‘Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street’: 5 things to know about HBO documentary

‘Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street’: 5 things to know about HBO documentary
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A new documentary about the long-running PBS children’s show ‘Sesame Street’ is coming our way! HBO's upcoming documentary ‘Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street’ will take audiences inside the minds and hearts of the show’s creators, artists, writers, and educators who together established one of the most influential and enduring children’s programs in television history. 

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The documentary is inspired by the book 'Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street', and documents the creation of Sesame Street, and its impact on the world. Viewers will get an idea of how 'Sesame Street' came into existence and how creators Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett thought about a show like this. 

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Here's everything we know about the upcoming documentary.

When will 'Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street' release and where can you watch it

The upcoming HBO documentary will be premiering exclusively on HBO on Monday, December 13. Fans can catch the documentary on HBO and HBO Max. The documentary will also be up for viewing on TV if you have a cable plan that includes HBO.

What is 'Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street' all about?

As per Warner Media, in the late 1960s, socially conscious media 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 recruited visionary Muppets creator Jim Henson and acclaimed children’s television writer and director Jon Stone to craft the iconic and uplifting world of ‘Sesame Street’.

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Sesame Street Creator Joan Ganz Cooney (C) and characters Abby Cadabby (L) and Cookie Monster (R) attend the 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors Kennedy Center on December 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)


Inspired by the civil rights movement, ‘Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street’ focuses on the first two experimental and groundbreaking decades of ‘Sesame Street’, highlighting this visionary “gang” that audaciously interpreted radical changes in society and engaged children in ways that entertained and educated them like never before.  

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Who stars in the upcoming documentary?

The documentary will include interviews with the people who were involved in creating the TV show. It would also have people talking about the influence it made on the world. ‘Sesame Street’ has won 189 Emmy Awards and 11 Grammy Awards, more than any other children's show. The show has given us some of the most iconic muppets and characters in American pop culture history. From Abby Cadabby to Bert to Big Bird to Cookie Monster to Count von Count to Elmo to Ernie, each of these characters has become ubiquitous with education and fun for kids in the U.S., and worldwide.

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Creators

‘Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street’ is created by HBO Documentary Films. The film is a Macrocosm Entertainment production, in association with the Exchange, Bondit Media Capital, and Citizen Skull Productions. 

‘Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street’ has been directed by Marilyn Agrelo. The documentary was produced by, Trevor Crafts, Ellen Scherer Crafts. The film's executive producers are Brian O’Shea, Nat McCormick, Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, Mark Myers, and Heather Kenyon. Michael Davis serves as co-executive producer. Ben Gold is the documentary film's editor.

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Trailer

The trailer starts with people saying that the show was an experiment, to see if they can use it to educate children. The documentary also chronicles the journey of creators and how nervous they were before creating a children's show like this. You can watch the trailer here.


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