Picks and Pans Review: Sesame Street Home Video

updated 07/07/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/07/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Of 180 minutes of viewing time in this series of six tapes, about 177 are sheer delight; the other three are just terrific. The tapes include bits from old Sesame Street shows with new footage created for the home market. It's all typically clever and good-natured. On the Play-Along Games & Songs tape, for instance, Cookie Monster appears as a contestant on Beat the Time, trying to find three things that rhyme with "rain." He's so thrilled he embraces host Guy Smiley in a perfect reflection of quiz show camaraderie. Adults as usual will find plenty of sly touches. On Learning About Numbers, Count von Count introduces Big Bird with the voice of a Transylvanian Ed McMahon while the audience laughs at anything that talks. The four other tapes in this release—all six include activity booklets—are Learning About Letters, Getting Ready to Read, I'm Glad I'm Me (in which Kermit sings It's Not Easy Being Green) and Bedtime Stories & Songs. If we're all lucky, this new series of tapes will go on as long as there are children to be taught and made happy. (Random House Home Video, $19.95 per tape)

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