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(1969– )

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Sex & Nudity

  • Bert and Ernie are seen sharing a bedroom, but it is not meant to be inappropriate in any given fashion.

Violence & Gore

  • Characters occasionally fall down and hurt themselves. Cuts, scrapes, bruises, etc. are never shown on-screen, but sometimes characters have to apply bandages. It is meant to be educational, as one can learn what to do if someone ever gets hurt.


  • A garbage-dwelling creature frequently jumps out of his rubbish bin yelling "scram".
  • There might be a couple episodes dealing with hurtful name-calling.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some videos deal with very emotional issues. Two of them can be very emotional because they focus on incarceration and serious illnesses. One of the videos deals with divorce and there is a TV special about grief and can be very sad for people who have had someone die. Although the subject may be sensitive to some viewers, it is meant to show children these things can happen in life and that there are ways to cope with these issues.
  • The puppets may be a bit frightening for some viewers but they are really friendly
  • The show revolves around monsters, but it is not meant to be scary or frightening to its target audience. However, in early episodes of the show (1969-1971), there were some monsters that could been considered frightening, though it was intended to be humorous at some points.
  • In one episode, there is a fire at a diner. Flames are never shown on-screen, but smoke is. The episode is intended to help children deal with frightening events.
  • There is a famous two-part episode in which a hurricane hits Sesame street. Big Bird losses his nest and several other characters are affected by the aftermath. The episode serves the same purpose as the one mentioned above.

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