Continuing its recent trend of kid-oriented spoofs of popular adult programs, Sesame Street has put together an amusing video based on HBO’s popular Prohibition-era crime drama Boardwalk Empire.
The Boardwalk Empire-style video stars Nucky Ducky and Mallard Capone taking “a walk on the bird-walk” and facing off against Clucky Luciano. It ends in classic Sesame Street style, with all characters eventually reaching a compromise and learning an important moral. It also goes plainly anti-Scorsese by not using the f-word (come on, it’s a kid’s show), but, since the HBO show drops the f-bomb so often, they had to replace it with something. And they did. Instead of the f-word, the characters in the video use the not-so-subtle “cluck” instead.
Sesame Street has also done video send-ups of AMC’s Mad Men and another HBO show, True Blood.
Reaction to the Sesame Street adaptation of Boardwalk Empire has been mostly what you might expect: nostalgic adults dying of laughter. One commenter on Gawker gave a hint as to what Sesame Street spoof he’d like to see next:
“I’m still holding out for the Dexter spoof, in which an trail of chocolate chips accidentally left at the scene of a rapist’s decapitation almost gets Cookie Monster caught.”
And then, you know, they learn something about compromise.
Personally, I’m holding out for a Game of Thrones-style video from Sesame Street. While Boardwalk Empire is great, it is only HBO’s second-greatest show at best, and it’d be interesting to see emotionally damaged puppets teach viewers the ABC’s during a racy sex scene. I think it’s called “sexposition” or something. Okay, that would never happen, but we could feasibly see Kermit unjustly executed in front of the statue of Baelor.
Here’s the Sesame Street send-up of Boardwalk Empire. Enjoy!