Sesame Street
Sesame Street logo
Genre Educational

Sketch comedy



Created by Joan Ganz Cooney

Lloyd Morrisett

Theme music composer Joe Raposo

Jon Stone

Bruce Hart

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 47
No. of episodes 4,384[note 1]
Producer(s) Samuel Gibbon

Jon Stone

Location(s) Reeves Teletape Studios


Unitel Video, Inc. [some episodes]

(1987–1993) Manhattan, New York City

Kaufman Astoria Studios (1993–present)

Astoria, Queens, New York City

Running time 60 minutes (1969–2015)

30 minutes (2016–present)

Production company(s) Children's Television Workshop (1969–2000)

Sesame Workshop (2000–present)

Original network NET (1969–1970)

PBS (1970–2016; second run, 2016–present)

Noggin (1999–2005)

HBO (first run, 2016–present)

Picture format 480i (SDTV) (1969–2007)

1080i (HDTV) (2008–present)

Audio format Mono (1969–1992)

Stereo (1992–2007)

Dolby Digital Surround (2008–present)

Original release November 10, 1969 – present
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Sesame Street is an American children's television series, produced by Sesame Workshop (formerly known as the Children's Television Workshop) and created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its educational content, and images communicated through the use of Jim Henson's Muppets, animation, short films, humor, and cultural references. The series premiered on July 21, 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.[1]

The show has undergone significant changes throughout 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 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.

By its 40th anniversary in 2009, Sesame Street was 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.

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