A "Sesame Street" "Homeland" parody called "Homelamb" referenced the popular Showtime drama in an effort to draw parents to watch the children's TV show as well. The YouTube video went viral, getting over 700,000 views in a few days.
The "Sesame Street" "Homeland" parody was released Monday and included the characters Ba-a-a-a-a-rody, Sa-a-a-aul, Ca-a-a-rrie and other lamb agents on a mission to find the Big Bad Wolf. The PBS show made jokes and puns that only adults would understand on purpose.
"We've been dealing with writing on two levels from the very first season of the show and that's, by design, an educational tool we use to draw the parents into co-view, because we know educational impact is deeper when parents are co-viewing," the show's executive producer, Carol-Lynn Parente, told Variety.
"If we can just hook them and get their attention long enough to draw them in and watch the show, it's better," she added.
The "Homelamb" parody was certainly engaging. In a short time "Sesame Street" was able to capture the main conflict of the show: the Big Bad Wolf, disguised as a hero "in sheep's clothing," was too blindly worshiped for anyone to suspect him. The parody also added another element: Carrie fell in love with the Big Bad Wolf (Brodie) because he was different than the other sheep.
"Homelamb" was a big hit with adults.
"This is…far more clever than it has any right to be," one viewer wrote on YouTube.
"One can never be too old for Sesame Street," another agreed.
This isn't the first time "Sesame Street" has parodied other shows to engage an adult audience. They also did "Mad Men," "Desperate Housewives," "Law and Order," "30 Rock" and "Sons of Anarchy."