Sesame Street: A Celebration of 40 years of Life on the Street


32 Responses to “Sesame Street: A Celebration of 40 years of Life on the Street”

  1. Marmo Squirrel says:

    I still actually remember the first time I saw Sesame Street, and I’m old enough to have seen the first season.

  2. ando bobando says:

    I actually really disliked Sesame Street. The only times I would watch it was when I was forced to by a grumpy old babysitter. Whether I wound up hating it because I hated her forcing me to watch it, or whether I hated being forced to watch it because I already hated it, I will never know!

    • Funk Daddy says:

      I was the same way, but now observing my own kids I can tell you that it is most likely the forcing you to be babysat by it that did it. 

      If I’m in the middle of something and need my kid to do something for a few minutes other than what they want to do, it doesn’t matter if it’s the best activity in the whole world or a brand new super-gizmo wowee toy-inator (okay, bribes do often work, but you get my point) then they resent both the act of being restricted to that activity and the activity equally.

  3. Roger Green says:

    I was in college when I started Sesame Street, about season 3 or 4. Loved it.

  4. johne2 says:

    Massive fail for lack of Guy Smiley on the cover.

  5. Jorpho says:

    There are, of course, those who are adamant that Sesame Street is a poison to children’s minds everywhere.

    After all, the original episodes are apparently unsuitable for toddlers anymore.

    • Brainspore says:

      …the original episodes are apparently unsuitable for toddlers anymore.

      I’ve got those DVDs and I admit that I can see where they’re coming from.

      For example: in the pilot episode a young, unsupervised girl gets taken on a tour of the street by an adult man she just met. Then he takes her back to his place for milk and cookies. In retrospect, not really a good example for young kids to follow.

      • Gyrofrog says:

        Or the unsupervised kids going over, through, and around various obstacles at a construction site.  (Much as my comrades and I did.) And from the same collection, in the opening credits, there’s a visibly-engorged horse although from another PoV that’s certainly educational.

        There’s another one from the Volume 2 collection, “What Would We Do Without Pockets,” in which a girl apparently shoplifts an apple from a street vendor.

      • gracchus says:

        I get where you’re coming from — it goes against the advice anyone would give their kids, now and back in 1969.

        In defence of the producers, though, keep in mind that the Sesame Street set and environment was designed with the work of Jane Jacobs in mind: an idealised urban neighbourhood where collective “eyes on the street” (e.g. other parents, storekeepers, beat cops) made sure kids could wander and play freely while staying safe.

        I’m assuming that the man in the pilot episode, along with Mr. Hooper and the other grown-ups, was intended to be one of those trusted Sesame St. adults.

    • Doobie says:

      and – it also planted the seed in an entire suburban generation that “the city” isn’t actually all that bad or as scary as your parents say it is.  subversive stuff.

  6. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    I learned my first Spanish from watching Sesame Street

    • Funk Daddy says:

      Shhh. If Newt Gin-soaked-Grinch hears that it’s not only publicly funded but also instructing children in the language of the ghetto it’s sure to be in jeopardy then between Mitts and Newts.

    • Matthew Smith says:

      Where I lived, they showed French segments instead of Spanish.  I lived in Buffalo, right near the border of Canada.

  7. Stefan Jones says:

    I was in second grade when Sesame Street premiered.

    Because it was aimed a pre-schoolers, my classmates and all sighed and muttered excuses like “Yeah, I had to watch it because my mom turned it on for my little brother.”*

    And then we’d trade stories about the goofy stuff in the latest episode, because damned if we didn’t watch and enjoy it, despite being a couple of years older than the target demographic.

    * Most folks only had one TV set back then.

  8. PlutoniumX says:

    Related: PBS Statement Regarding October 3 Presidential Debate

  9. Ian Wood says:

    I didn’t directly watch the debate, but observed its effects. This is what I learned.

  10. Elliottw256 says:

    PBS will be torpedoed during Romney’s presidency.

  11. BarBarSeven says:

    Big Bird lives in a nest on a vacant lot next to a tenement with a wall made of discarded junk doors & befriends a guy who lives in some garbage can & has an imaginary elephant-ish creature as a friend. He’s clearly a social remora & part of the 47%. Just bulldoze the lot he lives on & build some big crappy insta-condo already.

    While we’re at it, just make Mr. Hooper’s place a wine bar… Be sure to persevere the original architectural features & a few ironic newspapers behind the counter to “honor” the guy.

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