I miss a lot more than just "not having too much Elmo"; here's my list in no particular order-- So many old characters who were lost because the performer died and/or left the show: not just Muppets like Mumford, Herry, and Little Bird, but also human cast members like David, Mr. Hooper, and Olivia. So many old songs and sketches that didn't need remaking to teach the same lesson today: Bud Luckey's original "Ladybugs' Picnic" beats the CGI version any day. And the theme song...I miss the version that played every weekday for 20-odd years (not counting the rewritten arrangements during "trip weeks", though those were OK in my book). Long street stories that couldn't be resolved in 15 minutes or less, and involved more than a handful of characters (sometimes even the whole neighborhood). Less predictable structure than the show has had for 10-11 seasons. Not knowing what the next segment was going to teach was part of the fun, but I learned a heck of a lot anyhow! Multiple letters per day. When was the last time someone needed to recognize only one letter to read a longer word? (I can understand how multiple numbers per day might confuse someone today, though--especially with numbers above 12 in the curriculum. Counting a whole lot of shapes on two different cards would be trouble for someone who can't tell 13 squares from 14 of them!) Multiple clips about any topic important enough to teach. Kids need to learn about the same things in different contexts--and some children learn differently from others. Just-plain-fun fillers, as long as they're kept to a minimum (those short, abstract animations they used to link sketches were awesome!) Kids behaving naturally in real-world settings, or talking to cast members spontaneously. Trip weeks. Seeing some of the cast (human and Muppet) in a different real-world setting, making discoveries and friends wherever they go. You get the idea: not all changes on Sesame Street involve budget cuts, concerned parents, or younger viewers. Some of what I miss is just a different style of teaching and performing...and an attitude that doesn't talk down to kids.