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On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, both human and puppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games and songs.
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 Big Bird / ... (275 episodes, 1969-2017)
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 Bert / ... (275 episodes, 1969-2014)
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 Two-Headed Monster / ... (258 episodes, 1970-2013)
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 Ernie / ... (243 episodes, 1969-2005)
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 Maria / ... (213 episodes, 1971-2014)
Martin P. Robinson ...
 Telly Monster / ... (206 episodes, 1982-2015)
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 Elmo / ... (190 episodes, 1980-2014)
Bob McGrath ...
 Bob / ... (186 episodes, 1969-2017)
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 Gordon / ... (184 episodes, 1974-2017)
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 Luis / ... (171 episodes, 1971-2017)
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 Two-Headed Monster / ... (163 episodes, 1974-1998)
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 Susan / ... (133 episodes, 1969-2017)
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 Prairie Dawn / ... (132 episodes, 1970-2015)
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 Baby Bear / ... (126 episodes, 1986-2017)

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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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Trivia

In 1993, the original set was expanded to include new areas located just around the corner from Big Bird's nest, which had previously marked the end of Sesame Street's world. Among these areas was a store initially run by a character played by Ruth Buzzi. The series format was intended to simulate the commercial-filled world of TV to which American children are exposed, with a main plot line being interrupted by frequent commercials hawking educational concepts instead of products and simulated TV programs. The show also made extensive use of the reruns concept by replaying popular segments over and over, intermixed with new material. As a result, children viewing the show in 2002 will still see the occasional segment that was originally created for the series when their parents were still children! Many songs written for the series are now considered standards. These include "Sing," "Being Green," "Rubber Duckie," and "C is for Cookie," as well as the show's theme song. However, when the show changed formats in 2000, this concept is less frequently used than before. See more »

Goofs

In a lot of times you can see the strings of the puppets that are being used by the puppeteers. See more »

Quotes

Kermit the Frog: [trying to come up with rhyming song lyrics] Here, try this. Mary had a little canary. It was bluer than the sky. And every where that Mary went, the canary was sure to fly.
Don Music: [shouts] But canaries aren't blue!
Kermit the Frog: Jeesh!
Don Music: I'll never get it! Never! You won't help! Oh!
[bangs his head against the piano]
Kermit the Frog: Uh, you'll hurt yourself in the head, there, Don.
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Crazy Credits

The episodes that originally aired on a Friday somewhere between 1969 and 2000 had an additional message in the funding credits saying "Recorded at Reeves Teletape III" until 1987. Starting around the 18th season of the show, the message then said, "Facilities by Unitel Video, Inc." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Family Dog: Family Dog Goes Homeless (1993) See more »

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CARIBBEAN AMPHIBIAN
Performed by Kermit the Frog
©1986
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Classic show, but lowering it's standards
2 January 2001 | by (South Portland, ME) – 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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