Don Draper is coming to PBS, apparently. In a recent press release to discuss the 40th anniversary season of Sesame Street, the hands behind the muppets tell us that they are planning a Mad Men parody episode.
Obviously, this makes perfect sense – what with all of Mad Men’s sexual content, binge drinking and gray-area morality.
So will we see Bert and Ernie sucking down packs of Lucky Strikes? Cookie Monster washing down all those chocolate chips with a stiff Tom Collins? Sadly, no.
When asked about how exactly this Mad Men parody is going to work, a spokesperson for the show reminded the crowd on hand about their previous Desperate Housewives parody episode: “You may have seen our parody called ‘Desperate Houseplants.’ It was about a houseplant not getting its needs met by the gardener. So it always works on two levels.”
To add to that, another spokesperson said, “think about the title ‘Mad Men’ and think about the emotional curriculum that might be linked to that.”
So it seems the episode will be less about cutthroat advertising and running from your past and more about teaching kids anger management. Curses.
Despite this shaky connection, I for one applaud Sesame Street. Certainly, the episode will be stacked with plenty of Mad Men references that kids won’t get, but adults absolutely will.
So which muppet will play Don, Betty, Peggy and the rest? Well, I was going to put together a freaking awesome list, but Flavorwire already beat me to the punch. Unfortunately for me, their choices are pretty spot-on. So head on over there if you’re interested.
The airdate for the Mad Men parody episode has yet to be announced.