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Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021)

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021)

A loving tribute and intelligent account of the radical origins of one of the great children's TV programs

7.1

Movie

United States of America
English
Documentary, Family
2021
FEMALE DIRECTOR, MARILYN AGRELO
Bob McGrath, Brian Henson, Caroll Spinney
107 min

What it's about

Take a stroll down Sesame Street and witness the birth of the most influential children's show in television history. From the iconic furry characters to the classic songs you know by heart, learn how a gang of visionary creators changed the world.

The take

For kids and kids-at-heart who find Jim Henson's technical mastery of puppets riveting, this documentary on the classic and still-contemporary Sesame Street provides a ton of behind-the-scenes footage that's endlessly fun to watch. Street Gang rebuts any arguments that could be made about children's TV being low-effort—showing just how much craft is needed in a show like this. But more importantly, the film's first act illustrates the risky process of building Sesame Street from the ground-up, specifically as programming for inner-city Black children who weren't getting the education they deserved. It's nothing short of an inspiration to see this ragtag group of creatives and communication experts—none of whom wanted to take sole credit—coming together like a superhero team to create one of the most iconic and enduring TV shows in American history.

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