The Not Too Late Show with Elmo is pure Sesame Street gold

You don't have to be 3 to get a kick out of this HBO Max offering

Elmo.
(Image credit: Illustrated | HBO Max, iStock)

This review of The Not Too Late Show with Elmo is brought to you by the letter A. As in: awesome, amusing, achievement. As in: age, anybody, even adults.

It's also brought to you by the letter A because it is a beginning, the start of something new. Though of course, there is nothing novel about Elmo himself: The perpetually three-year-old red puppet has been addressing himself in the third person on Sesame Street since the 1970s, when the show was still in the early stages of revolutionizing children's television. With the launch of HBO Max today, though, Elmo has been promoted to his own spin-off talk show that adheres closely to the tried-and-true techniques of the classic Sesame Street program — not least among them, the dedication to trying out something delightfully and refreshingly new.

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