Loved Sesame Street as a Kid? It’s Not the Same Show Anymore!

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When a show has been around as long as Sesame Street has you’d expect there to be some changes over the years as technology improves and to add new story lines. You don’t expect it to be so different though that the original episodes wouldn’t even be appropriate for children to watch today but that’s the case if you can believe it or not. We found this article with ten different classic scenes (videos included) that wouldn’t be aired today. We hope you find it educational and humorous!

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From the article:

When the Children’s Television Workshop unleashed Sesame Street on the world in 1969, it sparked a revolution in television programming. For the first time, TV was supposed to educate children as well as entertain them — make learning fun, using techniques developed through years of rigorous research. Parents across the U.S. had a TV show they could feel safe letting their kids watch.

When you buy the first season on DVD or iTunes today, though, it comes with a warning:
These early Sesame Street episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today’s preschool child.

For parents today, especially those who grew up in the 1970s and ’80s, this is not your child’s Sesame Street. For one thing, Sesame Street has become pretty gentrified over the past 45 years — New York provides some examples. For another thing, “Prozacky Elmo didn’t exist,” says Virginia Heffernan in The New York Times Magazine, in a remembrance that both playfully mocks today’s heightened sensibilities and notes some real differences between the Sesame Street of yore and today’s more sanitized version.

“Oscar seems irredeemably miserable — hypersensitive, sarcastic, misanthropic,” Heffernan notes. “Bert, too, is described as grouchy; none of the characters, in fact, is especially sunshiney except maybe Ernie, who also seems slow.”

Sesame Street’s current producers also cite Cookie Monster’s dietary choices (including a pipe, after he smokes it for a while), the children shown riding bikes without a helmet and running through a construction site, and, in the opening scene of the very first episode, a young girl being shown around Sesame Street by a grown man, Gordon, who is not her father and is holding her hand.

It’s true that most of those things wouldn’t make it on children’s TV today. But those aren’t the only strange or even slightly disturbing early Sesame Street moments that wouldn’t pass muster with today’s sensibilities.

Looking for ways to entertain your child without technology? Then checkout this article with technology free ideas for kids that could be of interest to you.

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Loved Sesame Street as a Kid? It’s Not the Same Show Anymore!
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