Sesame Street is celebrating a big milestone. The beloved kids show is turning 50 years old.
Sesame Street originally aired on Nov. 10, 1969 and has reached a span of over 120 million children worldwide. The show has been aired on the Public Broadcast Service, which made it easily accessible for all.
The muppet – human dystopian show was designed by children psychologists and educators to provide an informative and educational platform to discuss issues, highlight diversity and promote inclusivism.
The Sesame Street website says the show has set out on a mission to help kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder.
The show has also been effective in tackling issues of incarceration, homelessness, autism and AIDS.
Since its history, Sesame Street has featured hundreds of celebrities such as singers Katy Perry and Usher and politician Mitt Romney and former first lady Michelle Obama.
Sesame Street sees no signs of stopping, with the show recently being moved to a paid streaming platform. The show can currently be found on the HBO network, airing regularly scheduled episodes.
Some people don’t support the recent change of streaming platforms, citing that Sesame Street was a necessary resource that children consumed for free.
PBS will still receive broadcasting rights to the show, nine months after each episode has been aired on HBO.