'Street' Wise

You've really got to hand it to "Sesame Street" for giving something to the parents to watch along with their kids.

Yes, I know the Katy Perry guest stint a couple of weeks ago, in which she wore a low-cut dress for a song and had her bit pulled from the show, provided some controversy (a. They booked Perry; what did you expect? b. What's wrong with getting the kids an early start on biology?).

But for the most part, the show gives some very clever parodies of other TV and movie phenomena to the adults that makes it not so bad for them to be watching "Sesame Street" with their kids.

Some of the parodies: "CSI: Miami" (complete with sunglasses!)

"Mad Men"

"True Blood"

and, most recently, the Old Spice commercials:

Writing stuff for kids that also appeals to adults is one of the most difficult things for a writer. Chuck Jones did it with the old "Bugs Bunny" cartoons way back when (that's how I learned classical music), and Pixar has it down to a literal art form. It's nice to see that the American institution of "Sesame Street" is also on board.

WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: I'm almost ready to give up on "Undercovers," (NBC, 8 p.m.), but I may just wait until NBC does. It's followed by the two "Law & Order" spinoffs, "SVU" and "Los Angeles."

ABC's lineup of comedies is new from 8-10 p.m., followed by "The Whole Truth," which saw a slight rise in the ratings last week.

Corresponding with that was a noticeable drop from "The Defenders" (CBS, 10 p.m.), which means hopefully that people are starting to pay attention to a show's quality. It follows new episodes of "Survivor" and "Criminal Minds."

Fox has two hours of "Hell's Kitchen," and the CW airs a new "Hellcats" at 9 p.m.

On cable, "Terriers" (FX, 10 p.m.) has the guys chasing down an antique wedding ring.