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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 Groogel. For season 33, Mooba was renamed Googel and Groogel was renamed Phoebe.

Within each segment, about ten minutes long, the monsters would usually enjoy:

  • Narf arrives
  • Welcome Song
  • Monster Dance
  • Naptime
  • Snacktime
  • 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
  • Naptime
  • Get chased by an elephant
  • Mail time
  • Monster Goodbye Song

In seasons 33, the segments were shortened considerably, and the monsters would only do three or four of the activities. A brief clip of Monster Clubhouse can be seen in Sesame Street's 2002-2006 opening sequence. 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 frentic pace of the segment raised concerns. The puppets Mooba, Mel, Narf, and Groogle literally bounced off the walls."[1]

A CD-ROM game (2001, 2002), and a book, "Welcome to the Clubhouse!" (2003) were both released.

Sketches

Season 32

Picture First Appearance Description
3986e
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.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

3985d
Episode 3962 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.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

MonsterClubhousePants
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.


Video: Elmo's World: Wild Wild West!, Online: Sesamestreet.org

Season 33

Picture First Appearance Description
3981c
Episode 3981 Today's furry shape of the day is a Triangle. A penguin subs for The Elephant, and the monsters sing The Alphabet Song in Monster and English language.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

3983b
Episode 3983 Narf "drops by" from above, followed by "Monster Dance". The "Furry Feeling of the Day" is surprised. A duck arrives and asks if someone said "flap time", they all flap to the "Chicken Dance", before napping. The elephant crashes in, and asks if anyone wants to play chess instead, but the monsters decline. During mail time, little Minnie Golf from tiny town, New Jersey asks "How do monster's scratch their backs?" As it is time to say good-bye, Phoebe translates Mel's speaking and says "Yes Mel, parting is such sweet sorrow", before they sing the "Monster Goodbye Song" with the duck joining in.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

3998c
Episode 3998 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 a 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.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

4026g
Episode 4026 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.
4028c
Episode 4028 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.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Notes

Sources

  1. Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street, page 167
  2. Credits to the segment on Elmo's World: Wild Wild West!

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