Benedict Cumberbatch faces Muppet Moriarty on ‘Sesame Street’

Feb. 04, 2014 | 1:16 p.m.

Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for his performances as the eponymous detective in “Sherlock” and the villainous Khan in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” is appealing to the “Sesame Street” crowd.

In an adorable video from PBS titled “Benedict Cumberbatch and the Sign of Four (or is it Three?),” the actor receives a “perplexing puzzle” from Murray Monster, who has dubbed himself “Murray-arity” — a reference, of course, to the brilliant Sherlockian villain Moriarty.

“Are you ready for my brain-bending challenge, Sherlock?” the furry red monster asks Cumberbatch.

Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in the popular TV series "Sherlock." (Robert Viglasky / Hartswood Films for Masterpiece)

Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in the popular TV series “Sherlock.” (Robert Viglasky / Hartswood Films for Masterpiece)

“I’m not really Sherlock,” Cumberbatch responds. “I just play him on the television.”

“What’s your name, then?” Murray asks.


“Well then are you ready for my brain-bending challenge Benedict Sherlock?”

The Muppet proceeds to ask Sherlock whether there are more apples or more oranges on the table.

“You’re the super-sleuth. Figure it out!” Murray demands.

“I’m really just an actor,” Cumberbatch interjects.

“Well, act like a super-sleuth and figure it out!” the monster responds.

Cumberbatch is able to deduce the answer with a little help from another “Sesame Street” regular, the Count, who determines that there are four apples, three oranges and that Cumberbatch is “one smart man.”

Cumberbatch is the latest in a series of leading men to appear on the children’s television program. In September, “Thor” actor Tom Hiddleston taught Cookie Monster a lesson about delayed gratification. And “Man of Steel” star Henry Cavill teamed up with Elmo to teach the Big Bad Wolf how to be more respectful to the Three Little Pigs.

Which is your favorite “Sesame Street” segment? Let us know in the comments.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+


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7 Responses to Benedict Cumberbatch faces Muppet Moriarty on ‘Sesame Street’

  1. Dennis says:

    Stupid. Must be a really slow news day.

  2. YosemiteClimber says:

    No thunder? No lightning? I always thought that the Count was cool, but I guess it was the weather.

  3. Neil Ostrove says:

    They missed a bet. Murray-arity should then have demanded Benedict/Sherlock do it without the Count's help. He could then have removed one apple/one orange repeatedly until only apples were left. So there are more of them. This would get across the important idea of one-to-one correspondence even to pre-schoolers.

  4. LAB says:

    I haven't watched Sesame Street since my girls were little, but I laughed until tears were streaming over Murray-Arty. Did you miss me?

  5. hubbell says:

    I could CERTAINLY do without the "Happy Elevator 60's Housewife music ! "

    Ach ! Ach ! Aaaaaaaahhhhhhh !

  6. Davis says:

    Have we really reached the point where we need a detailed synopsis of a friggin’ Sesame Street skit? Just say it’s cute, pick a favorite moment and let people watch it!

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