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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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Caroll Spinney ...  Big Bird / ... 370 episodes, 1969-2018
Frank Oz ...  Bert / ... 363 episodes, 1969-2014
Jerry Nelson ...  Two-Headed Monster / ... 349 episodes, 1970-2013
Martin P. Robinson ...  Telly Monster / ... 287 episodes, 1982-2018
Kevin Clash ...  Elmo / ... 271 episodes, 1980-2014
Sonia Manzano ...  Maria / ... 265 episodes, 1971-2014
Jim Henson ...  Ernie / ... 326 episodes, 1969-2005
Bob McGrath Bob McGrath ...  Bob / ... 230 episodes, 1969-2017
Roscoe Orman ...  Gordon / ... 225 episodes, 1974-2018
Emilio Delgado ...  Luis / ... 213 episodes, 1971-2017
Fran Brill Fran Brill ...  Prairie Dawn / ... 197 episodes, 1970-2015
Richard Hunt ...  Two-Headed Monster / ... 259 episodes, 1972-2004
David Rudman ...  Baby Bear / ... 185 episodes, 1986-2019
Loretta Long Loretta Long ...  Susan / ... 168 episodes, 1969-2017
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Official site | PBS | See more »

Country:

USA

Release Date:

21 July 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The New Sesame Street See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1969-2014) | (2014-)

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Mono | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In 1970, the show was banned in Mississippi in a three to two split vote by the State Commission for Educational Television, an anonymous committee member citing that the show uses a highly integrated cast, and that Mississippi was not yet ready for it. Twenty-two days later, the commission reversed its decision. See more »

Goofs

During the "Beat the Time" skit with The Count, Guy Smiley declared that The Count won when he created his thunder and lightning from counting the 20 seconds he had, as he had found two thing that came from the sky. However, the thunder and lightning came after the time ran out, so technically he still lost. See more »

Quotes

The Announcer: We interrupt this presentation to bring you "A message from your local chicken!"
Gordon Robinson: Hey, Zelda! You're on!
Zelda the Chicken: [Clucking]
Gordon Robinson: [Translating] For those of you who don't speak chicken, Zelda says that she is mighty proud to be a chicken!
Zelda the Chicken: [Clucking]
Gordon Robinson: [Translating] She is proud because chickens lay eggs,
Zelda the Chicken: [Clucking]
Gordon Robinson: [Translating] And eggs are good for you.
Zelda the Chicken: [Clucking]
Gordon Robinson: [Translating] She is also proud that she is covered with feathers that keeps him warn in the winter and hoot in the...
[...]
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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 »

Alternate Versions

In 1970, an experimental edit of the show, entitled "This Way to Sesame Street", was briefly syndicated. It featured programs that were edited to include slightly different opening credits and paid commercials and was offered to commercial TV stations as a means of cashing in on the show's success. The project was scrapped after several weeks, and full effort was placed on the non-commercial version of the program. See more »

Connections

Edited into Sesame Street: Sleepytime Songs & Stories (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

AFRICAN ALPHABET SONG
Performed by Kermit the Frog and Ladysmith Black Mambazo,
©1987
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Classic show, but lowering it's standards
2 January 2001 | by HotoilSee 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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