Street, 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. Sesame 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).
When it came to the Sesame Street toys of the
80's, just about anything you can think of was created.
There were stuffed dolls, Hasbro diecast cars with the
characters driving, action figures, jack-in-the-boxes Poppin
Pals, books, puzzles, Weebles, toy boxes shaped like a school
bus, and so much more.