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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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Did You Know?


On 22 June 2019, the U.S. Postal Service released a souvenir sheet of 16 nondenominated commemorative postage stamps, each featuring a photograph of a muppet cast member, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the series.. The characters on the stamps are Big Bird, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Rosita, The Count, Oscar the Grouch, Abby Cadabby, Herry Monster, Julia, Guy Smiley, Snuffleupagus, Elmo, Telly, Grover, and Zoe. The price of each stamp on day of issue was 55¢. See more »


During the final stanza of the Anything Muppets' song "J Friends", when the four Muppets jump up at the line "Let's jump with Jane", the hair and forehead of Muppet performer Frank Oz are briefly visible at the bottom of the screen. See more »


Cookie Monster: [as Alistair Cookie, host of Monsterpiece Theatre] Today, we bring you greatest play in English language: Hamlet, by William Shakespeare. It no get classier than this.
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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

Beginning in 1973, Canadian broadcasts of "Sesame Street" substituted segments about Hispanic culture and Spanish language with Canadian-made segments about Canadian history, Aboriginal peoples and the French language. This practise continued until the mid-1990s when the CBC network actually cancelled "Sesame Street" in favor of a 100% Canadian version called "Sesame Park." See more »


Spoofed in Robot Chicken: Secret of the Booze (2014) See more »


Performed by Spin Doctors, with Elmo, Telly and Zoe
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Classic show, but lowering it's standards
2 January 2001 | by HotoilSee all my reviews

This is a children's television classic. It's educational and entertaining, and not painful for parents to watch with their kids. At least it never used to be. It used to be quite edgy, high-brow, very adult-accessible. It's been dumbed down considerably over the years. This is a result of playing to lower age-groups, shorter attention spans, and competing with the run-of-the-mill trash in the kid's TV arena.

The adults have virtually vanished, the muppets have gotten annoying (I'm sure we're all familiar with Elmo by now), the show has shrunk to 40 minutes, the last 20 being a new show-within-a-show known as "Elmo's World". As if the 20 minutes of Elmo aren't enough, even more grating is that there are only about 10-20 episodes of Elmo's World, yet it runs every day! And rather than dealing with reading, writing, counting, nature, social skills, Elmo's World revolves around things like balls, puppies, hair, etc. Yes, this is not your parent's Sesame Street, or probably even the Sesame Street you grew up with. It's a more modern, simple, conformist Street that has considerably less charm but at least more educational value than the other, more commercial stuff out there.

The only reason to turn your kids on to television is rapidly shrinking into another Barney.

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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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