Picks and Pans Review: Sesame Street, Special

updated 03/07/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/07/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

PBS (check local listings)

B

Those Sesame Street Muppets are amazing. Just when their prime-time special makes you think you're back in kindergarten, they come up with something that just has to entertain you, no matter how old or jaded you may be. After surviving a long introduction by Phil Donahue, the Sesame Street gang strikes up a jazzy delight called Put Down the Duckie with a dozen guest stars (Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mombazo, Jean Marsh, Pete Seeger...). James Taylor and some kids sing a sweet ditty called Jelly Man Kelly. And Robert (MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour) MacNeil grills Cookie Monster on a Cookiegate scandal. But what's best about Sesame Street is how they get even the high and haughty to make fools of themselves. They get Ralph Nader and Barbara Walters to sing, which may not be fun to hear but sure is fun to watch.

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