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About Sesame Street
Sesame Street is a children’s television show that airs on PBS Kids. The show was created by Joan Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. Sesame Street uses Muppets created by Jim Henson to teach children about basic concepts. The show premiered in November 1969. Sesame Street was the first television show to rely heavily on psychological research to write scripts and target its audience. Joan Ganz Cooney received a grant of $8 million to bring her idea to life. Sesame Street’s distinct style, sincerity and commitment to education and diversity have made it a cultural icon in the United States. Sesame Street has been broadcasting continuously since its premiere in 1969. As competition for children’s television increased, Sesame Street changed its format in 2002. It moved from the format of sketches and skits to a more narrative form, with ongoing storylines. Elmo, a popular character, also received his own segment called Elmo’s World.
Sesame Street focuses on education, but in a more broad sense. They teach letters and numbers, but they also try to teach about themes of inclusion and kindness. Sesame Street also uses real life to inform their show, doing episodes about the events of September 11th and Hurricane Katrina. When the actor portraying a long-time character, Mr. Hooper, passed away, Sesame Street included an episode about death. Sesame Street has also always put emphasis on diversity. Jon Stone, a producer, was responsible for hiring the first cast. His goal was to have white actors be the minority. This dedication has continued through all 45 seasons of Sesame Street.