For classic and long-running TV shows, it can happen for a variety of reasons, such as: B. Complaints about the broadcast, mismanagement or bad technology at this time, lead to “lost episodes”. But just because you get lost doesn’t mean it’s gone forever. This applies to the long-standing children’s program Sesame Street was restored as episode #847 after being deemed “too scary for kids”.
The lost 15-minute episode was uploaded to YouTube by Mike Minnick and later shared on Twitter and Reddit on r/lostmedia. Airing way back in the 1970s, the episode starred Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939s The Wizard of Oz, and reprized the role for the children’s program. The episode was pulled from the air and had no rerun after the show received complaints from several parents who claimed the episode was “too scary” for kids.
The parents who have complained are not alone as adults who watched this episode as kids have come out and said they remember watching this and were scared too.
For those who are curious as to what this episode is, it aims to teach children how to be kind and use manners. David, a civilian from Sesame Street, catches a magic broom belonging to the Wicked Witch of the West. The witch tries to get it back but fails when David tells her she won’t get her broom back unless she shows some respect. This enraged the witch and threatened to turn everyone, including Big Bird, into inanimate objects if they didn’t return the broom.
But everyone stands firm because they want this “visitor” to be friendly.
Fans celebrated on social media as the recovery of this lost episode was huge. At the same time, fans were surprised that an episode like this was considered “scary” and little kids in the ’70s won’t survive popular children’s media in modern times.
So if you want to see a piece of lost media that aired in the 1970s or is huge The Wizards of Oznow is the perfect time to give episode 847 a watch.
The lost episode has been made available to the public on YouTube.