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Should Sesame Street continue after season 40?

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by LincolnHeights, Mar 9, 2007.

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Should it end?

Poll closed Mar 12, 2008.
  1. Yes, it's run its course.

    8 vote(s)
    14.8%
  2. No way! We need it!

    46 vote(s)
    85.2%
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  1. LincolnHeights

    LincolnHeights New Member

    Well as we all know, this August Sesame Street will be airing its 38th Season. That means in just 2 more years the 40th Season will be here. Do you think they should make the 40th Season Sesame Street's very last season? I think it would be a good way to end the show, to have a Final episode and 40 year special combined into a 2 hour show. That way the human cast members and muppeteers can move on to other things, and on the plus side we'll have 40 solid years of Sesame Street to remember. Now I know a lot of you might disagree with this, but a lot of the human cast members are in their 60's and 70's now, and the same is true of some of the muppeteers. I don't mean to be negative but their not gonna be around forever, and I really don't wanna see what the show would be like in the future, with all the charachters having new performers and a whole new cast of humans. It's probably best that it ends at its 40 year mark. I love Sesame Street with a passion and always will, but all good things must come to an end. Please let me know what you think. Thanks
  2. Rubber Duckie

    Rubber Duckie New Member

    First of all, yes, Sesame Street should end after it's 40th season is completed. I say this because I am sick of the whole show being revolved around Elmo. However, I think the final episode should be a regular episode and then reruns of episodes from 2003 to the end of Season 40 should be played continously. Kind of similar to how reruns of Mister Rogers are continuing to air, even though no new episodes are being produced for that show. This way, a new generation of tots can still watch even if no new shows are produced by the time that new generation comes around.
  3. Medbe Monster

    Medbe Monster New Member

    Nah, hopefully not. It'll probably end by the 60th season :crazy:.
  4. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    It's such a hard thing. I doubt anyone wants to be responsible for ending such a long running and legendary show. I understand that. It's just that I do think it's jumped the shark a long time ago.

    That's a good point about how Mr. Rogers continued for years.
  5. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    Let me ask you all a question.

    Why should it be axed just because all of you old school SS folks don't like it?

    This is an educational series for young pre-school children not for those who are past the target age and if there's an audience for it which I'm sure there is then why should they be deprived of it just because of your selfishness?. How silly can you get?


    If it bugs you so much then don't watch it!
  6. LincolnHeights

    LincolnHeights New Member

    I think even for kids it's not a good show anymore. A lot of kids don't even watch SS anymore, even when theyr'e at the age for it. Now that most of us have over 100 channells to choose from, and there's so many other preschool programs that are more popular than SS, 2 years from now would be the best time for the show to come to and end, so things can just move on.
  7. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    And how do you know nobody's watching?
  8. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    Lots of kids still what the show and it is still more popular then it's ever been. Sure, it's not for everybody. It's still in the top ten childrens show's after all this time. It just got five daytime emmy nods after like 113 wins.

    But I don't wan't anybody to end the show. But I understand if it had to because all good things have to come to an end somtime. I just hope that everyone and that the Sesame Workshop can all hold on as long as they can. I deffently think there will have to be some kin of spin off shows, though.
  9. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member


    I logged into MC today after hearing about an article saying that SS may end soon and then I saw this thread. First of all, LincolnHeights, your language choice is unnecessary and highly inappropriate, especially on MC and ESPECIALLY in a Sesame Street thread. Secondly, I would be sad to see Sesame Street end, but I just hope that the series goes on for as long as it can and still successfully bring joy to children of all ages!

    Okay...onto leaving a postcard and getting back on my tour.

    P.S. I miss you all.
  10. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    It's obviously a very touchy subject. We all have the right to voice our opinions, on both sides of the debate. And I hope we can try to respect each other. It's really very depressing when these thread gets so nasty all the time just because we disagree. :)

    I don't want to see SS cancelled. I know the most important thing is the kids. However, I don't think it's as useful to children as it once was. It's not just because I miss the version of my childhood.

    On the other hand, if SS were cancelled, it might start to go out of the public consciousness, and then even the Classic DVDs might stop selling. And I definitely want my kids to see those. So for that reason, it might be good for the show to stay.
  11. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Active Member

    I wouldn't ever want to see Sesame Street cancelled after all these years. Now if it were to be maybe there would be a classic channel for it to be showed on and older episodes might would be re-run with all of its episodes not being cut or edited. But hope to see it keep running when ever i have children.
  12. Son of Enik

    Son of Enik Member

    Sesame Street revolutionized TV and the way the medium is used to educate children. While I also yearn for the days of old, the show is obviously still popular and relevant. Sure the puppeteers and human actors are getting older, but so are we...the audience. As I am sure most of us here are, I am a devoted SS fan and always will be, but remember something here, the show is targeted at children. While we remember Jim's Ernie, Frank's Bert, Mr. Hooper and Roosevelt Franklin, today's preschoolers don't even have an idea about any of that or any of those characters.
    A classic TV network (TV Land, for example) running the old episodes or more Old School DVD's for us veteran SS fans is great and at the same time, we get what we want and today's children still get out of the show what they want and more importantly, what they need.
    So I guess my answer is no...do not cancel Sesame Street ever. It is still my favorite show in the history of Television and I'd like to see it out live me.
  13. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    I do agree, the children are most important. I just don't even think it's useful for children anymore. And there's no reason why kids wouldn't know about Jim's Ernie and Frank's Bert, or several other characters, if they would show them more in inserts. But they don't.

    An article written following Richard Hunt's death said, "Richard's work will continue to live on in perpetual segment reruns plugged into the show on a daily basis for many years to come."

    That really makes me sad, because again, this hasn't happened. The majority of the older stuff just disapeared. I don't know why. There is no indication kids wouldn't like them if they were given the chance to see them. I've seen plenty of children enjoy the older Sesame Street with no complaints. If you look on Amazon.com, kids enjoy the SS DVDs, whether they are 'modern' or not. I don't understand why the old and new characters can't be on the same show in that way.

    It's just sad in general. People work hard all their lives to put out a decent product, only to be told their work is 'no longer needed', simply because it's old. We're not going to have anything in our culture worth preserving if we continue to think that way. :cry:

    Still, it is nice that the DVDs and the Sesame Street Old School are available.
  14. LincolnHeights

    LincolnHeights New Member

    The show is getting old. And instead of seeing it undergo more drastic unneccasary changes (Like it has been doing for the past 15 years) and see it grow farther and farther away from its original format, now would be the best time to bring it to an end. There would be over 4200 reruns of the show, if the show ended after Season 40. Those shows could be shown to kids and there would be plenty of enough older episodes from Seasons 30-40 with Elmo's world with the same educational value there would be if they kept making newer episodes. They could also show episodes from the first 29 years for Nostalgic fans. Sesame Street has been around for long enough for it to be cancelled and still be enjoyed with the thousands upon thousands of reruns out there. The show is still a decent show now as of Season 37. It should end after Season 40, before it really runs itself into the ground.
  15. LincolnHeights

    LincolnHeights New Member

    They actually did air Richard's old segments for the first 10 years or so after his death. But in 2002 when they started the new format they cut way back on old classic inserts, due to the new predictable struture the show took on. So the new format, that everyone thought was so great ruined Richard's legacy. :eek:
  16. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Active Member

    I don't think it will ever run itself to the ground. It's like Son of Enik said that it would be cool to see it out live any of us older fans. That just mean to see it keep going till future needs aren't needed anymore. I want this show to out live even the 90's fans of Sesame Street. We need our muppets to live but we know it can't last forever but i know for sure it will still be on even when i'm in my 90's. Keep it coming Sesame Workshop! :p :(
  17. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Yeah I guess that's true, it was when the format was changed that it happened.

    Well, thankfully the SS DVDs do feature him a lot. And again, I've seen kids want them, even if there are no 'modern' characters on the cover.
  18. travellingpat

    travellingpat Active Member

    Guys why do we want SS to end? its still helping a bunch of kids...why end it?!?
  19. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Well, it's just that that's where we disagree (respectfully). :)

    Though, I did say before, it should probably stay on, just to keep it in the public eye. And I honestly don't care if they change formats, make them longer etc. That's fine, whatever. But there was no reason to put everything that came before it aside.
  20. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Active Member

    If they would bring back like "Forgetful Jones" and "Placido Flamingo" since they've brought back Gladys and the Two Headed Monster. That would be cool. If anyone remembers Forgetful's voice wasn't the same when he first appeared. He had a differnt preformer before Richard got him. Also if they would bring back Guy Smiley that would be cool to see. I have computer game that has him on there and someone else is providing the voice and he sounds really good. He still to me kind of sounds like Jim's verison but with a little younger sound to it.


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