, and likely why Zed’s ancestors have such a strong psychic connection to the Looniverse and how Zed was able to create several cult groups as explained in this chronology. Zed being the Chosen One may factor into why the Wolf Man wasn't able to actually attack Lou.

1954--THE MUPPET MOVIE--Though it came out in 1979, it takes place before Kermit got famous.  Kermit first started appearing on talk shows in 1955.  This movie shows how he got from the swamps to Hollywood, thus it should be placed here.  During their trip to Hollywood, Kermit and Fozzie stop to offer Big Bird a ride.  He declines, saying he's on his way to New York, to break into public broadcasting.  This shows us that Big Bird was not originally from Sesame Street.  This explains why Little Bird is the only similar type of his species to live there (and Little bird didn't arrive until the 1970s.)  Big Bird, arriving in New York, must have found he wasn't accepted by New Yorkers, until he found Sesame Street.  Once Big Bird found his home, he made it his mission to tell others how to get to Sesame Street.  Clearly, it was Big Bird who continued to advocate for the next 15 years until finally PBS agreed to do a live daily educational reality program on Sesame Street. The Sesame Street gang made co-star cameos in the first three Muppet films. (The Muppet Movie featured Big Bird and some of the whole gang, The Great Muppet Caper featured Oscar the Grouch and The Muppets Take Manhattan featured nearly and entirely the whole gang, including Bert and Ernie and the Cookie Monster!)

Release Date: July 13, 1984 (See notes for setting)
Series: Muppet Show
Animated Series Crosses: Muppet Babies
Other Crosses: Sesame Street; Fraggle Rock
The Story: The muppets have a very successful play in college. Upon graduation, they move to New York to try to get the play on Broadway.

Notes: This film presents a different origin for the muppets than what was presented in the Muppet Movie. Kermit has said in one interview that the circumstances of how he met Miss Piggy changes depending on what movie you watch, implying that any of them could be the true origin, as if the timeline keeps shifting. That would imply that this film may take place in the Live Action Universe, in the past, prior to the start of the Muppet Show, and probably even before the start of the first appearances of Kermit and Rowlf on various talk and variety shows. In the closing, characters from Sesame Street appear. Kermit himself was a regular on Sesame Street. Also appearing is Uncle Travelling Matt, from Fraggle Rock, which makes sense. On Fraggle Rock, Uncle Matt is older than the other Fraggles and the only Fraggle who has ever left Fraggle Rock to explore the world of humans. One complication here is that this film also introduces the Muppet Babies, in a live action flashback. This little cameo would spin-off into an animated series. This is complicated because the Muppets are clearly in the Live Action Universe while the Muppet Babies have been established in the Cartoon Universe. Also, the animated Muppet Babies takes place in the 1980s, but if this film takes place circa the early 1970s or so, then the Muppet Babies should have been in the 1950s or earlier. I can only conclude that the Muppet Babies here are from one of the divergent timelines of the Live Action Universe of which Kermit referred to in that interview, while the animated series exists separate from this film within the Cartoon Universe.

1969--SESAME STREET PITCH REEL--This is kind of the pilot for that reality show called Sesame Street.  Kermit hosted the Sesame Street News.  I suppose he was to Sesame Street what Chevy Chase was to SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.  Well, except that Kermit was  serious news man.

Release Date: July 1969 - Ongoing at time of writing
Series: Sesame Street
The Story: Sesame Street is a neighborhood in New York City where humans interact with muppets, monsters, and talking animals. Usually, topics of conversation are letters, numbers, and concepts like cooperation.

Notes: This series takes place for the most part in the Live Action Universe. I had put a lot of thought into whether to include puppetry series as animated series that counted as crossover connections, but the consensus of my consulting think tank was that puppets shouldn’t count. (This from the same group that convinced me video games should count.) On Sesame Street, there have been numerous guest animated shorts, that are not technically part of the Sesame Street canon, but rather were self-contained. Many of these in fact were continuations of other series canon, but since they are stand-alone, they were not crossovers and thus don’t get write-ups. Some of these cartoons included the New Adventures of Batman, The New Adventures of Superman, The Archie Show, and Beetle Bailey. There have been numerous others as well.

July 1969--SESAME STREET--"Pilot"--Batman II (Dick Grayson) appears.

November 10, 1969--SESAME STREET--(Yup, going here again.)  Big Bird has a teddy bear named Radar.  Considering that Walter "Radar" O'Reilly slept with a teddy bear even as an adult, one wonders if he is the one who gave Bird his bear.

November 10, 1969 to Present--REALITY TV--Previously, I listed out every appearance of a Sesame Street character on a talk show, game show, cooking show, ect.  It was long and redundant.  I've decided to condense it.  Note that reality shows for the most part are the real world, but when Matt Lauer treats Elmo like he's real, he's obviously not himself, but playing a fictional version of himself that exists in the world of Sesame Street.  Thus, only episodes where reality shows interact with fictional characters as real people are included for crossover purposes, and it does not bring the entirety of the show into the TVCU.  So, Sesame Street character have appeared in (in alphabetical order) Being Green, BOB HOPE ON THE ROAD TO CHINA, A Capitol Fourth, Coming Home: Military Families Cope with Change, Conan, DEAL OR NO DEAL, Dinner: Impossible, THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW, EMERIL LIVE, EVENING AT THE POPS, Extreme Makeover: Home EditionFamilies Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times, THE FRUGAL GOURMET, Getaway, HOLLYWOOD SQUARES, JEOPARDY, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE, MARTHA, MARTHA STEWART LIVING, NAACP Image Awards, NIGHT OF 100 STARS II, PAULA'S PARTY, Postcards, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Rove Live, DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS, Sunrise, THE TODAY SHOW, The Tony Danza Show, Top ChefThe Wendy Williams Show, WHAT'S MY LINE?, When Parents Are Deployed

1970--THE FLIP WILSON SHOW--Though most of this show occurs in Skitlandia, the appearance of Big Bird occurs in the TVCU.

1971--EVENING AT THE POPS--Kermit and the cast of Sesame Street appear here.

1972--THE ELECTRIC COMPANY--This unusual utility company is visited by Big Bird. The primary version of Spider-Man in the TVCU is the version from the Electric Company. Yes, sorry, folks, but its true. The Electric Company Spider-Man has interacted with other Electric Company characters, and Electric Company has crossed with Sesame Street which has crossed with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. And once you get to Detective Munch, no further linking explanations are needed.

1973 to Present--SASAMSTRABE--German version of Sesame Street that Kermit occasionally guests on.

1974--OUT TO LUNCH--ABC NEWS is taken over by the casts of SESAME STREET and THE ELECTRIC COMPANY.  Interestingly, that means that the canon of the TVCU SPIDER-MAN also includes his appearances on THE ELECTRIC COMPANY.

1974 to present--SESAME STREET SPECIALS--There have been numerous Sesame Street specials and videos and previously I went insane trying to list them all, but have decided that leads to madness. Just know there are many, and often with celebrities, playing fictional versions of themselves.  Only Sesame Street episodes, specials, and videos with crossover significance will be listed from here on out.

1974--JULIE ON SESAME STREET--Julie Andrews visits Sesame Street.  Kermit is a regular on Sesame 

1974--THE MUPPETS VALENTINE SHOW--Includes an appearance from Ernie.

1975--THE ELECTRIC COMPANY--Another visit from Sesame Street residents.

1976--THE MUPPET SHOW--"Sex and Violence"--The pilot for the Muppet Show features a guest appearance from Bert.  Bert makes another appearance on the show this year.

1976 to 1981--MUPPET SHOW--The muppets put on a variety show.  As I've stated in my SESAME STREET blog, these aren't puppets in the TVCU.  They are real mutant anthropomorphic animals, monsters, and weirdos.  The name Muppet is like calling the original SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE cast members Not Ready for Prime-Time Players.  Every week featured a celebrity guest host, and I'm not going to list them all.  It should be noted each of those guest stars are the TVCU counterparts of celebrities from our real 

Release Date:  December 31, 1998 (Setting is 1978 - 1979)
Series: Anno Dracula
Animated Series Crosses: Scooby-Doo!
Other Crosses: Saturday Night Fever; Anne Rice’s Lestat series; I… Vampire; Nancy Baker Vampire series; Kojak; Serpico; The French Connection; Dracula; Hart to Hart; Batman (silver age); Spider-Man; The Godfather; Prizzi’s Honor; Fantastic Four; Taxi Driver; Rocky; Sonja Blue; Vamps; Blade; The Hunger; Hellboy; The Punisher; The Exterminator; Rosemary’s Baby; American Psycho; Lost Souls; The Exorcist; Elvira; Nashville; Quentin Tarantino films; Roy Race; Carmilla; Superfly; Black Caesar; Light at the End; Shaft; Sesame Street; Geek Maggot Bingo; King of New York; MS. 45; Death Wish; Looking for Mr. Goodbar; Cruising; Daughter of Darkness; Nightmare in Blood; Madhouse
The Story:  A Romanian vampire comes to America with a plan to sell vampire blood as a drug at Studio 54.

Notes:  Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula Universe is a divergent timeline in which history diverged during the events of Bram Stoker’s novel when Dracula married Queen Victoria. This story takes place in the late 1970s.  Scooby, Shaggy and the Mystery Machine appear, demonstrating that this timeline exists as an alternate reality within the Cartoon Multiverse.  Thus, the other crosses listed also exist within this divergent timeline.  


1978--THE MUPPET SHOW--Big Bird makes an appearance.

December 24, 1978--CHRISTMAS EVE ON SESAME STREET--In this special, it's...yeah, you know.  Kermit appears because he's on both shows.

February 1980--SESAME STREET--The droids make their way to SESAME STREET, apparently not having returned after crashing on Earth a month ago. 

1981--MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD--Big Bird goes to another couple of neighborhoods:  that of Mister Rogers, and the other the Neighborhood of Make Believe.

1982--IFTAH YA SIMSIM--This is a Lebanese show, but that doesn't mean "Death to America."  This is a Lebanese version of Sesame Street, and Kermit, being a huge star, shows up to help boost the ratings.

1985--SESAME STREET PRESENTS FOLLOW THAT BIRD--Social workers take Big Bird and place him in adoption.  He runs away from this new parents, and is abducted by criminals who want to make him a carnival act.  The Sesame Street residents including Kermit scour the country to find their friend.

1986--MUPPETS:  A CELEBRATION OF 30 YEARS--Celebrity appearances include Big Bird.

1986--THE TICK--On the Tick TV series, the amnesiac Tick sees Grover (from Sesame Street) on the TV and says "Daddy?" in the TVCU, if we accept Ivan Ronald Schablotski's theory that Grover is from the Monsters, Inc. realm, then he simply would have mated with a human, and the Tick is the product and example of why human/monster breeding is a bad idea.

1986--LEARNING ABOUT NUMBERS--featuring Kermit and the Sesame Street gang.

1987--THE ADVENTURES OF SUPER GROVER--Sesame Street's own super-hero on another misadventure that also involves Big Bird.

Release Date: October 24, 1987
Other Crosses: Sesame Street
The Story: Piggy imagines being a Hollywood star.

Notes: Among celebrities seen on TV are Bert and Ernie.

Release Date: December 16, 1987
Series: Muppet Show
Animated Series Crosses: Muppet Babies
Other Crosses: Sesame Street; Fraggle Rock
The Story: Christmas with Fozzie’s mom.

Notes: Characters from Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock appear. This special also confirms Muppet Babies as being canon for the muppets, despite previous contradictory stories. However, as I’ve mentioned earlier, I believe that the animated and live action Muppet Babies exist in separate realities in different time periods.

1988--SESAME STREET SPECIAL--featuring many guest-stars including Kermit.

1989--BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURES--"It's a Bogus Day in the Neighborhood"--I'm guessing on the date.  I'm sure James will set us all straight when his Bill and Ted blog is finished.  For now I'm assuming the show and cartoon must have taken place between the first two films.  Here is what James says about this crossover:  Thanks to our most excellent friends Bill and Ted I think I found one of the most bizarre crossovers of all time. It's definitely weirder than the Birthday Massacre's below the table sequel to The Prisoner, and it just might be weirder than Adam West's Drunk Batman vs. Super King of Texas vs Frankie(stein).  In the Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures episode "It's a Bogus Day in the Neighborhood" Bill and Ted are distressed to discover that Mr. Raddish (henceforth Mr. Rodgers) is retiring. The duo travel down to the TV studio and convence Mr. Rodgers to stay on air if they become his cohosts. All of Mr. Rodgers puppets are sentient (as they were on the real show). When the ratings come in, everyone loves Bill and Ted and, for some reason, Mr. Rodgers is fired. He then gets a job on the Frogame Street (Sesame Street) show; since Rodgers is dressed up like a frog, it seems that everyone's a puppet--not nice monsters.  But no, the Oscar the Grouch analogue is definitely...a Grouch, I guess, and eats Mr. Rodger's outfit. Mr. Rodger is quickly fired from that show, and goes to work for a late-night diet telemarketing scam where he's almost murdered by his crazy co-host Greta. Greta is some kind of hippo-woman. Literally. I can't help but think that Greta is a lawyer-friendly analogue of Heidi the Hippo from Peter Jackson's Muppet parody Meet the Feebles. I wasn't able to sit all the way through Meet the Feebles, so I can't say for sure; but Greta's murderous insanity fits excellently with Heidi's murderous insanity. Plus, how many different murderous hippo-women can there be?  Also, at the end of Meet the Feebles, Heidi is placed in the witness protection program. It's entirely possible "Greta" is Heidi's new identity.  Eventually Bill and Ted save Mr. Rodgers and Rodgers once more takes command of his show.  So, this episode of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures crosses over with Mr. Rodger's Neighborhood and Sesame Street, with a possible crossover with Meet the Feebles. Its notable that this is the only episode of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures where no time travel or universe-hopping took place.

Release Date: April 22, 1990
Animated Series Crosses: Bugs Bunny; Porky Pig; Tweety and Sylvester
Other Crosses: Ghostbusters; Muppet Show; Murphy Brown; Doogie Howser M.D.; Back to the Future; Nathan Thurm; Cheers; Cosby Show; Golden Girls; E.T. the Extraterrestrial; Married with Children; Marcus Welby M.D.; China Beach; Mother Nature; SNL Weekend Update
The Story: The pollution caused by humans is literally killing Mother Nature.

Notes: This is a mega television crossover event. And despite the silly premise, all the crossed series remain true to the shows and films they come from. This special takes place in the Live Action Universe, so all of the above mentioned live action series are part of the Live Action Universe. There is an appearance of Elong Spengler, president of Waste Busters. He is said to be the brother of Egon Spengler of Ghostbusters and is played by the same actor. And yes, the Muppets are in this. I had considered including the Muppet Show (and other series that have the muppets like Sesame Street) as animated crosses, as puppetry is a form of animation. But then that crosses a line that would then have me including Star Wars as animated because of Yoda, or any live action film with CGI. So I’ve chosen to not include them as connectors, but Muppets still rightfully have a presence in this guide. The muppets do exist in the Live Action Universe, which as I’ve explained before, may resemble our real world, but is very different. Muppets of the Live Action Universe are not puppets. As Kermit once explained to Seth Meyers on SNL, he is a real talking frog. Murphy Brown, Doogie Howser, Cheers, the Cosby Show, the Golden Girls, and Married with Children are all standard sitcoms and are brought into the Live Action Universe by this cross. Looney Tunes characters are animated drawings brought to life in the tulpa-like reality of the Cartoon Universe, who come to the Live Action Universe quite often through portals. They even live and work in the Live Action Universe, and people from the Live Action Universe find this perfectly acceptable. Back to the Future is also part of the Live Action Universe, and this appearance of Doc Brown and his Delorean is a confirmation. Nathan Thurm is a character from Saturday Night Live, but this cross does not bring in the entire cast of characters from SNL. This cross also brings in the loveable alien E.T. This special also has appearances from many real life celebrities appearing as themselves. They do not count as crossovers. It’s presumed that every person who exists in the real world has a counterpart in the Live Action Universe. However, some of the celebrities are worth noting. Dennis Miller appears as the anchor for Weekend Update, a segment on SNL that includes many fictional elements and characters, thus we can say that SNL Weekend Update, but not all of SNL, is in the Live Action Universe. On the other hand, Will Smith and Kid’n’ Play also appear, but they are appearing as real life famous rappers, and not their fictional counterparts of themselves from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire and House Party. Finally, in my previous book, the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia, I did not include characters from folklore and mythology as crossovers, since so many different series had their own contradictory versions. However, for this guide, those contradictions don’t matter so much, and it’s more relevant to include fairy tale characters in a book about cartoons. So I have included Mother Nature as a crossover, though not as an animated cross, thus not able to be used as a connector. However, this is a cross with the character from folklore, and we should consider that this is indeed the Live Action Universe form of Mother Nature, and any other versions of her from the Live Action Universe are probably the same character just appearing in a different form. Each reality’s Earth probably has its own version of Mother Nature, who likewise can appear in different forms.

A tall, thin man in his early fifties, with salty-gray hair and a full beard, and wearing a tuxedo.

May 16, 1990--Jim Henson passes away.  Jim Henson was the manager for the muppets and the folks on Sesame Street.

Release Date:  March 9, 1991
Series:  Sesame Street
Animated Series Crosses:  Simpsons
The Story:  This is a celebration of Big Bird’s sixth birthday, despite his first appearance in 1969.  This is the Live Action Universe, where aging is normal for humans, but perhaps not so much for Muppets.  

Notes:  This aired initially as a half hour special in prime time, as part of a PBS pledge drive.  On March 15, 1991, it re-aired as a regular episode of Sesame Street in its normal timeslot, with extra material to make it an hour show.  The Simpsons once more appear as part of Grover’s Monster in the Mirror bit.  

1991--PARKER LEWIS CAN'T LOSE--"Fat Boy and Little Man"--Parker says, "Not since Big Bird has an animal done so much for so many."  There are many previous appearances of Sesame Street merchandise on the show, which could make this comment go either way, but since both shows are separately tied into the TVCU, and going with my reality show de-zonking theory, this could count as a crossover.

Release Date: November 18, 1996
Animated Series Crosses: The Simpsons
The Story: In this two part special event, Maria is in the hospital.
Notes: I actually liked when Sesame Street included these types of stories that helped kids learn how to deal with real life concerns. Anyways, in an unrelated segment in the episode called “Monsters in the Mirror”, the guest “monsters” that Grover sees in the mirror this time around are actually the Simpsons, including Bart voiced by Nancy Cartwright. The Simpsons are only seen in the mirror, but they indeed interact with Grover. We know that in the Cartoon Multiverse, magic mirrors can act as portals between realms, and this is indeed the case here, with Grover peering into the Cartoon Universe to speak to the Simpsons. Another note is the appearance of Noah Wyle as a caring doctor. Of course, Noah’s appearance is an implication of his role on ER. However, ER takes place in Chicago while Sesame Street is in New York. We might assume he was temporarily working in New York. It happens. But this isn’t the first time Noah Wyle has played a doctor in New York implied to be his ER role, but isn’t. Noah Wyle and George Clooney also played emergency room doctors on Friends, taking place in New York, where it was implied they could be the doctors from ER, but in a stricter look at canon, it's clear that it can’t be the same characters. However, though I can’t say it is for sure, it’s fun to think that the doctor here is the same one that appeared on Friends.

1996--DUNSTON CHECKS IN--Robert says that Mrs. Dubrow "once kicked Big Bird in the nuts."

December 25, 1996--ELMO SAVES CHRISTMAS--Elmo uses a magic snow globe to wish that every day were Christmas, and then has to travel back in time to undo the wish when he finds there are negative consequences to his wish.  Kermit appears alongside the rest of the Sesame Street crew.

February 1998--SOUL MAN--"The Stan Plan"--I don't know much about the appearance here of Big Bird. This show is in through other crossovers, but likely Big Bird's appearance is probably an imaginary one or watching him on TV.  Hopefully I can watch this episode and update this.

1998--THE BEST OF KERMIT ON SESAME STREET--Sesame Street honors arguably it's greatest break out star, Kermit the Frog, in an awards ceremony hosted by Grover.

1998--ELMOPALOOZA!--John Stewart of the DAILY SHOW is to host a retrospective on SESAME STREET but gets locked in his dressing room with the tapes.  Elmo attempts to salvage the show the best he can.  Kermit also appears.

1998--THE SIMPSONS--"Trash of the Titans"--During the musical number, when people pop out of bins and say "Who can?", one of the characters is Oscar the Grouch, the character from this show who lives in a bin.

November 16, 1998 to Present--ELMO'S WORLD--Sesame Street newcomer and sensation Elmo the Monster becomes host of his own wildly popular television show that takes place in his room.

Release Date:  April 25, 1999
Other Crosses:  Back to the Future
Cutaway Crosses:  Chronicles of Narnia
Non-Crosses:  Mentos; Homicide:  Life on the Street; Sesame Street
The Story:  After getting in a fight at Chris’ baseball game, he ends up being confined to his home.  He converts the basement into a popular bar, but then gets jealous when Lois begins gaining all the attention singing at the bar.  Meanwhile, Stewie is building a time machine in order to move past the teething period of his growth.  
Notes:  Other Crosses:  Stewie’s time manipulator plans have a flux capaciter.  Cutaway Crosses:  In a flashback story told by Peter, he crawls into the dryer looking for a missing sock, and ends up in Narnia.  Non-Crosses:  A faux commercial for Mentos is watched by the Griffins.  After stating all the TV shows he watches are running together, a mash-up of Homicide and Sesame Street is seen.  

1999--THE ADVENTURES OF ELMO IN GROUCHLAND--Elmo travels to Grouchland.  We learn from this adventure that grouches like Oscar are from this other-dimensional reality.  Not all of them appear like monsters.  Some look like humans, such as the Grouch Queen.  Being a grouch is more of a state of mind than a race.

1999 to Present--SESAME ENGLISH--This show takes place on Sesame Street but revolves around foreign exchange student Tingo.

Release Date: February 20, 2000
Animated Series Crosses: The PJs; King of the Hill; Futurama; Family Guy
Other Crosses: Sesame Street; Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; Teletubbies; X-Files
The Story: Homer pledges $10,000 to PBS in order to get them to end their pledge drive and get back to the show he wants to watch. However, when they come calling to collect, he cannot pay and flees to an island where the natives have never encountered outsiders and are indeed “savage nobles”. Homer off course ruins their innocence by introducing them to gambling, drinking, and “the American way of life”.

Notes: The representatives from PBS who come after Homer include Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo, Fred Rogers, and the Teletubbies. Later, in the show, it’s revealed in a common metafictional manner common in the Cartoon Universe that even within the Cartoon Universe, the Simpsons is a show on Fox, as Fox is showing this episode as part of their own pledge drive to save the network. Answering phones at the pledge drive are Thurgood Stubbs from The PJs, Hank Hill from King of the Hill, Bender from Futurama, and Agents Mulder and Scully of The X-Files. The implication is that all of these shows exist within the same reality, but within that reality, they are also shows. An episode of American Dad played with this theme, which cements this concept, where Stan watches Family Guy on TV in one episode, and a few minutes later in the same episode, he actually sees Brian on the street. Family Guy is also mentioned during the drive as being a show on Fox, and gets included with the other crossovers based on this concept of metafictionality. Note that all the “other crosses” included here are the Cartoon Universe counterparts and do not bring in their original series. This episode does pull together the Simpsons, the PJs, King of the Hill, Futurama, and Family Guy as being part of the same shared reality.

Release Date: March 28, 2000
Other Crosses: Where the Wild Things Are; Sesame Street
The Story: Peter is forced to attend sensitivity training, which, as usual, Peter takes too far to an extreme, becoming effeminate.

Notes: On the island of a timeshare being presented to Peter and Lois are the monsters from Where the Wild Things Are. In a scene where Lois is fighting Gloria from the sensitivity training, they knock over a man carrying many pies. This is meant to be the same fellow from several live action segments on Sesame Street. In a cutaway flashback, Peter is captured by the apes in a scene from Planet of the Apes, with Peter replacing Charlton Heston’s character. Cutaways like these are typically not to real things that happened in the canon of Family Guy. Most times, Peter has either made it up, or has imagined that it really happened.

Release Date: April 18, 2000
Animated Series Crosses: The Flintstones; Daffy Duck; Bugs Bunny
Other Crosses: Sesame Street
The Story: Chris is discovered to be a great artist, and so the family goes to New York so that Chris can be tutored by an experienced art mentor.

Notes: When Peter and Meg are walking down the street, the theme music typically played on the Flintstones for scenes of walking is heard, and the background changes from New York City to Bedrock. The two walk backwards to get back to New York. This gag plays on a couple of themes common in the Cartoon Universe that lead to crossovers. The fact that the music and walking causes them to be transported through time and space is something that is also addressed on other shows, including Drawn Together. The odd background changes for no reason is also a nod to “Duck Amuck”, a classic animated short in which Daffy’s background keeps getting altered by the animator, who turns out to be Bugs Bunny. Later in the episode, Meg develops a talent for bird calling, which annoys many pigeons and Big Bird. Though Sesame Street is a series that takes place in the Live Action Universe, this here is the Cartoon Universe counterpart of Big Bird and Sesame Street, who appears often, especially on shows such as Family Guy. In a cutaway that is likely not real in the Family Guy canon, Walt Disney is seen forcing Minnie Mouse to strip while he draws her. Of course, Minnie Mouse is real in the Cartoon Universe, but this scene likely never really happened.

Release Date: July 5, 2000
Other Crosses: Sesame Street
The Story: Chef protests South Park’s racist flag.

Notes: One member of the KKK appears to be Big Bird under the sheet. Sorry. At least take solace that this is the Cartoon Universe Big Bird and not the Live Action Universe version that we know and love from Sesame Street.

2001--BETWEEN THE LIONS--These talking lions are visited by Sesame Street residents.

2002 to Present--PLAY WITH ME SESAME--As Elmo becomes the primary star of Sesame Street, original cast members such as Big Bird, Grover, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie spin off into this second show that is more about playing games that the young home viewer can play along with.

2003--SESAME STREET:  THREE BEARS AND A NEW BABY--First I should say, the three bears from Goldilocks have moved at this point from one of the multiple dimensions in which fairy tales exist to Sesame Street.  In this tale, Baby Bear is expecting a new sibling.

2003--LITTLE BRITAIN--"Most People in a Mini"--According to the narrator, Big Bird was born in Great Britain, before migrating to the United States to break into public television.

Release Date: May 16, 2004
Other Crosses: Sesame Street
The Story: Bart gets caught mooning the flag. Even though the act was an unintentional act of circumstances, his record of pranks makes the authorities assume the worst. The Simpsons, and soon the whole town of Springfield, are labeled as un american, leading Springfield to change its name to Liberty-ville, with the residents going out of their way to become ultra patriotic. Meanwhile, the Simpsons get locked up at the Ronald Reagan Rehabilitation Center, until they escape with the aid of the last registered democrat.
Notes: Elmo is also locked up at the Ronald Reagan Rehabilitation Center, after having attended the wrong fundraiser. This episode was a statement on the era in which it aired, a post-9/11, Iraq War, Bush/Cheney America.


2005--Open huis in Sesamstraat--Elmo appears in this foreign knock-off of the show.

Release Date: June 17, 2005
Other Crosses: Sesame Street
The Story: Billy inadvertently sells Grim’s scythe to Irwin.

Notes: Living in the dumpster is a being who resembles Oscar the Grouch. This may not be the Oscar though, but another of his kind. Sesame Street and Elmo in Grouchland establish that Oscar comes from a race of “grouches”, a specific species of monster.

Release Date: December 18, 2005
Other Crosses: Office Space
The Story: Peter creates a religion that worships Fonzie from Happy Days.

Notes: Peter gets Bill Lumbergh, the annoying boss from Office Space, to tell Lois not to complain to much. This is the only actual crossover of the episode, but there are plenty of other references that don’t count. In a cutaway, Stewie is the ball in the pinball machine in the classic segment from Sesame Street called Pinball Number Count. All the references to Happy Days in this episode are to a fictional show, though Peter has trouble distinguishing reality from fiction. It makes sense that he would worship the Fonz. In a previous episode, Fonzie appears as Peter’s spirit guide, when Peter and Chris are in the woods, having suffered from lack of food and water. Likely, this vision of Fonzie was merely a figment of Peter’s imagination. Stewie threatens Brian that his friends at Cobra Kai will take Brian out. Those were the bullies in the Karate Kid. Stewie seems to take after Peter’s problem of having fictional memories, and so likely he is talking about a fictional movie, blending it with his reality. When Brian and Stewie watch the View, the women are acting like chickens, with one even laying an egg. This is similar to a sketch on MadTV where the women of the View act the same way. Alex Borstein, who plays Lois on Family Guy, was also a regular on MadTV in 2003 when that sketch aired, but oddly, she did not appear in that sketch, nor even that episode, nor was she credited as a writer for that episode. A more solid connection to MadTV appears in 2005 Family Guy episode “Don’t Make Me Over”, when Alex Borstein also voices Ms. Swan, her most well known character from MadTV. Peter has a cutaway flashback in which he replaces MC Skat Cat in the classic music video for “Opposites Attract” by Paula Abdul.

August 14, 2006--SESAME STREET--Detective John Munch is seen on Sesame Street.  


Release Date: November 5, 2006
Other Crosses: Sesame Street
The Story: Stan’s homophobia gets him banned from speaking at the Republican National Convention.

Notes: Bert and Ernie appear in a musical number.

December 24, 2006 to December 25, 2006--A SESAME STREET CHRISTMAS CAROL--As those three ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future continue to do, this time they visit Oscar the Grouch.

Release Date: October 7, 2007
Animated Series Crosses:  Recess; Flintstones
Other Crosses: Spider-Man; Sesame Street; Dirty Dancing; McDonald’s/Ronald McDonald
The Story: Joe gets new legs.
Notes: T.J. from the animated series Recess appears as an adult in the Drunken Clam.  Since every town or region of United States within the Cartoon Universe seems to be in its own pocket reality, and because of the general nature of the reality, time often seems irrelevant, so seeing an adult version of T.J. here doesn’t necessarily mean that T.J. is now an adult in 2007 in the Cartoon Universe, but could have slipped back in time from a future point when visiting Quahog.  Cleveland is rescued by Spider-Man, and it’s referenced that Spider-Man had previously saved Peter in another episode. Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble are seen at the Quahog Men’s Club.  When reviewing the options for new legs, one of the donors is Big Bird. Baby’s parents from Dirty Dancing are also at the Quahog Men’s Club.  One of the patients at the hospital is Mayor McCheese from McDonaldland.

2007--The Family Guy 100th Episode Celebration--Cookie Monster in rehab

2008--THE COLBERT REPORT--The Cookie Monster appears to talk about why we should eat vegetables.

2008--SOUTH PARK--"Kyle Sucks Cartman's Balls - The Trilogy"--Oscar the Grouch is in Imaginationland.

2008--THE MENTALIST--"Red Hair and Silver Tape"--Jane asks Cho if he suspects that the "Sesame Street Crips" committed the crime.

October 15, 2008--MONSTER-SIZE HULK # 1 “BLOOD COUNT” (SHORT STORY BY PETER DAVID)--Crosses: Tomb of Dracula. The villagers are storming Castle Dracula (with machine guns and flamethrowers) when the Hulk interrupts and assumes that the shouts of “monster” are directed at him. After the Hulk chases away the villagers, Dracula sees an opportunity. After failing to use his vampiric mind control on the Hulk, whose willpower was stronger than the count expected, he instead offers the Hulk his gratitude and a place to rest for the night. The next day, Dr. Bruce Banner awakes in yet another strange place with vague memories. However, his instincts tell him to leave immediately. While attempting to sneak out, he encounters one of Dracula’s brides, who offers him a meal. His hunger beats his instincts and in the kitchen Banner meets the Count. The Count again fails to mind control Banner. As Banner tries to leave, Dracula informs the scientist that he is a prisoner. The Bride pins him and finds her hunger overwhelms her, and she starts to feed on Banner, until Dracula grabs her and throws her against the wall. Banner of course changes into the Hulk but having consumed Banner’s blood, the bride also “hulks out”. No longer under Dracula’s thrall either, the Bride tries to kill Dracula, while the Hulk stays back and watches. Dracula manages to stake the Bride, who has the Hulk’s strength but not his invulnerability. Then Dracula and the Hulk go at it. .The Hulk destroys Castle Dracula and leaves, stating “stupid castle”. Dracula learns that storming villagers aren’t so bad.

Notes: Banner mentions that it feels like he’s in a Universal monster movie, and later says that the Count sounds like the vampire puppet from Sesame Street. It would seem that Banner, like most of the population of the Horror Universe, think of these monsters as only existing in fiction, just as we do in the real world. It’s interesting that both the Hulk and Banner were impervious to Dracula’s mind control. The bride too was no longer controlled once in Hulk form. This is the Marvel version of Dracula. Some would say he is the original version from the novel, and in fact, he believes to be so in this story. On the wall of the castle, there are several pictures of Dracula from different eras, and the Hulk points out that they are all the same person, who is the person he is talking to. Thus, the Dracula of this story looks like Vlad the Impaler. This seems like pretty good evidence. However, remember that when the real Dracula slumbers, he has soul clones to carry out his plans. Some of those soul clones even believe themselves to be Vlad the Impaler. And several vampire stories have depicted the shape shifting abilities of these creatures. And finally, the castle was destroyed. I’m sure it will be rebuilt, but not too quickly. I propose that this is not Vlad the Impaler’s castle but one of the alternate castles that are permanent residence for the soul clone. Plenty of stories have depicted that Draculas have castles all over the world.

2009--SCRUBS--Muppets have appeared on this show I once thought to be a self-contained crossover free show until Ivan set me straight about Apollo Bars and Cougars, but only within Doctor John Dorian's imagination.

2009--THE OFFICE--"Murder"--Kevin claims that the Swedish Chef "lives on Sesame Street."

Release Date: November 8, 2009
Animated Series Crosses: Portal
Other Crosses: Sesame Street
The Story: Cleveland Jr. takes a vow of purity much to his father’s dismay.
Notes: Cleveland summons a portal by clapping his hands, a reference to the video game Portal. This brings that video game into the Cartoon Universe. Bert and Ernie show up in a cameo to reference the theories of their homosexuality. Again, this is the Cartoon Universe versions of Bert and Ernie, not the pair seen on Sesame Street in the Live Action Universe. So while, the Cartoon Universe versions may indeed be gay, that does not mean the Live Action Universe versions are or are not. And really, that’s their business.

April 2010--FAMILY GUY--"April in Quahog"--Grover seen

Release Date: May 2, 2010
Other Crosses: Sesame Street
The Story: After a mishap involving the nuclear power plant leads to terrorism paranoia, the town of Springfield gets security cameras. Meanwhile, Lisa must overcome the bigotry towards blondes.

Notes: Maggie is seen watching surveillance of a gay bar on Sesame Street.

Release Date: June 20, 2010
Animated Series Crosses: Road Runner
Other Crosses: Sesame Street
The Story: Lois becomes a surrogate for her former college friend, but after the couple dies in a car accident, Lois must decide whether to keep the child she is carrying or get an abortion.

Notes: A very special episode. So special, it never aired, and was released only on DVD. It’s actually a pretty good episode. It handles a controversial subject in a thoughtful manner while still keeping the humor the show is known for. Peter attempts to use an Acme Miscarriage Kit. This is the same Acme company which Wile E. Coyote frequently purchased items from. Meg has a cutaway where she dated the Count from Sesame Street. Unlike the cutaways for Peter and Stewie, it seems as if Meg’s flashbacks, which are very rare, seem more plausible within the context of the show. Usually they relate to Meg’s rare occasions in which she had boyfriends, and they are always sad and pathetic stories. For instance, in this case, the Count leaves Meg after he counts that she has three nipples. Other Meg cutaways from other episodes have shown her dating a dead corpse she found in the woods, or dating a man in a northern nation that has a month long night, after which, when the sun finally rises, he immediately breaks up with her upon seeing her.

2010--HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER--"The Wedding Bride"--Barney mentions that the only street where being nice is normal has a big yellow bird living in it.

Mid to Late February 2012--HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER--"NO Pressure"--Your Uncle Toby assures me that it was his cousin Conan, the talk show host, who visited MaClaren's bar. He talks about it at his book called Inner Toob, where he makes the connection between HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and 'Lateline', 'Eaglehart', 'Arli$$', 'Web Therapy', 'Sesame Street', 'The Office', '30 Rock', 'Veronica's Closet', "The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch", 'Primetime Glick', "Elmopalooza!", 'DAG', the Emmy Awards, 'The Simpsons', 'Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist', 'Space Ghost, Coast To Coast', and 'Futurama'.

October 6, 2012--SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE--"Daniel Craig/Muse"--Big Bird appears on Weekend Update to speak out against Mitt Romney wanting to shut down PBS, including Sesame Street. Watch it here.

2013--FAMILY GUY--"Brian's Play"--Beaker and Big Bird seen


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Release Date: August 1, 2012 (Setting is 3012)
Other Crosses: Sesame Street
The Story: Fry discovers a lost tribe of neanderthals that still exist in the 31st century.

Notes: The Wooly Mammoth is shown to still exist in the 31st century, despite having been thought extinct in the 21st century. Someone points out that another term for wooly mammoth is “Snuffleupagus”. A snuffleupagus was a creature on Sesame Street that resembled a wooly mammoth, though it was only about 8 feet high and had no tusks. For years, Snuffy was Big Bird’s best friend, but nobody else ever saw him, so they assumed he was Bird’s imaginary friend. Eventually, in the 1990s, Bob saw Snuffy, leading others to think Bob had lost his mind, but soon the whole neighborhood finally met Snuffy, and after a while, it was shown that Snuffy’s family and species are still in existence living not too far from the neighborhood of Sesame Street (in New York City!) Incidentally, in the 31st century, people eat wooly mammoths/snuffleupagus.


TVCU-3-Mirror Universe to the TVCU--See picture below.

TVCU-5--On the West Wing, we learn that in this reality Sesame Street is what it is here in the real world.

TVCU-15-Cineverse (has its own hypertime of divergent timelines)--In Night at the Museaum:  Battle of the Smithsonian, everything comes to life at the Smithsonian, gaining the memories and personalities of the things they portray.  Oscar the Grouch is an exhibit there, and comes to life, wishing to join the forces of evil, but being denied.  Oscar believes he really is Oscar, but he is not.  Oscar does not exist in this reality other than as a fictional character.

TVCU-28-ROBOT CHICKEN UNIVERSE--Strangely, Robot Chicken does a parody of a Mad TV parody, in which Big Bird has bird flu.

TVCU-29-Skitlandia and non-canon commercials--Mad TV had a recurring series of sketches spoofing Sesame Street.

TVCU-89--BONGO UNIVERSE--Family Guy, American Dad, and the Simpsons depict Sesame Street on many occasions as a real show with merchandising, but in which the muppets are also real.

  • BLUE HARVEST--In a universe where Star Wars is amalgamated with Family Guy, Cookie Monster is a Wampa.
  • TREEHOUSE OF HORROR--Homer and Edmund's father meet a blue Muppet vampire, snacking on an orange-colored Big Bird-like Muppet.

Unclassified Divergent Timelines 

A Special Sesame Street Christmas--Mickey Mouse, the Looney Tunes gang, Mr. MagooThe FlintstonesThe JetsonsSesameDennis the Menace and Doctor Who have all but homagedspoofed and lampooned the famous Charles Dickens Christmas story, A Christmas Carol. (Mister Magoo's Christmas CarolA Special Sesame Street ChristmasBugs Bunny's Christmas CarolMickey's Christmas CarolA Jetson Christmas CarolBlackadder's Christmas CarolThe Muppet Christmas CarolA Flintstones Christmas CarolAn All Dogs Christmas CarolWinnie the Pooh: Springtime with RooBah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes ChristmasA Dennis the Menace Christmas and Doctor Who in: A Christmas Carol respectively)

AVENUE Q---This is a broadway musical created by some of the original writers from Sesame Street.  It's an adult parody of both Sesame Street and the Muppet Show.

ERNEST & BERTRAM--An alternate reality where Sesame Street residents Bert and Ernie are homosexuals.

MUPPET UNIVERSE--As I've said before, everything is real somewhere.  Even fiction within fiction.  The Muppets exist in the TVCU.   But many of them are actors, and they make movies.  In the TVCU, they are just fictional movies, but in the MUPPET UNIVERSE, they are real.  This includes, (but is not limited to) CinderElmo,  Great Muppet Caper, Abby in Wonderland and Elmos' Musical Adventure:  Peter and the Wolf.

UNNAMED DIVERGENT TIMELINE--In Wizard of Oz 3:  Dorothy Goes to Hell, the Count from Sesame Street makes a brief cameo.

WONDER SHOWZEN--An MTV parody of Sesame Street.

Note that in the ANGEL episode "Smile Time", Angel is turned into a puppet like what we in the real world would consider to be a Muppet.  But since I claim Muppets are not puppets in the TVCU, Angel is not turned into a Muppet, but he is turned into a puppet.

I know I've left some out.  Some I did so because I didn't have enough info, others just because it was a the millionth appearance of Elmo, and it was just getting redundant.

Oh, and not what I would consider a valid crossover, but this is really fun to watch anyways, so I couldn't leave it out.

This is just a sampling of crossovers and history.  For the more detailed history and list of crossovers, please visit the original Muppet blog.


  1. Great list! And I'm really getting into the TVCU groove. I had a few involuntary reactions at first to some of your claims, but that's my innate Toobworld nature trying to rise to the fore. It's only fitting that there should be such differences between our universes.

    Good stuff, Robert, which makes for fascinating reading. Keep it up!

  2. While I respect the work you did on this, I have to question the decision to ignore the existence of Muppets as a seperate species / race / kingdom / etc. My own research into this fringe element of the Crossover Universe was made more palatable by conflating the Muppets of Sesame Street with the Monsters of (Pixar's) Monsters, Inc. If an enclave of monsters had learned early on that making children laugh would garner more energy for Monstropolis than making them scream, they might not have been well-regarded in the screamcentric society the lived in, and could have been summarily banished to Earth. I believe ELMO'S ADVENTURES IN GROUCHLAND supports such a theory, as does the large number of monsters populating Sesame Street. It also aloows the origin of the Smile Time puppet demons to be the same as the muppets, though they obviously did not come to Earth to make children laugh.

    This counter theory does run into obstacles, when faces with THE MUPPET MOVIE, but I feel the framing sequence, which has all the muppets gathering to watch the movie they made, allows for that movie to be fictional, just as all the other muppet movies must be fictional in the TVCU (how many times can Kermit meet Miss Piggy for the 1st time, I mean really?).

    But allowing that you acknowledge anthropomorphic animals in the TVCU, the 'monsters' of Sesame Street (as opposed to the birds, frogs, etc) could still have such an origin.

    I also wanna point out that the 1987 Muppets Christmas Special which showcases a number of characters from Sesame Street ALSO crosses over with Fraggle Rock and solidifies Muppet Babies as official back story for Kermit, Piggie, and the gang, thus bringing together all four Hensonverse franchises. Shame they couldn't fit The Dark Crystal in somewhere...

  3. I do think your theory could work in relation to the Muppet monsters. In the TVCU, they are real monsters.

    Yes, I know there are going to be some inconsistencies when trying to make something like Sesame Street fit into a realistic chronology, but in some cases, you just have to ignore some things to make it fit as a whole. (Which sucks, because unlike our other hobby, the WNU, where we often say this happened, but completely different, in the TVCU, for the most part I believe that what we see on the screen is exactly the same as it really happened.

  4. Which is why I tend to think most cartoons do NOT fit the TVCU, since I just cannot believe Fred, Velma, Daphne, and Shaggy haven't noticibly aged in over 40 years.

  5. I agree most cartoons don't fit in the TVCU. You'll notice if you've seen my AU sections that most cartoons are in the Bongo Universe, the Looniverse, or the Tooniverse. Eventually I do blogs devoted just to explaining how those worlds work. I am going to eventually cover Scooby Doo, who has counterparts in both the TVCU and the Looniverse, but I'll actually try to fit in most of the works of the Doo into the TVCU, but by changing the dates and ignoring topical and technological references whenever possible.

    I know the Muppets are a stretch, and probably the biggest stretch I'll make in my blogs.

  6. That's cool. I'll take Kermit and Mr. Snufflupagus over the Jonas Brothers in any reality.

  7. Sadly, the Jonas Brothers are in due to recent discovered connections in our group discussion.

  8. For some insight to the RU origins of the Muppets, check out:

  9. One to add--Elmo appears on an episode of _The Torkelsons_ (which was reformatted in its second year as _Almost Home_