Sesame Street Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Premiere on November 10th

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Cookie Monster is no doubt the least good-for-you part of Sesame Street but it was always my favorite. And then there’s Oscar the Grouch, who’s already been the subject of a Geek Dad post.

One of us.

Likely the Cookie Monster is the favorite of many others too, since Google placed him on their homepage to celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary, which is Tuesday, November 10, as new segments will begin airing on PBS stations. There are preview clips available at the official website linked above but, be warned, there is video that turns on instantly, so if you’re not in the mood for Ernie, you might want to hit the mute button.

Realizing Sesame Street is 40 years old is a bit of a shock to me, because having watched it as a kid, it reminds me that I’m old, or at least growing older.

But in addition to my own memories of the show, I also have memories of watching the show with my kids, which, in a way, marked my turning point into true adulthood.

Though the kids are currently of the age where they wouldn’t be caught dead admitting they loved anything about Sesame Street, I did pry from my teenage daughter an admission that, yes, she watched and that, yes, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch were her favorites.

My twins also had a couple of favorites that I wanted to recommend. The first, Sesame Songs: Sing Yourself Silly, is great from an early age and still makes me smile today. I used the video when my kids were overtired but refused to nap. It mellowed them out and allow me some peace for a little while. The second, Elmo Saves Christmas, is more recent, and especially good for the Christmas holiday, if you don’t have it.

I like this movie because it tells kids why you can’t have Christmas every day.The kids liked it because they were entertained by Santa, reindeer, and Elmo and they didn’t mind the lesson with it.

Which, come to think of it, is Sesame Street in a nutshell.

Which character is your favorite?

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