Sesame Street Celebrates 40 Years

Sesame Street is celebrating 40 years of production with “Sesame Street: A Celebration – 40 Years of Life on the Street”, a 304-page book by Louise Gikow. The book tells the behind-the-scenes story of the show, and profiles the people and puppets who have created this cornerstone of children’s television. Gikow has written for Sesame Street and worked as Editorial Director and creative consultant at Jim Henson Productions.

Sesame Street by Louise Gikow

Sesame Street premiered on November 10, 1969, and is the longest running children’s program on US television. The series is a production of Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit educational organization which also produces Pinky Dinky Doo, The Electric Company, and other programs for children around the world.

Sesame Street by Louise Gikow

Season 40 Highlights

Here’s one of the most recent videos uploaded to the Sesame Street YouTube channel, with highlights from the 40th Season of Sesame Street.

Sesame Street has stimulated the imaginations of millions of children over the years, shaping the delivery of education and entertainment around the world. As a child and as a parent I’ve witnessed a few seasons of Sesame Street, and thought a lot about how the program has shaped our culture. In some ways the show was my introduction to a multicultural United States. I still remember some of the teaching commercials, 30 to 60 second segments introducing concepts such as cooperation using music, animation and humour. Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and Elmo introduced us to celebrities, adventures in learning and lessons in life. Music from the show stays with us in popular culture, including Ernie’s Rubber Duckie, Kermit’s Bein’ Green, both written by Joe Raposo. Have you been shaped by Sesame Street?

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