Sesame Street is an American puppet show that has been airing since November 10, 1969. The program is produced by Sesame Workshop, formerly known as Children's Television Workshop.
The Dutch-language children's program Sesame Street is one of its spin-offs.
Sesame Street was established in 1969 as an educational program to playfully help children in disadvantaged neighborhoods overcome their educational disadvantage. The program was successful due to the puppets by puppeteer Jim Henson and puppet maker Don Sahlin, the Muppets, who later also got an important role in The Muppet Show.
Before broadcasting real episodes, 5 test episodes were first broadcast. The first of these aired on July 21, 1969. The first real episode aired on November 10, 1969. The program was very successful right from the start. After one season, CTW had already won three Emmy Awards for the best children's program and for the script and music. The program received 17 other awards during this period, including the Peabody Award and a Prix Jeunesse. By 1998, Sesame Street had won a total of more than a hundred awards, including 71 Emmy Awards. Sesame Street was sold to 120 countries and twenty different international versions were produced. More than 4,500 episodes have been made of the original series.
Beginning with season 44 (2013-2014) was the first time that episodes were numbered in this manner (4401, 4402, 4403) in a seasonal order rather than the numerical and chronological way when the first episode of a new season aired , since then a different count applies. The first two digits indicate the number of a season, the last two digits indicate the episode of that season. Officially, that's not the program's real count, in fact it's episode 4327.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the program, on May 1, 2019 in New York City, the road at the intersection of West 63rd Street and Broadway was officially named Sesame Street.