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Summary: Sesame Street is a widely recognized and perpetually daring experiment in educational children's programming. This show has taken popular-culture and turned it upside-down. The fast-paced advertisements that had parents of the new era worrying for their children were the basis for the original format of this show. The show has often satirized pop culture, and made itself easier for parents to watch along too. And thus, the positive impact this show has had on modern society is beyond another. No show is more recognized the world over by as many generations and walks of life. Shown in its original format or with changes to reflect a regional education focus, Sesame Street is now seen in over 140 countries. The show that Entertainment Weekly named the "20th Best Ever Show" has changed the education scene to focus on "entertainment." This has turned out to be a valuable theory that not only helps the medicinal learning go down easier, but it also increases the effectiveness of the information being taught. In an almost backwards sense, the show stays fresh by recycling programming ideas every three years, by which time a new group of kids is watching. Unlike most PBS Kids shows, which have an original run, then go into continuous repeats until getting dropped by PBS or sold to another network, Sesame Street has created many new episodes every season since its debut Nov. 10, 1969. American teachers now expect children to arrive on the first day of school knowing the basics about letters, numbers, and language. "Kindergarten now does what first grade used to do," creator Joan Ganz Cooney has said, "and I think that's directly due to Sesame Street." International versions have changed Sesame Street to be more relevant to their culture and environments. They adjust the unique American inner city, with a cast made up mainly of Muppets, African-Americans, Spaniards and Chinese to reflect their own lifestyles. For example, Canada's Sesame Park features a small suburban town inhabited by folks like an otter and a bear, a bush pilot, a disabled child in a wheel-chair and her cat and Russia's Ulitsa Sesame set in a Russian dvor (courtyard) has a 9-foot tall tree spirit who has his joyous and problem-solving Muppet friends. No show can help in tumultuous or troubled times like Sesame Street. For example: • The Israelis and the Palestinians have now merged their independent spin-offs, to help teach the fighting cultures to accept each other for who they are,...
Network: PBS
Genre(s): Comedy, Kids
Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 99
Cast Credit
Jim Martin Oscar (1986-)/Additional Muppets (1986-) (Voice)
Kristin Chenoweth Ms. Noodle (2003-)
Ruth Buzzi /Suzy Kabloozy (1998-)
Andrea Martin Additional Voices (Elmo's World) (1998-) (Voice)
Michael Jeter Mr. Noodle's Brother, Mr. Noodle
Joey Mazzarino Ingrid (1991-)/Stinky The Stinkweed (1993-)
David Rudman Baby Bear (1992-)/Cookie Monster (2000-)/Humphrey (1993-)/Two Headed Monster (1992-)/Additional Muppets (1992-) (Voice)
Kevin Clash Elmo (1985-)/Baby Natasha (1988-)/The Duck (1990-)/Mel (2001-)
Noel McNeal Additional Muppets (1991-) (Voice) (As Noel MacNeal)
Bob West Barney (2004-) (Voice)
Alison Bartlett Dr. Gina Jefferson (1987-) (As Alison Bartlett O'Reilly)
Camille Bonora Clementine (1979-1992)/Meryl Sheep/Ruby (1989-1991)/Countless Von Backwards/Herry's Mother (1987)/Pink Rabbit (1988)
Sonia Manzano Maria (1973-)
Eric Jacobson Additional Muppets (2000-) (Voice
Ronald Binion Additional Muppets (2004-) (Voice) (As Ron Binion)
Jerry Nelson The Count (1972-)Biff Hardhat (1973-
Fran Brill Prairie Dawn (1970-)/Zoe (1993-)/Curly Bear (2003-)/Additional Muppets (1970-) (Voice)
Matt Vogel Big Bird (2002-)/Ernie (Assistant) (2000-)/Additional Muppets (2000-) (Voice)
Jennifer Barnhart Momma Bear (2003-)/Gladys The Cow (2003-)/Additional Muppets (2003-) (Voice)
Matt Robinson Gordon
Carmen Osbahr Rosita (1991-)
Stephanie D'Abruzzo Curly Bear (2002-)/Additional Female Muppets (Voice)
Carroll Spinney Big Bird (1969-)/Oscar (1969-)/Lefty (1969) (Voice)
John Tartaglia Ernie (2003)/Additional Muppets (2000-) (Voice)
Alice Dinnean Sherry Netherland
Will Lee Mr. Hooper
Roscoe Orman Gordon (#3) (1974-)
Martin P. Robinson Snuffy (1980-)/Telly (1984-)/Slimey (1981-)/Old MacDonald (2001-)
Emilio Delgado Luis (1971-)
Bill Irwin Mr. Noodle
Bob McGrath Bob (1969-)
Desiree Casado Gabi (1993-)
Loretta Long Susan (1969-
Olamide Faison Miles (#3) (2003-)
Alan E. Muraoka Alan (1998-) (As Alan Muraoka)
Judy Sladky Alice Snuffleupagus (1986-) (Voice)
Lauree Dash Lauree Dash