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

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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