Sesame Street

American children's television program

Sesame Street is an American children's television series with many Muppets (puppet characters) and non-Muppet characters (human characters). There are also many animated characters. The show deals with issues like music, song, alphabet, numbers, and teaching children basics in learning, as well as more serious issues like death, divorce, HIV/AIDS, autism, and foster care. Part of the profits, go to an international project for children's schools.

Sesame Street
Sesame Street sign.svg
logo of Sesame Street
Genre
Created by
Theme music composer
Opening theme"Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?"
Ending theme
  • "Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?" (instrumental) (up until season 45)
  • "Smarter, Stronger, Kinder" (season 46 onwards)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons52
No. of episodes4,591 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)
Running time
  • 60 minutes (1969–2015)
  • 30 minutes (2014–present)
Production company(s)Sesame Workshop[note 1]
DistributorSesame Workshop
Release
Original network
  • PBS[note 2] (1969–2015; second run, 2016–present)
  • HBO (first run, 2016–20)
  • HBO Max (first run, 2020–present)
Picture formatNTSC (1969-2008)
HDTV 1080i (2008–present)
Original releaseNovember 10, 1969 (1969-11-10) –
present

The show has been on TV since November 10, 1969. Jim Henson made the Muppets and a lot of writers and puppeteers worked together to make the show. The Muppets were used afterwards in a different show called The Muppet Show. Sesame Street has been on TV in 120 countries all over the world. More than 4000 episodes have been made over 50 seasons. One unique feature of the show is that the episode number appears at the start of each episode.

For most of its history, Sesame Street had been shown on PBS. In 2015, new episodes began airing on HBO in January 2016, but those episodes would be shown on PBS nine months later.[13] In 2020, Sesame Street aired on HBO for the last time. After five seasons on HBO Max, the show returns to PBS as its first-run program, for the newer episodes, starting with the 51st season.

List of pilots of Sesame Street (from July 9 to July 21, 1969) 1. Pilot (no. 1) July 21, 1969 This is the first pilot for Sesame Street, it ran for around 55 minutes. 2. Pilot (no. 2) July 21, 1969 This is the second pilot for Sesame Street. 3. Pilot (no. 3) July 21, 1969 This is the third pilot for Sesame Street. 4. Pilot (no. 4) July 21, 1969 This is the fourth pilot for Sesame Street. 5. Pilot (no. 5) July 21, 1969 This is the fifth pilot for Sesame Street.

MoviesEdit

The MuppetsEdit

  • Big Bird is a 8-foot-tall yellow bird. He was the first Muppet to appear on Sesame Street. His best friend is Snuffleupagus who looks like a mammoth with no tusks and was assumed to be imaginary by the rest of the cast, until the creators revealed him due to hearing about reports of sexual abuse cases of children. Performed by Caroll Spinney (1969–2018) and Matt Vogel (1997–present).
  • Oscar the Grouch is dwelling creature who lives in a garbage can with his pet worm Slimey and his pet elephant Fluffy. He is always in a bad mood and he loves everything that other people hate: mud, dirt, etc. He has a girlfriend named Grundgetta. Performed by Caroll Spinney (1969–2018) and Eric Jacobson (2015–present).
  • Bert and Ernie are two roommates. Ernie is more active and always ready to play a game or make a mess. Bert is an often boring grouch who likes to read; he likes things to be clean, neat and loves pigeons. They are rumors that they are gay, which Sesame Workshop has denied.
  • Cookie Monster is blue, has a baritone voice, and eats large amounts of cookies. It was rumored that he would be renamed the Veggie Monster in an effort to promote healthy eating, but that turned out to be untrue. He also once had his own skit where he introduced parodies of famous books, movies, plays, and TV shows.[14] Performed by Frank Oz (1969–2004) and David Rudman (2001–present).
  • Zoe is a female orange monster. She has a pet rock named Rocco and loves to dance ballet. She is also Elmo's best friend. Performed by Fran Brill (1993–2015) and Jennifer Barnhart (2016–present).
  • Rosita is a bilingual turquoise female monster who speaks both English and Spanish. She also plays the guitar. Performed by Carmen Osbahr.
  • Grover is a blue furred monster. He pretends to be a superhero named Super Grover. Super Grover is his alter ego. Performed by Frank Oz (1970–2012) and Eric Jacobson (1999–present).
  • Count von Count (The Count) is a number-counting vampire. He is of Indian descent. Performed by Jerry Nelson (1972–2012) and Matt Vogel (2013–present).
  • Prairie Dawn is methodic and driven young girl who loves to write and direct pageants featuring her friends. Performed by Fran Brill (1971–2015) and Stephanie D'Abruzzo (2016–present).
  • Elmo is a small red furred monster who has a falsetto voice and lives with his goldfish named Dorothy. He speaks in third person and got his own Sesame Street segment, Elmo's World, in 1998. Performed by Kevin Clash (1984–2012) and Ryan Dillon (2013–present).
  • Kermit the Frog is one of the first Muppets designed and built by Jim Henson.[15] Borgenicht calls Kermit "funny, ironic, and always the voice of reason amidst the insanity around him; the calm in the eye of the storm".[16] He was a star on Sesame Street until 2001. He had his own skit where he interviewed characters from fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and history.

Other muppets for Sesame Street include a girl fairy named Abby Cadabby, Murray, his lamb named Ovajita, Juila, and the Two-Headed Monster. Not only Muppets play in the show but also a diverse cast of human characters who live with the Muppets.

Notable humansEdit

  • Alan, played by Alan Muraoka (1998-present)
  • Armando "Mando", played by Ismael Cruz Córdova (2013–2015)
  • Bob Johnson, played by Bob McGrath (1969–2016)
  • Buffy, played by Buffy Sainte-Marie (1976–1981)
  • Charlie, played Violet Tinnirello (2020–present)
  • Chris Robinson, played by Chris Knowings (2007–present)
  • Gabriela "Gabi" Rodriguez, played by Gabriela Rose Reagan (1989–93) and Desiree Casado (1993–2012)
  • Dr. Gina Jefferson, played by Alison Bartlett-O'Reilly (1987–2016)
  • Gordon Robinson, played by Garrett Saunders (1969), Matt Robinson (1969–1972), Hal Miller (1972–1974) and Roscoe Orman (1974–2017), the first character introduced on Sesame Street.
  • Mr. Harold Hooper, played by Will Lee (1969–1983)
  • Luis Rodriguez, played by Emilio Delgado (1971–2016)
  • Mr. Noodle, played by Bill Irwin (1998–2009, 2017–present)


HistoryEdit

In the seasons 30-33 (1998-2002) ending credits, in the seasons 27 (1995-1996)-33 (2002) purple television static background, the Sesame Workshop text logo got white and without a house of boredom in seasons 31 (2000)-33 (2002), because the Children's Television Workshop text logo got white and without a semicircle in seasons 30 (1998-1999)-31 (2000).

In the 1999 VHS version of the movie "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland", it was a car variant in the 1997-2000 CTW logo.

Related pagesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Known as Children's Television Workshop until 2000.
  2. Known as NET for the first season.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Sesame Street season 1 End Credits (1969-70)". YouTube.com. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  2. "Sesame Street season 3 End Credits (1971-72)". YouTube.com. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  3. "Sesame Street season 4 End Credits (1972-73)". YouTube.com. Archived from the original on 2021-12-11. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  4. "Sesame Street season 9 end credits (1977-78)". YouTube.com. Archived from the original on 2020-01-22. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  5. "Sesame Street season 10 end credits (1978-79)". YouTube.com. Archived from the original on 2012-10-08. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  6. "Sesame Street season 12 end credits (1980-81)". YouTube.com. Archived from the original on 2021-12-11. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  7. "Sesame Street season 24 (#3010) closing & funding credits (1992) ["Dancing City" debut]". YouTube.com. Archived from the original on 2021-12-11. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  8. "Sesame Street - Season 25 End Credits (1993-1994)". YouTube.com. Archived from the original on 2021-12-11. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  9. "Elmo Writes a Story - Sesame Street Full Episode (credits start at 55:37)". YouTube.com. Sesame Street. Archived from the original on 2021-12-11. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  10. "Sesame Street Season 34 credits & fundings (version #1)". YouTube.com. Archived from the original on 2021-12-11. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  11. "Elmo and Zoe Play the Healthy Food Game - Sesame Street Full Episodes (credits start at 52:50)". YouTube.com. Sesame Street. Archived from the original on 2021-12-11. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  12. "PBS Kids Program Break (2006 WFWA-TV)". YouTube.com. Archived from the original on 2021-12-11. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  13. "HBO Picks Up 'Sesame Street' As Kids' Viewing Habits Change". www.msn.com.
  14. Cookie Monster | 1-28-2103 |http://www.sesamestreet.org/muppets/cookie-monster Archived 2015-05-10 at the Wayback Machine
  15. Finch, Christopher 1993. Jim Henson: the works: the art, the magic, the imagination. New York: Random House, p37. ISBN 0-679-41203-4
  16. Borgenicht, David 1998. Sesame Street unpaved. New York: Hyperion Publishing, p89. ISBN 0-7868-6460-5

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