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Sesame Street is an American educational children's television series and a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. Sesame Street is well known for its Muppet characters created by Jim Henson. It premiered on November 10, 1969, and is the longest running children's program on American television. The show is produced in the United States by the non-profit organization Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Children's Television Workshop (CTW). Sesame Street uses a combination of animation, puppets, and live actors to stimulate young childrens' minds, improve their letter and word recognition, basic arithmetic, geometric forms, classification, simple problem solving, and socialization by showing children or people in their everyday lives. Since the show's inception, other instructional goals have been basic life skills, such as how to cross the street safely, proper hygiene, healthy eating habits, and social skills; in addition, real-world situations are taught, such as death, divorce, pregnancy and birth, adoption, and even all of the human emotions such as happiness, love, anger and hatred.

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1 Elmo Elmo annoying! Elmo teach kids bad grammar!
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2 Cookie Monster goes on a diet Cookie Monster cutting down on cookies?! WTF?!
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3 Elmo Over-marketed More commercial than educational.
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4 Death Jim Henson
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5 Exit... Stage Left Kermit The Frog
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6 Baby Bear His impediment teaches kids bad speech patterns.
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7 Changed opening theme song. The original was more toe-tapping.
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8 They took Kermit off. He was one of the original characters
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9 Death Mr. Hooper
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10 Old Skits Are Phased Out I Miss The Funkyness of Them
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11 Exit... Stage Left David
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12 Never Boned Still rocks.
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13 The Count No Longer A Bad Guy Pressure From Parent Groups Make Him Good
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14 Corporate sponsors' ads Sesame Street wasn't created to be so commercial!
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15 They got rid of CTW at end The reason says it all!
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16 Exit... Stage Left Don Music
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17 The Yip-Yip Martians They were just plain...creepy!
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18 Everyone can see Snuffleupagus No longer magical friend of Big Bird's
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19 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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20 Second season 1970 Turning Oscar The Grouch from orange to green.
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21 Oscar fur changes color The orange oscar had edge
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22 Exit... Stage Left Roosevelt Franklin
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23 Reverse boned It was great, then bad, then good again
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1 I miss some of the older muppets that were discontinued, like Don Music and Roosevelt Franklin. Also, remember when the Count was evil and a bad guy? All of sudden, one day, he's the fun lovin' Count. Parent groups ruin everything. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on September 22, 2013, 7:29 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
2 I wonder how people would have reacted if instead of Big Bird, he'd named Elmo -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on October 22, 2012, 12:54 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
3 @Travoltron: From what I've read, Barney is no longer making episodes. -- Submitted By: (cartooner) on October 16, 2012, 10:04 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 If Romney was smart, he would have put Barney's head on the chopping block instead of Big Bird's. He would have gotten everyone's vote that way. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on October 10, 2012, 6:02 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
5 I loved Sesame Street as a kid, but when people care more about a TV station and a kids program than they do about our sluggish economy, ever growing debt, ever rising tax rate and a flawed health care plan, I have major concerns about our country. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on October 8, 2012, 6:04 pm - (5 votes) - Login to Vote
6 Big Bird & Co. don't need PBS anyways, and i can't remember the last time i even watched PBS. I'm sure if the plug did get pulled, Sesame Street would have no trouble finding another kid-oriented tv network..Nickelodeon maybe -- Submitted By: (stryker73) on October 8, 2012, 5:20 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
7 Elmo was fine before he started hogging the spotlight -- Submitted By: (Elec) on February 27, 2012, 7:19 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 There is an article on AOL.com main page from the Huffington Post that talks about Bert and Ernie and gay marriage. Now I know when I was a kid this was a popular belief, along with theories of the cast of Scooby Doo and wishing Wile E and Sylvester would catch those damn birds, and so on. But for people who have been pressuring SS for Bert and Ernie to actually be a gay married couple is ridiculous. As SS states, they're puppets they don't have any sexual orientation. If I remember correctly sex was never a topic on the show period. -- Submitted By: (Jp) on August 11, 2011, 4:57 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Grover's still on Sesame Street, Soggy. He just was demoted to a background role, as were many of the main characters once Elmo became the star of the show. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 6, 2011, 4:23 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
10 Elmo replaced Grover? Why, that's practically a crime against humanity! Grover was one of the coolest dudes on ANY TV show in the '70s and '80s. Why on earth would they get rid of him? What's this world coming to? -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 6, 2011, 7:42 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
11 Seasame Street has milked Elmo fish-bone dry. All the other characters like Oscar, Count, and even Big Bird has pushed to the background for Elmo. It's now become The Elmo Show now. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on December 25, 2010, 10:23 pm - (5 votes) - Login to Vote
12 I loved watching Sesame Street when I was a wee lad and lost interest around the time Elmo showed up. So yeah, I agree that it boned when Elmo showed up. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on October 2, 2010, 5:21 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
13 When I watch this show nowadays (mainly to mute the TV and overdub it), the begining segment with Elmo ends up going on for far too long to be enjoyable. So I think it boned when Elmo came along. -- Submitted By: (MorbidDuck) on July 26, 2010, 2:48 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
14 Old Sesame Street comments! http://web.archive.org/web/20071010051720/http://www.jumptheshark.com/topic/sesame-street-general-comments/1767 -- Submitted By: (Robert) on June 4, 2010, 1:01 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
15 I don't know if this counts as jumping but I grew up in Canada with no cable, and they stopped airing the american version on CBC and started showing "Sesame Park". I was only six and I knew it was a completely shitty Canadian version. -- Submitted By: (dontstopmenow) on June 3, 2010, 9:50 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
16 My 10 year old nephew and I always get into an intellectual discussion about how Elmo does not teach proper English. It's sad to see such a classic TV show bone when it focuses primarily on Elmo and Abby Cadabby way too much. In my opinion Elmo should have stayed as a background character. another boning point was that they took one of the shows original stars off, Kermit the Frog. Kermit had some of the funniest Sesame Street News Flash segments, where in one particular News Flash, Kermit reported on when Cinderella's Fairy Godmother was going to make her a dress, where instead of it going on Cinderella, it went on Kermit. You don't see classic skits like this on Sesame Street anymore and it's a shame that our kids will never see what we saw when we were growing up. -- Submitted By: (JBird) on May 27, 2010, 11:31 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
17 Elmo represents a sad reality about the television business. When a TV show is well loved, they look into the reasons behind it, including the characters, and then from there they emphasize the very things they think that everyone loves best. Problem is, the way certain characters are exposed affects the qualities that the show already had and ultimately the show becomes about something else against it's original premise. And either it will become hugely popular and maybe better over time, or the changes end up corrupting the show to the point that no one likes it anymore and correcting the mistake often comes too late to save it. Thing is, Elmo got exposure as he did because there was a favoritism for the cuteness of the character initially, and the producers in their mind saw him as the path of profitability (and believe me Sesame Street is the prime example of commercialism intruding on PBS). The more they showed Elmo, it only resulted in him getting his own segment on the show and then everything else about Sesame Street seemed to become minor in comparison. Likewise the show's format has been altered to fit the rules of the short sighted E/I guidelines. That said, Sesame Street is never going to be the same show it once was, business got in the way. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 21, 2010, 2:16 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
18 It's hard to say exactly when this show boned - perhaps sometime in the early to mid-90's. But I'd say that the show experienced a slow, gradual decline between 1985 and 1998. Things started changing for the worse when the show started caving into PC sensibilities, with the first notable example being the decision to make Snuffy visible to everyone in 1985. Next, at the end of the 80's, the show lost two of its guiding forces: Muppet master Jim Henson and composer/songwriter Joe Raposo. Then in the early 90's, they started adding newer, more childish characters like Baby Bear, Zoe, and Rosita. They changed the theme song for the first time ever (not counting the pilots) in 1992, and added the "Around The Corner" neighborhood the following year. Maybe the bone coincided with veteran director Jon Stone's retirement in 1994, since it was around this time that classic segments started rapidly disappearing, to be replaced with new segments that style over substance. Of course, the final straw came in 1998, when they started devoting 15 minutes of the show to the obnoxious inanity known as Elmo's World. This segment still prevails to this day, and the rest of the show has continued down the same path towards overt childishness and style over substance. The current show still has some occasional shining moments (mostly pop culture parodies and/or segments featuring classic Muppet characters), but they are surrounded by way too much obnoxious fluff. -- Submitted By: (mjb1124) on May 18, 2010, 10:14 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
19 When Kermit the Frog disappeared in 2001. He was involved in some of the most memorable skits on the show. Instead, we get more Elmo. I feel bad for kids today. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 6, 2010, 5:43 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
20 It was only after Jim Henson and several other "original creators" of _Sesame Street_ died, that the show began a rapid decline. Too many talented performers, writers and producers vanishing at once...that was what _allowed_ Elmo to morph from a cute supporting character into an annoying diva. They _allowed_ the classic cartoons and songs to seem out of date, when the preschoolers hadn't complained about that for 25+ years. And those deaths _allowed_ new curriculum staff to swarm in, claiming that children weren't learning well enough from the format that had taught their parents about letters, numbers, and social life. Whether the Workshop didn't know or didn't care what all those deaths meant for their flagship show, is anyone's guess: if Jim Henson had gotten that pneumonia checked in time, chances are good that kids and adults could have still watched _Sesame Street_ together without the adults feeling embarrassed in the first 15 minutes. -- Submitted By: (ISNorden) on March 7, 2010, 9:25 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote

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