The Sesame Street Evil Witch episode from 1976 comes to the fore

The missing episode of Sesame Street was deemed so terrifying that it was immediately discontinued after its premiere had found its way online, years later.

The missing episode of Sesame Street was deemed so scary that it was discontinued after its TV debut finally resurfaced online.

The legendary children’s show, which has been running since 1969, received a barrage of hate mail from parents following the airing of the 1976 episode, complaining that children had nightmares and refused to watch. fellow road again.

Now, thanks to YouTuber Mike Minnick, the 15-minute clip from the episode has resurfaced on the internet – and it’s easy enough to see why it freaks kids out.

The episode featured US actress Margaret Hamilton as a guest, reprising her role as the Wicked Witch of the West from the 1939 classic, The Witch of Oz.

The green-faced villain’s broom falls into the hands of David (North Calloway), whom he continues to terrorize in an attempt to get him back.

But David refuses to return the broom until the Witch shows him some respect, only making him angrier and inciting him.

Big Bird even springs into action, threatening the Witch to leave her friends alone “or else.”

After magically conjuring a rainstorm and threatening to turn Big Bird and David into inanimate objects, the Witch finally gets her beloved broom back and flees back to Oz.

The educational aim of the episode, according to the producers at the time, was to “show fear” to young viewers.

It’s safe to say they made it.

Following the backlash, Anna Herera’s Children’s Television Workshop research department conducted a test screening and ultimately found “that Margaret Hamilton’s show was not rerun,” so it remained largely invisible to the public for over 45 years, until it emerged on the internet. this week.

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