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. Due to their low salaries, they can barely afford anything 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 about the hoarder's items. 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 notice a bakery is successful because they sell a product called cronuts, a combination of croissant and doughnut. They decide 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 tells Max that their shop has a long line, Max worries about what will happen when they run out of cronuts: "I worked at Target the Christmas they ran out of Tickle Me Elmo and there was so much blood."
  • In the episode "And the Fat Cat," Owen Charles reveals his cat is name Dickens and Caroline is impressed saying the cat is name after Charles Dickens. Max replies that Charles Dickens wrote The Muppet Christmas Carol.
  • In the episode "And the Ten Inches," Han wears a flashlight headband on his head when the lights go out in the diner. Max calls him a Doozer from Fraggle Rock.


An animated Canadian sitcom set in the fictional "Galleria Shopping Mall" and starring 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.


In the second season episode "The Sixty Minutes Man", Alice asks Mel Sharples if he watched that episode of 60 Minutes on a mobster, and Mel replies, "And missed the Muppets."


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 park," Paisley, Lexi and Olive compete in a doll beauty pageant, hosted by an aging puppet character Bernie, formerly a character on the 70's children's 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 (aired in the November 2008 episode "Politically Correct").

Henson Alternative has parodied the format.


An animated sitcom on FX revolving around secret agent Sterling Archer and his cohorts at ISIS, a low-rent spy agency.

In the season three episode "Bloody Ferlin," Archer's coworker, agent Ray Gillette, mentions that he once kept a diary with Miss Piggy on the cover. Gillette's brother claims that their father burnt the diary.


  • Darren Criss voiced the Irish Mafia.
  • Tom Kane voiced Woodhouse in season five, when the show was known as Archer Vice.
  • Timothy Olyphant voiced Lucas Troy.
  • Kristen Schaal voiced Tiff Tunt.
  • George Takei voiced Mr. Moto in the season three episode "Drift Problem."
  • Jeffrey Tambor voices recurring character Len Trexler, and Torvald Utne in the season one episode "Killing Utne."
  • Jessica Walter voices Malory Archer, head of ISIS and Sterling's mother.
  • Patrick Warburton voiced Rip Riley in the three-part Season three premiere "Heart of Archness."

Ash vs. Evil Dead

The Starz series, pickup 30 years after the events of the Evil dead movies.

  • In the second season episode 7 "Delusion", Ash (Bruce Campbell) tries to escape an asylum. When he opens the cell door to where Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo), an illusion of her, are held she says "What the Fraggle Rock is that thing?" referring to the Ash puppet, Ash are holding.
  • In the second season episode 8 "Ashy Slashy", the Ashy Slashy puppet returns, this time with the real Kelly. She are trapped inside the room Baal held Ash in, with the animated Ashy Slasy puppet. When it attacks Kelly, it attaches itself to her arm. Kelly then says "Ah, why am I talking to a Muppet?". The puppet are shocked and says "Muppet?! Uh, well, you're awfully judgmental for a..".

At Home with Amy Sedaris

Several episodes of Amy Sedaris's truTV series uses footage from The Muppets Take Manhattan for her studio audience. (YouTube)


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
  • Demi Moore voiced Dallas Grimes in Beavis and Butt-head Do America
  • Robert Stack voiced ATF Agent Flemming 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 rename the exam rooms to A, B and C and place the patients 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: Ultimate Alien

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

The ninth episode of the second season 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 will embarrass him. Bryan points out that "The Muppets are timeless!"


In the episode "Rich Youngsta," Dre does a commercial for a rapper, Rich Youngsta that he shows to his agent, he then tells Dre he talked to him about more sponsorships, and even a guest spot on Sesame Street, Dre responds "With Elmo?" to which Rich Youngsta responds "with all of those furry fuzzy motherfuckers, man"


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 Kurtis, 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 Kurtis 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 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 Kurtis' son, Brother Minister That Bastard Kurtis, plans on using Black Dynamite's father Reverend Daddy Dynamite for revenge.

That Frog Kurtis later made an appearance in the two-part series finale The Wizard of Watts.


Black Mirror

  • In the 2014 Christmas special, someone says to Matt Trent, "Kept that information from your Cookie Monster mate, didn't you?"

Bob's Burgers

  • 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.

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad episode 1

An AMC series about a high school chemistry teacher who begins cooking meth after being diagnosed with cancer.

  • In the pilot episode, the camera pans over a number of items acquired for Walter and Skyler White's expectant baby, including a diaper bag with the baby versions of Big Bird and Elmo.


Animated series airing on Comedy Central since 2012. 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 first season finale "It All Comes Down to This", Charles asks Brockmire "So, this, uh.. this apartment your'e getting in New Orleans. I am assuming it's a two-bedroom, 'cause I don't know if I can handle a Bert and Ernie, twin-bed situation".



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


Bunsen is a Beast

One episode is titled "Cookie Monster."

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 episode mistakenly listed 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," Richard Castle 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 hypothesizes 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."

Celebrity Name Game

This series pairs teams of two with a celebrity. Each member is given clues to a different celebrity, and has to guess the celebrity's name.

On the episode of October 24th, 2014, the headline was "Cookie Monster ate all my cookies!". The subject was "Guest Stars on Sesame Street."


  • 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)
  • Kristin Newman served as a writer and producer for the series
  • 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 tells Rallo that he is just a prop and that nobody remembers Oscar the Grouch, but they do 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"
  • In the episode "Squirt's Honor," Cleveland Junior sees Rallo on his tablet and says to him, "Muppets huh? You know Kermit's dead? The guy that did his voice died of a bacterial infection. Sore throat one day, next day he croaked."
  • Jason Alexander voiced Saul Friedman in "Brotherly Love"
  • Edward Asner voiced the Daily Splash Editor in "The Curious Case of Jr. Working at The Stool"
  • Hank Azaria voiced Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons in "Hot Cocoa Bang Bang"
  • Chris Colfer voiced his Glee character, Kurt Hummel, in "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?"
  • 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"
  • Bruno Mars voiced himself in "Menace II Secret Society"
  • Questlove voiced himself in "Menace II Secret Society"
  • Kevin Michael Richardson voices various characters.
  • Craig Robinson voiced LeVar Brown
  • Cree Summer voiced the twin in purple at the Stoolbend Rest Home and Guest #1 in "Sex and the Biddy".
  • Jennifer Tilly voiced Bonnie Swanson in "Pilot"
  • 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 voiced Kenny West
  • voiced Bernard. He also voiced himself in "Menace II Secret Society"

Click and Clack's As the Wrench Turns


Satirical animated limited series aired on PBS in 2008, loosely inspired by NPR's 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!"

Codename: Kids Next Door

Codename: Kids Next Door was an animated show on Cartoon Network which aired from December 6 2002-January 21, 2008.

In Opeartion R.A.B.B.I.T., there was a magical bunny named Mr. Fluffleupagus whose name seemed to be based on Mr. Snuffleupagus.

Comedy Bang! Bang!

Comedy Bang! Bang! (2012-present) is a television series created and hosted by Scott Aukerman, featuring his co-host/bandleader Reggie Watts (seasons 1-4) and "Weird Al" Yankovic (season 5). The mock talk show airs on IFC and features outlandish and farcical humor, often delivered in a deadpan manner.

In the episode "Sarah Silverman Wears a Black Dress With A White Collar" (season 2, episode 8), during a series of rapid-fire questions, Scott is asked what his favorite thing to tickle is; he answers "Elmo."

  • Jessica Alba appears in "Jessica Alba Wears a Jacket with Patent Leather Pumps"
  • Jason Alexander appears in "Jenna Fischer Wears a Floral Blouse & Black Heels"
  • Aziz Ansari appears in "Aziz Ansari Wears A Charcoal Blaze"
  • Judd Apatow appears in "Judd Apatow Wears A Polo and Blue Suede Shoes"
  • Fred Armisen appears in "Fred Armisen Wears Black Jeans & Glasses"
  • Will Arnett appears in "Seth Rogen Wears A Plaid Shirt & Brown Pants"
  • Todd Barry appears in "Paul Rudd Wears A Red Lumberjack Flannel Shirt" and "Kid Cudi Wears a Denim Shirt and Red Sneakers"
  • Vanessa Bayer appears in "Patton Oswalt Wears a Black Blazer & Dress Shoe"
  • Jack Black appears in "'Weird Al' Yankovic Wears A Hawaiian Shirt" and "Jack Black Wears an Embroidered Cowboy Shirt and Ox Blood Sneakers"
  • Ty Burrell appears in "Ty Burrell Wears a Chambray Shirt & Clear Frame Glasses"
  • Dane Cook appears in "Dane Cook Wears a Black Blazer & Tailored Pants"
  • Rob Corddry appears in "Rob Corddry Wears Tan Dress Shoes & Red Socks"
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson appeared in "Jesse Tyler Ferguson Wears a Brown Checked Shirt and Stripey Socks"
  • Zach Galifianakis appears in "Zach Galifianakis Wears A Blue Jacket & Red Socks," "Zach Galifianakis Wears a Santa Suit," "Zach Galifianakis Wears a One-Armed Jacket" and "Zach Galifianakis Wears Grey Corduroys and Brown Leather Shoes"
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt appears in "Joseph Gordon-Levitt Wears a Heart T-Shirt and Blue Jeans"
  • David Alan Grier appears in "Fred Armisen Wears Black Jeans & Glasses," "Maya Rudolph Wears a Black Skirt and Strappy Sandals," "Simon Helberg Wears a Sky Blue Button Down and Jeans," "Dax Shepard Wears a Heather Gray Shirt and Black Blazer" and "Skylar Astin Wears Blue Jeans and Weathered Brown Desert Boots"
  • Josh Groban appears in "Josh Groban Wears a Suit & Striped Socks" and "Josh Groban Wears a Blue Blazer and Shiny Black Shoes"
  • Bill Hader appears in "Bill Hader Wears A Grey Button Down Shirt & Sneakers"
  • Jon Hamm appears in "Jon Hamm Wears A Light Blue Shirt & Silver Watch"
  • Chris Hardwick appears in "Gillian Jacobs Wears A Red Dress With Sail Boats," "Chris Hardwick Wears a Black Polo & Weathered Boot," "Amber Tamblyn Wears a Leather Jacket & Black Bootie," and "Zach Galifianakis Wears Grey Corduroys and Brown Leather Shoes"
  • Tony Hawk appears in "Tony Hawk Wears a Plaid Shirt & a Silver Watch"
  • Ed Helms appears in "Ed Helms Wears A Grey Shirt & Brown Boots"
  • Pee Wee Herman appears in "Pee Wee Herman Wears a Halloween Costum"
  • John Hodgman appears in "Uzo Aduba Wears a White Blouse and Royal Blue Heels"
  • Rashida Jones appears in "Rashida Jones Wears a Black Blazer & Flowered Pants"
  • Sally Kellerman appears in "Stephen Merchant Wears a Checkered Shirt and Rolled Up Jeans"
  • Anna Kendrick appears in "Anna Kendrick Wears A Patterned Blouse & Burgundy Pants"
  • Taran Killam appears in "Jenna Fischer Wears a Floral Blouse & Black Heels"
  • Joel McHale appears in "Joel McHale Wears a Navy Zip-up and High Tops"
  • Michael McKean appears in "Stephen Merchant Wears a Checkered Shirt and Rolled Up Jeans"
  • Christopher Meloni appears in "Aziz Ansari Wears A Charcoal Blaze"
  • Bobby Moynihan appears in "Bill Hader Wears A Grey Button Down Shirt & Sneakers" and "Brie Larson Wears a Billowy Long-Sleeve Shirt and White Saddle Shoes"
  • Laraine Newman appears in "Casey Wilson Wears A White Lace Dress & A Black Blazer"
  • Nick Offerman appears in "Nick Offerman Wears a Green Flannel Shirt & Brown Boots"
  • Haley Joel Osment appears in "Randall Park Wears Brown Dress Shoes With Blue Socks," "Jake Johnson Wears a Light Blue Button-Up Shirt and Brown Shoes" and "Kathryn Hahn Wears Ripped Jeans and Black Heels"
  • Randall Park appears in "Randall Park Wears Brown Dress Shoes With Blue Socks"
  • Jordan Peele appears in "Andy Samberg Wears A Plaid Shirt & Glasses"
  • Eddie Pepitone appears in "Jon Hamm Wears A Light Blue Shirt & Silver Watch" and "Mark Duplass Wears a Striped Sweater and Jeans"
  • Amy Poehler appears in "Amy Poehler Wears A Black Jacket & Grey Pants"
  • Kevin Pollak appears in "Patton Oswalt Wears a Black Blazer & Dress Shoe" and "Ken Marino Wears a Slim Gray Suit and Salmon Tie"
  • Andy Richter appears in "Jon Hamm Wears A Light Blue Shirt & Silver Watch" and "Andy Richter Wears A Suit Jacket & A Baby Blue Button Down Shirt"
  • Seth Rogen appears in "Seth Rogen Wears A Plaid Shirt & Brown Pants"
  • Jeff Ross appears in "Amber Tamblyn Wears a Leather Jacket & Black Bootie"
  • Paul Rudd appears in "Paul Rudd Wears A Red Lumberjack Flannel Shirt"
  • Maya Rudolph appears in "Maya Rudolph Wears a Black Skirt and Strappy Sandals"
  • Zoe Saldana appears in "Zoe Saldana Wears A Tan Blouse & Glasses"
  • Andy Samberg appears in "Adam Scott Wears A Red Oxford Shirt & Jeans" and "The Lonely Island Wear Holiday Sweaters & White Pants"
  • Horatio Sanz appears in "Rashida Jones Wears a Black Blazer & Flowered Pants," "Steven Yeun Wears Rolled Up Black Jeans & No Socks," "Schoolboy Q Wears a Patterned Bucket Hat and Glasses," and "Mary Elizabeth Winstead Wears an A-Line Skirt and Pointy Black Boots"
  • Kristen Schaal appears in "Jessica Alba Wears a Jacket with Patent Leather Pumps"
  • Jason Schwartzman appears in "Jason Schwartzman Wears a Striped Shirt and High Top Sneakers"
  • Adam Scott appears in "Adam Scott Wears A Red Oxford Shirt & Jeans," "Gillian Jacobs Wears A Red Dress With Sail Boats," and "Jack Black Wears an Embroidered Cowboy Shirt and Ox Blood Sneakers"
  • Dax Shepard appears in "Dax Shepard Wears a Heather Gray Shirt and Black Blazer"
  • Sarah Silverman appears in "Sarah Silverman Wears a Black Dress With A White Collar"
  • Sinbad appears in "Colin Hanks Wears a Denim Button Down and Black Sneakers"
  • Cobie Smulders appears in "Cobie Smulders Wears a Black & White Strapless Dress"
  • Rich Sommer appears in "Skylar Astin Wears Blue Jeans and Weathered Brown Desert Boots"
  • French Stewart appears in "Chris Hardwick Wears a Black Polo & Weathered Boot"
  • Dave Thomas appears in "Stephen Merchant Wears a Checkered Shirt and Rolled Up Jeans"
  • Marisa Tomei appears in "Ed Helms Wears A Grey Shirt & Brown Boots"
  • George Wendt appears in "Jesse Tyler Ferguson Wears a Brown Checked Shirt and Stripey Socks"
  • Fred Willard appears in "Fred Armisen Wears Black Jeans & Glasses"
  • Tyler James Williams appears in "Brie Larson Wears a Billowy Long-Sleeve Shirt and White Saddle Shoes"
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic appears in "'Weird Al' Yankovic Wears A Hawaiian Shirt," " David Cross Wears A Red Polo Shirt & Brown Shoes With Red Laces," "Lizzy Caplan Wears All Black & Powder Blue Espadrille," "Eric Andre Wears a Cat Collage Shirt & Sneakers" and ""Weird Al" Yankovic Wears a Different Hawaiian Shirt"; he also serves as the bandleader and co-host starting in the fifth season.

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 himself 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), the nanny in the title, divulges she knows the secret about Susie Greene.

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. 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 to, 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 1979 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 Bicycle Man" two-parter, an Ernie cookie jar can be seen in Mr. Horton's apartment.



  • 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

The Dome

In the episode "Plan B", written by Tim Schlattmann and Mark Linehan Bruner, the following is said:

"Hector Martin?"
"Apparently he's the real head of Actaeon."
"I thought Barbie's father was?"
"Yeah, so do I. Turns out this dude was running it the whole time."
"Why would he hide his involvement?"
"Maybe because, from what I can tell, the government has their hand so far up him, he's a Muppet. A rich, powerful, and very bad Muppet."

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 in Japan, has entrepreneurs try to get a deal from up to five investors for a percentage of their company. This format has been exported to many countries, including the United States series Shark Tank on ABC.

  • On the December 11th, 2013 episode of the Canadian Dragon's Den, an entrepreneur is demonstrating his packaging, similar to an over-sized Advent calendar. Investor Kevin O'Leary, known sarcastically as "Mr. Wonderful", is given an Oscar the Grouch t-shirt as a reference to his personality.


  • Jeff Foxworthy appeared in several episodes in season 2 of Shark Tank
  • Mona Weiss, who helped pitch Eco-Nuts on Shark Tank, was a recurring member of The Kids

The Drew Carey Show

In the season six episode "Drew Pops Something on Kate," Drew has lost his job and is unable to make payments 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 Eric Andre Show

A comedy/talk show on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block, starring Eric Andre and Hannibal Buress.

In the 2012 special "The Eric Andre New Year's Eve Spooktacular," when comparing his appearance to that of guest Demi Lovato, Eric says, "Next to you, I, at best, look like Jar Jar Binks if he was a burn victim, and Hannibal looks, at best, like Bunsen from The Muppet Show if he was in blackface."


  • 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 played 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.



A 2010 made for TV movie for Cartoon Network about the life of Duncan, the son of a human female and male kaiju.

During biology class, Duncan creates a distraction so he can rescue a tiny kaiju by bouncing around a frog set for dissection and screaming "They're waterboarding Kermit!"


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.


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?

Game Shakers

In the episode "Wedding Shower of Doom", Kenzie explains to Babe why she doesn't like Oscar the Grouch. "I think he needs to work on his attitude." To which Babe says, "He lives in a garbage can. He has every right to be grouchy."


Garfunkel and Oates

The first season episode, "Rule 34", features a spoof of Sesame Street called Pumpernickel Place. Kate and Rikki write a song called "Rainbow Connection" (which they wonder if they can get away with) about the marriage of the Bert and Ernie analogues, Schubert and Sockley.


George Lopez

In the season 4 episode, "Sk8erboyz," Carmen Lopez comments on her little brother Max's clothes and tells her mother, "You still dress him like he's in elementary school. Dorky shirt, dorky pants. You can't even see his boxers. Why don't you just dress him in a Tickle Me Elmo shirt and send him to his death?"

  • Sandra Bullock played Amy and executive produced
  • Michael Clarke Duncan played Dr. Holland in "George to the Third Power"
  • George Lopez played George Lopez and executive produced
  • Mario Lopez played Officer Hector Sanchez in "George Can't Let Sleeping Mexicans Lie"
  • Eva Longoria played Brooke in "George Vows to Make Some Matri-Money"
  • Constance Marie played Angie Lopez
  • Cheech Marin played Lalo in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Honey"
  • Rita Moreno played Luisa Diaz in "George Testi-Lies for Benny"
  • Nick Offerman played Randy
  • Lou Diamond Phillips played George Lopez's brother, George Lopez in "George vs. George," and "Would You Like a Drumstick or a Kidney?"
  • Brenda Song played Jennifer in "Token of Unappreciation"
  • Jerry Springer played Wayne in "George is Lie-able for Benny's Unhappiness"
  • Ashley Tisdale played Olivia in "I Only Have Eyes For You"
  • Danny Trejo played Bobby in "George's Extreme Makeover: Holmes Edition"
  • Ming-Na Wen played Professor Lim in "George Enrolls Like That," and "George Keeps Truant to Himself"
  • George Wendt played Ed in "The Simple Life," and "Trouble in Paradise"

Get a Life

At the beginning of the pilot episode, Chris realizes he's missed Fraggle Rock soon after he wakes up in the morning.


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?"



In the sixth season episode "Gummies":

Hannah: Have you seen my mom?
Elijah: You lost Loreen?
Hannah: Elijah, she's high on pot gummies, okay? She left all my laundry on the stoop. Look, this is her dress! She could be being sex-trafficked for all I know!
Elijah: What is this, The Muppets Take Manhattan?

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 1975 special, "Goodies Rule OK", the boys fight, an oppressive puppet state made up well known puppet and costume characters from various children's programming, including an Oscar the Grouch parody hiding in a garbage bin
  • 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"

Gravity Falls

Gravity Falls and Muppets

In the episode "Sock Opera", when Dipper possesses a sock puppet in his likeness, Mabel comments that he looks funny when he's mad, causing him to make an angry expression similar to Kermit's. The end credits features a brief live-action sequence depicting the characters as puppets. Grunkle Stan and Old Man McGucket are shown watching the show in a balcony and commentating ala Statler and Waldorf.

An unmade episode planned for the show's first season was to be based on the plot of Labyrinth.


The Great Indoors

  • In the episode, "The Explorer's Club", Roland insults Mather by asking, "How it felt when Waldorf left you to criticize the Muppets all by yourself?"
  • In the episode, "Mason Blows Up", Jacks tells his co-workers that he feels they are treating Mason like he is Woodward and Bernstein and Mason replies, "Those old dudes from the Muppets?"

Great News

  • In "Pool Show," Portia admits she doesn't find the Muppets funny.

Halt & Catch Fire

In the second season premiere "SETI", Joe MacMillan mentions that he got Big Bird during a game around a campfire.

Henry Danger

In the episode "Substitute Teacher", Captain Man asks the students to name evil people. Charlotte names Big Bird.

In the episode "Secret Beef", Captain Man and Kid Danger fight two criminals named Ert and Bernie.



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 participant Daniel Dae 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.

The Hollywood Puppet Sh!t Show

In the premiere episode, the Wilmer Valderrama puppet explains that he's a marionette, not a puppet. He then says "You ever seen Kermit do this?" while doing a dance move with his groin.


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. Joy asks 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."



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 insults a ventriloquist dummy named Rex Powers during a rap scene by calling him "a rejected Muppet."


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 refers to the two as Bert and Ernie.



A Disney Channel sitcom.

  • In the episode "Glue Dunnit: A Sticky Situation," Emma mentions Mrs. Chesterfield has more feathers in her outfit than Big Bird. Later in the episode, Ravi interrogates 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."
  • In the episode "Snack Attack," Jessie asks if her audition would be more memorable if she did the whole thing in a Grover voice.

Judging Amy

  • In the fifth season episode "Motion Sickness", Kyle is having his morning coffee and asks a bunch of plush toys if everyone slept well. The toys include Ernie, Big Bird and Cookie Monster. Later in the episode, Donna asks Kyle to hand her an Elmo plush.

Just Shoot Me!

  • In the season 3 episode "Steamed" Jack refers to 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's 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 says that Oscar the Grouch must have made him paranoid, and Steven mentions that Big Bird looks delicious.

K.C. Undercover

In the Season 3 premiere "Coopers on the Run," the Coopers takre a mission to detain an illegal bird smuggler who goes by the nickname "Big Bird."


Key & Peele

Sketch series starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.

  • A season 2 "Obama and Luther" sketch references Mitt Romney's remark toward Big Bird in the 2012 President debates. Luther angrily yells, "How you gonna fire Sesame Street?! One of those motherfuckers already lives in a trashcan!"
  • In the season 3 episode "Les Mis," substitute teacher Mr. Garvey insults a student's hairdo, calling it "Fraggle Rock hair."
  • In the season 3 episode "Sexy Vampires," a zombie extra played by Jordan Peele uses one take of a film to make his zombie make high pitched squeaks. Another zombie extra, played by Keegan-Michael Key, calls them "Beaker sounds."
  • Wayne Brady appears in "Michael Jackson Halloween"
  • Ty Burrell played Colonel Muller in "Awesome Hitler Story" and "Parole Officer Puppet"
  • Tyler James Williams played Jaleel White / Steve Urkel in "Slap-Ass: In Recovery"

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.


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?"
  • "Hilloween" - One of the costumes Hank mentions at the store is Elmo.
  • "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 is 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)
  • 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)

King of the Nerds


A competitive reality show on TBS, where nerds compete to become the "King of Nerds". The show is hosted by Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong.

  • During the presentation of one of the contestants for the second season, contestant Katie Correll reveals that she's a roboticist. But while all of her friends are building spaceships, she's building puppets as an intern on Sesame Street.
  • In the second episode of the second season, Robert Carradine dressed up like Beaker, when he and co-host Curtis Armstrong present the King of the Nerds Science Fair to the contestants.
  • In the fifth episode of season three, the contestants played "Name that Nerd"; during a fast edit of the answers, Jim Henson was mentioned.
  • Penn Jillette appeared in season three, as a celebrity nerd.
  • Lisa Loeb was a judge on the "nerd anthem" competition for the third season.
  • Bill Nye was a judge in season two for the King of the Nerds Science Fair
  • Kevin Sorbo was a judge in season two for an live action role-playing competition
  • Tara Strong was a judge in the cosplay competition for the third season.
  • George Takei was a judge in season one and two.
  • Billy Dee Williams was a judge in season two in a debate on about Star Wars vs. Star Trek.

The King of Queens


Ernie doll behind Carrie.



Arthur talks to Carrie about Sesame Street

  • In the second season episode "Flower Power," Doug takes Carrie 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 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 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 apartment, 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," Nick Wagner refers to his boss Scott Cray, 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," Raquel Westbrook refers to the two filmmakers Cam and Kevin 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 ..."

The Last Man on Earth

  • In episode 6 of season 2, Carol lists the pros and cons of having a baby in the new post-apocalyptic environment. One of the cons she lists is "No Sesame Street".
  • In the seaon 3 episode 11 "The Spirit of St. Lewis". Just before Lewis are about to take his first flight Phil try to encourage Lewis by saying famous peoples names and puts Lewis name at the end "Nelson Mandel, Jim Henson, Hamilton, the guy who did Hamilton and Lewis"

Let's Make a Deal

Let's Make a Deal is a game show which has aired 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 missed).


  • 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 comforts the daughter of a quarantined patient 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 asks a fat kid what names the bullies at school call him. Suggesting the names in a mocking tone, she asks 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, while sharing loving 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" (with the same echoing intonation used by the Announcer).

Living Single

  • In the episode, "Stormy Weather," Max is watching television and shouts, "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."

Luxury Comedy

  • King Tutta - Noel calls Smooth, "Fraggle"

Make It Pop

In the episode "Summer Splash", Sun Hi says "We're just musical puppets. And I'm no one's Muppet!"


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 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!"
  • Tiki Lounge - Reese remarks, "I can't wait to see the look on Jamie's face when he tries to tickle what's left of Elmo."

Mama's Family

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



  • In the episode, "Boys Only Want One Thing," Marlon refers to Marley's friend, Eugene, as Grover from Sesame Street.
  • In the episode, "Hospital Party," Ashley gives Zack her childhood toy, a stuffed animal rabbit, name Babby to cheer him up. When Marlon sees it, he says it looks like Babby got beaten up by Big Bird and Snuffleupagus on Sesame Street.
  • In the episode, "End of the Road," Yvette calls Marlon a Muppet and Marlon calls her Fraggle Rock.


In the second season episode, "Desert Road Trip", Marc Maron tells his friends that he's going to be a guest on Charlie Rose, and Andy Kindler mentions that Kermit the Frog has been interviewed by Rose.



In the fifth season episode, "One Flew Over the Hoochie's Nest," Martin Payne tries to rescue Pam James 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, 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


In 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) became a regular member of Dracula's vampire entourage.

Men at Work

In the season one episode "Plan B", Gibbs and Tyler get 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 high 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"

The Middle

The Middle is a 2009 ABC sitcom.

  • In "The Award" (Season 5 Episode 14), Brick Heck states, after getting a new suit and faced with the possibility of not going to an event, that his whole life he had "looked like Bert and/or Ernie." This refers to Brick's horizontally- and vertically-striped shirts.
  • In "Homecoming II: The Tailgate" (Season 7 Episode 7), Sean Donahue appears with longer hair and a beard, to which his mother Nancy Donahue apologetically explains to Frankie Heck, "He's just trying it out; doesn't mean anything. Jesus had a beard. And Jim Henson. And none of them were doing drugs, I can tell you that!"
  • In "The Core Group" (Season 8 Episode 1), Axl Heck tells his brother Brick "That haircut makes you look like a Muppet! Not a main one. Like one that played a waiter."
  • In "Ovary and Out" (Season 8 Episode 13), as Frankie and Mike Heck reminisce about their oldest son's inability to fall asleep when he was little, Frankie begins: "Axl was the worst, remember? Oh! We had to drive with him for hours. And listen to that Sesame Street cassette over and over." Mike adds: "But we had to skip that song with the Count." Frankie: "Oh yes, he was terrified of the Count! Aww!" Mike: "I always liked Oscar. The guy just liked trash, and didn't want other people messin' with it. Now why's that make him a grouch?" A short while later, Frankie starts crying: "It's just one minute, you're driving around with your kids, listening to Elmo sing "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon," and the next minute, your doctor's telling you he can't find your ovaries." After consoling his wife, Mike corrects her by adding: "I think Ernie sang "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon!" Frankie: "No. Ernie? Was it Ernie?" Mike: "I think it was." Frankie: "What'd I say?" Mike: "Elmo." Frankie laughs: "Elmo."

Mike & Molly

  • In the season one 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.
  • In the season 5 episode, "Hack to the Future," Molly tells her family and Mike that her publisher likes the book she has written and he says the book could become a phenomenon. When Mike heard that word, Mike started to dance and shout, "Phenomena! do doo do do doo."
  • In the season 6 episode, "One Small Step for Mike," Molly's mother, Joyce, calls Vince "Cookie Monster" when she finds him eating cookies that were thrown away in the trash can.

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 ordered a movie yet. If he didn't pick, Debbie Miller's daughter, Mikayla, would make them watch The Muppets for the twentieth 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."

The Mindy Project


A former Fox/current Hulu television series about a young(-ish) Ob/Gyn Mindy Lahiri balancing her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office.

In the episode "Mindy's Minute," while riding in a taxi, a video plays starring Mindy, teaching women about osteoporosis dressed as "Rowlf the Dog from The Muppets," while wearing a sock puppet on her hand.


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."

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 be 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, especially 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 only watched "just the first two numbers".
  • In "Haley's 21st Birthday," Claire and Haley drunkenly decide to get matching mother-daughter tattoos. Upon hearing this, Cameron decides that he and Mitchell will also get matching tattoos saying "Ernie" and "Bert."
  • In "Spring Break," Phil cites Kermit the Frog as one of his inspirations for taking up the banjo.

Monsters vs. Aliens

The 2009 Halloween special Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space, spun off from the animated feature Monsters vs. Aliens. When a little girl sees the Missing Link, she says "Look, mommy, it's Kermit!"


Most Extreme Elimination Challenge


Parody dubbing of a Japanese game show called Takeshi's Castle starring Japanese comedian "Beat" Takeshi Kitano, 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.

The episode directly referenced Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Miss Piggy, Linda, Forgetful Jones, Gabi, Maria, Luis, Cookie Monster, Sunny Days, Tickle Me Elmo and Elmo's World

The episode also used fake names as references such as Jam Henson, Guy Smalley, Ms. Scooper, Roscoe the Grouch, Frank Coz, Muppet Crack Babies, Snuff Film-upagus, Karl Grover, and Kermit the Fraud and his Colombian Rainbow Connection.

They ended the episode by saying it was sponsored by the letters F, U and the number 2, over a parody arrangement of Sunny Days.

Mr. Sunshine

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



A FOX sitcom based on the stand-up comedy of John Mulaney, who also stars as the eponymous protagonist.

In the season one episode "In the Name of the Mother, and the Son, and the Holy Andre," Jane (Nasim Pedrad) goes on a birth control pill which has side effects including high-pitched voice and "cartoonishness." Once Jane starts to feel the effects, her roommate, Motif warns her to get off the pill before she's cast in the next Muppet movie.

In a later episode that season, "It's a Wonderful Home Alone," Lou Cannon mentions that he's booked the Zoggles, "the world's second-most beloved puppets," for his Christmas specials. John asks, "the Muppets have a thing in Dubai?" Lou replies, "the Muppets always have a thing in Dubai."


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
  • Tara Strong voiced Kilgore

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.

NCIS: New Orleans

In the season one episode "The Insider", Sebastian Lund (Rob Kerkovich) complains that Danny Malloy (Christopher Meyer) got to go to a crime scene. In response, Danny says "Today the crime scene, tomorrow your job, Big Bird" to which Sebastian replies "First of all, I consider me more like a Beaker than a Big Bird". Shortly after, Wade (CCH Pounder) tells "Beaker" to settle down as there's plenty of work for the two of them.

Big Bird gets multiple mentions in the second season episode "I do". Christopher LaSalle (Lucas Black) finds an image of Sonja Percy (Shalita Grant) on Facebook wearing a yellow dress to which he says "Big Bird called, and he wants his feathers back". Shortly after the agents have a video conference with Sebastian, Sonja checks up on a clue and Christopher interrupts her. Sonja complains that they are stealing her thunder to which Meredith Brody (Zoe McLellan) says "Yeah, by all means Big Bird continue". Sebastian quickly says "finally others are being called Big Bird around here".

Never Mind the Buzzcocks

Never Mind the Buzzcocks was a long-running comedy panel game show focused on music that ran on BBC Two from 1996 to 2015.

  • In series 24, episode 12 (aired January 3, 2011), regular team captain Noel Fielding comments to comparatively tame guest panelist Michelle Williams, "It is cool hanging out with you, it's like being in an episode of Fraggle Rock," before saying in a high-pitched Muppety voice, "Hey, Noel, put down the crackpipe, life's great, everyone!"


  • Bill Bailey was a regular team captain from 2002 to 2008.

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 and seek 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.


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.


Odd Squad

A show that also airs on PBS Kids about an organization ran by kids who solve weird cases and teaches kids math.

In the "Puppet Show", Agent Olive and Agent Otto and four other people get turned into puppets that resemble Muppets.

The episode "Oscar the Couch" sounds similar to the "Sesame Street" Muppet "Oscar the Grouch".


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."

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 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 tells 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. He says 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, since it 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.

Once Upon a Time

Live action series airing on ABC focusing on the town of Storybrooke and its inhabitants (usually fairy tale characters), protected from evil by heroine Emma Swan.

The sixteenth episode of the third season is titled "It's Not Easy Being Green."

Parks and Recreation

A single-camera sitcom that aired on NBC from 2009-2015, revolving around the lives of the employees of the Pawnee, Indiana Parks and Recreation Department.

In the season 7 episode, "The Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show," children's TV show host (and former City Hall employee) Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) accidentally lets a dangerous spider loose in the studio, which leads to the network airing an on-air disclaimer. When slowed down and gone through frame-by-frame, it can be seen that halfway through the disclaimer, Dwyer briefly hijacks the message, saying "I had a dumb meeting with our dumb lawyer who was yelling at me for something I don't even know what it was he's so funny when he yells he looks like Beaker from the Muppets..."


Pawn Stars

A reality show on the History Channel centered around the employees of the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the items brought into the shop to be sold. In the season eight episode, "Truly Trivial," Austin "Chumlee" Russell uses a book of trivia to try and stump shop owner Rick Harrison. One question concerns Cookie Monster's real name. Rick responds, "Sid," to Chumlee's bewilderment.

Another episode saw a customer bring a vinyl Wilkins puppet into the shop to sell. The customer declined the offer. At the end of the episode, Corey tells Rick that if Rick were a Muppet, he'd be one of the old guys in the balcony complaining about everything. Rick retorts that he'd be Sam the Eagle, though Corey says the only thing they have in common is baldness. Rick then suggests Gonzo, but Chumlee decides he'd be Oscar the Grouch. Rick points out that Oscar was on Sesame Street, and even though he's a Muppet, he doesn't count as one of the Muppets.

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 President Show

In an episode from early November 2017, Donald Trump (Anthony Atamanuik) refers to George Papadopoulos as George Snuffleupagus.

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.

Episode 118: When Penny is hiding from the Gross Sisters, Nubia spots the exhibit that Penny is hiding in and briefly recites "One of These Things".

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."


Real Time with Bill Maher

A topical comedy panel discussion show, airing on HBO, and led by the former host of Politically Incorrect, Bill Maher.

On October 30, 2015, Maher presented a parody children's book called Everybody Shoots. The book includes a page (with appropriate illustration) that says: "You don't want to be caught/Without packing some heat/When Big Bird starts some shit/on Sesame Street."


  • 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 merge 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), Ricky 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 on to suggest new story ideas with the Muppets, such as The Muppets' Schindler's List (with Fozzie and Gonzo), Schindler's List in Space and Miss Piggy's Choice.
  • In one episode, Stephen Merchant describes an embarrassing school situation in which he dressed as a clown for charity, only to find that very few other kids had bothered to do so. The "two wanky nobs" who do so as well are dressed as (and have skin coloration similar to) Bert and Ernie.


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's grandparents, Boris and Minka, argue over which one of them will turn on the "Sesame Seed" (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 prove 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".


Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

  • In the episode "Sabrina Through the Looking Glass," Harvey used his puppet monkey for a school presentation with Sabrina. After class ended, Harvey mentions the project was a success with help from his puppet monkey. At that moment, Libby walks past them and said "Hey guys, can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?"
  • In the episode "Five Easy Pieces of Libby," Sabrina unwittingly turns Libby into a puzzle with pieces missing, forcing her to go on a quest to put Libby back together before it's too late. While finding the last piece in Libby's room with the Quizmaster, Sabrina read the last clue from the scroll, "One of these things is not like the other." The Quizmaster starts to sing, "One of these things just doesn't belong. Can you guess..." and then stops when Sabrina gives him a weird stare.

Sam & Cat

A Nickelodeon series that ran from 2013 to 2014, and featured Sam from iCarly and Cat from Victorious starting a baby-sitting service.

The 14th episode of the series is titled "#OscarTheOuch."

Samurai Pizza Cats

On Saban's English dub of Kyatto Ninden Teyandee, 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 starring Sarah Silverman, "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]!"

Scream Queens

SC 666 Sesame Street

A 2015 FOX Horror/Comedy series, starring Emma Roberts, Lea Michelle and Keke Palmer about a a killer stalking the sorority Kappa Kappa Tau. Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.

  • In the penultimate episode of the first season "Dorkus," it's revealed that Hester (played by Lea Michelle) lied multiple times on her college application, including listing her home address as "666 Sesame Street".

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.

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 video spin-off), Schemer does a Kermit the Frog voice when he shakes his mannequin to make it look like it's talking

$#*! 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."

Sister, Sister

  • In the episode "Single White Teenager," Tamera and her new friend Denise gets nerves over dissecting a live frog, Tamera pushes him towards Denise who replies "No you do it, I can't hurt Kermie."
  • In the episode, "Private School," Lisa is on the phone trying to get her money back from her pledge from public television. After much talking, Lisa got offended and said, "I never heard that kind of language on Sesame Street."
  • In the episode, "Double Dutch," Tamera tells Tia that the sound of her boyfriend's name makes her giggle like Tickle-Me-Elmo.

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.

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 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".

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 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).

Teen Titans Go!

  • In the episode "Hot Garbage", Beast Boy reveals that he watches a TV show with a green, garbage-loving character that resembles Oscar the Grouch.
  • In the episode "Beast Boy's St. Patrick's Day Luck and it's Bad", the front door and steps that Robin, Starfire, Cyborg and Raven sit at while playing their instruments during the "Bad Luck" song resemble those of 123 Sesame Street. Nearby is a trash can with a skeletal arm that has green skin on it sticking out, alluding to Oscar the Grouch.

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.

The Thundermans

After Max is turned blue in the episode "Blue Detective", he blames his family. Phoebe asks, "Do you have to be so dramatic?" Max answers, "I'm the one who looks like a teenage Cookie Monster, so yeah!" He then eats a waffle similarly to Cookie.

Tiny Toon Adventures

An animated variety series produced by Steven Spielberg, starring a group of young cartoon characters who attend Acme Looniversity to study under the original Looney Tunes stars.

  • In the season 2 episode "Toon Physics", in the "Once Upon a Star" segment, Elmyra's Barbette doll (parodying 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.


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 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, "Let There Be Light," Justin and Danny's neighbor, Kevin, asked if the two are married couples. When Justin and Danny denied it, Kevin says he knows the Bert and Ernie situation.
  • In the episode, "Candace's Boyfriend walks into a Bar," Shelly tries to help Brett be a better kisser. Burski says Shelly is good at kissing because Shelly's old girlfriend was a Miss Piggy Doll. Shelly replied, "I made that piggy squealed. And I made the frog watched."
  • In the episode, "A Stray Dog Walks Into a Bar," Danny tells Justin to stop being nice and says "You'll get your ass kicked on Sesame Street."
  • In the episode, "A Will They Walks Into a Bar," Danny tells Justin that his favorite TV shows are Empire and Sesame Street because both main characters are name Cookie.
  • Backstreet Boys were the musical guests in "The Backstreet Boys Walk Into a Bar"
  • Zach Braff played Shelly's co-worker in "A Live Show Walks Into a Bar"
  • Sarah Chalke appeared in "A Rock and a Hard Place Walk Into a Bar"
  • Donald Faison played Shelly's co-worker in "A Live Show Walks Into a Bar"
  • Neil Flynn played a customer in "A Live Show Walks Into a Bar"
  • Bill Lawrence is executive producer of the show
  • Phill Lewis directed episodes and played Lauren's father in "An Angry Judge Walks Into a Bar"
  • Bridgit Mendler plays Candace
  • Ed Sheeran appeared in "A Live Show Walks Into a Bar"
  • Weezer were the musical guests in "Danny's Boyz Walk Into a Bar"


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


A 2004 Nickelodeon sitcom, following the lives of young guitarist Addie Singer (Emma Roberts) and her friends, Geena Fabianno (Malese Jow) and Zack Carter-Schwartz (Jordan Calloway). Throughout every episode, Addie would sing and play her guitar to help her cope with whatever issue she's currently dealing with.

  • In the season two finale "The Perfect Moment" Addie's older brother, Ben Singer gets arrested in Chinatown after attempting to get a tattoo while being underage. When his parents call him in the back of the car, he pretends he is still with his sister at home (who is also currently in Chinatown), by pretending he's watching the movie Back to the Future Part II, however he conflates it with Back to the Future Part III. The officer corrects him once he's off the phone, then at the station, a confused Ben asks "Then when did Doc and Marty take Manhattan?" To which the officer replies "That was The Muppets." Later back at the house, he tells Addie and her friends the cover story that they were watching BttFII, and that it doesn't have Muppets in it.

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, suspect 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 really don't know how to be effective parents to their kids, 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 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 1996 Easter special (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", Cat (Ariana Grande) asks "What street are we on?", and Beck (Avan Jogia) says "Let's just say it ain't Sesame Street." Cat 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, comedic omments on them and at the end they give verdicts of whether the performers were 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 Wayans Bros.

In episode 17 of Season 3, "Pop's Secret" Shawn and Marlon accuse their father (Pops) of cheating on their mother, when they confront him Shawn says "Alright Kermit, we know what you've been hopping around town to do."

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!
  • Linda Bove played a Child Protective Services officer (three episodes, 2010)
  • Guillermo Diaz played Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

Welcome to Sweden

  • In episode 5 of season 1 ("Fitting In"), Bruce (Greg Poehler) overhears his Swedish girlfriend Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) talking with a friend about their mutual, terminally ill friend. Not understanding a word, he joins the conversation in mock-Swedish:
Greg: Ooo-dee-boo-dee-boo-dee! (laughs) That's like... that's all I hear when you guys are talking back and forth... it's just like... remember the, uh, Swedish Chef from The Muppet Show? It's like I can't understand a word when you guys are... talking... what um... were you guys... talking about?
Emma: A dying friend.
Greg: (chuckles)
Emma: (silence)
Greg: Seriously?
Emma: Yeah.

The Wild and the Free

A 1980 television movie about a professor and an adventurer who rescue chimpanzees from being used as science experiments. At one point, the chimpanzees are seen watching a clip of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy in The Muppets Go Hollywood on television.

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...


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!' "

Work It

Sitcom centered around two unemployed men, Lee and Angel, who have to pose as women in order to secure a job at a pharmaceutical company. In the episode "Masquerade Balls," Lee wants to figure out which famous woman he looks like. Angel asks, "Is Big Bird a woman?"

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."


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 famous only because of their personalities, not their cooking skill. His list includes "the Swedish one from The Muppets."

Zoey 101

In the episode "Quinn Misses the Mark", Michael Barrett claims that a horse ate the cookies meant for Logan and James. James, annoyed, calls Michael "Cookie Monster".

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