Sesame Street

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Sesame Street
logo of Sesame Street
Genre
Created by
Theme music composer
  • Joe Raposo
  • Jon Stone
  • Bruce Hart
Opening theme"Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street"
Ending theme"Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street"
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons54
No. of episodes4,701
Production
Executive producers
  • David Connell (1969–72)[1][2]
  • Jon Stone (1972–78)[3][4]
  • Al Hyslop (1978–80) (credited as "producer" in season 10)[5]
  • Dulcy Singer (1980–93)[6][7]
  • Michael Loman (1993–2002)[8][9]
  • Dr. Lewis Bernstein (2003–05)[10][11]
  • Carol-Lynn Parente (2006–17)[12]
  • Brown Johnson (2017–19)
  • Benjamin Lehmann (2018–present)
Production locations
Running time60 minutes (seasons 1-45)
30 minutes (seasons 33, 45, 46 - onwards)
Production companySesame Workshop[note 1]
Original release
NetworkNET (1969–2009)
PBS (1969–present)
HBO (2016–2020)
Max (2020–present)
ReleaseJanuary 1, 1969 (1969-01-01) –
present

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. 54 seasons to 4,701 episodes.

Series overview[change | change source]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 130 January 1, 1969 January 31, 1970
2 145 February 11, 1970 February 29, 1971
3 130 March 1, 1971 March 31, 1972
4 April 11, 1972 April 30, 1973
5 May 11, 1973 May 31, 1974
6 June 11, 1974 June 30, 1975
7 July 11, 1975 July 31, 1976
8 August 11, 1976 August 32, 1977
9 September 11, 1977 September 30, 1978
10 October 11, 1978 October 31, 1979
11 January 11, 1979 January 31, 1980
12 February 11, 1980 February 29, 1981
13 March 11, 1981 March 31, 1982
14 April 11, 1982 April 30, 1983
15 May 11, 1983 May 31, 1984
16 June 11, 1984 June 30, 1985
17 July 11, 1985 July 31, 1986
18 August 11, 1986 August 32, 1987
19 September 11, 1987 September 30, 1988
20 October 11, 1988 October 31, 1989
21 January 11, 1989 January 31, 1990
22 February 11, 1990 February 29, 1991
23 March 11, 1991 March 31, 1992
24 April 11, 1992 April 30, 1993
25 May 11, 1993 May 31, 1994
26 June 11, 1994 June 30, 1995
27 July 11, 1995 July 31, 1996
28 August 11, 1996 August 32, 1997
29 September 11, 1997 September 30, 1998
30 65 October 11, 1998 October 31, 1999
31 January 11, 1999 January 31, 2000
32 February 11, 2000 December 25, 2001
33 50 February 11, 2002 March 31, 2002
34 26 April 11, 2002 April 30, 2003
35 May 11, 2003 May 31, 2004
36 June 11, 2004 June 30, 2005
37 July 11, 2005 July 31, 2006
38 August 11, 2006 August 32, 2007
39 September 11, 2007 September 30, 2008
40 October 11, 2008 December 12, 2009
41 January 1, 2009 January 31, 2010
42 February 1, 2010 February 29, 2011
43 March 1, 2011 March 31, 2012
44 April 1, 2012 April 30, 2013
45 May 1, 2013 May 31, 2014
46 35 June 1, 2014 June 30, 2015
47 July 1, 2015 July 31, 2016
48 August 1, 2016 August 32, 2017
49 September 1, 2017 September 30, 2018
50 October 1, 2018 October 31, 2019
51 January 1, 2019 January 31, 2020
52 February 1, 2020 February 29, 2021
53 March 1, 2021 March 31, 2022
54 April 1, 2022 April 30, 2023


The show has been on TV since January 1, 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.

The Puppets[change | change source]

  • 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 reddish-brown Woolly mammoth-like Elephant 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 (2009–present).
  • Oscar the Grouch is dwelling green alien 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 Matt Vogel (2009–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 a blue alien that 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 and Eric Jacobson.
  • Zoe is a female yellowish-orange alien. She has a rock named Rocco and loves ballet. She is also Elmo's best friend.
  • Rosita is a bilingual turquoise female alien who is from Mexico and speaks both English and Spanish. She also plays the guitar. Performed by Carmen Osbahr.
  • Grover is a clumsy blue alien. He pretends to be a superhero named Super Grover. Super Grover is his alter ego.
  • Count von Count (The Count) is a number-counting lavender vampire.
  • Prairie Dawn is methodic and driven young girl who loves to write and direct pageants featuring her friends
  • Elmo is a small red alien 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.
  • 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.

Related pages[change | change source]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Known as Children's Television Workshop until 2000.

References[change | change source]

  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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