Guess what? We can finally tell you how to get to Sesame Street.

The iconic children's series turns 50 on Nov. 10, and half of a century later, it's still one of the most beloved TV shows—by children and adults. 

After debuting in 1969, Sesame Street made household names out of Jim Henson's beloved Muppets like Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and more, and helped educate children about letters, numbers, and, over time, more serious subject matters, like death, divorce and drug addiction

All these years (and 4,500 episodes!) later, the show is as popular as ever, with a reported 100 percent brand recognition globally, airing in 180 countries. 

But did you know one state actually banned the series, which moved from PBS to HBO in 2015 (and is set to jump to HBO Max)? And that two Muppets were retired after sparking controversy? Oh, and that Kermit the Frog actually exited the show after just one season? 

Those are just a few of the surprising secrets we unearthed about Sesame Street on its 50th birthday...

Sesame Street Cast


Big Bird, Sesame Street


Sesame Street, Tickle Me Elmo doll

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Cookie Monster, iphone, Sesame Street

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Sesame Street, Bert and Ernie


Nick Jonas, Sesame Street

Jesse Grant

Sesame Street, Margaret Hamilton


Sesame Street, Elmo

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Sesame Street, Mr. Harold Hooper

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Sesame Street Cast, 40 year anniversary


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