Sesame Street is brought to you by…

Any kid of my vintage had the phrase “Children’s Television Workshop” burned into their memories, for at the end of every episode of Sesame Street it was announced that Sesame Street was a production of this mysterious cabal.

Well, the Children’s Television Workshop is no more. They’ve changed their name to Sesame Workshop.

And here in Canada, Sesame Street is called Sesame Park. I won’t dare to speculate on why.


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Oliver on August 16, 2002 - 22:24 Permalink

A really unsettling change, which came up on NPR today, is that now one of the Sesame Street characters has HIV. That’s in the edition special for South Africa.

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Rob MacD on August 17, 2002 - 02:18 Permalink

Of course, HIV and AIDS is rampant in South Africa, so it makes sense to me to have an HIV positive character. Apparently, the HIV isn’t supposed to be such a factor in the day-to-day stories, but rather, it’s been introduced to give a human (puppet) face to the illness, and to show children that they can still laugh, have fun and be fun, even though they may be infected.

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Alan on August 17, 2002 - 13:32 Permalink

Heck, they killed Grover. A little too much reality, as they said in Spinal Tap…

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Isaac on August 24, 2002 - 03:56 Permalink

From what I’ve heard, seasame street was changed to park, as they were worried kids would think it was a good idea to play on the street.

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Rob MacD on August 25, 2002 - 00:09 Permalink

I’ve heard this as the CBC’s decision to change Sesame Street (Canada version) to Sesame Park:

Since Canada is a less urban (and therefore more rural) country than the US, they changed the name to reflect that notion.

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joe on October 17, 2002 - 22:33 Permalink

I was told that they changed the name from “Sesame Street” to “Sesame Park” in Canada because kids shouldn’t play in the street. Just like the US, Canada has urban AND rural areas.