“Sesame Street” is one of the most beloved and long running television shows in history. Since it’s airing in November of 1969, “Sesame Street” has brought entertainment and education to generations of children. The show was the first of its kind for its combination of entertaining and funny material that was peppered with academic lessons that prepared children for school.
“Sesame Street” started its educational programing by focusing on academic subjects such as math and grammar. As time went on, those subjects extended into history and science. In fact, the 2013-2014 season of the show will be more dedicated than ever before to teaching STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Yet the show also started to place importance on teaching social skills and how to cope with emotions.
In its 40 years on the air “Sesame Street” has experienced some controversies. Although many of these controversies were minor (and sometimes even groundless) they still left a lasting impact on the series. Sometimes, they are also cited among the reasons why “Sesame Street” is considered to be a daring and different programming for preschoolers. In other words, perhaps the show’s tackling of controversial subjects is the very reason that “Sesame Street” has had so much success.
Below is a list of five controversies that stemmed from “Sesame Street.”