Sesame Street is an 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 until June 2000) 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,[1] 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.[2]

The show has undergone significant changes in its history. The format of Sesame Street consists of a combination of commercial television production elements and techniques which have evolved to reflect the changes in American culture and the audience's viewing habits. With the creation of Sesame Street, producers and writers of a children's television show used, for the first time, educational goals and a curriculum to shape its content. It was also the first time a show's educational effects were formally studied.

Shortly after creating Sesame Street, its producers developed what came to be called the "CTW model" (after the production company's previous name), a system of television show planning, production, and evaluation based on collaborations between producers, writers, educators, and researchers. The show was initially funded by government and private foundations but has become somewhat self-supporting due to revenues from licensing arrangements, international sales, and other media. By 2006, there were independently produced versions, or "co-productions", of Sesame Street broadcast in twenty countries. In 2001 there were over 120 million viewers of various international versions of Sesame Street, and by the show's 40th anniversary in 2009, it was broadcast in more than 140 countries.

Sesame Street was by then the fifteenth-highest-rated children's television show in the United States. A 1996 survey found that 95% of all American preschoolers had watched the show by the time they were three years old. In 2008, it was estimated that 77 million Americans had watched the series as children. As of 2014, Sesame Street has won 167 Emmy Awards and 8 Grammy Awards—more than any other children's show.

Sesame Street
Sesame Street sign.svg
Created by
Theme music composer
Opening theme "Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?"
Ending theme
  • "Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?" (Instrumental version, 1969–2015)
  • "Smarter, Stronger, Kinder" (2016–present)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 48
No. of episodes 4,491[note 1]
  • Samuel Gibbon
  • Jon Stone
Running time
  • 60 minutes (1969–2015)
  • 30 minutes (2016–present)
Production company(s)
  • Children's Television Workshop
  • (1969–2000)
  • Sesame Workshop
  • (2001–present)
Original network
  • NET (1969–70)
  • PBS (1970–2016; second run, 2016–present)
  • HBO (first run, 2016–present)
Picture format
Audio format
Original release November 10, 1969 (1969-11-10) – present
Related shows
External links



  1. Sesame Street/Bananas in Pyjamas
  2. Sesame Street/Bob the Builder
  3. Sesame Street/Rainbow Fish
  4. Sesame Street/Gravity Falls
  5. Sesame Street/Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
  6. Sesame Street/Huckleberry Hound
  7. Sesame Street/The Aristocats
  8. Sesame Street/Littlest Pet Shop
  9. Sesame Street/My Little Pony
  10. Sesame Street/Rugrats
  11. Sesame Street/Codename: Kids Next Door
  12. Sesame Street/Go Diego Go
  13. Sesame Street/Alvin & The Chipmunks
  14. Sesame Street/Gummi Bears
  15. Sesame Street/Superted
  16. Sesame Street/Over the Hedge
  17. Sesame Street/Looney Tunes
  18. Sesame Street/Veggietales
  19. Sesame Street/Mr Men
  20. Sesame Street/An American Tail
  21. Sesame Street/Wreck-It Ralph
  22. Sesame Street/Rio
  23. Sesame Street/Mario
  24. Sesame Street/The Jungle Book
  25. Sesame Street/Happy Tree Friends
  26. Sesame Street/Sonic
  27. Sesame Street/Winnie The Pooh
  28. Sesame Street/Shrek
  29. Sesame Street/Garfield
  30. Sesame Street/Open Season
  31. Sesame Street/Rock-A-Doodle
  32. Sesame Street/Spongebob
  33. Sesame Street/101 Dalmatians
  34. Sesame Street/The Little Engine That Could
  35. Sesame Street/Pokemon
  36. Sesame Street/Madagascar
  37. Sesame Street/Barney's Fun & Games
  38. Sesame Street/Ed, Edd, n Eddy
  39. Sesame Street/Thomas and the Magic Railroad
  40. Sesame Street/Woody Woodpocker
  41. Sesame Street/Tom and Jerry
  42. Sesame Street/A Bug's Life
  43. Sesame Street/Shining Time Station
  44. Sesame Street/Oh Yeah! Cartoons!: Zoo Mates
  45. Sesame Street/South Park
  46. Sesame Street/PAC-MAN
  47. Sesame Street/Wallace and Gromit
  48. Sesame Street/Cats Don't Dance
  49. Sesame Street/Jump Start
  50. Sesame Street/Bee Movie
  51. Sesame Street/Mr. Conductor and Baby's Day Out
  52. Sesame Street/Barney & Friends: Playing It Safe
  53. Sesame Street/Phineas and Ferb
  54. Sesame Street/Bennie and Bill
  55. Sesame Street/The Backyardigans
  56. Sesame Street/Star Wars
  57. Sesame Street/Teletubbies
  58. Sesame Street/Thomas
  59. Sesame Street/Up
  60. Sesame Street/Snow White
  61. Sesame Street/The Simpsons
  62. Sesame Street/Futurama
  63. Sesame Street/Muppets
  64. Sesame Street/Escape From Planet Earth
  65. Sesame Street/Robots
  66. Sesame Street/Charlotte's Web
  67. Sesame Street/Max and Ruby
  68. Sesame Street/Fraggle Rock
  69. Sesame Street/The Flintstones
  70. Sesame Street/Mickey Mouse
  71. Sesame Street/My Gym Partner's a Monkey
  72. Sesame Street/Yogi Bear
  73. Sesame Street/Alice in Wonderland
  74. Sesame Street/Peanuts
  75. Sesame Street/Powerpuff Girls
  76. Sesame Street/Tweenies
  77. Sesame Street/Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
  78. Sesame Street/Fat Albert (2004)
  79. Sesame Street/Babel (2006)
  80. Sesame Street/Fever Pitch (2005)
  81. Sesame Street/Nacho Libre (2006)
  82. Sesame Street/John Tucker Must Die (2006)
  83. Sesame Street/Two for the Road (1967)
  84. Sesame Street/Jackass Number Two (2006)
  85. Sesame Street/State Fair (1945)
  86. Sesame Street/Barney's Great Adventure
  87. Sesame Street/Mean Girls (2004)
  88. Sesame Street/Oz: The Great and Powerful
  89. Sesame Street/Oklahoma! (1955)
  90. Sesame Street/Barney's Big Surprise
  91. Sesame Street/The Polar Express
  92. Sesame Street/Jellikins
  93. Sesame Street/Mega Man
  94. Sesame Street/Full House
  95. Sesame Street/Honey I, Shrunk The Kids (1989)
  96. Sesame Street/Meet the Robinsons
  97. Sesame Street/Alphablocks
  98. Sesame Street/The Wiggles
  99. Sesame Street/Peep and the Big Wide World
  100. Sesame Street/Blue's Clues
  101. Sesame street/Dragon Tales
  102. Sesame Street/Barney
  103. Sesame Street/Barney's Super Singing Circus
  104. Sesame Street/Chalk Zone
  105. Sesame Street/My Life as a Teenage Robot
  106. Sesame Street/Beavis and Butt-Head
  107. Sesame Street/Peppa Pig
  108. Sesame Street/Jimmy Neutron
  109. Sesame Street/Hey Arnold
  110. Sesame Street/The Wild Thornberrys
  111. Sesame Street/Rocko's Modern Life
  112. Sesame Street/Mr. Meaty
  113. Sesame Street/Family Guy
  114. Sesame Street/Schoolhouse Rock
  115. Sesame Street/Berenstain Bears
  116. Sesame Street/Follow That Bird
  117. Sesame Street/Dora the Explorer
  118. Sesame Street/The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
  119. Sesame Street/Wee Sing
  120. Sesame Street/Super Mario 3D Land (2011 Game)
  121. Sesame Street/Beavis and Butthead
  122. Sesame Street/Wee Sing Together
  123. Sesame Street/Wee Sing King Cole's Party
  124. Sesame Street/Wee Sing: Grandpa's Magical Toys
  125. Sesame Street/Wee Sing in Sillyville
  126. Sesame Street/Wee Sing The Best Christmas Ever
  127. Sesame Street/Wee Sing in the Big Rock Candy Mountains
  128. Sesame Street/Wee Sing in the Marvelous Musical Mansion
  129. Sesame Street/The Wee Sing Train
  130. Sesame Street/Wee Sing Under the Sea
  131. Sesame Street/Wee Singdom
  132. Sesame Street/20th Century Fox
  133. Sesame Street/DreamWorks
  134. Sesame Street/Frozen
  135. Sesame Street/Matilda
  136. Sesame Street/Kidsongs
  137. Sesame Street/Drake and Josh
  138. Sesame Street/Pan's Labyrinth
  139. Sesame Street/Barney's Big Surprise
  140. Sesame Street/Barney's Magical Musical Adventure
  141. Sesame Street/Ted
  142. Sesame Street/Barney's Musical Castle
  143. Sesame Street/SuperMarioLogan
  144. Sesame Street/Thomas Villains
  145. Sesame Street/Happy Monster Band
  146. Sesame Street/Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends
  147. Sesame Street/Barney's Musical Castle
  148. Sesame Street/Gordon (Sunshine/Warrior Version)
  149. Ssesame Street/Despicable Me (2010)
  150. Ssesame Street/Despicable Me 2 (2013)
  151. Ssesame Street/Despicable Me 3 (2017)
  152. Sesame Street/James Bond Jr.
  153. Sesame Street/The Legendary Starfy
  154. Sesame Street/Meeow!
  155. Sesame Street/Rosie & Ruff in Puppydog Tales
  156. Sesame Street/James the Cat
  157. Sesame Street/Rakuga Kids (1998 Game)
  158. Sesame Street/Chack'n Pop
  159. Sesame Street/Sergeant Stripes
  160. Sesame Street/Nature Cat
  161. Sesame Street/Poppy Cat
  162. Sesame Street/Nontan
  163. Sesame Street/A Christmas Story (1983)
  164. Sesame Street/Henry's Cat
  165. Sesame Street/Unikitty!
  166. Sesame Street/Astroblast
  167. Sesame Street/Bubble Bobble
  168. Sesame Street/Mappy
  169. Sesame Street/The NewZealand Story
  170. Sesame Street/Mixels
  171. Sesame Street/Sooty
  172. Sesame Street/Invader Zim
  173. Sesame Street/Doug
  174. Sesame Street/Mr. Men
  175. Sesame Street/The Amazing World of Gumball

See Also

  1. Elmo and Cookie Monster's Hotel
  2. Shining Time Station in the Style of Sesame Street

Theme Lyrics

Sunny day
Sweepin' the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet

Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street

Come and play
Everything's A-okay
Friendly neighbors there
That's where we meet

Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street

It's a magic carpet ride
Every door will open wide
To happy people like you
Happy people like
What a beautiful

Sunny day
Sweepin' the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet

Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street...

How to get to Sesame Street

How to get to...

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