Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Sesame Street

Sesame Street

Spring 2011 Television
Ages: 2 - 4 yrs.
Producer: Sesame Workshop
Network: PBS

No doubt Sesame Street is part of your consciousness. Maybe you grew up watching it, maybe your kids watch it now, or maybe you know all the Muppet faces from their pervasiveness on everything from toys to diapers to granola bars. But have you watched the show lately?

If you watched Sesame Street as a kid, you'll see that much has stayed the same. There are bits of storyline on the street with the Muppets and the human characters (so nice to see faces like Gordon still around!) mixed in with shorts about numbers, letters, and other learning fun. Some of these shorts are not as kooky and weird as they used to be, but they're still a lot of fun.

Sesame Street still hooks parents in with celebrity cameos and funny parodies. In the Muppet spoof of Mad Men, the characters played the scene angry. They're mad men!

The biggest change to Sesame Street is the focus on superstar characters. There's Elmo, of course, front and center in each episode. And, to a lesser extent, Abby Cadabby pops up quite a bit. They each get their own mini-shows within the bigger show. Older fans will be disappointed to see entire episodes missing familiar faces like Bert, Ernie, Oscar, the Count, Big Bird, or Cookie Monster.

Sesame Street deserves accolades for entertaining and educating children since 1969. It also gets credit for tackling tough subjects not only here in the United States, but around the world in each of the global versions of the show.

Amy Kraft   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Amy Kraft is a freelance writer, producer, and game designer with over ten years of experience making media for children. She writes the blog Media Macaroni and lives in New York City with her husband, daughter and son.

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