which debuted in 1969, was a children’s show known for
its educational content presented to the audience using
puppets, animation, humor, and real life situations.
Nearly every child who grew up in the United States
spent time watching this show as children. At the time
of this writing, Sesame Street was still in syndication
on the Public Broadcasting Station.
Street changed significantly over the years, and
comparing a modern episode to episodes from the 1970’s
and 1980’s demonstrates stark differences. The show’s
producers evolved the tone and format of the show to
keep pace with contemporary American culture and viewing
habits. For example, in 1980, a typical Sesame Street
episode would feature a large number of small vignettes,
but by 2002, vignettes were often longer and story lines
starting crossing episodes. It was initially thought
that the attention span of young children was too short
to handle long vignettes, but as the years progressed,
this philosophy shifted (around 1989).
of the long running human characters you may remember as
a kid are Bob Johnson (the resident music teacher),
David (worked for Mr. Hooper and lived above the store),
Gordon (science teacher), Maria (owns the fix-it shop),
Luis (married to Maria), and Susan (Gordon’s wife).
Some of the old Muppets were Bert, Ernie, Big Bird,
Snuffy, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Oscar the
Grouch, Grover, Hoots the Owl, Kermit, Telly, and the
Two-Headed Monster. And who can forget all those short
cartoons where they would count or teach the viewer
about the alphabet. “1, 2, 3…4, 5, 6…7, 8, 9…Lady Bugs,
at the Lady Bug Picnic…”