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Parents' Guide to

Sesame Street

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

Classic show endures changes, but learning content remains.

TV PBS , Max Educational 1969
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 36 parent reviews

age 18+

so dumb it toooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo dumb

tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo creepy
age 2+

Fantastic for children

I used to watch it while inflating my Christmas, thanksgiving and Halloween inflatables. It,s very positive and we learn a lot.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (36 ):
Kids say (102 ):

Still going strong after several decades, this show has long set the gold standard for preschool media by incorporating early educational and social-emotional skills into an entertaining show that even beckons to parents. Created by educators, Sesame Street capitalizes on kids' natural love of learning and celebrates diversity by exploring different cultures and incorporating both Muppet and human characters of all ages, colors, races, and physical abilities. Through the years, beloved characters have come and gone, but a few original favorites remain even today.

Parents who grew up with the classic Sesame Street style might find some of the show's changes through the years a little surprising -- including a revamped theme song, multiple visual styles, and even segments that alter the appearance of classic characters (Claymation versions of Ernie and Bert, for instance). Even more jarring to longtime viewers may be the 2015 formatting change that cuts the episode length in half and gives second billing to trademarks such as the letter and number of the day to make room for longer plot-driven stories starring the Muppet monsters and broader learning themes. It's unusual to wish for more time in a preschool show, but that's what these newer Sesame Street episodes leave you wanting.

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