Sesame Street Celebrates 40 Fun-Filled Years

From sponges in square pants to magic school buses and little backpack-clad explorers, there is certainly no shortage of children’s programming these days. Though we love Dora and the gang, there is one show that will always hold a special place in our hearts, thanks to its exceptional educational value and consistent awesomeness (and the fact that it always makes us a little bit nostalgic for our own childhood years): Sesame Street.

What began as a simple show designed to teach kids about counting has become a cultural phenomenon, and is now broadcast in 16 countries world-wide. This year, the show will celebrate 40 years of lovable muppets and impressive celebrity guests (a long list that includes the likes of Maya Angelou, Diana Ross, Feist and even Michelle Obama). We can’t say that we’re surprised that a recent Newsweek article has dubbed the show “the most important children’s program in the history of television.” Ask any parent and they’ll surely agree that it beats the heck out of the Teletubbies and that big purple dinosaur.

But is it possible that kids today aren’t loving Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch as much as we did when we were their age? According to Newsweek, when it comes to ratings, these days the show isn’t even cracking the top ten list of children’s shows. In fact, most months they rank a surprisingly low 15. Sad news for those of us who couldn’t get enough of “Near and Far” and “Pinball 12.”

We want to know—Are your kids still watching Sesame Street? Or has another show claimed their hearts?

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