Gather a group of mid-30s to mid-40s Americans who had televisions in their homes in the '70s—and whose parents let them watch it—and toss out the phrase "Sesame Street." The conversation will almost certainly turn to reminiscences of classic animated shorts on Sesame Street that, even though we weren't conscious of it at the time, were teaching us valuable lessons—like the importance of sleep to young, growing bodies ... wait a minute. That one was probably for the parents.
Regardless of who the message was intended for, those animations still resonate with those of us who grew up with Sesame Street. During a recent get-together, when Sesame Street came up, two of the more memorable segments were "Operatic Orange" and "Teeny Little Super Guy," included below.
The best part about watching these as an adult is not only the feeling of nostalgia that accompanies them but noticing how dated the settings are. You just don't see crockery so much any more.