Today in History: Sesame Street Debuts on National Educational Television

Today in History: Sesame Street Debuts on National Educational Television


Created by Joan Ganz Cooney, Lloyd Morrisett, and Jim Henson, Sesame Street -- also known as Children's Television Workshop -- debuted on national educational television, via provider PBS, on November 10th, 1969.  Known for its use of muppets, a colorful, lovable cast of puppet characters in short, amusing, and often humorous, musical sketches,  Sesame Street opened with positive, though some controversial reviews. It became one the longest running television shows in the world. Designed to prepare young children for school by teaching the alphabet, numbers, shapes, and basic reasoning through live shorts and animation, it held their interest and attention, while introducing real life experiences occurring in a fictional street in an unspecified neighborhood in New York City. 

Sesame Street continues to bridge education and culture through the learning adventures of Bert, Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, Grover, Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, other muppets and all the children and adults with whom they interact.  Fun Fact: there are over 60 doctoral dissertations that explore Sesame Street as a topic, including its wide ranging influence; affect on the children's television industry; and application to specific areas of education.


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