This is not the first time that we’ve written about “Sesame Street” spoofing a popular show for effect, and we’re sure that it will also not be the last. The folks at Sesame Workshop have used “True Blood” and “Downton Abbey” as past examples of combining pop culture and learning, and the reason why is simple: Audience engagement. What better way to convince adults to watch a show with their children? Studies have shown that learning in an interactive environment is more conducive to young minds, and so, “Sesame Street” tries to often appeal to both the young and old.
With this, we introduce “Sons of Poetry.” This may be one of their most inspired spoofs to date, since they take on the concept of rhyme using a lighthearted version of SAMCRO who seem to travel the country on their motorcycles while simultaneously trying to inspire the next John Donne. Personally, their version of Ron Perlman’s Clay is the best, though they actually do a great job recreating all four of the characters in puppet form.
Clearly, the folks over at “Sons of Anarchy” are grateful for the tribute. Perlman changed his Twitter background to that of him in Muppet form, Kim Coates called it a “total honor,” and creator Kurt Sutter showed off his softer side by sharing how touched he was to see that his show was included:
“growing up with bert & ernie, having a 6 yr. old who loves elmo. this meant so much to me. thank you Sesame Street.”
The new season of “Sesame Street” airs on PBS Kids starting on Monday, September 16. Meanwhile, “Sons of Anarchy” returns to FX on Tuesday, September 10; if you want to read up on the new season, you can do so over here.