Celebrate 50 Years of ‘Sesame Street’

News Release Date: 
November 4, 2019

For Immediate Release

Celebrate 50 Years of ‘Sesame Street’

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nov. 4, 2019) – It’s an event 50 years in the making as “Sesame Street” commemorates its 50th anniversary. 

Celebrate the world’s most iconic street with all of its furry Muppet friends and some very special guests when “Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration” premieres at 6 p.m. CT, Sunday, Nov. 17 on NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations.

This star-studded primetime special is hosted by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and will reimagine classic segments and songs like “People in Your Neighborhood” and “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”

“Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration” includes cameos from rarely-seen characters like Roosevelt Franklin and Kermit the Frog, and visits from celebrity guests Whoopi Goldberg, Patti LaBelle, Elvis Costello, Meghan Trainor, Sterling K. Brown, Norah Jones, Nile Rodgers and Itzhak Perlman.

Nearly every human cast member returns, too: Bob McGrath (Bob), Sonia Manzano (Maria), Emilio Delgado (Luis), Loretta Long (Susan), Roscoe Orman (Gordon), Linda Bove (Linda), Alison Bartlett (Gina), Nitya Vidyasagar (Leela), and Olamide Faison (Miles).

 Legendary puppeteers Fran Brill and Caroll Spinney and current cast members Alan Muraoka (Alan), Suki Lopez (Nina) and Chris Lawrence Knowings (Chris) also appear in the special.

“Sesame Street” got its start at the height of the civil rights movement and the war on poverty, in answer to a simple but powerful question: could television help prepare less advantaged children for school? In 1969, the show’s founders tapped researchers, entertainers and other visionaries to create a “street” like no other, where colorful monsters, humans and even grouches lived side by side.

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit organization behind the iconic show, which has grown to reach kids and families in more than 150 countries and 70 languages. “Sesame Street” made its television debut on Nov. 10, 1969.

“Sesame Street” content continues to be available to PBS KIDS viewers daily on local PBS stations, the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and anytime via the free PBS KIDS Video app.

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MEDIA CONTACT:  Sandi Karstens, 402-470-6578, skarstens@netNebraska.org

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is the statewide public media service dedicated to creating opportunities for Nebraskans to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. NET serves each of Nebraska’s 93 counties with 52,560 hours of programming each year on four television and two radio channels, plus online and mobile content. In addition to providing free, high-quality educational programming for children, NET provides programming in the arts, award-winning news and current affairs information and emergency alert services. For more information about NET, visit netNebraska.org.