Sesame Street premiered on November 10th, 1969, which makes it 40 years old today! The above clip is from a promotional show aired to introduce the series two days before the premiere. Sesame Street was originally intended for inner-city children, but became a hit with the preschool set all over the globe. Many people don't realize how much the show has changed in 40 years. The early seasons are available on DVD with a disclaimer that says:
"These early 'Sesame Street' episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today's preschool child."
In those early days, Cookie Monster smoked a pipe. He also ate things that weren't edible, much less nutritious. Oscar the Grouch was much grouchier. And children rode bicycles without helmets! You won't see those things on this season's Sesame Street. Link
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