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

Sesame Street

Sesame Street

Spring 2012 Television
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Producer: Sesame Workshop
Rating: TV Y

It's hard to argue with the proven results of a show as culturally influential as Sesame Street. It was around long before parents had endless channels devoted to round-the-clock children's shows. And even amongst today's plethora of available programming, Sesame Street is still a standout. Sesame Street was one of the first to prove that TV could be used for good and not evil. Case in point, "The Good Birds Club," which addresses the problem of bullying. As much as we don't want to admit it, this behavior starts at a preschool age with teasing and name-calling. That's just what poor Big Bird faces when he wants to join a new bird club on the block. The president of the club makes fun of his feathers and feet, wings and beak until Big Bird thinks he needs to change these things about himself to fit in. But even magic spells don't solve the problem. Finally Big Bird's friend Abby enlists the help of a grownup who tells big bird that he doesn't need to change to please anybody. Together, Big Bird and his real friends start the Happy to Be Me Club. Guest star Mila Kunis explains the concept of inclusion and the whole segment does a wonderful job of showing both positive and negative reactions and responses to bullying.

Laura Fries   ©2012 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and 20 year member of the Television Critics Association Laura has been writing about television and film entertainment for more years than she cares to admit. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alexandria, Virginia.

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