First watched : 1972
By the time I saw Sesame Street I was past it educationally. I was an advanced reader so the educational content was pitched too low and just bored me. However there was also a lot of smart comedy in the programme which was worth sitting through the remedial stuff, particularly the sketches with Ernie and Bert above, the one enthusiastic and mischievous, the other dour and grumpy. Their prickly relationship was comedy gold.
Sesame Street had a struggle to even get shown in the UK ; the BBC , listening to an educational lobby who decried its methodology and protective of its own reputation as an educational broadcaster, turned it down and ITV only decided to show it after commissioning trials and a special report; even then some ITV companies didn't broadcast it until the eighties.
It ran on ITV until 1987 when it shifted to Channel 4. In 2001 it was replaced by The Hoobs and since then has only been seen on satellite channels. It has however spawned numerous spin-off shows - most famously The Muppet Show - and some of those are still shown on Channel 5.
Sesame Street is also remembered for spawning The Muppet Show later in the decade.