(AP Photo/Sesame Workshop, Richard Termine)
Sesame Street has been a favorite of families for 40 years! Sesame Street debuted on November 10, 1969 and has had more than 21 million minutes aired and 122 Emmys and a Lifetime Achievement awards. As author Malcolm Gladwell has stated, "Sesame Street was built around a single, breakthrough insight: that if you can hold the attention of children, you can educate them". Sesame Street was the first children's show that structured each episode and made "small but critical adjustments" to each segment to capture children's attention long enough to teach them something.
Sesame Street has been the teacher for preschoolers and younger for many, many generations and in 2006, Sesame Street became "the most widely viewed children's television show in the world", with 20 international independent versions and broadcasts in over 120 countries. Sesame Street is currently ranked the fifteenth most popular children's show on television.
To help celebrate their birthday, First Lady Michelle Obama will be the special guest helping Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo, and friends with the letter H. Cameron Diaz will also be among the guests today, stopping by to help Grover explain the importance of trees.
Grab the kids and tune in to PBS for your local airing of the 40th celebration!!
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