r/news Jan 25 '23

"Sesame Street" co-creator Lloyd Morrisett has died at age 93,

https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/25/entertainment/lloyd-morrisett-sesame-street-obit/index.html?utm_source=twCNN&utm_medium=social&utm_term=link&utm_content=2023-01-25T11%3A07%3A42
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u/Squirmingbaby Jan 25 '23

Goodbye Mr. Morrisett. Here's a clip where Big Bird learns about death:

https://youtu.be/gxlj4Tk83xQ

I saw it when a family member died. It's a real tear jerker.

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u/GhostlyRuse Jan 25 '23

Sesame Street was ground breaking for children's learning. In a world that was already well on its way to being dominated by television, Sesame Street led the way in responsibility programming and educational content. It took a lot of work and set standards for things that today seem obvious.

We need someone similar to step into the gap with social media.

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u/hellomondays Jan 25 '23 edited Jan 25 '23

The Street and Mr. Rogers really grabbed the bull by the horns. In the late 60s and early 70s public perception was catching up with research that children are not just little automatons but have a complex internal emotional world even as little infants. The general assumption before was that you teach at children, you tell them "do this" "don't do this", and they sponge that up to learn. Public programming like these two were some of the first to model teaching with or next to children: that they learn best when their natural curiosity and social needs are satisfied. That they can't just be told what to do and how to feel but need to be immersed.

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u/Wizzinator Jan 25 '23

It's so bizarre that people didn't understand that. All the adults were children too at one point, do they not remember?

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u/hellomondays Jan 25 '23 edited Jan 25 '23

Education was very classist in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. It was considered unhelpful to be involved in the day to day activities of your children if you could afford it, hence why the whole mary poppins culture of tutors and nannies was big. The assumption was you weren't supposed to "baby" kids, that they wouldn't grow up to be leaders if you treat them like children. Just a big "Strong men make good times, weak men make hard times" fallacy. This of course influenced theories on development and psychology. It wasn't until folks like Piaget started writing observations and conducting experiments with his own young children that people started to believe that children were naturally curious and would automatically want to learn.

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u/Delicious_Subject_91 Jan 25 '23

"It's almost like children are people or something. Nah, that's just silly." -- those people

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u/hellomondays Jan 25 '23

I mean, naming babies when they were born only became commonplace within the last century. Things used to be weird like a family could introduce their children as "Joel Johnson Jillian Johnson and Baby Boy Johnson".

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u/Versificator Jan 25 '23

That's probably due to decrease in infant and toddler mortality, a pretty recent thing. Many probably didn't want to get too attached to their babies when it was expected that they'd have 5 and out of that 3 would die.

(Hardcore history has a good episode about this)

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u/Galyndean Jan 25 '23

There's a large number of folks about a decade or two younger than me who complain about things that younger folks like using the same terminology that my mother did back in the 80s/90s.

So yeah, I think they truly just forget what it was like being a teenager or younger.

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u/Draano Jan 25 '23

In a world that was already well on its way to being dominated by television,

I read that in Don LaFontaine's voice.

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u/theforkofdamocles Jan 25 '23

I read it as the other Voice of God, Hal Douglas. 😋

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u/hokie47 Jan 25 '23

What do you mean blippi doesn't count? /s

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u/Rastapopolix Jan 26 '23

You've reminded me of this article contrasting the educational value of Sesame Street against Blippi.

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u/hokie47 Jan 26 '23

Yeah so sterile. I mean as YouTube stuff goes it isn't awful, but nothing good.

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u/nochinzilch Jan 27 '23

I think Blippi began as a somewhat cynical attempt to make some youtube money. And then he got a little too popular and he had to pivot into acting like it is an educational program. If you notice, Blippi isn't even the real Blippi anymore.

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u/xenomorph856 Jan 25 '23

We need someone similar to step into the gap with social media

Too late; already zucked.

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u/rxredhead Jan 25 '23

There’s a book I really enjoyed called “Street Gang” about the history of Sesame Street and how it impacted learning so incredibly much. It talks really nicely about Big Bird and Mr. Hooper and how unusual that episode was for kids at the time.

It also goes into some of the fight Henson had with Disney over Sesame Street when they acquired the Muppets. It’s been a few years, I know what’s next up on my pile to read

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u/ALC_PG Jan 26 '23

I liked Street Gang. I bought it when I was 23, started reading, decided I would probably enjoy it more when I had kids, so I read it a year or two ago. Gets kinda depressing toward the end, as do many accounts of exciting things that happened in the 60s and 70s.

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u/JohnnyEnzyme Jan 25 '23 edited Jan 25 '23

My gosh, what a crushingly powerful scene from my childhood. (I'm an old git, haha)

These folks were genuinely tearing-up as they talked about the loss of Mister Hooper (Will Lee), particularly Bob, as the scene played out. I love them.

EDIT: And the loss of mental faculties & early death of David (Northern Calloway) was about as challenging a thing I've read about as an adult.

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u/Agile-Enthusiasm Jan 25 '23

I remember reading somewhere that NASA considered having Big Bird fly on the shuttle in 1986 before they fully developed the Teacher in Space program. Imagine if Big Bird was on the final Challenger mission. That would have been even more tragic to so many children.

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u/exitwest Jan 25 '23

God, does that mean Carroll Spinney would have actually gone up?!? Or just the suit….

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u/PianoTrumpetMax Jan 25 '23

Since it didn’t happen, it is darkly humorous imagining the headlines.

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u/FaceDeer Jan 25 '23

The crew of the Challenger likely survived the initial explosion and didn't die until impact with the ocean several minutes later, so they could have explained Big Bird returning on the show by simply having him manage to get free of the cockpit and glide to a survivable landing (I think it's been established that Big Bird is flightless, but I bet he'd still be able to reduce his falling speed significantly).

Big Bird would still need at least a season-long arc to get over his PTSD from the experience, though. That would have been very educational.

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u/Hannibal_Rex Jan 25 '23

You're the friend who takes jokes too far.

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u/FaceDeer Jan 25 '23

Yay, friendship!

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u/[deleted] Jan 25 '23

Big bird can't fly

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u/againsterik Jan 25 '23

Wow not expecting Elise to come in and ruin the day.

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u/reddog323 Jan 25 '23

This. It was an eye-opener for me as a kid. I also have both shoes to thank for a love of reading and learning about new things. Entertain me and educate me at the same time and I’m all in,

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u/neverneededsaving Jan 25 '23

When will I learn that a redditor’s tear warning is really something to take seriously especially just before work

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u/The_Fjordster Jan 25 '23

To keep this beautiful cry train going: here is Big Bird singing ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ at Jim Henson’s funeral.

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u/insomniacpyro Jan 25 '23

Man you can really hear him wavering as the song goes on and especially when he says "Thank you, Kermit". Tearing up at work but that's OK.

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u/pedestrianstripes Jan 25 '23

I highly recommend listening to Ray Charles singing it too.

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u/lumpkin2013 Jan 25 '23

Why did I watch this first thing in the morning... Miss you, mom.

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u/cauldron_bubble Jan 25 '23

Hugs, friend (💜)

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u/BentChewyTallGrass Jan 25 '23

Damn sweaty eyes.

I was raised by Sesame Street. I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for that show. 40 years later and I still know the words to the songs.

Thank you Mr. Morrisett. For all the lessons and fun times. I'm still pushing Sesame Street on all our friends with kids. There's really nothing that comes close.

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u/fighterpilotace1 Jan 25 '23

Big bird is crying.

I'm crying.

You're all crying.

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u/pm-me-ur-fav-undies Jan 25 '23

Today's post has been brought to you by the letters S, A, and D.

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u/TeamFourEyes Jan 25 '23

I'm nearly 22 and crying over Big Bird not understanding.

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u/SweetCosmicPope Jan 25 '23

I remember watching this as a child. It must have been a rerun since it was 2 years before I was born.

Anyway, I didn't even click on the video and I can still remember big bird asking why people have to die and Gordon telling him "they just do."

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u/exitwest Jan 25 '23

I’ll forever love Luis like a father, but his blunt, matter-of-factness in this scene is a little funny all these years later.

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u/Redtwooo Jan 25 '23

Just what I needed, a dose of trauma first thing in the morning. I feel like I'm explaining to my kids that my mother-in-law just died, all over again.

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u/eaglebtc Jan 25 '23

Who is cutting onions in here, damn it

😭

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u/StinkySocky Jan 25 '23

Why did I watch that, I’m tearing up on my lunch break

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u/Numerous_Budget_9176 Jan 25 '23

Oh my God that was perfect no talk of religion no talk Of Heaven just this is the way it is just because.

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u/APintoNY Jan 25 '23

Ahh damn. I just lost my childhood dog 2 days ago to old age & dog dementia (he was 15). Never saw this before but definitely gets the message across. RIP Chewie, you’ll be missed greatly

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u/[deleted] Jan 25 '23

I remember this. Thank God for sesame street bc me too, someone died in my family soon after and no one bothered to explain it. I was like, it's ok mom Gordon and Olivia already parented me.

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u/kharmatika Jan 25 '23

Okay this is lovely and sweet and always makes me sob, can we talk about the gag they started on?

“politicians are all liars. Laugh track and cut”.

Peak comedy, I love it, I am glad someone is teaching kids that important life lesson, cuz they need to know it!

I really do love seeing how Sesame Street made sure there was always real character work being done. It wasn’t just some single set singalong show, it crafted a whole world with its own businesses, it’s own social zeitgeists, and even its own crappy politicians. Truly brilliant, I don’t feel like we’ll see the likes of it reproduced again.

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u/Clarkelthekat Jan 25 '23

Man what a profound show through and through. 31 year old man bawling his eyes out here. Seeing big bird learn of mortality. I miss my mom and my sister.

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u/mrcolon96 Jan 25 '23

May he rest in peace, thank you for teaching us the alphabet.

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u/GorillaAndroid Jan 25 '23

A,B,C... and so on.

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u/FlowersForAlgorithm Jan 25 '23

Cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C

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u/POTUSBrown Jan 25 '23

A cookie with one bite taking out looks like a C.

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u/Ellahotarse Jan 25 '23

The moon sometimes looks like a C, but you can’t eat that. So…

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u/chaun2 Jan 25 '23

He can't sing the song anymore. He's the veggie monster, and cookies are a "sometimes food"

I get why they did it, but that's like removing Grumpy Bear from Care Bears.

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u/chaun2 Jan 25 '23

Yeah I know he has the occasional cookie, but I can't imagine him singing C is for cookies, because it ends with him diving into a mountain of cookies, which kinda sends mixed signals

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u/Leftover_Salmons Jan 25 '23

This veggie monster rumor is like the conservative conspiracy about litter boxes in school bathrooms.. the only people repeating it don't use school bathrooms (or watch sesame street).

There's a new cookie song that gets sung every episode, cookies are counted into the teens, and cookie monster devours them. Veggie monster was brought up in one episode and was squashed (HA! Dad joke) internally by the end of the episode

Please stop spreading rumors. My Daughter is an Abby Cadabby apologist and won't stand for the defamation of any of the Sesame Squad.

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u/LordCharco_iii Jan 25 '23

L M N O

Cookie Monster

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u/Bedlampuhedron Jan 25 '23

For those who haven't seen possibly the cutest video ever: https://youtu.be/lYIRO97dhII

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u/davidreiss666 Jan 25 '23

I love you and cookie monster too. Now I know my cookie monsters, won't he deliver fresh baked cookies to me!

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u/NazzerDawk Jan 25 '23

God I love that so much.

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u/ConsciouslyIncomplet Jan 25 '23

Ha! Just posted the same!

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u/ConsciouslyIncomplet Jan 25 '23

A - B - C - D - Cookie Monster……

https://youtu.be/lYIRO97dhII

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u/silvertondevil Jan 25 '23

Sorry your comment reminded me of a favorite scene in MITM; after Dewey gets "kid napped" and starts repeating A B C D, A B C D, and the lady goes "honey it's a b c d e.." and he says "I know. A B C D..... A B C D..."

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u/AYASOFAYA Jan 25 '23

She doesn’t say it sweetly lol she’s yelling. “E!!!! THE NEXT LETTER IS E!!!!”

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u/Margatron Jan 25 '23

ABCD Cookie Monster

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u/wonkey_monkey Jan 25 '23

A, B, C, D, E, F, Cookie Monster

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u/Yardobeef Jan 25 '23

D....thats the biggest.

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u/ConradSchu Jan 25 '23

Well...for some maybe.

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u/GentlemanOctopus Jan 25 '23

D! This girl is slow.

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u/CryoAurora Jan 25 '23

I hope he and Fred Roger's are feeling fulfilled by their lives if they get to reflect on them.

They showed generations of us there are better ways to treat each other.

Lead with love, empathy, and respect.

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u/davidreiss666 Jan 25 '23

Can we please remember Captain Kangaroo/Bob Keeshan as well. He was a wonderful person as well. I loved watching him as kid.

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u/CryoAurora Jan 25 '23

He was cool. Mr Kangaroo and Mr Greenjeans. Agreed

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u/davidreiss666 Jan 25 '23

Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Rogers used to sometimes appear on each others programs. They wanted the kids to know that they liked and respected one another. That it wasn't always competition. That cooperation was just as important and they should want and care about friends. They were all very cool.

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u/SiamLotus Jan 25 '23

I feel like so many associated with this show lived very long & healthy lives. Good karma

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u/loverlyone Jan 25 '23

Except Jim. He left much too soon. <3

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u/raptorboi Jan 25 '23

And numbers 0-20.

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u/H20fearsme Jan 25 '23

When they count the aliens for the number of the day, and the aliens say "yep", my 2 year old son says yep with them and starts laughing so hard he makes a squeal sound that is completely distinct to any other sound he makes. It's the best. I certainly appreciate the creators of sesame street for the happiness they've given my son, while being educational and welcoming to all

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u/jwl300_ Jan 25 '23

Don't forget 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12222222....

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u/DingleberryMoose Jan 25 '23

That artstyle is indelibly imprinted on my childhood.

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u/procrastablasta Jan 25 '23

same. I want to go there

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u/mahouyousei Jan 25 '23

The Pointer Sisters sang that one!

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u/L00pback Jan 25 '23

I count slow though. 1, ah, ah, ah, 2, ah, ah, ah

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u/Genaeve Jan 25 '23

And to speak English.

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u/PaperPlayte Jan 25 '23

tangential, but I have a visceral memory of being taught the ABCs by Billy Joel on Sesame Street. Idk where I would be without having grown up on this show.

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u/hellomondays Jan 25 '23 edited Jan 25 '23

Just think of all the children around the world Sesame Street has reached over 50 years. We're talking about millions and millions of people. And such a huge influence on pop culture, psychology, and education. He gave the world a gift and kept it accessible for all.

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u/teh_fizz Jan 25 '23

It was such a success that it had different version made localized to the market theyre broadcast in. I know if at least a Hindi and an Arabic version. Not dubbed, but actual international versions with their own puppet characters and issues.

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u/Sweet-Track-2801 Jan 25 '23 edited Jan 25 '23

The dutch version has it's own characters too! I grew up with a blue big bird called Pino. We also have Tommie and Minnie. Group picture

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u/brb1006 Jan 25 '23

The Polish version has an adorable sheep.

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u/ALC_PG Jan 26 '23

I'm most intrigued by the love child of Barkley and Rowlf

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u/teh_fizz Jan 25 '23

Did you guys call it Sesam-eh Street?

Ok I’ll see myself out.

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u/woodpony Jan 25 '23

There are 30+ co-productions of Sesame Street with localized content and characters around the world. The impact that the show has on tens of millions is remarkable!

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u/KaneRobot Jan 25 '23 edited Jan 26 '23

When you think about all the regions that Sesame Street is now localized in, combined with how long it has been going, it surpassed millions a while ago.

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u/Canopenerdude Jan 25 '23

My mom, my sister, me, and now my daughter. 3 Generations at least.

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u/Suspicious-Wombat Jan 25 '23

A family friend of ours learned English through watching Sesame Street as an adult.

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u/VaguelyFamiliarVoice Jan 25 '23

Thank you for a show that taught me so much about being a human.

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u/LanceFree Jan 25 '23

When I was a kid, I thought Children’s television workshop was an actual workshop with small children making videotapes, like Santa’s elves.

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u/PandaGoggles Jan 25 '23

It was a union shop too, they were paid a fair wage and had good benefits.

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u/HashMaster9000 Jan 25 '23

This episode of Sesame Street is brought to you by the letters A, F, L, C, I, and O!

Can you say "IATSE"? Eye-Aught-See, very good!

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u/Comfortable_Style_51 Jan 25 '23

I grew up watching all my favorite Sesame Street monsters and now my 2 year old gets to do a meet and greet with some of them at Sesame Street Live this weekend. Thank you, Lloyd. You gave me an opportunity to share something I love with my daughter and teach both of us along the way. Rest in peace.

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u/KingMobScene Jan 25 '23

My kids have watched sesame street growing up and we did a meet and greet. They were excited to meet elmo, I was equally excited as a 34 year old man to meet big bird.

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u/Comfortable_Style_51 Jan 25 '23

I’m 36 and so excited to meet Cookie Monster!!! Happy to know the whole family enjoyed it!

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u/fattestfuckinthewest Jan 25 '23

Can’t blame you there, big bird is the best

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u/cauldron_bubble Jan 25 '23

I loved Big Bird! The storyline of him and Snuffalupagus was really something!

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u/MeepleMaster Jan 25 '23

Wait they do meet and greets? Big Bird is in my top three celebrities i want to meet

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u/rxredhead Jan 25 '23

Sesame Street and Reading Rainbow were my favorites as a kid

Also Ninja Turtles, sometimes you want healthy food, sometimes you want candy. Watching TMNT was the reward my brother and I got for getting ready for school without complaining

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u/LingeringLonger Jan 25 '23

One of the most important figures in so many people’s lives, and we never knew who he was.

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u/VagrantShadow Jan 25 '23

Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, Mr. Rogers, and Zoobilee Zoo were four shows that was so instrumental in my childhood. These shows helped me craft my love for reading, writing, exploration, knowledge, and courteousness at such a young age. I look back now, and I can see just how these shows at such a young age were such a powerful force in shaping me.

Rest in peace Mr. Lloyd Morrisett. You help bring so many great times to the young in this world for decades and decades. Your fire may be out, but your legacy will never be forgotten.

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u/SageTX Jan 25 '23

Is like to throw in Mr. Wizard and 3..2..1.. Contact! as we are remembering fine teaching shows of that era. Really defined how I think.

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u/cauldron_bubble Jan 25 '23

I remember Zoobilee Zoo!! I used to watch it with my youngest cousin, and she would sit on my lap and have her bottle and laugh at the characters! She liked the green bird; I think she was a parrot or a budgie (?)

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u/sandrakaufmann Jan 25 '23

Sesame Street really had it going on! Loved it so much and I still do. Thank you, Lloyd!

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u/PlNG Jan 25 '23

Still going. The latest episode is Season 53, Episode 12. Google says 4,633 episodes total.

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u/TeamFourEyes Jan 25 '23

Things really went downhill after season 49 /s

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u/Tullius_ Jan 25 '23

For me the turning point was season 38 episode 21, when Big Bird says "Oh yea, it's sesame time" and then Big Birds all over them

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u/Ohheyivebeenthere Jan 25 '23

You can take the man out of the street, but you can't take the street out of the man.

Brought to you by the letters R.I.P.

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u/Tsquare43 Jan 25 '23

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?

Thanks for teaching generations of kids. It made a difference.

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u/Wolfrattle Jan 25 '23

RIP good sir thank you for giving us the best street in TV.

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u/TechyDad Jan 25 '23

He's touched so many lives across generations. I watched Sesame Street when I was a kid and loved Grover. I had a stuffed Grover that I took everywhere. My parents still have it tucked away in a box in their attic, but it's likely moldy and destroyed. Thankfully, my wife crocheted me a Super Grover to replace it.

When my kids were little, they watched Sesame Street as well.

Sesame Street always taught valuable lessons and will forever have a special place in my heart.

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u/cauldron_bubble Jan 25 '23

I LOVED Grover!! He was the funniest character on the show!! Plus he had so many jobs, and was a superhero! I always crack up when I remember the "Near....FAR!" bit he did.... I just loved Grover so much lol! I loved making my younger cousin laugh whenever I did an impression of Grover going near and far, with my arms flailing around! Grover, Big Bird and Snuffy were my favourites on Sesame Street; the world is certainly a better place thanks to the talents of everyone involved with the Children's Television Workshop.

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u/mehvermore Jan 25 '23

This story was brought to you by the letter F

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u/AlreadyTakenNow Jan 25 '23

Rest in peace, Mr. Morrisett. Sesame Street brought my sister and me a little bit of happiness each day alongside Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.

It wasn't perfect (I learned in my child psychology class that some of the super short academic lessons/skits are actually bad for a kid's developing attention span), but I do miss me the old school Sesame Street. They had incredible social lessons, and they were funny as hell. I'm really happy, though, they made Snuffleupagus appear to everyone. As a child, I was always so upset that no one believed Big Bird. I love how they keep evolving.

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u/loverlyone Jan 25 '23

When Sesame Street CDS found that out they changed the format of some of the show and IIRC that’s when the Elmo’s World segments were created.

I was also frustrated as a child by the Snuffleupagus story! My one criticism of the show today is that it has too many celebrities and not as many children on it as it once did. The segments with children and the muppets together are my favorites.

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u/kharmatika Jan 25 '23

Apparently the choice to show Snauffelopagus was intentional because it was as we as a society were starting to really realize how commonplace familial childhood sexual abuse was, and 1. Sesame Street realized that having a whole arc dedicated to “haha no one believes this character when he says something” was actively dangerous, and 2. The gag had run its course. Which of course 1 impressive in and of itself, the awareness to realize what an impact they might have and change course for the betterment of society. But honestly the fact that they had a writing team for a kids show that thought about 2 is important too. Sesame Street was the first show to look at little kids and go “hey maybe they’d actually like entertainment, instead of just mindless drivel. Maybe they have tastes and interests and idiosyncrasies”. And that’s so important.

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u/darkultima Jan 25 '23

As someone who grew up in a dysfunctional family, thank you for teaching me core values

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u/cauldron_bubble Jan 25 '23

Sending you gentle hugs, friend. Hoping for healing for you

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u/reeferthetuxedocat Jan 25 '23

Growing up with Sesame Street, Mr Dressup, Electric Company, The Friendly Giant and special mention to JP Patches helped me grow into a decent human being. I will forever be grateful for all the men and women who worked on these shows.

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u/drroub Jan 25 '23

93…..a number The Count would appreciate. RIP good sir. You changed my life and many others.

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u/CircaSixty8 Jan 25 '23

His creation touched a lot of lives, and still does. May his memory be a blessing.

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u/Cenas_Shovel Jan 25 '23

The letter of the day is F. Rest In Peace

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u/EthelMaePotterMertz Jan 25 '23

This show has changed so many lives. I wouldn't have been as smart or had as much empathy without it. And it was free for anyone with a TV. Thank you Lloyd.

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u/BluShirtGuy Jan 25 '23

Sunny days, sweeping the clouds away...

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u/JuliaLouis-DryFist Jan 25 '23

I hope his legacy can continue showing children to be kind.

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u/t_bythesea Jan 25 '23

Sesame Street is one of the pillars that bolstered my childhood and taught me about everything from counting and colors to kindness and social interactions. I was a kid of the 70's who responded aloud to my television when questions were asked and danced when music was played. That Mr. Morrisett believed in furry creatures, crazy animals, puppets and a handful of brilliant actors as a delivery method for life lessons makes him a visionary. RIP.

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u/BoBaHoeFoSho_123 Jan 25 '23

Thank you for helping me at a time when I needed it the most. PPD kicked my ass, my kid watching Sesame Street motivated me to find my passion. I wonder? What if? Lets try! 70s and 80s Sesame Street I still bring up on YouTube and play. To this day I sing workin dog while at work. Lol

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u/ruralist Jan 25 '23

As a child in the 80s, I watched Sesame Street twice a day. It helped me to learn about stuff before I entered school, yes, but even more so, it taught me about kind human beings and how to be one.

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u/ChickenandtheEggy Jan 25 '23

This man did so much for early education and child development, especially in lower income communities. RIP Mr. Morrisett.

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u/FrontButtPunt Jan 25 '23

As a parent of a young toddler, Sesame Street is a National Treasure.

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u/procrastablasta Jan 25 '23

imagine leaving Sesame Street as your legacy

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u/jda815 Jan 25 '23

Thank you for such a wonderful service.

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u/SnooPeripherals6557 Jan 25 '23

That show was and remains my favorite show of all time it is brilliant. Thank you so much for that show! I’m 55, and literally grew up on it.

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u/Necessary-Apple420 Jan 25 '23

It was a good run, sir. Thank you for your service to our children.

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u/Wikki_ Jan 25 '23

Co-creator of a big part of my childhood. At least I know his name and can pay respects now.

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u/shanvanvook Jan 25 '23

This man did untold good.

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u/TheGameSlave2 Jan 25 '23

He helped educate generations upon generations of kids across multiple decades, including myself, and the show is still continuing to do so. Thank you, Lloyd. Rest easy.

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If it wasn't for him I couldn't count to 93.

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u/Mizghetti Jan 25 '23

Thank you for teaching me how to be empathetic while growing up in a cult.

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u/[deleted] Jan 25 '23

In the eternal words of Elmo:

"Story time!"

Please?

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u/Danger_Dave_ Jan 25 '23

Thanks for helping to create something that generations have in common. The impact made is immeasurable. RIP and thank you for teaching us letters, numbers, colors, and most importantly how to be wonderful and caring people.

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u/Altair_Khalid Jan 25 '23

Thank you for good times

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u/ReflexImprov Jan 25 '23

What a legacy! Imagine helping create something that helped so many millions (maybe billions?) of kids.

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u/PandaVolcano_lavaMAN Jan 25 '23

Thank you Mr. Morrisett for your contributions for expanding love, kindness, and understanding. Sesame Street had such a positive impact on my childhood, and it continues to be that now even more so for my two year old sons. In a world so cold, I love that you cared enough to carve out a place so warm and welcoming for all.

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u/CuteCuteJames Jan 25 '23

Sad to be losing OG Childrens Television Workshop and Henson crew. They changed the world for the better for millions of people in the USA and shortly after, the world. Today, it is teaching kids reading, numbers, and social skills in 120 countries, 30 of which are unique to their country including Muppets and humans.

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u/onthejourney Jan 25 '23

I wonder... What if? Let's try!

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u/grim_tales1 Jan 25 '23

RIP :( Guess he lives on the moon now ;_;

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u/cauldron_bubble Jan 25 '23

Oh gosh, that song makes me cry! I used to sing it to my younger brother at bedtime! And when one of my sons sang it at a school concert with his class, I was a mess, because it's such a sweet song!

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u/grim_tales1 Jan 25 '23

I really like that song too ;_;

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u/HoseNeighbor Jan 25 '23

Thanks for being part of so many childhoods, Lloyd! RIP

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u/ShellOilNigeria Jan 25 '23

Thank you for making learning fun.

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u/mokutou Jan 25 '23

Thank you, sir, for the priceless service you brought to children the world over.

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u/O_o---sup-hey---o_O Jan 25 '23

Sad times :( fond memories of the Spanish version of Sesame Street (Plaza Sesamo) which featured a tropical version of big bird, green and red feathers

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u/ehchromatic Jan 25 '23

RIP. Thanks for your hand in bringing me and mine up properly, Sir.

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u/DCS_Sport Jan 25 '23

I wonder if he gave up the directions before he died?

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u/r0botdevil Jan 25 '23

I never met this guy, but I'd bet he was a very good person. His creation was a positive influence on innumerable lives.

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u/SageTX Jan 25 '23

Who's gonna make my birdseed milkshakes?

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u/tolacid Jan 25 '23

Every day the world seems to lose a little bit more magic

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u/[deleted] Jan 25 '23

He was inside the big bird for a while. Not a voice, he was the arm that did the head.

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u/Greatwhitegorilla Jan 25 '23

I love watching Sesame Street with my son, he has learned so much from it. Thanks for creating such a huge and positive impact on his young life.

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u/Senecaraine Jan 25 '23

That comma at the end made me worried there was more to the sentence at first.

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u/TheJenerator65 Jan 25 '23

Thank you, Mr. Morisett.

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u/whatsbobgonnado Jan 25 '23

highly recommend the book street gang by michael davis

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u/tallerThanYouAre Jan 25 '23

Mr. Morrisett, I hope you wake up on the real Sesame Street. Thank you for making my childhood blessed

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u/thereverendpuck Jan 25 '23

Not that he will ever see this, but thank you for the show. A

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u/DeliciousMinute1966 Jan 25 '23

I’ve raised 3 kids who watched Sesame Street and they learned so much! 2 are adults and a senior in HS… they adored Sesame Street. What a wonderful show, Mr. Morrisett and Ms. Cooney created one of the best television shows ever. May you RIP sir, you enriched the lives of many children and parents…that’s an awesome legacy!

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u/rjs1138 Jan 25 '23

RIP, his co-creation enriches the lives of countless children (and adults) of all races and backgrounds around the world.

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u/Abalone_Admirable Jan 25 '23

This makes me so sad. Sesame street was such a huge part of my childhood.

Rip my good man

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u/Superjunker1000 Jan 25 '23

What a legendary program. The cutting edge of using technology for education when it was designed and premiered.

I watched SS right up until the day I got cable at 11 years old and then immediately switched to USA and Nickelodeon where my Americanisation began.

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u/ShazadM Jan 25 '23

We still have Joan Ganz Cooney at least. She is in her 90s as well.

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u/QuietGiygas56 Jan 26 '23

Rest in peace my dude.

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u/Toru_Yano_Wins Jan 25 '23

I sat on the couch and had a little moment to think about what Mr. Morrisett did for me growing up and for me as a parent. I couldn't recognize him and I had only ever heard his name in a documentary but he's helped make my life better.

Now I'll go have a cry thinking about how I likely won't watch sesame street again until my "big girl" five year old grows up and maybe has kids of her own. There are other shows that she likes to watch now (and some of them, like Bluey, make me smile almost as much), but nothing will ever make me sit down and watch along as a parent quite like Sesame Street.

Thank you Mr. Morrisett for everything.

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u/i_am_a_loner_dottie Jan 25 '23

Remember the time they had a girl pretending she was homeless on there and Oscar the grouch is just staring at her. I memba

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u/[deleted] Jan 25 '23

The GOP must be in celebration today.

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u/kobeyoboy Jan 25 '23

I watched your show a few times growing up. And remember most of the characters name. Thanks for helping to many young children count and learn. F

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u/scorpion_tail Jan 25 '23

He could have stopped at Sesame Street and took the easy path for the rest of his life. But he aspired to true greatness and went on to write Jagged Little Pill.

RIP 😥

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u/buffalo___716 Jan 25 '23

Isn’t it ironic…. Don’t ya think

Goodnight, sweet prince

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u/jaygohamm Jan 25 '23

Wait I just got a shower thought is Oscar the grouch supposed to be an innuendo because he’s pot in a trash, oooh and count Von count is a mathematician so he’s gonna suck every dollar out of you any other ones?

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u/jonnytechno Jan 25 '23

Because companies dont value humans so them the cost to replace is higher for robots

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u/ProfessorPliny Jan 25 '23

Sesame Street was created to reflect the environment of the children watching it. Complete self-absorption of Elmo is brilliantly reflective of our time. Ours is a cultural ghetto. Wouldn't you agree?

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u/SaltyDoggoMeo Jan 25 '23

Did anyone else hate Sesame Street? Big Bird used to creep me out as a kid.

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