Sesame Street turns 40

The first episode of the greatest children’s show of all time aired on November 10, 1969. The greatest character of them all, of course, was this guy:


Update: to further honor Sesame Street, here’s my favorite YouTube video of all time. (The Bert & Ernie one came first, but this version is even better.) Language warning:

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2 thoughts on “Sesame Street turns 40

  1. In ’73 my high school burned and I spent my gr 10 year going to makeshift classes held in portables and gymnasiums in shifts, so I spent more than a few days watching SS with my kid brother, who was 4 at the time. I was amazed at how the show got him to interact, even at that age.
    The greatest character though.. I’d have to give Grover my vote, with The Count a close second..

  2. I was ten when Sesame Street came out, and I never understood the appeal, but it was very popular in the early ’70s. The characters, especially Kermit and Miss. Piggy, were “cool”.
    My kids were born in the ’90s, and didn’t care for Sesame Street, but they loved Barney and Sponge Bob. They also loved The Simpsons, although that isn’t, strictly speaking, children’s programming.
    It was only on for five years, 1986-1990, but I’d argue that Pee-wee’s Playhouse was consistently better than other children’s television programming I’ve seen.

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