Sesame Street is an educational children’s television show aimed at preschool children. It is one of the most well known children’s programs in the United States, where the show was conceived. It is also broadcast into over 120 other countries and there are also 20 international versions that have been created with a similar format. This makes it the most widely viewed children’s television program in the world. If you have ever wondered when this program first aired, keep reading to find out.
When did Sesame Street start?
The idea for Sesame Street began in 1966 with television producer Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett, who was the vice president of the Carnegie Foundation. They wanted to create a television show that would be educational and prepare young children for school. After 2 years of research they founded the Children’s Television Workshop (CTW), now known as the Sesame Workshop. They received $8 in funding from various sources to produce the show. The first episode was aired on November 10, 1969. In the United States it showed on the National Educational Television network, which was replaced by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in 1970. Over 40 seasons and 4,000 episodes have been shown on PBS since this time!
Did you know?
In 1970 Sesame Street won 20 different awards, including the Peabody Award and 3 Emmy Awards. By 2009 the show had won 118 Emmy Awards, which is more than any other television series in history!
In 2002 Sesame Street ranked at 27 in a TV Guide’s list of the “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.”