Misplaced “Sesame Avenue” episode pulled for being too scary resurfaces on-line

As soon as upon a time, within the mid Nineteen Seventies, “Sesame Avenue” traded its vibrant, sunny ambiance for ominous grey skies. Most of us would have most likely by no means recognized this had it not been for the ability of the web.

A whole episode of the beloved kids’s present has resurfaced on-line after being initially pulled for painfully being “too scary” for kiddie viewers.

What on earth might be so scary in a spot the place the air is so candy, you would possibly marvel. Because it seems, even “Sesame Avenue” is not impervious to a wayward witch broom.

The video clip begins with upbeat, fast-talking David (performed by Northern Calloway) exiting Hooper’s retailer, struggling to make his means by means of highly effective gusts of wind.

“Take a look at that! One thing’s falling proper outta the sky!” he shouts gesturing up because the wind whirls. David drops to at least one knee and catches an incoming broom simply within the nick of time. Abruptly the wind stops. Yay?

Sadly, our hero’s troubles are simply starting. Sinister music begins to play, and unbeknown to David, who ought to come lurking from across the nook however the unique Depraved Witch of the West herself.


No, you are not in Dorothy’s dream. That’s Margaret Hamilton reprising her function because the one, the one, the Depraved Witch of the West. Guess that bucket of water did n’t fairly do her in her.

“I do know I am not in Oz anymore,” Hamilton says whereas trying round, concluding she “should be over the rainbow someplace.” Decided to seek out her broom and fly away, she marches over to David, demanding he give it again.

Unfazed, David doesn’t instantly give again the broom, insisting that she must be extra cautious and deal with him with extra respect (cannot have a “Sesame Avenue” episode and not using a life lesson, in spite of everything). The lecture solely additional agitates the witch, however David will not budge. Lastly she tries to grab the broom away, solely to be electrocuted.

“Oh I forgot!” the Depraved Witch exclaims. “I can not a lot as lay a finger on the broom so long as any person else is holding onto it!” What an oddly particular and essential element to overlook. Oh proper, child’s present.

The Depraved Witch disappears in smoke, promising that this isn’t the final we have seen of her. She proceeds to terrorize poor David all through all the episode, together with creating an indoor thunderstorm and threatening to show him right into a basketball. Savage.

Lastly the Depraved Witch concocts a plan to get her broom again by turning herself right into a candy, common trying older girl, a scheme so fiendish she wins the guts of Oscar the Grouch within the course of. The plan works, however the witch nonetheless has to ask for it properly. So, you already know… compromise.

Although Large Hen known as the ordinal “fascinating and thrilling,” apparently audiences did not fairly maintain the identical view. Mike Minnick, who posted the episode on YouTube, claimed that it solely aired as soon as within the mid ’70s earlier than getting the pull for being “too scary for kids.” In line with an article revealed by AV Membershipthe present was on the receiving finish of a deluge of complaints from the mother and father of freaked out children.

Some reminiscing followers agreed that sure, as children, the episode was terrifying. One wrote that it “scared me past perception once I was 5. I might anxiously watch the beginning of every episode after seeing this one, to verify it wasn’t the ‘witch one’ once more.”

Nonetheless, the primary sentiment shared within the feedback was gratitude that the footage discovered its means again into viewing.

“What an actual pleasure to see … I do know she scared the bageezus out of me once I was a bit one watching The Wizard of Oz yearly on tv. Now, it is simply plain outdated nostalgic to see the unique Depraved Witch,” wrote one individual.

One other added, “Individuals do not know how big that is. I truthfully thought I might by no means see the day. One of many holy grails of misplaced media has been discovered.”

Largely, the entire thing grew to become one large Margaret Hamilton appreciation fest. Listed below are just some of the heartfelt feedback:

“From the underside of my coronary heart, Thanks SO SO a lot for making this out there to observe and expertise! This actually was an amazing deal with and seeing Margaret Hamilton because the Depraved Witch once more simply introduced out the child in me!”

“Lmao when she turns right into a cute little grandma and does the evil snicker, I cherished it! She is so cute, what a legend.”

“Margaret Hamilton… . I really like her a lot and miss her desperately. I really like how 40 years later she was nonetheless capable of play the depraved witch as unbelievable as she all the time was.”

You can say that Hamilton was born to play a witch. Throughout her interview with Mister Rogers—sure, Hamilton frequented kids’s reveals in her heyday—she shared that as a bit lady, she all the time dressed up as a witch for Halloween. So it is no marvel that getting the prospect to play maybe the most iconic witch of all time made her “very, very completely happy.”

Hamilton felt her cackling, green-skinned, shoe-obsessed character wasn’t all that depraved, simply misunderstood. She advised Mister Rogers, “Generally the kids assume she’s a really imply witch, and I anticipate she does appear that means. … She is also what we confer with as annoyed … as a result of she by no means will get what she needs.”

Beneath that definition, there is a little bit of witch in all of us.

This uncovered relic, traumatizing because it might need been, has introduced some main pleasure with its epic return. Maybe even depraved witches generally is a supply for good.

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