Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mr. Snuffleupagus - When Did They REALLY Meet Him?

Sesame Street, the greatest television show ever, started on November 10, 1969, and from its inception there were always great running gags in the story lines of the program whether it involved the adults or the Muppets.

From his first appearance on November 8, 1971, until episode 2096 on November 18, 1985, there was a running gag in which Big Bird could not get the adults on the street to meet, let alone believe in, his friend Mr. Aloysius Snuffleupagus.

Finally, according to the show, amid a funny mock of The Phil Donahue Show (who?), Big Bird was able to get the adults to meet his big, furry friend, Snuffy!  But...was this the true canon?  Was this all a part of Big Bird and Snuffy's reality along with those on Sesame Street?

Or is it just a story line cooked for the show?

You see, in 1973 Sesame Street Records released an album titled "Sesame Street Live," and as you look at the cover you see it.  There they are, all standing together!

So, did they already all know each other as of 1973 or earlier and pretended not to on the show, or was there some sort of lapse in memory?  I don't know, and it doesn't matter because it's still a great show, but something I noticed that I wanted to post about.

Special thanks to those who have compiled tons of information at Muppet Wiki!


  1. I distinctly remember a =n episode from my youth where Bob saw Snuffy wearing blue pajamas and Big Bird didn't believe that Bob had actually seen him! That may have been the only on-show glimpse the adults had of Snuffy prior to the big reveal. Anybody else remember this?

    1. This was posted on Muppet Central in Aug 2005 by MinorMuppetz in a thread dedicated to Snuffy's close-calls and it matches your memory:
      *There was once an episode or skit where Bob is sleeping outside, and Snuffy is wearing black and white striped pajamas (I wonder how they were able to get the outfit to fit on him) and Bob woke up just when Snuffy left and told Big Bird and started describing him. However, after he mentioned that Snuffy had black and white stripes Big Bird (who didn't know that Snuffy was wearing pajamas) thought that Bob was imagining things.

  2. I don't remember that at all.
    But, here's a close call...