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Sesame Street is killing it with the parodies lately. The beloved children's show has a long history of spoofing pop culture, and its preschool versions of TV shows are always a highlight. Their latest is one of the best yet: Homelamb, a sheep-filled parody of Showtime's Homeland. Watch it below!
In Sesame Street's version, ambiguous hero-slash-villain Brody (Damian Lewis) is literally a wolf in sheep's clothing. (Genius!) Unbalanced but brilliant CIA agent Carrie (Claire Danes) is a played by a sheep puppet with great hair, wide eyes, and a voice on the edge of hysteria. Perhaps cutest of all is Carrie's CIA mentor Saul (Mandy Patinkin), who wears his trademark beard, even as a sheep puppet. Their mission is to find the Big Bad Wolf, rather than a terrorist. But has he been right in front of their eyes all along?
It's amazing how many elements of the actual show are captured in this four-minute puppet play. They re-created the enigmatic opening credits, with the jazz music and the creepy maze. They worked in Carrie's crush on Brody ("baa"-rody) and her flip-flopping about his innocence. We hear the pivotal apology from Saul ("I feel rather sheepish"). Even the show's frequently-used phrase about spying -- "We need to put eyes and ears on him" -- is repeated to hilarious effect.
Obviously, all the references will go straight over the heads of Sesame Street's main audience. We wonder how they determine whether a show is okay to parody. We're assuming, for instance, that there's a reason The Wire, Dexter and Breaking Bad never got the Sesame Street treatment. On the other hand, they've spoofed such wildly kid-inappropriate shows as True Blood ("True Mud") and Sons of Anarchy ("Sons of Poetry"). So maybe it's less about the actual show than its potential for satire. We wouldn't be surprised if a Game of Thrones parody ("Name of Bones?") is already in the works!