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On this day 47 years ago, ‘Sesame Street’ made TV history

5 Undefeated ‘Sesame Street’ moments

On Nov. 10, 1969, Sesame Street broke barriers by bringing diversity and inclusion to television through a mixture of actors and relatable puppets.

When the song “Sunny days sweeping the clouds away, on my way to where the air is sweet. Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?” rang throughout households all over the world, children and adults tuned in.

On Thursday, the classic, groundbreaking, educational show turns 47 years old and the show is still going. After a long stint on PBS, Sesame Street can now be seen on HBO. Big Bird still leads the way with a cast of characters, including Bert and Ernie, Elmo, Oscar the Grouch, The Count and Grover, who dish out basic learning principles and diversity. Sesame Street can be congratulated for bringing characters of color such as Maria and Gordon into the homes of viewers all over.

Check out five of The Undefeated’s favorite Sesame Street moments.

James Earl Jones presents the alphabet

Destiny’s Child teaches Grover A New Way to Walk

Christopher Reeve and Ernie chop it up.

A pep talk from Kid President and Grover!

Maria and Luis are in love.

 

Kelley Evans is a general editor at The Undefeated. She is a food passionista, helicopter mom and an unapologetic southerner who spends every night with the cast of The Young and the Restless by way of her couch.