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Sesame Street: 50 Years of Sunny Days

By Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Docu film explores TV classic's impact on society.

TV ABC , Hulu Educational 2021
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Sesame Street's goal has always been to present diversity amongst its cast in order to reach kids regardless of their background. Sesame Street: 50 Years of Sunny Days does a great job at highlighting many of the ways the show has addressed issues of race. Interviews with Sonia Manzano (Maria) and Carmen Osbarh (voice and puppeteer of Rosita) give insights into what their roles in the series has meant to them and others who can relate. The documentary looks back on the impact of Sesame Street's iconic programming, reflects upon the efforts that have earned it unparalleled respect around the world. Discussions around multicultural representation, social injustice, and racism aren't always easy for parents. Sesame Street sets out to be a resource that presents a positive narrative and can ignite conversations to help kids and parents more easily talk about difficult topics.

Surprisingly this documentary isn't suitable for the show's target audience but anyone watching, especially teens, might find it intriguing to learn how producers have made Sesame Street relevant to all kids around the world. This docu film celebrates the show's original vision and shares how Sesame Street stayed true (or not) to its initial goal throughout the past five decades. There are plenty of takeaways, and whether or not you grew up on Sesame Street, parents -- and their kids -- will be better for watching the icon kid's program.

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