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Sesame Street

Sesame Street title card since 2007. Here is one from Episode 4135 (2007).
Format Children's television series
Created by Joan Ganz Cooney
Jim Henson
Starring Carroll Spinney
Kevin Clash
Alison Bartlett-O'Reilly
Desiree Casado
Emilio Delgado
Olamide Faison
Bill Irwin
Eric Jacobson
Loretta Long
Bob McGrath
Sonia Manzano
Alan Muraoka
Jerry Nelson
Roscoe Orman
Martin P. Robinson
David Rudman
Steve Whitmire
(see also Puppeteers, crew)
Theme music composer Joe Raposo
Opening theme "Sesame Street Theme"
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of episodes 4,160 (as of Season 38)
Production
Location(s) Kaufman Astoria Studios
Queens, New York, New York
Running time 60 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel NET (1969–1970),
PBS (1970–present)
Original run November 10, 1969 – present
External links
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Sesame Street is an American educational children's television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. Sesame Street is well known for its Muppet characters, created by the late Jim Henson. As of 2007, 4,160 episodes of the show[1] have been produced in 38 seasons. Sesame Street is one of the longest-running U.S. television shows in history. Image File history File links Sesametitle. ... Childrens television series are television programmes designed for and marketed to children, normally aired during the morning and afternoon hours, mainly before and after school. ... Joan Ganz Cooney (born 30 November 1929 in Phoenix, Arizona) is an American businesswoman and television producer. ... Jim Henson, born James Maury Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990), was the most widely known American puppeteer in modern American television history. ... Caroll Spinney, sometimes credited as Carroll Spinney and Ed Spinney (born December 26, 1933 in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA) is a puppeteer most famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the childrens television show Sesame Street. ... Kevin Clash and Elmo Kevin Clash (born September 17, 1960) is an accomplished puppeteer whose characters include Elmo, Clifford, and Hoots the Owl. ... Alison Bartlett-OReilly (credited as Alison Bartlett) has portrayed Gina Jefferson on Sesame Street since 1987. ... Desiree Casado is a child actor on [Sesame Street[1]]. Since 1993, she has played the role of Gabi - daughter of characters Luis and Maria Rodriguez - for twelve seasons. ... Emilio Delgado is best known for his continuing role as Luis on Sesame Street. ... Olamide Aladejobi Patrick Alexander Faison (born July 21, 1983) is an American actor. ... Bill Irwin (born April 11, 1950, Santa Monica, California as William Irwin) is an American actor and clown noted for his contribution to the renaissance of American circus during the 1970s. ... Eric Jacobson is a puppeteer and Muppet performer, who has been the primary replacement puppeteer for Frank Ozs characters since 2001. ... Loretta Long plays Susan on Sesame Street, and has since the shows debut in 1969. ... Bob McGrath, when he was big in Japan. ... Sonia Manzano (born December 6, 1950) is a hot American actress. ... Alan Muraoka (born August 10, 1962 in Mission Hills, California) is an actor and theatre director who plays Alan, the current owner of Hoopers Store on the television show Sesame Street. ... Jerry Nelson (born July 10, 1934) is a Muppet puppeteer. ... Roscoe Orman (born June 11, 1944, in The Bronx, New York) is an American actor that plays Gordon Robinson on the television show Sesame Street. ... Martin P. Robinson was a puppeteer for the Jim Henson Company. ... David Rudman is the voice-over talent behind many Sesame Street characters, notably Baby Bear and Cookie Monster. ... Steve Whitmire (born September 24, 1910) is a puppet with the Jim Henson Company. ... This list of Sesame Street puppeteers includes all who have worked on the show, as a regular, backup, guest puppeteer, etc. ... // David D. Connell (1969-1972) Jon Stone (1972-1982) Dulcy Singer (1982-1993) Michael Loman (1993-2002) Dr. Lewis Bernstein (2003-2005) Carol-Lynn Parente (2006-) Arlene Sherman Samuel Y. Gibbon (1969-1970) Jon Stone (1969-1972) Matt Robinson (1969-1970) Robert Cunniff Dulcy Singer Lisa Simon Melissa Dino (2001... Joseph Raposo Jr. ... The Sesame Street Theme is the theme song of the childrens television series Sesame Street. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Kaufman Astoria Studios are in Queens, New York, and home to productions like Sesame Street. ... 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Sesame Street is produced in the United States by the non-profit organization Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Children's Television Workshop (CTW), founded by Joan Ganz Cooney and Ralph Rogers. It premiered on November 10, 1969, on the National Educational Television network, and later that year it was moved to NET's replacement, the Public Broadcasting Service. Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Childrens Television Workshop (or CTW), is a non-profit organization behind the production of several educational childrens programs that have run on public broadcasting around the world (including PBS in the United States). ... Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Childrens Television Workshop (or CTW), is a non-profit organization behind the production of several educational childrens programs that have run on public broadcasting around the world (including PBS in the United States), as well as Noggin, a joint venture with Viacom... Joan Ganz Cooney (born 30 November 1929 in Phoenix, Arizona) is an American businesswoman and television producer. ... Ralph Rogers was the founder of Texas Industries in 1951. ... is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... The color NET logo was incorporated into a model building at the beginning and end of Mister Rogers Neighborhood from 1969 to 1970. ... PBS redirects here. ...


As a result of its positive influence, Sesame Street is one of the most highly regarded educational shows for children in the world.[2] No other television series has matched its level of international recognition and success. The original series has been televised in 120 countries,[3] and more than 30 international versions have been produced, not including dubbed versions. The series has received 109 Emmy Awards, more than any other television series.[3] An estimated 76 million Americans have watched the series as children;[4] millions more have watched around the world, as have their parents. For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... In filmmaking, dubbing or looping is the process of recording or replacing voices for a motion picture. ... An Emmy Award. ...

Contents

Overview

Sesame Street uses a combination of puppets, animation, and live actors to stimulate young children's minds to improve their letter and word recognition, mathematics (numbers, addition and subtraction), as well as geometric forms, and classification. Since the show's inception, other instructional goals have been basic life skills, such as how to cross the street safely, proper hygiene, healthy eating habits, and social skills. A puppet is a representational object manipulated by a puppeteer. ...


The show displays a subtle sense of humour that has appealed to older viewers since it first premiered; this was devised as a means to encourage parents and older siblings to watch the series with younger children, thus becoming involved in the learning process, rather than having Sesame Street act as a babysitter. A number of parodies of popular culture appear, especially ones aimed at the Public Broadcasting Service, the network that broadcasts the show. For example, the recurring segment Monsterpiece Theatre once ran a sketch called "Me Claudius". Children viewing the show might enjoy watching Cookie Monster and the Muppets, while adults watching the same sequence may enjoy the spoof of the Masterpiece Theatre showing of I, Claudius on PBS. Day care is the care of a child during the day by a person other than the childs parents or legal guardians, often someone outside the childs immediate family. ... PBS redirects here. ... Alistair Cookie presents Monsterpiece Theater is a recurring segment on the American version of the internationally acclaimed childrens educational program Sesame Street. ... This article is about the Sesame Street character. ... For the slang term, see Muppet (slang). ... Masterpiece Theatre is a long-running anthology television series produced by WGBH which premiered on PBS on January 10, 1971. ... I, Claudius, 1976 was a BBC Television adaptation of Robert Gravess I Claudius and Claudius the God. ...

A child and Grover

Over two hundred notable personalities have made guest appearances on the show, beginning with Carol Burnett on the first episode, and ranging from performers like James Brown and Johnny Cash, to political figures such as Laura Bush and Kofi Annan.[5] By making a show that not only educates and entertains kids, but also keeps parents entertained and involved in the educational process, the producers hope to inspire discussion about the concepts on the show. Grover and a Boy, Sesame Street This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... Grover and a Boy, Sesame Street This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... Grover and Kimiko on Sesame Street A Celebration of Me, Grover DVD cover Grover shown alongside another character from Sesame Street, Kermit the Frog, on the cover of The Best of Kermit on Sesame Street. ... Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is a five-time Golden Globe winning American actress and comedienne. ... For other persons named James Brown, see James Brown (disambiguation). ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ... Laura Lane Welch Bush (born November 4, 1946) is the wife of the forty-third and current President of the United States George W. Bush and is thereby the First Lady of the United States. ... Kofi Atta Annan (born April 8, 1938) is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1, 1997 to January 1, 2007, serving two five-year terms. ...


In 1999, the series became the longest running American children's program, taking the title from Captain Kangaroo. The British series Blue Peter still retains the worldwide record.[6] The series has made many published lists, including greatest all-time show compilations by TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly. Nielsen Media Research has found that 99% of American preschoolers recognise the series' characters.[7] Another study** found that 81% of kids under the age of six own a Sesame Street toy or game, and 87% own a book based on the series.[7] Captain Kangaroo was a childrens television series which aired weekday mornings on the American television network CBS from 1955 until 1984, then moved to the American Program Service (now American Public Television, Boston) to air syndicated reruns of past episodes in 1992. ... For other uses, see Blue Peter (disambiguation). ... TV Guide is the name of two North American weekly magazines about television programming, one in the United States and one in Canada. ... Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated EW) is a magazine published by Time Inc. ...

From A Celebration of Me, Grover, showing much of the main cast of Sesame Street. Left to right, a penguin, Elmo, Big Bird, Zoe (in front of Big Bird), Grover, Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster (behind Ernie).

The series' music has appeared on music charts around the world, including Ernie's "Rubber Duckie" song, which made #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1970; the song achieved an even higher position in Germany. In 1992, British band Smart E's released Sesame's Treet, a techno dance track which sampled the "classic" version of the Sesame Street theme. It reached #2 on the UK singles chart.[8] Sesame Street has won 11** Grammy Awards, most recently for 2001 release Elmo and the Orchestra. A Celebration of Me, Grover end sequence This work is copyrighted. ... A Celebration of Me, Grover end sequence This work is copyrighted. ... For other uses of this name, see Elmo (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Big Bird (disambiguation). ... flor: omg finally this website open, it wouldnt work. ... Grover and Kimiko on Sesame Street A Celebration of Me, Grover DVD cover Grover shown alongside another character from Sesame Street, Kermit the Frog, on the cover of The Best of Kermit on Sesame Street. ... Bert hosting a convention of the National Association of W Lovers meeting Bert is a fictional character, a Muppet on the Public Broadcasting Services long-running childrens television show, Sesame Street. ... For other uses, see Ernie (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Sesame Street character. ... The quintessential yellow rubber duckie. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... Luna-C (born Christopher Howell), May 1, 1973, is a British DJ and record producer, known for his work in hardcore music. ... Techno is a form of electronic dance music that became prominent in Detroit, Michigan during the mid-1980s with influences from electro, New Wave, Funk and futuristic fiction themes that were prevalent and relative to modern culture during the end of the Cold War in industrial America at that time. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ...


History of the show

Main article: History of Sesame Street

The show's format called for the humans to be intermixed with the segments of animation, live-action shorts and Muppets. These segments were created to be like commercials—quick, catchy and memorable—and made the learning experience much more like fun. The format became a model for what is known today as edutainment-based programming. // This article chronicles the history of the childrens television show Sesame Street. ... For the slang term, see Muppet (slang). ... Edutainment (also educational entertainment or entertainment-education) is a form of entertainment designed to educate as well as to amuse. ...


CTW aired the program for test groups to determine if the revolutionary new format was likely to succeed. Results showed that test watchers were entranced when the ad-like segments aired, especially those with the jovial puppets, but were remarkably less interested in the street scenes. Psychologists warned CTW against a mixture of fantasy and reality elements, but producers soon decided to mix the elements. A simple dose of cartoon-like characters lets the humans deliver messages without causing viewers to lose interest.[9] Prior to its national debut, a week of test episodes were seen in July 1969 on Philadelphia educational station WUHY-TV (now WYBE).[1] Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... WYBE is a public television station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...


Sesame Street, along with several other Sesame Workshop-produced shows (such as The Electric Company, which was produced for six seasons, when Sesame Workshop was still known as CTW) were all taped in New York City. Originally they were shot at the Teletape Studios at West 81st Street and Broadway in Manhattan, but to make room for the incoming production of Search For Tomorrow, Sesame Street moved first to another Manhattan studio that was formerly WNET's Dick Cavett studio at 9th Ave. and 55th St in 1982. With the bankruptcy of Teletape's parent company Reeves Entertainment in 1986, operation of Sesame Street's studio was taken over by Unitel Video NY in that year. In 1992, the production moved again to Kaufman Astoria Studios in neighboring Queens where it is to this day. Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Childrens Television Workshop (or CTW), is a non-profit organization behind the production of several educational childrens programs that have run on public broadcasting around the world (including PBS in the United States). ... The Electric Company was an educational American childrens television series produced by the Childrens Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) for PBS in the United States. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Teletape Studios is an American TV studio that is located in New York City, New York, USA. // It all began with Bill Irwin of Sesame Street in 1971. ... The Kaufman Astoria Studios are in Queens, New York, and home to productions like Sesame Street. ... For other uses, see Queens (disambiguation) and Queen. ...


The brownstone architecture of Sesame Street, a fictional neighborhood in New York City, as well as the concept of neighbors from different backgrounds living in the same area and sharing their life experiences, was loosely based on Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn—where several of the founding producers were living at the time. A neighbourhood or neighborhood (see spelling differences) is a geographically localised community located within a larger city or suburb. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


Broadcast history

The show is broadcast worldwide; in addition to the U.S. version, many countries have locally-produced versions adapted to local needs, some with their own characters, and in a variety of different languages. In Canada, beginning in 1970, 15-minute shows called Canada's Sesame Street were broadcast, and by 1972 an edited version of the one-hour American program was airing but with specially filmed Canadian segments, which featured the French language. In 1995 the American version was replaced by a half-hour long all-Canadian version of the series entitled Sesame Park. Since the original Sesame Street was still accessible to Canadians, and more familiar, the format change didn't find acceptance with audiences and was taken off the air in 2002. Broadcasts in New Zealand and Australia began in 1971. French (français, langue française) is one of the most important Romance languages, outnumbered in speakers only by Spanish and Portuguese. ... Sesame Park was a Canadian version of Sesame Street. ...


In the United Kingdom its introduction was controversial. The ITV network company London Weekend Television first showed the series in the London region in the early 1970s to much criticism (generally regarding its Americanism). In time the show was subsequently broadcast by other ITV regions in the early 1980s, after which it moved to Channel 4, where it was a lunch-time fixture for many years through to the early 2000s. Later broadcasts of the show featured the hour-long episodes in a format of two half-hour episodes. 120 countries have aired the show, many of which partnered with Sesame Workshop to create local versions. For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... LWT redirects here. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... This article is about the British television station. ...


In recent years Sesame Street has made what area educators consider to be critical advances in its international versions. In the late 1990s versions appeared in China and Russia as these countries shifted away from communism. There is also a joint Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian project, called Sesame Stories, which was created with the goal of promoting greater cultural understanding. The term Palestinian has other usages, for which see definitions of Palestinian. ...


The show has also spawned the spin-off series Play with Me Sesame, ESL program Sesame English, the "classics" show Sesame Street Unpaved, and the segment-only series Open Sesame. Elmo's World and Global Grover, both of which are segments of Sesame Street, have been distributed as individual series. Jennifer Monier-Williams, Vice President, Worldwide Television Distribution at Sesame Workshop commented "The expansion of the Sesame brand through wonderfully interactive shows like Play With Me Sesame and Elmo's World give children around the globe new ways to experience fun and learning in the way Sesame does it best."[10] Play With Me Sesame is a childrens television series spun-off Sesame Street. ... ESL is a common abbreviation for: English as a Second Language. ... Sesame English is a television/video series developed as a collaboration between Sesame Workshop and Berlitz International. ... Sesame Street Unpaved was a nationwide tour of ten United States colleges to mark the thirtieth anniversary of childrens television show Sesame Street. ... Open Sesame is a childrens television series comprised solely of the skits and segments of the legendary American television series Sesame Street. ... Elmos World DVD cover Elmo in Elmos World. ... Global Grover is a recurring segment in Sesame Street. ...


Funding

Funding for season 38 of Sesame Street is provided by a Ready To Learn grant in partnership with New Balance, the McDonald's Corporation, Beaches Family Resorts, and EverydayKidz.com from Astra Zeneca. Major funding for Sesame Street is provided by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (did not fund from 1972–1992, or from 1998–2000) and by contributions to PBS stations from "Viewers Like You." Previous donors of funding for Sesame Street included Chuck E. Cheese's, the Ford Foundation, Discovery Zone , Pfizer, Quaker Oats Company, LookSmart, AOL, U.S. Department of Education, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. ... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants[1]. Although McDonalds did not invent the hamburger or fast food, its name has become nearly synonymous with both. ... Beaches Family Resorts is a part of Sandals Resorts International; the largest operators of All Inclusive Hotels throughout the Caribbean. ... AstraZeneca PLC, is a large Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company formed on 6 April 1999 by the merger of Swedish Astra AB and British Zeneca Group PLC. Zeneca was part of Imperial Chemical Industries prior to a demerger in 1993. ... The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is a private non-profit corporation which is chartered and funded by the United States Federal Government to promote public broadcasting. ... Viewers Like You message during a broadcast of an Elmos World holiday special. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The Ford Foundation is a charitable foundation incorporated in Michigan and based in New York City created to fund programs that promote democracy, reduce poverty, promote international understanding, and advance human achievement. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Pfizer Incorporated (NYSE: PFE) is the worlds largest research-based pharmaceutical company[1].[1] The company is based in New York City. ... -1... Looksmarts original site LookSmart owns an internet directory, Wisenut search engine, experimental Grub distributed web-crawling project, FindArticles premium content search and NetNanny desktop parental controls software. ... For other uses, see AOL (disambiguation). ... The Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building[1]) , ED headquarters in Washington, DC A construction project to repair and update the building facade at the Department of Education Headquarters building in 2002 resulted in the installation of structures at all of the entrances to protect employees and visitors from... The Carnegie Corporation was founded by the will of Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. ...


During the first 29 seasons, Sesame Street did not show its underwriting credits at the start of the show.


Occasionally, local businesses and organizations fund local telecasts of Sesame Street on PBS stations throughout the U.S. For example, the W. M. Keck Foundation underwrites the broadcast of Sesame Street on KCET in Los Angeles. The W. M. Keck Foundation is an American charitable foundation supporting scientific, engineering, and medical research in the United States. ... For the Japanese computer game developer, see Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo KCET is one of four PBS member stations serving Los Angeles and Southern California, the others being KVCR-TV, KOCE-TV, and KLCS. Broadcasting on channel 28, the studio is located at 4401 West Sunset Boulevard. ...


Within the context of the show, and before the actual underwriting announcements, it is announced that "Sesame Street is brought to you by" the letters and number of the day, as though they too were sponsors.


Ratings

As a result of its success in revolutionizing the standards of children's television, Sesame Street inadvertently diminished its own audience share. According to PBS Research, the show went from a 2.0 average on Nielsen Media Research's "people meters" in 1995–1996 to a 1.3 average in 2000–2001. Even with this decrease, Sesame Street's viewership in an average week came from roughly 5.6 million households with 7.5 million viewers. This placed Sesame at 8th place in the overall kids' charts, as of 2002. The program fares better among mothers age 18–49 who had children under the age of 3, taking second place. Nielsen Media Research (NMR) is a U.S. firm, headquartered in New York City, and operating primarily from Oldsmar, FL, which measures media audiences, including television, radio and newspapers. ...


A format change helped the show's ratings, boosting them up 31% in February 2002 among children age 2–5, in comparison to its ratings in 2001. As of 2005, Sesame Street and three other PBS shows are in the top 10 shows for children ages 2 to 5.[11] As of season 36 in 2005, there were 8 million viewers daily.[3]


Characters

An Oscar the Grouch puppet (shown) and Sesame Street sign both reside in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History
See also: Characters that are Exclusive to books or movies, celebrities, from international versions. Also Characters ordered by date of debut, Characters ordered by last known appearance

Sesame Street is known for its multicultural element and is inclusive in its casting, incorporating roles for disabled people, young people, senior citizens, Hispanic actors, Black actors, and others. While some of the puppets look like people, others are animal or "monster" puppets of different sizes and colors. This encourages children to believe that people come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors, and that no particular physical "type" is any better than another. Jim Henson commented that "The only kids who can identify along racial lines with the Muppets have to be either green or orange."[12] Image File history File links Download high resolution version (480x640, 108 KB)Oscar the Grouch puppet at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (480x640, 108 KB)Oscar the Grouch puppet at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. ... The National Museum of American History is a museum administered by the Smithsonian Institution and located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. It opened in 1964 as the Museum of History and Technology. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Guy Smiley was a character on Sesame Street dubbed Americas favorite game show host. ... For other uses of this name, see Elmo (disambiguation). ... The Count in public. ... An Oscar the Grouch puppet, at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Oscar the Grouch, reading to Slimey. ... Kermit singing Bein Green in the first season of Sesame Street. ... Sesame Street Telly Monster and a triangle. ... The following is a list of Muppet, animated, and human characters on Sesame Street, ordered alphabetically by first name. ... The following is a list of characters that have appeared only in Sesame Street-related merchandise, books, magazines, fan fiction, stage shows, or other forms of media, other than the actual TV show. ... // 14 Karat Soul Kofi Annan on Sesame Street Buzz Aldrin Jason Alexander Dennis Allen Maya Angelou Kofi Annan, one segment: Then the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Annan diffuses a conflict between the Muppet monsters. ... Sesame Street has many international versions across the world. ... // Sesame Street Characters, By order of debut The following is a list of characters on Sesame Street, ordered by first appearance. ... The following is a list of characters on Sesame Street, ordered by date of last known appearance. ... The term multiculturalism generally refers to a state of both cultural and ethnic diversity within the demographics of a particular social space. ...


In harmony with its multiculturalist perspective, the show pioneered the idea of occasionally inserting very basic Spanish words and phrases to help young children become acquainted with the concept of a foreign language, doing so almost three decades before Dora the Explorer made her debut on Nickelodeon. Perhaps in response to the popularity of Dora, the recently revamped format gives Rosita, the bilingual muppet who "emigrated" in 1993 from the Mexican version of the show, more time in front of viewers, and also introduced the more formalized "Spanish Word of the Day" in every episode. Dora the Explorer is an animated television series that is carried on the Nickelodeon cable television network. ... This article is about the TV channel. ... Rosita is a Hispanic Muppet character on the childrens television series Sesame Street. ...


Each of the puppet characters has been designed to represent a specific stage or element of early childhood, and the scripts are written so that the character reflects the development level of children of that age. This helps the show address not only the learning objectives of various age groups, but also the concerns, fears, and interests of children of different age levels.


The Muppets

See also: Muppets

Big Bird is an 8 ft 2-inch (250cm) tall yellow bird who lives in a large nest on an abandoned lot which is located in 123 Sesame Street's garbage heap. Big Bird is often visited by his friend Aloysius Snuffleupagus, who is a very large, brown creature, which looks very much like the prehistoric wooly mammoth, and is known more popularly by his nickname "Snuffy". Various other Snuffleupaguses have appeared on the show from time to time, most notably Snuffy's little sister Alice and his unnamed mother. Initially, Snuffy showed up when no one but Big Bird was around, leaving the rest of the neighborhood to think he was imaginary. In the mid-1980s, however, Snuffy was revealed to be "real" and incorporated into the regular cast of the show. John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together The Muppets are a group of puppets and costume characters created by Jim Henson and the company he created. ... For other uses, see Big Bird (disambiguation). ... Snuffy in Christmas Eve on Sesame Street. ...


Oscar the Grouch lives with his pet worm Slimey and his pet elephant Fluffy in a garbage can in the heap. He is always grumpy, and loves everything that other people hate, and vice versa- he loves rainy days, but hates cute puppies and kittens. His favourite thing in the world is rubbish (trash, or garbage), hence his signature song, "I Love Trash", and consequently, he lives in a garbage can. An Oscar the Grouch puppet, at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Oscar the Grouch, reading to Slimey. ... Slimey the Worm (also simply known as Slimey) is a light and dark orange striped worm that is the pet and friend of Oscar the Grouch on Jim Hensons Muppet show Sesame Street. ... The following is a list of Muppet, animated, and human characters on Sesame Street, ordered alphabetically by first name. ...


Ernie and Bert two of the most-recognized Muppets, are roommates who share the basement apartment of 123 Sesame Street, and regularly engage in comic routines which showcase their odd-couple personalities. Ernie's flowerbox was once a hotspot for Twiddlebugs, a colorful family of insects. Ernie is a fun-loving orange Muppet who is always ready to play a game, and is always trying, often in vain, to interest Bert in his latest idea for one. Bert usually ends up grudgingly, or in the case of the "Feelings Game", unwittingly, joining in. Ernie especially loves his Rubber Duckie, who is the subject of several of Ernie's songs. Bert's idea of having fun involves doing things which most people find boring, like collecting paperclips and bottle caps. He especially loves pigeons, and has invented a dance based on the way they walk, called "Doin' The Pigeon". Ernie and Bert are two Muppets on the long-running PBS childrens television show Sesame Street. ... Twiddlebugs are characters on early episodes of Sesame Street. ... Small metal paperclip Another example of a paperclip. ... Image:Heineken-cap. ... Pigeon redirects here. ...


The Bear family, which is identified as the bears of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, resides in Sesame Street. This family, headed by Papa Bear and Mama Bear, welcomed their second child Curly Bear, and Baby Bear became a good friend of the monsters Telly and Zoe, Mexico-born Rosita, and the furry, red preschooler Elmo. Elmo has his own segment near the end of each episode, in which viewers explore topics in Elmo's World. New to Sesame Street is Abby Cadabby, a fairy-in-training who attends Storybook Community School with Baby Bear. The Bear family is are a family unit of characters on Sesame Street, based on The Three Bears of Goldilocks fame, plus a younger sibling. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into The Three Bears. ... Papa Bear is a character in the Bear family on Sesame Street. ... Mama Bear is a character in the Bear family on Sesame Street. ... Curly Bear is a female Muppet, Baby Bears baby sister, a member of the Bear family on Sesame Street. ... Baby Bear is the most major character from the Bear family on Sesame Street, and is best friends with Telly Monster. ... Sesame Street Telly Monster and a triangle. ... flor: omg finally this website open, it wouldnt work. ... Rosita is a Hispanic Muppet character on the childrens television series Sesame Street. ... For other uses of this name, see Elmo (disambiguation). ... Elmos World DVD cover Elmo in Elmos World. ... Abby Cadabby is a [[WHORE ]]-in-training who first appeared in the 37th season of the childrens television show Sesame Street. ... by Sophie Anderson For other uses, see Fairy (disambiguation). ...


Grover's regular segment, Global Grover, follows the self-described "cute, furry monster" around the world as he explores local cultures and traditions. Grover has had several notable roles over the years, often as a waiter or a superhero (Super Grover). In the waiter sketches, Grover always serves the same customer- a blue Muppet with very little hair on his head. Grover always serves the customer inappropriate food, and he eventually loses his temper. Grover and Kimiko on Sesame Street A Celebration of Me, Grover DVD cover Grover shown alongside another character from Sesame Street, Kermit the Frog, on the cover of The Best of Kermit on Sesame Street. ... Global Grover is a recurring segment in Sesame Street. ... Super Grover is the subject of a series of skits on the Sesame Street television show where the Muppet Grover changes into his alter-identity Super Grover and goes out to fix things. ...


Cookie Monster fights with his conscience daily during Letter of the Day, as he tries to control his urges to eat the letters, shown as icing on cookies. Prairie Dawn often attempts to help Cookie Monster refrain from eating the letters, but never succeeds and always leaves frazzled. This article is about the Sesame Street character. ... The Letter of the Day is a classic segment on Sesame Street with Prairie Dawn and Cookie Monster, in which Prairie Dawn introduces the letter of the day, often written in icing on a cookie, then attempts to stop the Cookie Monster from devouring it. ... Prairie Dawn is a rather mature seven-year old Muppet girl on the childrens television program Sesame Street. ...


Count von Count has fewer problems during the Number of the Day segment, where he indulges in counting until the mystery number is revealed by his pipe organ. He is usually known simply as "The Count". He has more songs than most of the other characters. They are usually catchy songs, such as "The Batty Bat", and "The First Day of School", in which he tells the story of how he soon settled in at school, because he enjoyed counting his fellow pupils. The Count in public. ... Number of the Day is a segment on Sesame Street when Count von Count introduces the number of the day in 2002. ...


Humphrey and Ingrid are a married couple who have a baby named Natasha, and they are the proprietors of the hotel known as The Furry Arms, which is located near the Sesame Street Subway station. The following is a list of Muppet, animated, and human characters on Sesame Street, ordered alphabetically by first name. ... Fran Drescher appears as Natashas nanny on Sesame Street Natasha is the baby of Muppets Ingrid and Humphrey on Sesame Street. ... The Furry Arms is a fictional hotel on the American childrens television series Sesame Street. ...


The hotel's bellhop, Benny Rabbit, tends to be easily irritated, but begrudgingly helps out. His sketch usually includes someone mistakenly referring to him as Bunny, which makes him very angry. Benny Rabbit is the perpetually irritated bell-hop for The Furry Arms, a hotel located on Sesame Street, on the television series Sesame Street. ...


The Two-Headed Monster sounded out words coming together, and the Yip-Yip aliens, furry blue monsters with long, curly antennae, named after the only word in their vocabulary, discovered telephones and typewriters. For two seasons, Googel, Narf, Mel and Phoebe hung out in the Monster's Clubhouse. The Two-Headed Monster is a comical, light purple monster on the television show Sesame Street. ... Yip-yip martians The Yip-Yips are characters on the popular childrens television show Sesame Street. ... The following is a list of Muppet, animated, and human characters on Sesame Street, ordered alphabetically by first name. ... The following is a list of Muppet, animated, and human characters on Sesame Street, ordered alphabetically by first name. ... The following is a list of Muppet, animated, and human characters on Sesame Street, ordered alphabetically by first name. ... The following is a list of Muppet, animated, and human characters on Sesame Street, ordered alphabetically by first name. ...


Kermit the Frog hosted the segment Sesame Street News Flash. The newsflashes were often takes on popular fairy tales, although there was also one about the first ever day at school, in which Kermit assists the inexperienced caveman teacher, Mr. James, in his lesson about the letter "N". In other segments, Kermit would play straight man to the wacky antics of other Muppets. Kermit singing Bein Green in the first season of Sesame Street. ... The Sesame Street News Flash segments were a regular part of the childrens TV show Sesame Street from 1971 up until 2001. ... This article is about the comedy duo. ...


Incidental characters include television personality Guy Smiley, who presented various game shows, such as "Beat The Time", and "Mystery Guest",construction workers Sully and Biff, the large Herry Monster (who does not know his own strength), and The Big Bad Wolf, who is not a terror to the Street. Forgetful Jones, a cowboy with a short-term memory disorder, rode his trusty Buster the Horse with his girlfriend Clementine, and Rodeo Rosie was an early cowgirl. The Amazing Mumford tries his hardest to amaze with his magic, but his tricks always end up backfiring. Guy Smiley was a character on Sesame Street dubbed Americas favorite game show host. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Herry Monster is a puppet on the American public television childrens program Sesame Street. ... The Big Bad Wolf is a fictional character who first appeared in the Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood folktales that can be traced to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Rodeo Rosie was a character that debuted on Sesame Street in 1974. ... The Amazing Mumford is a character on the childrens TV show Sesame Street. ...


Polly Darton was a country singer, a spoof on popular country singer Dolly Parton, who sang songs like "Counting One to Five", and "Fourteen Carrot Love". Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American, Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter, composer, author, actress, and philanthropist. ...


"Sherlock Hemlock", was the self-procalimed World's Greatest Detective, although he was actually rather hapless, and it was usually someone else, often his dog Watson, who solved the mystery. Whenever he discovered a clue, he would say "Egad!". He had only one song, "X Marks The Spot".


Live Characters

Characters on the show, like Bob, have great longevity compared to similar series. This still is from the closing sequence of an early season. Linda was television's longest appearing character with a disability, while Luis is the longest running Hispanic character. Here Bob (Bob McGrath) appears at Sesame Place in 2007. McGrath performed various songs, signed autographs, and appeared in the theme park's daily parade, as seen.
Characters on the show, like Bob, have great longevity compared to similar series. This still is from the closing sequence of an early season. Linda was television's longest appearing character with a disability, while Luis is the longest running Hispanic character.[4]
Here Bob (Bob McGrath) appears at Sesame Place in 2007. McGrath performed various songs, signed autographs, and appeared in the theme park's daily parade, as seen.

A slate of live actors pull the zaniness of the Muppets back to reality. They were not always meant to serve this purpose. The show lost test viewers' attention during the Street Scenes, meaning Muppets needed to be added, to hide the fact it was educational. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Look up disability in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Hispanic (Spanish: ; Portuguese: ; Latin: , adjective from Hispānia, the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula) is a term that historically denoted relation to the ancient Hispania and its peoples. ... Bob McGrath, when he was big in Japan. ... Christy Carlson Romano before the Rock Around the Block Parade; Back row: Rosita, Bert, Ernie, Prairie Dawn, Big Bird, Count von Count, Telly Monster. ...


Music teacher Bob has been on Sesame Street since its inception. He dated Linda the local New York Library librarian, who was the first regular deaf character on television. Linda owns Barkley, a Muppet dog. The Robinson family are an African-American family that includes schoolteacher Gordon, nurse Susan, and adopted son Miles. The Puerto Rican Rodriguez Family include Maria and Luis, who ran the Fix-It Shop, which was turned into the Mail-It Shop; Maria gave birth to daughter Gabby in 1989, and her pregnancy was covered on the show. Linda Bove plays the part of Linda on the childrens television program Sesame Street. ... New York Public Library, central block, built 1897–1911, Carrère and Hastings, architects (June 2003) The New York Public Library (NYPL), one of three public library systems serving New York City, is one of the leading libraries in the United States. ... Big Bird and Barkley in Japan. ... For the family on the Australian soap opera Neighbours, see The Robinson Family. ... This article is about human pregnancy in biological females. ...


General store and restaurant operator Harold Hooper, played by actor Will Lee, was a mainstay at Mr. Hooper's Store. When Lee died in 1982, the producers opted to help their young viewers deal with the death of someone they loved rather than cast a new actor in the role, and the character's death was discussed in a landmark 1983 episode.[13] Afterwards, Hooper's apprentice David took over, followed by later owners Gina, Mr. Handford, and Alan. Gina stopped running the store in the 1990s, to earn a PhD and became a veterinarian. Mr. ... Will Lee (born August 6, 1908 in New York City, New York; died December 6, 1982 in New York) was an American actor who was best known for his role as Mr. ... Mr. ...


Mr. Noodle and his brother and sister, who appear only in Elmo's World are meant to provide a vaudevillian perspective on subjects, contrary to most of the show's current human characters (though reminiscent of such earlier insert characters as Buddy and Jim, Larry and Phyllis, and The Mad Painter).[14] The goofy-acting human characters Mr. ... Elmos World DVD cover Elmo in Elmos World. ...


Famous guest stars[15] and various children from New York schools and day-care centers are a constantly changing part of the cast, including children who would later become celebrities, like actor Tyler James Williams, actress Tatyana M. Ali and rapper GM Grimm. // 14 Karat Soul Kofi Annan on Sesame Street Buzz Aldrin Jason Alexander Dennis Allen Maya Angelou Kofi Annan, one segment: Then the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Annan diffuses a conflict between the Muppet monsters. ... Tyler James Williams (born October 9, 1992) is an American actor. ... Tatyana Marisol Ali (born January 24, 1979 in North Bellmore, New York) is an American actress and R&B singer. ... Percy Carey, also known as MF Grimm, GM Grimm, and Superstar Jet Jaguar, is an underground rapper from New York City. ...


Cast and crew

Over the 38 seasons of Sesame Street hundreds, if not thousands, of people have worked on the show's cast and in their crew, producing Street scenes or segments, or working behind the scenes.

This list of Sesame Street puppeteers includes all who have worked on the show, as a regular, backup, guest puppeteer, etc. ... Bob singing People in Your Neighborhood with Ralph Nader Alan and Gladys the cow on Sesame Street A picture of Bob, holding the Sesame Street sign in the rain Gabi Rodriguez Maria Rodriguez on Sesame Street Following is a list of human characters (and the actors and actresses who portrayed... // David D. Connell (1969-1972) Jon Stone (1972-1982) Dulcy Singer (1982-1993) Michael Loman (1993-2002) Dr. Lewis Bernstein (2003-2005) Carol-Lynn Parente (2006-) Arlene Sherman Samuel Y. Gibbon (1969-1970) Jon Stone (1969-1972) Matt Robinson (1969-1970) Robert Cunniff Dulcy Singer Lisa Simon Melissa Dino (2001...

Regional variations

Basil the Bear from Canada's Sesame Park, in a knight's armour. The puppet, as well as most of the series cast, is displayed at the CBC Museum.
Basil the Bear from Canada's Sesame Park, in a knight's armour. The puppet, as well as most of the series cast, is displayed at the CBC Museum.

Some countries have co-produced their own unique versions of Sesame Street, in which the characters and segments represent their country's cultures. Other countries simply air a dubbed version of Sesame Street, or a dubbed version of Open Sesame. Among various other countries, Australia has and still does broadcast the American version on the ABC and the UK had broadcast the American show, on Channel 4 until 2001 when it was replaced with Henson production The Hoobs. Sesame Street premiered in the United States in 1969. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 1479 KB) Summary Basil the Bear from Sesame Park, in a knights armour Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Sesame Street Sesame Park ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 1479 KB) Summary Basil the Bear from Sesame Park, in a knights armour Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Sesame Street Sesame Park ... Sesame Park was a Canadian version of Sesame Street. ... Main entrance to the CBC Museum, contained within the Canadian Broadcasting Centre The CBC Museum is dedicated to the preserving the physical heritage and archival materials relating to the history of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. ... Open Sesame is a childrens television series comprised solely of the skits and segments of the legendary American television series Sesame Street. ... This article is about the British television station. ... The Hoobs is a childrens television programme created and produced by The Jim Henson Company. ...


Dubbed versions include Seesamtie in Finnish, Boneka Sesame in Indonesian, Sesam Opnist Þú in Icelandic, Sesamo Apriti in Italian, Sezame, otevři se in Czech, and Malay Taman Sesame. In 2004, one Japanese network cancelled the dubbed American Sesame, while another created a local version. In New Zealand, locally produced segments entitled "Korero Māori" (in English: "let's speak Māori") were inserted into episodes to educate children in the Māori language. Spanish program La Cometa Blanca also includes segments from Sesame Street. This article is about the Māori people of New Zealand. ... Māori or Te Reo Māori, commonly shortened to Te Reo (literally the language) is an official language of New Zealand. ...


Locally produced adaptations of Sesame Street include: Sesame Street premiered in the United States in 1969. ...

Note that dates solely refer to the year production on the series began. Vila Sésamo is the Brazilian version of the American childrens show Sesame Street. ... Plaza Sésamo is a Mexican educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a co-pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, along with its predecessor Sesame Street, combining both education and entertainment. ... A large brown bear, Samson, is one of Sesamstraßes original creations . ... Sesame Park was a Canadian version of Sesame Street. ... Sesamstraat is a childrens television show in the Netherlands, spun-off American program Sesame Street. ... 1, rue Sesame is a French childrens television series based on the American classic Sesame Street. ... Iftah Ya Simsim is the Kuwaiti version of the childrens television series Sesame Street. ... It has been suggested that GCC - Gulf Cooperation Council be merged into this article or section. ... Barrio Sésamo was the Spanish version of Sesame Street, a childrens television program. ... Svenska Sesam is a Swedish adaptation of the childrens television series Sesame Street. ... Rechov Sumsum is the Israeli spin-off series of Sesame Street. ... Sesame! is a childrens television program from the Philippines, based on Sesame Street. ... Susam Sokağı is the Turkish adaptation of childrens television program Sesame Street. ... Rua Sésamo is the Portuguese co-production of Sesame Street. ... Sesam Stasjon is a childrens television series that ran on NRK from 1990 to 1998. ... Ulitsa Sezam (Russian: ) is a regional version of the childrens television program Sesame Street, for Russia. ... Poland got its own version of Sesame Street in 1996 on TVP2. ... Rechov Sumsum is the Israeli spin-off series of Sesame Street. ... Rechov Sumsum or Sharaa Simsim is the Israeli equivalent of Sesame Street. ... Zhima Jie is a Chinese adaptation of Sesame Street. ... Sesame English is a television/video series developed as a collaboration between Sesame Workshop and Berlitz International. ... Takalani Sesame (be happy Sesame in Venda) is the South African version of the childrens television program Sesame Street. ... 198. ... Play With Me Sesame is a childrens television series spun-off Sesame Street. ... Open Sesame is a childrens television series comprised solely of the skits and segments of the legendary American television series Sesame Street. ... Koche Sesame is a Dari language (Persian) childrens television series based on Sesame Street, started in 2004. ... The childrens television series Sesame Street has a long history in Japan, airing for three decades as a dubbed program, and recently restarting as a local co-production. ... Still of characters Tuktuki, Ikri Mikri, and Shiku singing a song about going to the Boishakhi fair on Sisimpur. ... 5, Rue Sésame is a French language childrens television series based on the American show Sesame Street, aired by France 5. ... Sabai Sabai Sesame, or Happy Happy Sesame in English, is the Cambodian version of the American childrens television series Sesame Street. ... Galli Galli Sim Sims leading muppets (left to right: Boombah, Chamki, Googli, Aanchoo) with human guests U.S. First Lady Laura Bush and Indian social activist Nafisa Ali. ... In March 2006, Secretary Rice announces a new U.S.-sponsored Indonesian Sesame Street program to teachers and students, then called Sesame Indonesia[1]. The Secretary of State made an announcement that the United States will donate US$8. ...

See also: List of characters from international versions of Sesame Street

It should also be noted that popular, long-running British children's series Rainbow was originally conceived as a British equivalent of Sesame Street,[17] however it holds no official affiliation with Sesame Workshop. Sesame Street has many international versions across the world. ... Rainbow was a childrens television series in the United Kingdom which ran twice weekly at 12. ...


Research

Sesame Street was one of the first kids television series devoted to promoting the arts. The art of Keith Haring, filmmaking of William Wegman and his Weimaraner dogs, Big Bird conducting the Boston Pops, or simply Telly Monster playing a triangle.
Sesame Street was one of the first kids television series devoted to promoting the arts. The art of Keith Haring, filmmaking of William Wegman and his Weimaraner dogs, Big Bird conducting the Boston Pops, or simply Telly Monster playing a triangle.

Sesame Street has operated with a rigorous research standard since its foundation, to ensure that programming addresses its viewers' needs. The Education and Research (E&R) department of Sesame Workshop, which started with Sam Ball, then employed at Teachers College Columbia University and editor of the Journal of Educational Psychology. E&R is currently headed by Rosemarie T. Truglio, Ph.D. and Jeanette Betancourt, Ed. D. Truglio states that the level of interaction between E&R, Content, and Production is "[i]ntimately·hand-in-hand. They are not creating anything without our knowledge, our guidance and our review. We are involved in content development across all media platforms."[18] This close-knit organizational structure has been an integral part of Sesame Workshop since it began. Image File history File links Sesame Street Telly Monster (left) and a triangle (and a girl with a violin) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Sesame Street Telly Monster (left) and a triangle (and a girl with a violin) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Harings Radiant Baby Keith Haring (May 4, 1958 - February 16, 1990) was a pre-eminent artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York street culture of the 1980s. ... Blue Period with Banjo, Polaroid ER print by William Wegman, 1980 William Wegmans Dressup Batty William Wegman (b. ... The Weimaraner is a silver-grey breed of dog developed originally for hunting. ... The Boston Pops Orchestra was founded in 1885 as a subsection of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. ... Born Sydney 1935 His early education included time spent at Canterbury High School. ... Dr. Rosemarie Truglio is VP of Education and Research for Childrens Television Workshop (now known as Sesame Workshop). ...


Writers create plots for Sesame Street scenes and segments, and the content is reviewed by the E&R team, which has authority to reject a script and force rewrites if the content is not acceptable. When a script is factually correct, but includes gray areas that may not be comprehensible to children, the writers and E&R work together to tweak everything. "A balance between content and humor"[18] is always pursued, according to Truglio.


Since 1998 Sesame Workshop has provided a great deal of content on its website[19] and others such as Random House.[20] The content is targeted at parents and children ranging in age from birth to school-age, and includes information on dozens of topics, such as appropriate parenting techniques, dealing with children's fears, development of literacy, and maintenance of good health. // Random House is a publishing house based in New York City. ...


Research is funded by government grants, corporate and private donations (including, recently, The Prudential Foundation for the Sesame Beginnings program), and the profits gained from the sale of Sesame Workshop merchandise.


Healthy Habits for Life

In 2005, Sesame Street launched its Healthy Habits for Life programming, to encourage young viewers to lead more active and nutritious lifestyles. A major catalyst for this was data published by the US Centers for Disease Control regarding obesity in children. Healthy Habits for Life is a series of segments and storylines in childrens television series Sesame Street. ... The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta is recognized as the lead United States agency for protecting the public health and safety of people by providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships with state health departments and other organizations. ...


Health content has existed on Sesame Street for years, but to a limited extent. In one instance press kits for a project were made available, news wires latched onto the story, and literally hundreds of newspapers reported that Cookie Monster was "going on a diet". In actuality there was no change to Cookie Monster's character. The new season featured a new segment with rapper Wyclef Jean singing the praises of fruits and vegetables, similar to segments in the 1990s which featured Cookie doing nearly the same. This article is about the Sesame Street character. ... Nelust Wyclef Jean (IPA: ) (born October 17, 1972) is a Haitian-American rapper, guitarist, producer, and member of the hip hop trio The Fugees. ...


According to people from Sesame Workshop,

Health has always been a part of our Sesame Street curriculum, therefore we will always be committed to ensuring kids are given information and messages that will help them become healthy and happy in their development. For season 36, we have turned up the dial in health, but it will always be part of our curriculum.[21]

The Workshop formed an Advisory Board consisting of experts such as Woodie Kessel, M.D., M.P.H., the Assistant Surgeon General of the United States. This board examines the research of other organizations, and also conducts pilot studies to determine which areas of research should be expanded, based on social, ethnic and socio-economic sections of the population. US Public Health Service US Public Health Service Collar Device US Public Health Service Cap Device The Surgeon General of the United States is the head of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) and thus the leading spokesperson on matters of public health in the U.S...


Characters Elmo and Rosita filmed public service announcements with various U.S. Governors in 2006.[22] A public service announcement (PSA) or community service announcement (CSA) is a non-commercial advertisement typically on radio or television, ostensibly broadcast for the public good. ...


Merchandising and endorsement

The cover of the book Brought to You by . . . Sesame Street #1! shows several of Sesame Street's muppet characters

Sesame Street is known for its extensive merchandising, which includes many books, magazines, video/audio media, and toys. A percentage of the money from any Sesame Workshop product goes to help fund Sesame Street or its international co-productions.[3] Brought to You by . ... Brought to You by . ...


Current licensors include Fisher-Price, Nakajima USA, Build-A-Bear Workshop (Build-An-Elmo, Build-A-Cookie Monster, And Build-A-Big Bird), Hasbro (Sesame Street Monopoly), Wooly Willy, Betty Crocker (Elmo Fruit Snacks), C&D Visionary (air freshners) and Children's Apparel Network. Former licences include Applause, Child Dimension, Gibson Greetings, Gorham Fine China, Ideal Toys, Milton Bradley Company, Nintendo, Palisades Toys, Questor, Radio Shack, Tyco, and the Western Publishing Company. Creative Wonders (a partnership between ABC and Electronic Arts) produced Sesame Street software for the Macintosh, since at least 1995 and on the PC since 1996; Atari produced Sesame Street games in 1983. Before going bankrupt, Palisades Toys was to release a line of deluxe series action figures, for adults, as part of Sesame Workshop's push to expand into retro products for teens and adults. Fisher-Price is a well-known brand of toys, with headquarters located in historic East Aurora, New York. ... Build-A-Bear in Barton Creek Mall in Austin, TX Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW) is an American retailer that sells customizable teddy bears and other stuffed animals. ... Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ... Monopoly is a board game published by Parker Brothers, an imprint of Hasbro. ... Wooly Willy is a toy in which metal filings are moved around a characters face, in order to make unique hairdos and facial hair. ... Betty Crocker, an invented persona and mascot, is a brand name and trademark of American food company General Mills. ... The Childrens Apparel Network is an American company whose products include department and specialty store layette, newborn and infant apparel. ... Applause (Latin applaudere, to strike upon, clap) is primarily the expression of approval by the act of clapping, or striking the palms of the hands together, in order to create noise; generally any expression of approval. ... Ideal Toy Company was founded as Ideal Novelty and Toy Company in New York in 1907 by Morris and Rose Michtom after they had invented the teddy bear in 1903. ... For the Oakland Athletics outfielder, see Milton Bradley (baseball player) The Milton Bradley Company is an American game company established by Milton Bradley in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1860. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... The term Questor can refer to: An alternate spelling of a Quaestor, an ancient Roman official. ... RadioShack Corporation (formerly Radio Shack) (NYSE: RSH) runs a chain of electronics retail stores in the United States, as well as parts of Europe. ... Tyco has been used as the name for a number of distinct companies: Tyco International is a Bermuda-based conglomerate. ... Western Publishing Company is the company that originally produced Outburst, Pictionary, and Solarquest. ... Creative Wonders was an educational software corporation from 1994 to 1999. ... This article is about the American broadcast network. ... Electronic Arts (EA) (NASDAQ: ERTS) is an American developer, marketer, publisher, and distributor of computer and video games. ... This article is about the corporate game company. ...


Tickle Me Elmo was one of the fastest selling toys of the 1996 season. That product line was and still is one of the most successful products Mattel has ever launched. Both it and its most notable successor, TMX, have caused in-store fights. Elmo starred in a Christmas special that year, in which he wished every day of the year was Christmas.[23] This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... A Christmas television special is typically a one_time, 30 minute animated program aired during the Christmas season. ...


After Fisher-Price recalled a large number of Sesame Street brand toys (among multiple licenses) in 2007, Sesame Workshop announced that they would independently inspect the products of all manufacturers. It went so far as to threaten withdrawing entirely from toy licensing, if it were not satisfied with the manufacturer's guarantees.[24] Fisher-Price is a well-known brand of toys, with headquarters located in historic East Aurora, New York. ...


Its fiction books are published on five continents, primarily by Random House in North America. Over 18 million Sesame Street books and magazines were purchased in 2005.[3] The books often mention that children do not have to watch the show to benefit from its publications. // Random House is a publishing house based in New York City. ...

Christy Carlson Romano before the Rock Around the Block Parade;
Back row: Rosita, Bert, Ernie, Prairie Dawn, Big Bird, Count von Count, Telly Monster.
Front row: Zoe, Elmo, Christy Carlson Romano, Grover, Cookie Monster. (Photo by David Fore.)
Elmo and the Bookaneers, a stage show at SeaWorld Orlando.

Live touring show Sesame Street Live presents costumed actors and dancers as characters from the series, in original plots. In recent years, VEE has had four touring casts, each performing a unique multi-million dollar budget show. Each season, the tours reach 160 different cities across North America, reaching 2 million people annually. Since the first production of Sesame Street Live on September 17, 1980, 48 million children and their parents have seen the show performed, across the world.[7] Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixels Full resolution (1200 × 800 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixels Full resolution (1200 × 800 pixel, file size: 1. ... SeaWorld Orlando is a theme park located in the unincorporated area of Orlando, Florida. ... Sesame Street Live is the live touring show based on the childrens television show Sesame Street. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ...


Langhorne, Pennsylvania, United States, is the long-time home to Sesame Street theme park Sesame Place. SeaWorld Orlando started a stage show called Elmo and the Bookaneers in 2007. Another theme park, Parque Plaza Sésamo, exists in Monterrey, Mexico, and Universal Studios Japan includes a three-dimensional movie based on the show. Christy Carlson Romano before the Rock Around the Block Parade; Back row: Rosita, Bert, Ernie, Prairie Dawn, Big Bird, Count von Count, Telly Monster. ... SeaWorld Orlando is a theme park located in the unincorporated area of Orlando, Florida. ... Nickname: Motto: El Trabajo templa el Espíritu Location of Monterrey in northern Mexico Coordinates: , Country State Founded 20 September 1596 Government  - Mayor Adalberto Madero ( PAN) Area  - City 860 km²  (332 sq mi) Elevation 537 m (1,762 ft) Population (2005)  - City 1,133,814  - Density 1,989/km² (5... Universal Studios Japan USJ2 Universal Studios Japan ) (USJ CO., LTD. TYO: 2142 ) is one of three Universal Studios theme parks, this one in Osaka, Japan. ...


The Sesame Beginnings line, launched in mid-2005, consists of apparel, health and body, home, and seasonal products. The products in this line are designed to accentuate the natural interactivity between infants and their parents. Most of the line is exclusive to a family of Canadian retailers that includes Loblaws, Fortinos, and Zehrs. Sesame Beginnings cast, including Elmo and his dad, Cookie and his mommy, Prairie Dawn and her mommy, and Big Bird and his aunt. ... Loblaws, Toronto, 2007 Loblaws is a supermarket chain of 68 stores, headquartered in Brampton, with stores across Ontario and Quebec. ... Fortinos is a Canadian supermarket chain operating 21 stores in Ontario (As of 2005). ... Zehrs Markets, or simply Zehrs, is a chain of grocery stores located in southwestern Ontario. ...


Although Sesame Street characters occasionally endorse non-educational products, they rarely appear in their puppet form, to limit the suggestion to children that the characters are formally endorsing the product. The Muppets do appear in puppet form to endorse select causes. Big Bird has promoted safe seating practices and the wearing of seatbelts, for the Ford Motor Company,[25] while Grover promoted a new course on children's informal learning, created by Harvard University with Sesame Workshop.[26] Elmo has appeared before the US Education Appropriations Subcommittee to urge more spending on music in schools.[27] “Ford” redirects here. ... Harvard redirects here. ...


Internationally

Barrio Sésamo, Plaza Sésamo, Sesamstraße, Sesame English and Sesamstraat have all had merchandise of their local characters. Shalom Sesame videos and books have also been released.


In 2004, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG) became Sesame Workshop's licensing representative for The Benelux,[28] adding to their United Kingdom representation.[29] Benelux Benelux Benelux is the region of Europe comprising Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. ...


Web site

Sesame Street's Web site was one of the first to include educational materials, for both parents and children. "There are downloadable games plus number- and alphabet-coloring pages for the children. Their parents can consult references covering everything from how to comb their baby's hair to how to play with their 4-year-old."[30] The Web site has been recommended by academic journals.[31] It receives over 1 million visitors daily.[3]


Movies, videos, and specials

Christmas Eve on Sesame Street scene with Oscar (in garbage can) and Big Bird at the 86th Street New York City Subway station
Christmas Eve on Sesame Street scene with Oscar (in garbage can) and Big Bird at the 86th Street New York City Subway station

A series of Sesame Street telefilms have featured the characters on day trips or in foreign countries. Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1983) saw the cast locked in the gallery overnight; Big Bird and Snuffy help a cursed boy pharaoh. NBC's Big Bird in China (1983) followed Big Bird, Barkley, and their new friend Xiao Foo traveling through China to find Feng Huang, the phoenix bird. In Big Bird in Japan (1988), the titular character gets lost. Out to Lunch (1974) features the cast of Sesame Street and The Electric Company taking over ABC News. Big Bird turned six in Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake (1991), despite being referred to as four years old previously. CinderElmo (1999) was a FOX special, with Keri Russell as the princess looking for her match in the kingdom. Telly fears what the New Year will bring in Sesame Street Stays Up Late! (1993, DVD in 2004). 86th Street subway station, Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, from scarecroe. ... 86th Street subway station, Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, from scarecroe. ... Christmas Eve on Sesame Street scene with Oscar (in garbage can) and Big Bird at the 86th Street station Christmas Eve on Sesame Street is a Sesame Street Christmas special first broadcast on PBS on December 3, 1978. ... An Oscar the Grouch puppet, at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Oscar the Grouch, reading to Slimey. ... For other uses, see Big Bird (disambiguation). ... Times Square–42nd Street station entrance The New York City Subway is a rapid transit system owned by the City of New York and leased to the New York City Transit Authority , an affiliate of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and also known as MTA New York City Transit. ... Big Bird in China video cassette cover Big Bird in China was a 1983 special by the Childrens Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop), on NBC. The special was based on the popular television series Sesame Street. ... For other mythic firebirds, see Fire bird (mythology). ... Big Bird in Japan was a 1991 special by the Childrens Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop). ... The primetime special Out to Lunch aired on December 10th, 1974 on ABC, from 9 to 10pm ET. It mixed the Sesame Street and The Electric Company casts, along with guest stars Elliott Gould, Barbara Eden and Carol Burnett. ... The Electric Company was an educational American childrens television series produced by the Childrens Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) for PBS in the United States. ... ABC News logo ABC News Special Report ident, circa 2006 ABC News is a division of American television and radio network ABC, owned by The Walt Disney Company. ... Cinderelmo is a Cinderella story featuring Sesame Streets Elmo and Keri Russell. ... Keri Lynn Russell (born March 23, 1976) is a Golden Globe-winning American actress and dancer. ... For other uses, see New Year (disambiguation). ... Sesame Street Stays Up Late! is Sesame Streets 1993 New Years Eve special with guest appearances of characters from the international versions of Sesame Street. ...


Various strictly musical programs have been made. Julie Andrews and Perry Como performed with the Muppets on Julie on Sesame Street (1974). Special episodes of the PBS series Evening at Pops variety show have featured Sesame Street characters. The Sesame Street Special (1988) also included many guest performances. Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (born Julia Elizabeth Wells[1] on 1 October 1935[2]) is an award-winning English actress, singer, author and cultural icon. ... Pierino Ronald Como (May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) was an American crooner. ... Julie Andrews and Perry Como teamed up to do a 1973 television special called Julie on Sesame Street. ... Evening at Pops is one of the longest running programs on PBS. The program is kind of a public television version of a variety show, hosted by a world-class orchestra, the Boston Pops. ...


Holiday special Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978) won an Emmy Award, while another special that year, A Special Sesame Street Christmas (1978), has mostly unfavourable reviews. Anniversary specials include A Walking Tour of Sesame Street with James Earl Jones (1979), Sesame Street: 20 And Still Counting (1989), All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever (1994) and Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration (1994), and The Street We Live On (2004). Jon Stewart is set to host a "live" retrospective on the series on ABC, but is accidentally locked in his dressing room with the tapes. Elmo attempts to salvage the show, improvised, in Elmopalooza! (1998). Christmas Eve on Sesame Street scene with Oscar (in garbage can) and Big Bird at the 86th Street station Christmas Eve on Sesame Street is a Sesame Street Christmas special first broadcast on PBS on December 3, 1978. ... A Special Sesame Christmas opening sequence A Special Sesame Christmas A Special Sesame Street Christmas was a low-budget 1978 CBS Christmas special, made the same year as the legendary and still popular Christmas Eve on Sesame Street. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Not to be confused with John Stewart or John Stuart. ... Elmopalooza aired on ABC on February 20, 1998. ...


In 1987 and 1992, episodes of Shalom Sesame were produced, focusing on introducing Jewish culture, customs, and language to Jewish-American children. International co-productions of Sesame Street have created many of their own specials as well. Shalom Sesame is the Hebrew/Arabic version of Sesame Street, the childrens television show. ... A Jewish American (also commonly American Jew) is an American (a citizen of the United States) of Jewish descent or religion who maintains a connection to the Jewish community, either through actively practicing Judaism or through cultural and historical affiliation. ...


The characters have made appearance on television series including Between the Lions (2001), The Electric Company (1972, 1975), Emeril Live (2005), Fanfare, The Flip Wilson Show (1970), The Frugal Gourmet (1992, 1995, 1997), Hollywood Squares, Jeopardy!, Martha (2006), Martha Stewart Living, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1981), Soul Man (1998), The Torkelsons (1991), The West Wing (2004), What's My Line?, and numerous talk shows and mornings shows, ranging from The Ed Sullivan Show to the The Today Show. Between the Lions is a PBS childrens puppet show designed to promote reading. ... The Electric Company was an educational American childrens television series produced by the Childrens Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) for PBS in the United States. ... Emeril Live is a program on Food Network hosted by Emeril Lagasse. ... For other uses, see Fanfare (disambiguation). ... Flip Wilson in character as Geraldine Jones, on a recently released best of DVD set. ... The Frugal Gourmet was a cooking show that aired on PBS from 1988 to 1997. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jeopardy redirects here. ... Mary anoints Jesus in Bethany in this icon. ... An issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine Martha Stewart Living is a magazine and a television show featuring entertaining and home decorating guru Martha Stewart. ... Mister Rogers Neighborhood or Mister Rogers is an American childrens television series that was created and hosted by Fred Rogers. ... Soul Man was a hit song by Sam & Dave in 1967 and has inspired the names of: Soul Man a television sitcom starring Dan Aykroyd as Mike Weber, an Episcopal priest and widowed father of four children. ... The Torkelsons was a television sitcom which premiered on the NBC television network on 21 September 1991 and ran until June 1992. ... “The West Wing” redirects here. ... Whats My Line? is a weekly panel game show originally produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television. ... The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by former entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. ... Today, commonly referred to as The Today Show to avoid ambiguity, is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on the NBC television network. ...


Feature films

Follow that Bird movie poster
Follow that Bird movie poster

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Co-produced with Warner Bros., the 1985 film Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird revolved around a social worker forcing Big Bird into adoption. Big Bird gets homesick and tired of his adoptive parents, and heads back to New York, when he is kidnapped by evil carnival leaders (played by Dave Thomas and Joe Flaherty); the residents of Sesame Street launch a cross-country search to find him. “WB” redirects here. ... See the David Thomas disambiguation page for other people with this name. ... Joe Flaherty Joe Flaherty (June 21, 1941) is an American Canadian comedian. ...


In the second Sesame Street theatrical film, 1999's The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, fourteen years after Follow That Bird, Elmo spends time with his favorite blanket. After Zoe accidentally tears the blanket, when Elmo refuses to share, the blanket winds up in Grouchland, ruled by the Queen of Trash (Vanessa L. Williams). Elmo ventures forth, to rescue his blanket from the villainous Huxley (Mandy Patinkin). Soon, the rest of the Sesame Street gang follow in pursuit. The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland was the second movie based on the characters of the childrens television series Sesame Street (after 1985s Follow That Bird). ... For other uses of this name, see Elmo (disambiguation). ... Zoí, Zoe, Zoey, Zoë, Zoeie, Zowie, Zoja, Zooey or Zoé is a female name which came from ancient Greece and means life in Greek. ... For other persons of the same name, see Vanessa Williams. ... Huxley may refer to one of: Thomas Henry Huxley, British biologist, supporter of Darwin and inventor of the term agnosticism Leonard Huxley, British writer and editor, son of Thomas Henry Leonard Huxley Australian physicist Aldous Leonard Huxley, British writer, son of Leonard Sir Julian Sorell Huxley, British biologist and author... Mandel Bruce Patinkin (born November 30, 1952) is a Tony Award winning and Emmy Award winning American actor of stage and screen, as well as a renowned tenor. ...


According to a rumor posted on /FILM, Elmo has suggested to TVguide.com that Elmo's World might later be turned into a movie.[32]


Criticism

Public advocate Ralph Nader has criticized PBS for allowing McDonald's and Laser Quest as sponsors, as they can be linked to childhood obesity and violence, respectively. In general he dislikes corporate sponsorships, as "'Sesame Street' is not Main Street." He had appeared on the show in the 1988 special The Sesame Street Special, with the character Bob, singing "People in Your Neighborhood".
Public advocate Ralph Nader has criticized PBS for allowing McDonald's and Laser Quest as sponsors, as they can be linked to childhood obesity and violence, respectively. In general he dislikes corporate sponsorships, as "'Sesame Street' is not Main Street." He had appeared on the show in the 1988 special The Sesame Street Special, with the character Bob, singing "People in Your Neighborhood".

Some educators criticized the show when it debuted, as it emphasized cognitive learning rather than play and activities like other children's shows at the time.[33] In addition it was believed that it would only worsen children's attention spans. These concerns still exist today, although there is no conclusive proof of this being the case, even after more than 35 seasons of televised shows. Ralph Nader (right) on Sesame Street, with Bob This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... Ralph Nader (right) on Sesame Street, with Bob This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... Ralph Nader (born February 27, 1934) is an American attorney and political activist in the areas of consumer rights, humanitarianism, environmentalism and democratic government. ... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants, primarily selling hamburgers, chicken, french fries, milkshakes and soft drinks. ... Laser Quest is the name of an indoor lasertag game based around infrared (IR) hand held units and vests, as well as the name of the company which operates each game center. ... These children vary in their proportion of body fat. ... For other uses, see Violence (disambiguation). ... Cognitive The scientific study of how people obtain, retrieve, store and manipulate information. ...


In a letter to the Boston Globe, Boston University professor of education Frank Garfunkel commented "If what people want is for their children to memorize numbers and letters without regard to their meaning or use—without regard to the differences between children, then Sesame Street is truly responsive. To give a child 30 seconds of one thing and then to switch it and give him 30 seconds of another is to nurture irrelevance."[34] For the similarly named institution in Chestnut Hill, see Boston College. ...


In the magazine Childhood Education, Minnie P. Berson of SUNY Fredonia asked "Why debase the art form of teaching with phony pedagogy, vulgar sideshows, bad acting, and layers of smoke and fog to clog the eager minds of small children?" The State University of New York at Fredonia (also known as SUNY Fredonia or Fredonia State) is a four-year liberal arts college located in Fredonia, New York. ...


For an animation on the letter "J", the writers included "a day in jail." This drew criticism from San Francisco Chronicle columnist Terrence O'Flaherty, despite executive producer David Connell's assertion that kids are familiar with the word through shows like Batman and Superman, and that "when you're trying to come up with a lot of words starting with J, you soon run short" of words they are already familiar with.[34] Todays San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ...


The series also met with criticism in its attempts to help the underprivileged. Educator Sister Mary Mel O'Dowd worried that the show might start to replace "personalized experiences". "If Sesame Street is the only thing ghetto kids have, I don't think it's going to do much good. It never hurts a child to be able to count to 10 or recognize the 26 letters of the alphabet. But without the guidance of a teacher, he'll be like one of our preschoolers who was able to write 'CAUTION' on the blackboard after seeing it on the back of so many buses, and told me 'That says STOP.'"[34]


Though it is widely beloved, like a number of PBS shows (notably WGBH's Postcards From Buster[35]) Sesame Street has long had to contend with those who disagree with its social content. Gerald S. Lesser comments in his book Children and Television: Lessons from Sesame Street that the show faced hostility in the southern United States when it first aired because it portrayed people of various races mingling peacefully.[36] At first the Commission for Educational Television in Mississippi refused to air the show. However, the commission had no choice but to allow their local public television stations to air the show when commercial stations in Mississippi said they would air the program themselves.[37] WGBH is an established public television and public radio broadcast service located in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Postcards from Buster, also called Busters Postcards, is a childrens television series, containing both animation and live-action that airs on PBS, and is a spin-off of the Arthur cartoon series. ...


Rumors and urban legends

While many rumors have been started about the series, a few have been widely promulgated and perpetuated over the years.


It has widely been suggested that Bert and Ernie are a gay couple, as they are apparently adult human males portrayed sharing a bedroom, though with separate beds. A 1980 collection of humorous essays by Kurt Andersen, titled The Real Thing, made light of the growing rumor. "Bert and Ernie conduct themselves in the same loving, discreet way that millions of gay men, women and hand puppets do. They do their jobs well and live a splendidly settled life together in an impeccably decorated cabinet."[38] The rumor was promulgated repeatedly, so much so that by 1993, Sesame Workshop had a prepared statement to send out to people inquiring on the topic. In a 1994 effort to get the characters banned, Rev. Joseph Chambers stated on his radio show: "Bert and Ernie are two grown men sharing a house and a bedroom. They share clothes, eat and cook together and have blatantly effeminate characteristics. In one show, Bert teaches Ernie how to sew. In another, they tend plants together. If this isn't meant to represent a homosexual union, I can't imagine what it's supposed to represent."[39] Both Steve Whitmire as Ernie and Eric Jacobson as Bert have stated publicly that the characters are not gay.[40] The alleged relationship has been parodied on the adult animated series Family Guy and by Ernest & Bertram. The latter, a 2002 short film that ran at the Sundance Film Festival, was the subject of a cease and desist order from the legal department of Sesame Workshop.[41] The Broadway musical Avenue Q includes two characters similar to Bert and Ernie, named Rod and Nicky, one of which is gay. Ernie and his rubber duckie with Bert in Sesame Street Bert and Ernie are two Muppets on the long-running PBS childrens television show Sesame Street. ... GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ... Kurt Andersen Kurt Andersen (born 1954- in Omaha, Nebraska), co-founded Spy magazine with E. Graydon Carter. ... Family Guy is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series about a dysfunctional family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island. ... The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival in the United States, and ranks alongside the Cannes, France, Venice, Italy, Berlin, Germany, and Toronto, Canada festivals as one of the most prestigious in the world. ... Avenue Q is a Tony award-winning musical that was conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, who wrote the music and lyrics. ...


The pair's relationship bears similarity to that of Laurel and Hardy, who were also occasionally shown sleeping together; this became such a comedy staple as to be adopted by Morecambe and Wise in the 1970s, all of whom were similarly asexual. The Odd Couple is another, more apposite, contemporary comparison. Some adult viewers are upset by the assertions, as in their view, Ernie and Bert act like children, teenagers at the oldest, and are no more different than brothers or cousins who share a room. Laurel and Hardy, in a promotional still from their 1937 feature film Way Out West. ... Morecambe and Wise were a famous British comic double act comprising Eric Morecambe OBE and Ernie Wise OBE. The act lasted four decades until Morecambes death in 1984. ... Walter Matthau and Art Carney in the 1965 Broadway production The Odd Couple was a hit 1965 Broadway play by Neil Simon, followed by a successful film and television series, as well as other derivative works and spinoffs, many featuring one or more of the same actors. ...


In 1990, puppeteer Jim Henson's death spurred rumors that Ernie would be "killed off" in the show, much the way the character of Mr. Hooper was after actor Will Lee's passing some years earlier.[42] Rumor said that he would be either killed by a vehicle, AIDS, or cancer. There was no legitimacy to this rumor, but because producers took their time recasting a puppeteer for Ernie, the delay allowed the claims to burgeon. A spokesperson for the series was quoted as saying "Ernie is not dying of AIDS, Ernie is not dying of leukemia. Ernie is a puppet."[43][44][45][46] Jim Henson, born James Maury Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990), was the most widely known American puppeteer in modern American television history. ... Will Lee (born August 6, 1908 in New York City, New York; died December 6, 1982 in New York) was an American actor who was best known for his role as Mr. ... For other uses, see AIDS (disambiguation). ... Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ...


In 2002, Sesame Workshop announced that a character with HIV would be introduced to Takalani Sesame, the South African version of the show. Many conservatives and religious groups wrongly presumed that the American version would be getting a "gay Muppet."[47][48][49] This concern came about presumably because of the perceived connection between homosexuality and HIV in the U.S., but the character with HIV is only present on this international version of the show. The character, Kami, contracted HIV from a blood transfusion as an infant. Species Human immunodeficiency virus 1 Human immunodeficiency virus 2 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS, a condition in humans in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections). ... Takalani Sesame (be happy Sesame in Venda) is the South African version of the childrens television program Sesame Street. ... Kami is a character on Takalani Sesame (be happy Sesame in Venda) is the South African version of the childrens television program Sesame Street. ...

In 2007, a British tabloid suggested Britney Spears was to appear on the series, a claim that was categorically false. Image File history File links WikiNews-Logo. ... Wikinews is a free-content news source and a project of the Wikimedia Foundation. ...


See also

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Image File history File links Portal. ... For the slang term, see Muppet (slang). ... Pop culture influenced by Sesame Street // Sesame Street was subject of its own A&E Biography. ... Wonder Showzen was an American sketch comedy television series that began airing in 2005 on MTV2. ... Avenue Q is a Tony award-winning musical that was conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, who wrote the music and lyrics. ... For the animated television series, see Fraggle Rock (animated TV series). ... The Muppet Show was a television program featuring a cast of Muppets (diverse hand-operated puppets, typically with oversized eyes and large moving mouths) produced by Jim Henson and his team from 1976 to 1981. ... Notable Sesame Street episodes Over the decades, Sesame Street storylines have tackled such varied life issues as death,[1][2] adoption,[3] marriage,[4] and birth,[5] often inspired by national statistics or events within the circle of the shows own cast and crew. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ The first season included 130 episodes, but season 36 had only 25.
  2. ^ Karen Barss et al., "Enhancing Education: A Children's Producer's Guide: Sesame Street: Case Study", Corporation for Public Broadcasting (accessed June 29, 2005)
  3. ^ a b c d e f Sesame Workshop: Sesame Street Season 37 Press Kit
  4. ^ a b Michael Jay Friedman, Washington File: Honored children's show popular throughout the world, 8 April 2006.
  5. ^ Michael Jay Friedman, Washington File: Honored children's show popular throughout the world, 8 April 2006. Annan was actually on his way to Norway to accept the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.
  6. ^ Note that Bozo's Circus and The Magic Window were produced longer than Sesame Street, but both ran only in local markets, while Sesame Street is national.
  7. ^ a b c Sesame Street Live Press Kit, Minneapolis MN: Vee Corporation, 2004.
  8. ^ David Roberts (Managing Editor) et al., Guinness World Records: British Hit Singles & Albums (Eighteenth Edition), 2005, ISBN 1-904994-00-8
  9. ^ David Borgenicht, Sesame Street Unpaved. Hyperion, 1998.
  10. ^ "Sesame Workshop expands opportunities for kids to play with their Sesame Street friends", Sesame Workshop press release, 21 August 2006.
  11. ^ New character joins PBS. The Boston Globe (2005-10-19).
  12. ^ Phylis Feinstein, All About Sesame Street. 1970."
  13. ^ While Mr. Hooper's death is considered by most as a landmark in children's television, this wasn't the first death in a children's program. Upon the 1973 death of George Woodbridge, who played the titular character in the British series Inigo Pipkin, the third season of the show dealt with the character's passing. The series was renamed Pipkins, to reflect the change in cast.
  14. ^ Muppet Wiki: Character Pairs
  15. ^ Sesame Street even turned to relative star-wattage for its theme song, "(Can you tell me how to get, how to get to) Sesame Street". Harmonica legend Toots Thielemans wrote the song in 1969, and played a harmonica solo in some versions of the sequence.
  16. ^ Note that people in the Dutch-speaking area of Belgium, called Flanders, also watch the program.
  17. ^ Evans, Jeff (1995). The Guinness Television Encyclopedia. Guinness. ISBN 0-85112-744-4. 
  18. ^ a b Sesame Workshop question and answer page.
  19. ^ Sesame Workshop Parents
  20. ^ Random House: Introduction to Sesame Beginnings
  21. ^ Sesame Workshop Season 36 Press Kit, accessed 28 June 2006.
  22. ^ United States Governors Join Sesame Street's Elmo and Rosita to Encourage Healthy Habits in Children, April 24, 2006; Governors Mike Huckabee (R-AR), Frank Murkowski (R-AK), Felix Perez Camacho (R-GU), Dirk Kempthorne (R-ID), Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS), Kathleen Blanco (D-LA), Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), Kenny Guinn (R-NV), John Hoeven (R-ND), Ancibal Acevendo-Vila (D-PR), Bob Taft (R-OH), Don Carcieri (R-RI) with his wife, Sue Carcieri, Jon Huntsman (R-UT), Jim Douglas (R-VT) and Joe Manchin III (D-WV).
  23. ^ Gliatto, Tom. "Elmo Saves Christmas", People, December 23, 1996. , accessed in EBSCOhost.
  24. ^ http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2007/09/21/2007-09-21_elmos_to_get_sesame_st_testing.html
  25. ^ Bryant, Thomas L.. "Big Bird and Ford", Road & Track, July 1997. Retrieved on 2006-03-02. , accessed through EBSCOhost.
  26. ^ Viadero, Debra. "Grover Promotes Harvard Course", Education Week, 2 March 2005, pp. 1/5th. Retrieved on 2006-03-02.  The course itself was developed by professor Joseph Blatt, who told Education Week "it focuses on how to harness the positive power of the media to improve children's health, particularly problems that stem from alarming levels of obesity among youngsters nationwide." Guests to the course include Sesame Workshop staff. Students are required to pitch media projects to promote healthy behaviors among 6- to 9-year-olds to Sesame executives at the end of the course.
  27. ^ Bruce Morton, "Mr. Elmo goes to Washington". Atlanta, GA: CNN, 24 April 2002. The characters of Sesame Street have a major presence in Washington. President Bill Clinton's 1997 inaugural guests included Elmo. (Roberts, Roxanne. "For inauguration celebration, a group of diverse diversions", Washington Post, January 13, 1997. , through EBSCOhost.)
  28. ^ SESAME WORKSHOP NAMES NEW LICENSING REP FOR THE BENELUX
  29. ^ Previously The Licensing Company Ltd. held the British rights to Sesame Street. Its licensees included Reed Books Children's Publishing for books. ("Reed to publish Sesame Street Books in the UK", Publishers Weekly, April 28, 1997. )
  30. ^ Shaw, Russell. "Click me Elmo: Kids TV goes online", Electronic Media, February 24, 1997. , accessed through EBSCOhost.
  31. ^ "Teaching Day-by-Day A Cornucopia of Activities.", Teaching PreK-8, November /December 2005. , accessed through EBSCOhost.
  32. ^ Peter Sciretta, "Elmo's World: The Movie?", 4 July 2006.
  33. ^ Saturday Morning Censors: Television Regulation Before the V-Chip. Heather Hendershot. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 1998
  34. ^ a b c Feinstein, Phylis. "All About Sesame Street", unknown, 1971. 
  35. ^ MSNBC: Education chief rips PBS for gay character
  36. ^ Gerald S. Lesser, Children and Television: Lessons from Sesame Street, ISBN-10 0394714482.
  37. ^ Mandel, Jennifer (2006). "The Production of a Beloved Community: Sesame Street’s Answer to America’s Inequalities". The Journal of American Culture. Blackwell Publishing, Inc.. Retrieved on 2006-08-21. 
  38. ^ Andersen, Kurt (February 1982). The Real Thing (Paperback) (in English), New York, NY: Henry Holt & Co, 180. ISBN 0-03-060037-5. 
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Sesame Street is an educational American children's television series designed for preschoolers, and is recognized as a pioneer of the contemporary standard which combines education and entertainment in children's television shows.
Sesame Street is produced in the United States by Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Children's Television Workshop (CTW).
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Sesame Street is an educational television program for young children, which led the way for many of the modern edutainment style shows.
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