Sesame Street has a new family in the neighborhood.
The longtime children’s series recently introduced its first same-sex couple (other than Bert and Ernie) named Dave (Chris Costa) and Frank (Alex Weisman) along with their daughter, Mia (Olivia Perez).
The family made their first appearance in the latest episode titled, “Family Day.”
The episode was directed by Alan Muraoka, who also plays the owner of Hooper’s Store on the show.
Muraoka shared the news of the important milestone on his Instagram account writing, “Sesame Street has always been a welcoming place of diversity and inclusion. I am so honored and humbled to have co-directed this important and milestone episode. Love is love, and we are so happy to add this special family to our Sesame family. Happy Pride to all!”
Nick Jonas, extolling his love of pentagons and octagons, joined Sesame Street characters Cookie Monster, Bert, and the Count for a reworked version of his song “Chains”, adapted as “Check That Shape.”
Sesame Street has a long tradition of famous singers dropping by the Street with educational versions of their current hit songs.
I was watching HBO this weekend and saw this trailer for Sesame Street, and completely forgot that HBO had stepped in to partner with the legendary children’s show.
From what I understand, Sesame Workshop has a five year deal with HBO which will help the Street produce twice as much content each year and at the same time allow HBO to widen it’s children’s programming.
The show will still appear on PBS free of charge, with the new shows available after a nine month delay.
Apparently, in the past, PBS’ funding only provided for about 10% of the show’s budget. The rest was made up via DVD sales and other merchandising. But with the advent of streaming and online video, some of that funding has begun to dry up.
This 46th season of the show will welcome, as always, big stars. Look for folks like Jon Hamm, Tina Fey, Pharrell, Gwen Stefani and more.
Her introduction came with the announcement of “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children.” The online initiative is designed to raise awareness of autism to reduce public stigmas and bullying in schools.
The program comes with a downloadable app featuring games, activities, stories, and videos that provide valuable resources in the care of an autistic child.
According to a Centers for Disease Control report in 2014, the prevalence of autism in the U.S. has risen to 1 in every 68 births — or nearly twice the rate of 1 in 125 in 2004.
Growing up, I always sensed “something” about my brother was not like me. It took almost 50 years for the realization (and eventual diagnosis) that my brother was mildly autistic. He was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder just a few years ago.
He functions great; takes care of himself perfectly well. But growing up, the social aspect of the condition made for some painful moments with school kids.
Good on Sesame Street for putting some spotlight on a topic kids should be exposed to at an early age so they can begin to understand the challenges kids like my brother face.
Clip description: Some people say there’s too much pork in this town. Frank Underwolf could not agree more. And that is why Mr. Underwolf is on a mission to huff and puff and blow down all the little pigs’ houses.
In this town, you have to know which way the wind is blowing, and unfortunately, for those little piggies, it’s about to get very windy.
You shall not pass! Please resist!The word resist means to control yourself and stop yourself from doing something you really want to do, though that’s not a word that Cookie Monster really understands. Ian McKellen demonstrates.
How fab that we have had Sesame Street and all the amazing celebrities who drop by to teach kids on so many levels. It really is charming.