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Sesame Street 

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On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, human and muppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games, and songs.
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The setting is in a small street in a city where children and furry puppet monsters learn about numbers, the alphabet and other pre-school subjects taught in commercial spots, songs and games. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Release Date:

21 July 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

1-2-3 Sesame  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Big Bird is 8'2" tall. See more »


During the "Remembering Game" sketch, when Cookie Monster calls "Number 4", a stagehand's arm is visible reaching behind the game board at the bottom right of the screen. See more »


Count von Count: Did I say Three?
Pat Playjacks: Yes!
Count von Count: I SAID THREE
Pat Playjacks: That's right. Three squeals, Count Von Count. YOU WON!
Count von Count: Oh, I won!
Prairie Dawn: What? He won? Oh no!
Pat Playjacks: And now, It's time to pick a prize from the studio filled with fabulous prizes and to show them to us is our Co-hostess, Velma Blank. A fifteen gallon tank of finger paint, A hand crafted grapefruit goggle for the protection of that morning squirt, And the larger than life portrait of America's 2nd favorite game show host, Pat Playjacks.
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Crazy Credits

Most episodes aired from 1969 to the 2000s do not have complete closing credits; ending credits usually appeared at the end of the Friday installment, or when another weekday episode ran short. See more »


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Performed by Kermit the Frog
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Classic show, but lowering it's standards
2 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is a children's television classic. It's educational and entertaining, and not painful for parents to watch with their kids. At least it never used to be. It used to be quite edgy, high-brow, very adult-accessible. It's been dumbed down considerably over the years. This is a result of playing to lower age-groups, shorter attention spans, and competing with the run-of-the-mill trash in the kid's TV arena.

The adults have virtually vanished, the muppets have gotten annoying (I'm sure we're all familiar with Elmo by now), the show has shrunk to 40 minutes, the last 20 being a new show-within-a-show known as "Elmo's World". As if the 20 minutes of Elmo aren't enough, even more grating is that there are only about 10-20 episodes of Elmo's World, yet it runs every day! And rather than dealing with reading, writing, counting, nature, social skills, Elmo's World revolves around things like balls, puppies, hair, etc. Yes, this is not your parent's Sesame Street, or probably even the Sesame Street you grew up with. It's a more modern, simple, conformist Street that has considerably less charm but at least more educational value than the other, more commercial stuff out there.

The only reason to turn your kids on to television is rapidly shrinking into another Barney.

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