Sesame Street (Seasons 1-32)
Sesame Street is a long-running 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) 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, 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.
A longtime favorite of children and adults, and a staple of PBS, "Sesame Street" bridges many cultural and educational gaps with a fun program. Big Bird leads a cast of characters teaching children numbers, colors, shapes and the alphabet. Bert and Ernie, Oscar the Grouch and Grover are just a few of the other characters involved in this show, set on a city street full of valuable learning opportunities.
Why These Seasons Rock
- Uses a variety of techniques to teach children such as sketch comedy, humor, pop-culture references and songs.
- Very appealing puppet designs.
- Clever humor.
- The entire Sesame Street set looks great.
- Great acting from the human characters.
- Likable, down to earth, and memorable characters, especially Big Bird, the original star of the show before Elmo.
- Each Muppet character has a very distinct personality which give them a lot of charm (Big Bird is the lovable yellow bird who has a tendency to question things, Elmo is cute, curious and imaginative in red, Grover is furry in blue, Telly is slightly neurotic and loves triangles in magenta, Zoe loves ballet and is orange, and Oscar is the green grouch with a heart of gold).
- Can appeal to everyone (including those looking back on it) without sugar coating reality.
- The opening theme song is timeless.
- Tackles some mature themes such as autism, foster care, death, disability, lead poisoning, parents being in the military, hunger, HIV/AIDS, racism, divorce, incarceration and dealing with a traumatic event.
- The series has been going somewhat downhill since Season 33 (when the format was changed, though it was somewhat reverted in Season 38) due to a variety of gimmicks. In addition, episode premieres have also been on HBO since Season 46 with a half-hour format, condensed cast, and shortened theme song which, contrary to popular belief, was not HBO's fault. Though some people may like these seasons.
- Elmo's voice can be irritating for some people.