Sesame Street Statistics, History and Facts (2021)

Here are a few of the most interesting Sesame Street statistics and facts I was able to dig up in my internet travels. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.

  • Production Company: Sesame Workshop (Formerly Children’s Television Workshop)

  • Networks: PBS, HBO
  • Creators: Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett
  • PBS Debut: November 10, 1969
  • HBO Debut: January 16, 2016
  • Theme Music: Joe Raposo, Jon Stone and Bruce Hart

Additional Fun Facts:

  1. Oscar the Grouch was originally orange.
  2. Cookie Monster wasn’t created for Sesame Street. He first appeared a few years earlier in a cracker commercial.
  3. Guy Smiley’s real name is Bernie Liederkrantz.
  4. The first guest on Sesame Street was James Earl Jones.
  5. Elmo once testified before Congress.
  6. “Rubber Duckie” as performed by Ernie, climbed to #16 on the Billboard singles chart in 1970.
  7. The name of the Sesame Street theme song is “Can You Tell Me how to Get to Sesame Street and was written by Joe Raposo in 1969.
  8. Big Bird is really 8’2″ tall!
  9. Mr. Hooper’s first name was Harold. He (actor Will Lee) died in 1982.
  10. Grover was originally greenish-brown and went by the name “Gleep.”
  11. Superman and Batman actually appeared in Season 1 of Sesame Street.
  12. Sesame Street’s operating costs are more than $100 million per year.
  13. Sesame Workshop employs around 400 people.
  14. The following is a breakdown of how Sesame Street pays for production (as of 2/6/19):
    • 39% Distribution Fees and Royalties
    • 31% Philanthropic Donations
    • 26% Product Licensing
    • 4% US Government Grants
Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others. These Sesame Street stats are based on news reports and not official company tallies. No information contained on DMR should be relied upon to make investment decisions. Basically, this is the best I can find and I don’t guarantee anything to be 100%.