Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sesame Street is much tamer than what I remember...

I remember watching Sesame street and I loved all of the things that this article is talking about that have been taken out of the show. I think kids are missing out of the chance to figure out right from wrong on their own.


'Sesame Street's' been swept, but the magic of show remains

By Katie McLaughlin, CNN
November 4, 2009 -- Updated 1747 GMT (0147 HKT)When "Sesame Street" premiered, Oscar the Grouch was much grouchier than he is today.(CNN) -- In the early days of "Sesame Street" -- that is, B.E. (Before Elmo) -- Sesame Street was a pretty grimy place.The brownstone at 123 Sesame Street looked like it needed a serious power washing, the storefront of Mr. Hooper's shop was intentionally dingy and the Fix-It Shop's window was cluttered with toasters. It was gritty, but gritty in a magical way.

When the show started in 1969 ("Sesame Street" will celebrate its 40th anniversary on November 10), the concept of educational television programming was nothing short of revolutionary. "Sesame Street" was originally intended as a learning tool for inner-city children -- not only as a supplement to their lessons in math and the ABCs but to teach them to be good people and show them that learning can be fun.

Those early years are now available on DVD; and the discs contain a disclaimer that essentially states that they are intended for nostalgia purposes only. The warning reads as follows:

"These early 'Sesame Street' episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today's preschool child."

Say what!? Never did I ever think I'd see "Sesame Street" and "intended for grown-ups" in the same sentence. Read more at CNN.

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