Sesame Street parodies True Blood

After 41 years, Sesame Street has officially hit puberty. Last week, Elmo got in trouble for welcoming a scantily clad Katy Perry to the neighbourhood. Now, the show is garnering some grown-up chuckles for its parody of the overtly adult TV series True Blood.

Though playfully titled "True Mud," the short-but-sweet skit (which shows up on the show's season premiere) features none of the down-and-dirty aspects of the R-rated HBO vampire series. But it does include some dead-on portrayals of the show's Southern-fried characters, including near-perfect puppet versions of Sookie Stackhouse, "Vampire" Bill Compton, Lafayette Reynolds, Sam Merlotte, Tara Thorton and Sheriff Dearborn. 

The G-rated clip has the Muppets taking over the show's main stay, Merlotte's Bar and Grill, in an effort to help the little ones with their rhyming skills. In the two-minute scene, Muppet Sookie struggles to fulfill Muppet Bill's pleas for a pint of "True Mud," while Sam, Tara and the Sheriff ask if he's a "grouch" (a relative of Sesame Street's resident dirt-lover, Oscar). In a Seussical twist, she brings him a series of things that rhyme with mucky stuff, including a baked potato (a "true spud") and a broken watch (a "true dud").

The whole thing is kind of hilarious, especially if you're a fan of the show (or just a good, low-brow pun), which is known for its explicit violence and sexuality. That said, I think they missed an opportunity by not calling the main character the Sookie Monster.

This isn't the first time a big kid show has gotten the Street treatment. In recent years, the Muppets have tried to catch the attention of both kids and parents with parodies of 30 Rock ("30 Rocks"), CSI ("RSI: Rhyme Scene Investigation"), Mad Men (Still "Mad Men") and Law & Order ("Special Letters Unit"). Although all those clips are undeniably awesome, I'm still waiting for their family-friendly version of Dexter. Is it just me, or is Big Bird a dead-ringer for John Lithgow?