Sesame Street (1969– )

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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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 Bert / ... (215 episodes, 1969-2014)
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 Big Bird / ... (205 episodes, 1969-2013)
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 News Flash Announcer / ... (194 episodes, 1970-2013)
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 Ernie / ... (186 episodes, 1969-2005)
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 Maria / ... (161 episodes, 1971-2014)
Martin P. Robinson ...
 Telly Monster / ... (151 episodes, 1982-2014)
Bob McGrath ...
 Bob / ... (149 episodes, 1969-2014)
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 Gordon / ... (146 episodes, 1974-2014)
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 Elmo / ... (145 episodes, 1982-2014)
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 Luis / ... (122 episodes, 1971-2014)
Richard Hunt ...
 Two-Headed Monster / ... (116 episodes, 1974-1998)
Loretta Long ...
 Susan / ... (114 episodes, 1969-2012)
Fran Brill ...
 Prairie Dawn / ... (102 episodes, 1970-2014)
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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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Sesame Street Unpaved  »

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Trivia

On the death of actor Will Lee, who played neighborhood grocer Mr. Harold Hooper, the production staff decided not to replace him with another actor instead they wrote a special episode dealing with the loss of a loved one ("Goodbye, Mr. Hooper"). In a scene where the other cast members are talking to Big Bird about the death of someone one loves, they were apparently still grieving the loss of Will Lee, since they were visibly near tears. A child psychologist was brought in to help the writers. The show where his character's death was announced was scheduled for a public holiday and was publicized in many newspapers (so parents could be present to answer any questions their children might have). It was also seen as important not to say that Mr. Hooper died in a hospital as it was seen as potentially making children scared of going to a hospital. In a poll this episode was voted by fans as being the most moving and memorable moment. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Big Bird: Never refer to me as an item. I'm a bird.
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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

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Soundtracks

DANCE MYSELF TO SLEEP
Performed by Ernie and Bert
©1982
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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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