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Episode #024: Sesame Street Day

Nov 10, 2020

This Episode

Gabrielle Muonelo

You Will Learn

  •  History of Sesame Street and why it was made!

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Episode #024: Sesame Street Day

Episode Summary:

Hello Holiday Lifers! And welcome to ​The Happy Holiday Life! ​ Today we will be talking about a show that every parent, teenager, and young child should know! This is a show built to help the little ones learn and grow but have fun while doing it! So without further ado, today is all about Sesame Street! So buckle in, and let’s learn!



  • “And, another thing that Sesame Street has done well is make their characters lovable, educational and entertaining all at the same time.” 
  • “The focus on the new show was on children from disadvantaged backgrounds, but… it had to be equally accessible to children of all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.” 
  • “The aim of Sesame Street was to try to bridge a knowledge gap that children in lower-income families could be experiencing.”
  • “The hope with Sesame Street was to help share the enjoyment of learning with the show’s viewers, little kids, who would in turn help encourage the adults and older siblings in their lives to enjoy learning as well.”

Show Notes:


  • Today Is Sesame Street’s 51st Anniversary! :​ With more than 4,500 episodes, over 150 Emmys, and in more than 120 countries worldwide, this incredible show has been a significant force in children’s educational entertainment and laid the foundation for more educational programs.
  • How Did Sesame Street Come To Be?:​ At a dinner party in 1966 is where it all began. A television producer and asked, “do you think television can teach anything?” and that is what started the journey for Sesame Street. You see, the producers wanted to create something that would “master the addictive qualities of television and do something good with them.”
  • Television Critics Ask The Question:​ Peter Hellman said, “If [children] could recite Budweiser jingles from TV, why not give them a program that would teach the ABCs and simple number concepts?”
  • The Hopes Of Sesame Street: ​The Producers wanted to share the enjoyment of learning with the little kids. They also wanted to encourage adults and teens to enjoy learning as well, hopefully. The show was very skillful at making sure adults, teens, and children could watch the show by including celebrity guests and cultural references.
  • Celebrity Guest:​ In 2009, over 400 celebrities appeared on the show! That makes you wonder how significant is the number now?
  • Quiz Of The Day: Which of these celebrities was the first to appear on Sesame Street? Was it:
    A) Julie Andrews B) James Earl Jones C) Carol Burnett D) Tom HanksThis is a bit of a trick question! Many websites state that the answer is B, James Earl Jones! But the first “celebrity” scene from episode 1 is Carol Burnett, who says, “Wow, Wanda the Witch is weird.” As part of the letter W segment, Sesame Street’s first letter of the day!
  • James Earl Jones​: He appeared on the second episode of Sesame Street, and he taught children the alphabet and their number! He speaks very slowly in the show, which later was called “The James Earl Jones Effect.”
  • The James Earl Jones Effect:​ The Sesame Street team found that children would eagerly take the invitation to join James when reciting the alphabet. They even got to the point where they would say the letters before James!
  • Mr. Rogers: ​”The James Earl Jones Effect” was very similar to what Mr.Rogers was doing on his show as well.
  • Characters:​ Everyone knows the main characters and how much children love them, and parents love them because they are educational and entertaining! The characters, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Elmo? The Count, Ernie and Bert, and Oscar the Grouch, all teach character-building skills and education, so who wouldn’t want their kids watching them!
  • The Focus Of The Show:​ The producers wanted to make sure that children from disadvantaged backgrounds could also have an equal opportunity to learn. They wanted to try and bridge the knowledge gap between children in low-income families.
  • Statistics:​ “As of its 50th Anniversary in 2019, ​Sesame Street ​ has produced over 4,500 episodes, 35 TV specials, 200 home videos, and 180 albums. Its YouTube channel had almost 5 million subscribers, and the show had 24 million followers on social media.”
  • Activity Of The Day:​ Google your favorite celebrities and see if they were on Sesame Street! Then go on YouTube or Netflix and watch their episode!

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