Anti-commercialism: Sesame Street does Mad Men.
There have been 4212 episodes.
The letter E has been featured 150 times.
There are 6 steps on the stoop at 123 Sesame Street.
There are an estimated 100,000 different Sesame Street products sold world wide.
There are 368 bottle caps are in Bert’s collection.
Over 440 celebrities have appeared on the show.
Jim Henson Company has built over 5000 puppets for the show.
Big Bird is 8 ft 2 in. tall; he’s been played since episode 1 by Caroll Spinney, age 75; he also does Oscar. The costume is made up of nearly 6,000 feathers.
Big Bird is perpetually 6 years old.
The original 7 characters: Big Bird, Oscar, Kermit, Grover, Bert, Ernie and Cookie Monster.
Elmo is 3½ years old. He’s been on the show for 25 years.
2 days before its premiere, a 30-minute preview entitled This Way to Sesame Street was shown on NBC. The show was financed by a $50,000 grant from Xerox.
For its debut Sesame Street reached only 67.6% of the nation, but earned a 3.3 Nielsen rating, or 1.9 million households.
By 1979, 9 million American children under the age of 6 were watching Sesame Street daily. 4 out of 5 children had watched it over a 6-week period, and 90% of children from low-income inner-city homes regularly viewed the show.
There are 20 international independent versions and is broadcast in over 140 countries.
Sesame Street has won 122 Emmy awards, the most ever for 1 show.
All the Muppets have 4 fingers, except Cookie Monster, who has 5.
Sesame Street has 2 stars on Hollywood blvd 1 for Jim Henson, 1 for Big Bird.
“Rubber Duckie,” sung by the Muppet character Ernie (voiced by Jim Henson), reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1970.
4 First Ladies have appeared on Sesame Street: Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama.
Today’s anniversary show will feature H, the 8th letter of the alphabet, and the number 40.
Johnny Cash W/ Oscar The Grouch- "Nasty Dan"
Celia Cruz- "Songo Song"
Stevie Wonder w/ Grover
Ray Charles w/ Bert & Ernie - "I Got A Song"
Los Lobos w/ Elmo - "Elmo & The Lavender Moon"