Sesame Street is a long-running American educational children's television series that combines live action, sketch comedy, animation and puppetry. It is produced by Sesame Workshop (formerly known as the Children's Television Workshop) 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, and high viewership; it has aired on the U.S.'s national public television provider PBS since its debut, with its first run moving to premium channel HBO on January 16, 2016.
A longtime favorite of children and adults, and a staple of PBS, "Sesame Street" bridges many cultural and educational gaps with a fun program. Big Bird leads a cast of characters teaching children numbers, colors, shapes and the alphabet. Bert and Ernie, Oscar the Grouch and Grover are just a few of the other characters involved in this show, set on a city street full of valuable learning opportunities.
Why It Rocks
- It is not only the longest-running PBS Kids show, but also the longest-running American children's television program.
- Uses a variety of techniques to teach children such as sketch comedy, humor, pop-culture references and songs.
- Very appealing puppet designs.
- Clever humor.
- The entire Sesame Street set looks great.
- Great acting from the human characters.
- Likable, down to earth, and memorable characters, especially Big Bird, the star of the show.
- Can appeal to everyone (including those looking back on it) without sugar coating reality.
- Each Muppet characters has a distinct personality. Big Bird is the lovable bird who has a tendency to question things, Elmo is the curious and imaginative, Grover is cute and furry, Telly is slightly neurotic and loves triangles, Zoe loves ballet, and Oscar is the grouch with a heart of gold.
- The opening theme song is catchy.
- After five seasons on HBO, it returns to PBS Kids as its first-run program, for further, newer episodes.
- Tackles some mature themes such as death, lead poisoning, parents being in the military, hunger, HIV/AIDS, racism, divorce, incarceration and dealing with a traumatic event.
- The series has been going downhill, since it has been going on for too long. It also now premieres on HBO.
- Overused pop-culture references and celebrities.
- Elmo's voice is pretty irritating.
- Speaking of Elmo, he once said "boi" in one scene. This proves that the writers were trying to be hip and cool with the kids, which is wrong.