Sesame Street

Sesame Street
Sesame Street logo.svg
Also known as123 Sesame Street
Created by
Written 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?"
  • "Smarter, Stronger, Kinder" (from season 46)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons51
No. of episodes4,561[note 1]
Executive producers
Production locations
Running time
  • 60 minutes (1969–2015)
  • 30 minutes (2014–present)
Production companySesame Workshop[note 2]
DistributorSesame Workshop
Original network
  • PBS[note 3] (1969–2015; second run, 2016–present)
  • HBO (first run, 2016–20)
  • HBO Max (first run, 2020–present)
Original releaseNovember 10, 1969 (1969-11-10) –
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Sesame Street is an American educational children's television series that combines live-action, sketch comedy, animation and puppetry. It is produced by Sesame Workshop (known as the Children's Television Workshop (CTW) until June 2000) and was created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its images communicated through the use of Jim Henson's Muppets, and includes short films, with humor and cultural references. The series premiered on November 10, 1969, to positive reviews, some controversy,[21] and high viewership; it has aired on the US's national public television provider PBS since its debut, with its first run moving to premium channel HBO on January 16, 2016, then its sister streaming service HBO Max in 2020.

The format of Sesame Street consists of a combination of commercial television production elements and techniques which have evolved to reflect the changes in American culture and the audience's viewing habits. With the creation of Sesame Street, producers and writers of a children's television show used, for the first time, educational goals and a curriculum to shape its content. It was also the first time a show's educational effects were formally studied. The show, therefore, has undergone significant changes in its history as adjustments to the format and content have been made to reflect change sources to the curriculum.

Shortly after creating Sesame Street, its producers developed what came to be called the "CTW model" (after the production company's previous name), a system of television show planning, production, and evaluation based on collaborations between producers, writers, educators, and researchers. The show was initially funded by government and private foundations but has become somewhat self-supporting due to revenues from licensing arrangements, international sales, and other media. By 2006, there were independently produced versions, or "co-productions", of Sesame Street broadcast in twenty countries. In 2001, there were over 120 million viewers of various international versions of Sesame Street, and by the show's 40th anniversary in 2009, it was broadcast in more than 140 countries.

Sesame Street was by then the 15th-highest-rated children's television show in the United States. A 1996 survey found that 95% of all American preschoolers had watched the show by the time they were three years old. In 2018, it was estimated that 86 million Americans had watched the series as children. As of 2018, Sesame Street has won 189 Emmy Awards and 11 Grammy Awards, more than any other children's show.

  1. ^ a b "Sesame Street season 1 End Credits (1969-70)". Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  2. ^ "Sesame Street season 2 end credits (1970-71)". Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  3. ^ "Sesame Street season 5 end credits (1973-74)". Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  4. ^ "Sesame Street season 6 end credits (1974-75)". Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Sesame Street season 12 end credits (1980-81)". Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Sesame Street 1996 Closing Credits from Season 28 (mistaken as season 27 in the video)". Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d "Elmo Writes a Story - Sesame Street Full Episode (credits start at 55:37)". Sesame Street. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  8. ^ "Sesame Street Season 40 Closing Credits". Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  9. ^ "Sesame Street Season 46 End Credits". Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  10. ^ a b c "Sesame Street Season 47 Episode 1 (credits start at 25:36)". Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  11. ^ "Sesame Street season 3 End Credits (1971-72)". Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  12. ^ "Sesame Street season 4 End Credits (1972-73)". Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  13. ^ "Sesame Street season 9 end credits (1977-78)". Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  14. ^ "Sesame Street season 10 end credits (1978-79)". Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  15. ^ "Sesame Street season 24 (#3010) closing & funding credits (1992) ["Dancing City" debut]". Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  16. ^ "Sesame Street - Season 25 End Credits (1993-1994)". Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  17. ^ "Sesame Street Season 34 credits & fundings (version #1)". Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  18. ^ "Elmo and Zoe Play the Healthy Food Game - Sesame Street Full Episodes (credits start at 52:50)". Sesame Street. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  19. ^ "PBS Kids Program Break (2006 WFWA-TV)". Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  20. ^ a b "Sesame Street #4922 Dinosaur in the Laundromat (credits start at 25:45)". Retrieved June 18, 2020.
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