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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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Series cast summary:
Caroll Spinney ...  Big Bird / ... 626 episodes, 1969-2020
Frank Oz ...  Bert / ... 566 episodes, 1969-2014
Jerry Nelson ...  Herry Monster / ... 549 episodes, 1970-2013
Sonia Manzano ...  Maria / ... 456 episodes, 1971-2014
Jim Henson ...  Ernie / ... 526 episodes, 1969-2005
Bob McGrath Bob McGrath ...  Bob / ... 425 episodes, 1969-2017
Martin P. Robinson ...  Telly Monster / ... 411 episodes, 1981-2020
Emilio Delgado ...  Luis / ... 401 episodes, 1971-2017
Roscoe Orman ...  Gordon / ... 391 episodes, 1974-2018
Richard Hunt ...  Two-Headed Monster / ... 441 episodes, 1972-2005
Kevin Clash ...  Elmo / ... 367 episodes, 1980-2018
Loretta Long Loretta Long ...  Susan / ... 359 episodes, 1969-2017
Fran Brill ...  Prairie Dawn / ... 315 episodes, 1970-2015
Northern Calloway Northern Calloway ...  David / ... 259 episodes, 1971-2004
David Rudman ...  Baby Bear / ... 256 episodes, 1986-2020


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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Possibly the only topic that has never been dealt with on the show is divorce. The producers tried in 1991 with an episode titled "Snuffy's Parents Get a Divorce". In the episode, Snuffy's parents are shown arguing and his sister, Alice, is shown reacting by hitting her teddy bear. The script was reviewed by child psychologists who suggested an emphasis on telling children that if their parents get divorced, their parents will still love them and the divorce is not their fault. The episode was tested on children in daycare centers. But the children came away with those same negative messages. The episode was never aired. In another 1991 episode, Kermit the Frog interviews a bird who sings about how her parents still love her even though they no longer live together though it is not directly stated that her parents are divorced. See more »


Bert and Ernie's apartment is clearly a sub-basement apartment in the 123 Sesame Street building, but often when looking out a window from inside the apartment, it looks as if it is on the first floor (i.e. the half-walls seen in front of the windows when outside the building aren't there, and when people are at the window, they're standing straight up, not crouched over as one would expect). See more »


Ernie: [Ernie is having Bert's head traced on the screen, unbeknownst to Bert who can't move and doesn't understand why] Okay, here is Bert's eye.
[His left eye is traced]
Ernie: And here is Bert's other eye.
[His other eye is traced]
Ernie: And the eyes are what you see with, right Bert?
[Bert starts to say something, but is cut off immediately by Ernie]
Ernie: Don't say anything, Bert.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Aside from those listed above, many other countries have created their own versions of "Sesame Street" over the years, with some using overdubbed footage from the US edition, and others being completely original programs. See more »


Referenced in Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Lyndie Greenwood (2016) See more »


Performed by Ernie and Bert
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My daughters are the judge
25 November 2007 | by james-szaboSee all my reviews

This was one of my favorite shows as a child in the 70s. (Though my sister always preferred "The Electric Company" - if anyone remembers that.) So, naturally, I thought my own two daughters would love it. Well, at age 2-3, my oldest loved Elmo, but at age 4, she's long over both Elmo and Sesame Street - and she won't enter Kindergarten for two more years! So, I give the current show a 6. It's too inane for my 4 year old. As for myself, I was much older when I stopped watching. This was one of my favorite shows. I give the old Sesame Street a 10/10. Thus we get 8 stars overall.

When I do occasionally watch the new show, I miss Kermit, am dismayed that Snuffy is visible to everyone (where's the fun in that?), think Big Bird acts like an imbecile (was he always such a baby? maybe so), wish Grover and Cookie Monster and the Count got more face time, suspect that the current production team is trying to make Ernie and Bert seem gay, and miss some of the old segments. I think they should just stop producing new shows and start re-running the old shows starting with season 1. The ratings would probably go way up and they'd save a lot of money.

"Oh waiter! There's a fly in this production!"

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Release Date:

21 July 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The New Sesame Street See more »

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(1969-2014) | (2014-)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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