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Visiting the Set of Sesame Street

Happy 45th Birthday, Sesame Street! Walk on Down to Where the Air Is Sweet

Visiting the Set of Sesame Street
Image Source: Rebecca Gruber

Forty-five years ago today, Joan Ganz Cooney aired her social experiment called Sesame Street. At the time, no one knew what to make of it. But here we are, four and a half decades later and the show is still teaching tots their numbers, letters, and the basic aspects of living as a community.

To celebrate the monumental anniversary we're taking you on a tour of the world's most famous street. A lifelong Sesame Street fan (I can remember my mother parking me in front of the show as a tot while she prepared dinner), I was like a kid in a candy store when I journeyed to Astoria, Queens, to visit the set where the Sesame magic is made. The cast was wrapping up shooting the show's current season, and I was lucky enough to visit on a day when all of the puppets were there to film a musical number (a new opening to Count von Count's "Number of the Day") — a scene that included an equal mix of choreography and improvisation.

So just how does a show geared toward preschool-age kids still hold a special place in the hearts of adults who watched the program as kids themselves? For that, let's take our own little journey down Sesame Street!

If you're planning a visit to New York City in the near future, be sure to visit the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' "Somebody Come and Play:" 45 Years of Sesame Street Helping Kids Grow Smarter, Stronger, and Kinder exhibit and if you're a Sirius subscriber, you'll want to tune in to SiriusXM Entertainment Weekly Radio channel 105 tonight at 7PM ET for SiriusXM's Sesame Street Town Hall" a live discussion with the show's most popular characters and puppeteers, moderated by NBC's Erica Hill.

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