Sesame Street is an educational television program designed for preschoolers, and is recognized as a pioneer of the contemporary standard which combines education and entertainment in children's television shows. Sesame Street also provided the first daily, national television showcase for Jim Henson's Muppets. In 2009, the series celebrated its 40th anniversary, making it one of the longest-running shows in television history. The series has now produced 4,300 episodes. Sesame Street Mugs (Sesame Street General Store)
Sesame Street is produced in the United States by Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Children's Television Workshop (CTW). It premiered on November 10, 1969 on the National Educational Television network, and later that year it was moved to NET's successor, the Public Broadcasting Service.
Because of its widespread influence, Sesame Street has earned the distinction of being one of the world's foremost and most highly regarded educators of young people. Few television series can match its level of recognition and success on the international stage. The original series has been televised in 120 countries, and more than 20 international versions have been produced. In its long history, Sesame Street has received more Emmy Awards than any other program, and has captured the allegiance, esteem, and affections of millions of viewers worldwide.
Sesame Street uses a combination of puppets, animation, and live actors to teach young children the fundamentals of reading (letter and word recognition) and arithmetic (numbers, addition and subtraction), as well as geometric forms, cognitive processes, and classification. Since the show's inception, other instructional goals have focused on basic life skills, such as how to cross the road safely and the importance of proper hygiene and healthy eating habits.
There is also a subtle sense of humor on the show that has appealed to older viewers since it first premiered, and was devised as a means to encourage parents and older siblings to watch the series with younger children, and thus become more involved in the learning process rather than letting Sesame Street act as a babysitter. A number of parodies of popular culture appear, especially ones aimed at the Broadcasting Service, the network that broadcasts the show. For example, the recurring segment Monsterpiece Theater once ran a sketch called "Me Claudius". Children viewing the show might enjoy watching Cookie Monster and the Muppets, while adults watching the same sequence may enjoy the spoof of the Masterpiece Theater production of I, Claudius on PBS.Sesame Street uses a combination of puppets, animation, and live actors to teach young children the fundamental.
History of the ShowEdit
- Caroll Spinney, 1969-
- Frank Oz, 1969-
- Jim Henson, 1969-1990
- Fran Brill, 1970-
- Jerry Nelson 1970-2012
- Richard Hunt 1972-1992
- Peter Friedman, 1976-1978
- Caroly Wilcox 1969-1978
- Cheryl Blaylock, 1978-
- Olga Felgemacher, 1978-1979
- Brian Muehl, 1978-
- Kathryn Mullen, 1978-1994
- Michael Earl Davis, 1978-1980
- Bob Payne 1978-1979
- Karen Prell, 1979-1981
- Bryant Young 1980-
- Martin P. Robinson, 1980-
- Noel MacNeal 1980-
- Pam Arciero, 1984-
- Kevin Clash, 1984-2012
- Fred "Garbo" Garver, 1984-1992
- Gabriel Velez, 1984-2008
- David Rudman 1985-
- Judy Sladky 1987-2001
- Rick Lyon, 1988-2002
- Jim Kroupa, 1988-2004
- Jim Martin 1989-
- Carmen Osbahr 1989-
- Camille Bonora 1987-1997
- Louise Gold, 1990-1997
- Julianne Buescher 1991-1998
- Dave Goelz, 1992-1993
- Bruce Connelly, 1993-
- Stephanie D'Abruzzo 1993-
- Peter Linz 1993-
- Steve Whitmire, 1993-
- Tyler Bunch 1993-
- Lisa Buckley 1994-
- Alice Dinnean-Vernon, 1994-
- John Tartaglia 1994-
- Eric Jacobson, 1994-
- John Kennedy, 1995-
- Matt Vogel 1996-
- Lara MacLean, 2000-
- Paul McGinnis, 2001-
- Jennifer Barnhart, 2001-
- Ryan Dillon 2005-
- Leslie Carrara-Rudolph 2006-
- Heather Asch 2006-
- Melissa Creighton 2007-2010
- Amanda Maddock 2007-2009
- Tim Lagasse, 2008-
- Tracy Mick, 2008-
- Annie Peterle, 2008-
- David Stephens, 2008-
- Billy Barkhurst, 2010-
- Rickey Boyd, 2010-
Other televised AppearancesEdit
- Sesame Street Crossovers
- Fictional worlds crossing over.
- Big Bird, Grover and Oscar the Grouch appear in The Electric Company.
- Ernie and Bert make a cameo appearance in the Muppet Show pilot The Muppets Valentine Show, while Bert appears in the pilot The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence.
- Big Bird, Ernie, Bert, Guy Smiley, The Count, Herry Monster, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and Anything Muppet dog appear together in the TV special Out to Lunch.
- Ernie and Bert appear in episode 102 of The Muppet Show. Bert danced with guest star with Connie Stevens.
- Big Bird makes a guest appearance in episode 318 of The Muppet Show, performing a song with guest star Leslie Uggams and fending off the romantic advances of Gonzo,.
- Cookie Monster, Ernie, Bert, Count von Count and two Anything Muppets appear in episode 518 of The Muppet Show.
- Big Bird has a cameo appearance in The Muppet Movie, also, Bert, Biff,, Blue AM Kid, Brad, Bruce Monster, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Cousin Monster, Dimples the Dog, Ernie, Farley, Fred the Wonder Horse, Gladys the Cow,, Grover, Guy Smiley, Harry Monster, Harvey Monster, Herbert Birdsfoot, Herry Monster, Little Bird, Maurice Monster, Mr. Johnson, Oscar the Grouch, Prairie Dawn, Pumpkin AM Man, Roosevelt Franklin, Roosevelt Franklin's Mother, Sherlock Hemlock, Sully, Tessie Twiddlebug, Thomas Twiddlebug and Two-Headed Monster appear in the film's closing shot.
- Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Ernie, Bert and Bruno the Trashman appear in Here Comes the Puppets!.
- Big Bird visits Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
- Oscar the Grouch makes "a very brief cameo in The Great Muppet Caper.
- Big Bird, Ernie, Bert and Grover appear together in I Love Liberty.
- Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Two-Headed Monster, Maria, Luis and Bob, in People's Choice Awards.
- Anything Monsters, Bert, Biff, Big Bird, Buster the Horse, Clementine, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Deena, Dinger, Elmo,, Ernie, Forgetful Jones, Grover, Grundgetta, Guy Smiley, Herry Monster, Homer Honker, Honkers, Irvine, Maurice Monster, Mona Monster, Pearl, Sherlock Hemlock, Simon Soundman,, Sully, Telly Monster and Two-Headed Monster make a cameos appearances at the wedding in The Muppets Take Manhattan.
- Big Bird, Count von Count, Grover, Telly Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Bert, Ernie and Barkley appear together in Night of 100 Stars.
- Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Ernie, Bert, Count von Count, Cookie Monster, Two-Headed Monster, Herry Monster, Telly Monster, Grundgetta, Biff,, Sully, Forgetful Jones, Gladys the Cow,, Buster the Horse, The Amazing Mumford,, Honkers, Hoots the Owl,, Dinger, Simon Soundman,, Prairie Dawn, Barkley, Bruno the Trashman, Preposterous, Anything Muppets and AM Monsters appear in The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years.
- Ernie, Bert, Grover, Big Bird, Herry Monster, Count von Count, Oscar the Grouch and Elmo, in The Television Academy Hall of Fame.
- Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Bert, Ernie, Count von Count, Herry Monster, Kathleen the Cow, Gladys the Cow,, Grover, Guy Smiley, Honkers, Elmo,, Biff,, Sully, Prairie Dawn, Oscar the Grouch, Simon Soundman,, Buster the Horse, Fred the Wonder Horse, Oslwado the Grouch, Sherlock Hemlock, Kermit the Forg, Clancy, Old McDougal, Big Jeffy,, Maurice Monster, Anything Muppets and AM Monsters appear in A Muppet Family Christmas.
- some Honkers appear in Free to Be: a Family.
- Big Bird, Elmo,, Ernie, Bert, Telly Monster, Grundgetta, Grover, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Sherlock Hemlock, Meryl Sheep,, Prairie Dawn, Herry Monster, Herry Monster, Biff,, Sully and Ruby, sing "Just One Person" in The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson.
- Elmo, on The Torkelsons
- Slimey appeared in Billy Bunny's Animal Songs.
- A Sesame Street goat appears in Muppet Treasure Island.
- Big Bird, Snuffy, Telly Monster, Herry Monster, Elmo,, Prairie Dawn, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Ernie, Bert, Oscar the Grouch, Guy Smiley, Zoe, Frazzle, Forgetful Jones, The Amazing Mumford,, The Martians and Mr. Johnson appears in The muppets a celebration of 40 years.
- Elmo, guest-star in an episode of the Henson series Big Bag.
- Big Bird on Soul Man.
- Big Bird, Bert and Ernie appear in an episode of the PBS series of Between the Lions.
- Bert and Elmo, appear as a celebrity guests in the "Dance with Smartypants" from the second season of Between the Lions.
- A Sesame Street Fish appeared in the fourth season opening of Bear in the Big Blue House.
- Elmo,, Big Bird, Zoe and Rosita appear in The West Wing episode "Eppur Si Muove."
- Elmo,, Grover and Oscar the Grouch appear in the Scrubs episode "My ABCs."
- Oscar the Grouch in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Other live AppearancesEdit
- Elmo, appeared in The Muppet Show Live.
- Although they never appeared on stage at the same time, Elmo,, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Gina, Susan, Maria, Bob,, Alan, Gordon and Leela appeared in Jim Henson's Musical World.
- Oscar the Grouch appeared on stage in 2013 at the announcement for a Jim Henson gallery for the Museum of the Moving Image.
Other Public Service announcements AppearanceEdit
- Several 2006 and 2007 PBS interstitials for the Ready For Learn Service feature various PBS Kids characters with Guy Smiley, Cookie Monster, Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Grover.
Other music video AppearanceEdit
- Big Bird, Elmo,, Hoots the Owl,, Oscar the Grouch, Telly Monster, Zoe, Baby Bear, Grover, Snuffy, Alice Snuffleupagus,, Rosita, Count von Count, Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster, Lulu, Chickens, Bob,, Linda, Gordon and Alan appear alongside The Muppets, Bear in the Big Blue House and other children's television characters in the "We Are Family" music video.