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Produced in the United States, Sesame Street has millions of viewers worldwide. It premiered on November 10, 1969 on the National Educational Television network, and later that year moved to NET's successor, the Public Broadcasting Service. Sesame Street has received more Emmy Awards than any other program.

The program uses a mixture of puppets, animation, and live action to teach young children basic reading, arithmetic, colors, letters, numbers, and days of the week. It also has segments focusing on basic life-skills, e.g., how to cross the road safely, the importance of basic hygiene, and so on. Many of the skits and other segments are parodies or copies of standard television formats.

There is also a subtle sense of humor in the show that has appealed to older viewers since it first premiered. A number of spoofs and parodies of popular culture appear on the show, especially ones aimed at the Public Broadcasting Service, the network that airs the show. For example, during the "Me Claudius" segment, the children viewing the show might enjoy watching Cookie Monster and the Muppets, while adults watching the same sequence may enjoy the spoof of the Masterpiece Theatre production of I, Claudius; this series of segments is "Monsterpiece Theater."

Several of the characters on the program are aimed at an older audience, such as the character Flo Bear (Flaubert); Sherlock Hemlock (Sherlock Holmes parody); and H. Ross Parrot (based on Reform Party founder Ross Perot). Hundreds of actual celebrities, from James Brown to Kofi Annan, have made guest appearances on the show. Wikipedia's list includes 179 appearances, not including multiple appearances, and counting music groups as their whole and not as seperate people. The purpose of sophisticated humor is to encourage parents to watch with their children. By making the show not only something that educates and entertains kids, but keeps adults entertained, the producers hope that more discussion about the concepts on the show will occur.

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Last Airing Nov 30, -0001
Premiere November 9, 1969
Episodes 4108
Network PBS
Format/Time Color / 60 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
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