Sesame Street 50
It has been sweepin’ the clouds away and teaching children how to read and count for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 decades. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street, the perfect time to celebrate all the sunny days that Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo, Abby, and the rest of the delightful cast have brought us. Revisit your favorite Sesame Street moments, songs, and guests, and share your own beloved memory of the series under #ThisIsMyStreet.
From the Archive: Caroll Spinney, Big Bird’s Performer
Caroll Spinney, who performed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street for almost 50 years, died at the age of 85 on Sunday. Revisit a 2003 interview with him on Chicago Tonight where he tells memorable stories, like the time he got in an argument with Mister Rogers.
'Sesame Street' Brings Back Classic Characters, Songs, and Guests for a 50th Anniversary Special
In November, Sesame Street launches its 50th season with a grand celebration hosted by Joseph Gordon Levitt that features classic segments and songs, old cast members and puppeteers, and celebrities from Whoopi Goldberg to Itzhak Perlman.
The Celebrities Who Made Their Way to ‘Sesame Street’
Leaders, actors, musicians, and athletes have all made their way to Sesame Street to offer up some teachable moments, as well as some plain fun ones. Big names like James Earl Jones, Johnny Cash, and Michelle Obama have all joined the gang to lend their talent.
What ‘Sesame Street’ Looks Like Around the World
There are more than 30 international co-productions of Sesame Street, all adapted to local cultures and issues, and many featuring their own unique characters. Take a look at some of the streets (or trees, or gardens) around the world where Muppets and humans teach children valuable lessons.
The Path to Becoming A Puppeteer on Children’s Show
David Rudman plays Cookie Monster on Sesame Street and has created numerous children's shows with his brother Adam and their production company. Hear the stories of David's obsession with puppets and the Rudmans' journey from short cartoons to full-length series.
How the Muppets of ‘Sesame Street’ Address Specific Issues
Characters on Sesame Street address everything from autism to mixed families to AIDS. Take a look at some recurring Muppet characters and the issues each is meant to teach and address for children.
'Sesame Street' Stamps Are Coming
In honor of Sesame Street's 50th anniversary, the United States Postal Service is issuing sixteen stamps with some of the most beloved characters from the show, including Big Bird, Julia, Bert and Ernie, Abby Cadabby, and more!
50 Years of 'Sesame Street' Are Being Added to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting
The collection includes iconic episodes that feature such moments as Ernie singing "Rubber Duckie, You're the One;" Kermit the Frog's "It's Not Easy Being Green;" Big Bird's reckoning with the death of a friend in "Farewell, Mr. Hooper;" and other classics.
'Sesame Street' Celebrates 50 Years
It has been sweeping the clouds away for decades, and now Sesame Street is turning 50. To celebrate the anniversary, the beloved children's show has some big plans, from a prime-time special to a ten-city tour that includes a stop in Chicago.