Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? asks the theme to the longest running kids program in TV history.
But how DID we get to Sesame Street? The revolutionary program on PBS has been educating kids since 1969. Now, a new HBO documentary titled Street Gang will school us on the program’s history.
Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street takes audiences inside the minds and hearts of the program’s creators, artists, and educators.
Here’s the background provided by HBO:
In the late 1960s, socially conscious media executive Joan Ganz Cooney and Sesame Workshop co-founder Lloyd Morrisett took on a revolutionary experiment: To harness the burgeoning power of television and create an educational, impactful, and entertaining show that could reach children nationwide. Cooney recruited visionary Muppets creator Jim Henson and acclaimed children’s television writer and director Jon Stone to craft the iconic and uplifting world of Sesame Street.
Inspired by the civil rights movement, Street Gang specifically explores the first two decades of Sesame Street’s history. During these years, visionary creators helped interpret radical changes in society in a way that engaged, entertained, and educated kids like never before.
Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street premieres on HBO in 2021. A specific date has not yet been set. The documentary will also stream on HBO Max.
So, are you ready to get schooled by Sesame Street one more time? Let us know in the comments if you watched the show.
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