Sesame Street "Snuffy's Parents Get a Divorce" (lost episode of educational series; 1992)


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"Snuffy's Parents Get a Divorce"
Screenshot from the episode, taken from Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street.
Screenshot from the episode, taken from Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street.
Status Lost

Originally intended to air on April 10, 1992 as Sesame Street’s 2895th episode was "Snuffy's Parents Get a Divorce"; the episode was pulled before going to air after extremely negative reactions following multiple test screenings and is notorious for being the only installment of Sesame Street to have never been aired, even to this day.[1][2]

As the title suggests, the episode attempted to deal with the sensitive subject of divorce, by depicting Snuffy's parents going through a separation. Many children allegedly came away from the test screening confused and with mixed messages; some of them interpreted the episode to mean that their parents no longer loved them while others were lead to the impression that their parents, like Snuffy's, were also going to get a divorce. It was decided that the topic was simply too difficult for children of that age to fully comprehend and the episode was scrapped entirely; episode 2895 was shortly thereafter replaced with an episode focusing on Oscar the Grouch getting a visit from his brother Ernest.[3]

Aside from the aforementioned test screenings, the episode has never been shown in public, despite being fully complete. For roughly eight years, the only physical evidence of the episode's existence available is a lone screenshot as found in the 2009 publication Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street.

Notably, Sesame Street eventually tried tackling the topic of divorce once more in late 2012, with the production of a limited audience video and resource guide, (the first in their Little Children, Big Challenges series), in which Abby Cadabby discusses her parents' prior divorce.[4]

References

  1. Wikipedia article on the episode. Last retrieved 06 Oct 2014.
  2. Muppet Wiki article on the episode. Last retrieved 06 Oct 2014.
  3. Muppet Wiki article on episode 2895 (ie. the replacement episode that went to air). Last retrieved 06 Oct 2014.
  4. Muppet Wiki article on Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce. Last retrieved 06 Oct 2014.

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JackIsCool Productions

14 months ago
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I wonder if Children's Television Workshop will ever release the episode.
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BarkingPumpkin

6 months ago
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I mean if they didn't want to release cracks for an unspoken reason I don't think they'll release this one because it's about a heavy subject
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Anonymous user #3

4 months ago
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It is possible they could release it some day, but still highly unlikely. Copies of the episode might not even exist anymore due to how long ago it was supposed to air.
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Anonymous user #1

4 months ago
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I really want to see this episode!!!!
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Anonymous user #2

4 months ago
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This episode looks so interesting O0O
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Anonymous user #4

3 months ago
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I thought i saw the 2012 one but im not sure
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Anonymous user #6

3 months ago
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Different episode.
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Anonymous user #5

3 months ago
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I think I was one of the children at the test screening, but that was so long ago it could have been a dream.
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Anonymous user #7

2 months ago
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I just found out that the footage from blameitonjorge's video was actually footage from the home video A New Baby in my House, not the actual episode itself. So basically, this is still lost.
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Anonymous user #7

2 months ago
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I just found out that the footage from blameitonjorge's video was actually from the home release "A New Baby in My House", not the actual episode itself. So someone needs to edit this because it's still lost.
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Anonymous user #7

2 months ago
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Sorry, I accidentally double-commenting.
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Anonymous user #8

2 months ago
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I don't think anyone from Sesame Street will ever release this episode.
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Ryanskii

1 months ago
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That was from a different episode TYLERO.

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