Sesame Street is a television show for children on the PBS network. It has been around since 1969 and has spawned a series of movies, books, magazines, and toys. Sesame Street features muppets interacting with adults and children in an educational setting that emphasizes learning numbers and letters. The show has won a number of Emmy Awards and is shown in over 25 languages around the world.
Sesame Street successfully launched the career of Jim Henson's muppets and has produced countless imitations and variations. A number of Sesame Street movies have been made, including Follow That Bird and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. Sesame Street characters have made appearances on a number of game and talk shows. Many stuffed animals of the Sesame Street characters are sold in amazing quantities and the Tickle Me Elmo is considered to be one of the best selling toys of all time. A number of musical albums have been released by Sesame Street characters, most notably Bert's Blockbusters which scored an unexpected success in 1974 with the single Doin' the Pigeon.
Sesame Street has been accused of having a liberal bias and criticized for encouraging children to watch television. The characters Bert and Ernie are often recognized as a homosexual couple, as they live in the same house and share clothing and a bedroom. However, PBS has repeatedly denied this . Other Christian groups have criticized the portrayal of Cookie Monster, who tempts children with cookies in order to get them to perform sexual favors.