Watch: HBO’s ‘Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street’


Something tells me this is going to be absolutely brilliant.

Because who can’t relate? It’s Sesame Street. As a child, my parents were mum, dad, Mr Hooper, Luis, Maria, Gordon, a big yellow bird, and a bunch of frickin’ puppets. You don’t really notice that until you watch the trailer for the upcoming HBO documentary Street Gang (above) but if you were born in the last 50 to 60 years, these people played a huge part in your life. I don’t want to sound overdramatic, but it can’t be underestimated—you were a fortunate human if you got to grow up with this show. What you might not know is how much of a hand Sesame Street had in making changing society for the better. HBO’s description of the project:

In the late 1960s, television executive Joan Ganz Cooney and Sesame Workshop co-founder Lloyd Morrisett took on a revolutionary experiment: to harness the burgeoning power of television and create an educational, impactful and entertaining show that could reach children nationwide. Cooney saw the power that advertising had to use music and images to engage audiences and sell products. She sought to harness that kind of creative energy to sell education and drive culture and knew she would need to enlist trailblazing talent to execute.

Check the trailer above and mark your calendar for December 13. HBO Max

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