Sesame Street "Snuffy's Parents Get a Divorce" (partially found episode of children's puppetry TV series; 1992)

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A screenshot from the episode, taken from Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street.

Status: Partially Found

Originally intended to air on April 10th, 1992, as Sesame Street’s 2985th episode was "Snuffy's Parents Get a Divorce"; the episode was pulled before airing 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 2985" was shortly thereafter replaced with an episode focusing on Jenali helping Hoots the Owl in Birdland.

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 was a single 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.

On October 2nd, 2019, it was announced that The Museum of the Moving Image in New York City will screen the episode on November 24th, 2019 as part of a "Lost and Found" event celebrating Sesame Street's 50th anniversary. The screening will also be accompanied by the controversial 847th episode of the series, and a discussion panel with Jim Henson Legacy president Craig Shemin, former Sesame Street head writer Norman Stiles, and Sesame Workshop's Rosemarie Truglio.[3]

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A selection of clips taken from Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce.

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