1 of PBS' most successful programs is SESAME STREET, which has aired on the network for over 40 years. SESAME STREET’s 1st season was broadcast on National Educational Television ( NET), the predecessor to PBS. From Season 46 onwards, PBS will air new SESAME STREET episodes] on an 8-month delay from their HBO premieres. PBS is also home to the JIMHENSON Company's TV series Sid the Science Kid & Dinosaur Train.
A popular series on the channel, Great Performances, aired the documentary The World of JIM HENSON. Similarly, Independent Lens featured The World According to SESAME STREET & Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey.
The TV specials SESAME STREET, Special & BIG BIRD's Birthday or Let ME Eat Cake were both produced as pledge-drive specials & included sequences that discussed public TV, mentioned various PBS shows, & led to real pledge breaks.
Muppet characters appeared in a number of PBS insertials in 1974, In 1979, KERMIT THE FROG, Miss Piggy, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, & Grover all appeared in a PBS fundraiser marathon, while Statler & Waldorfappeared in a fundraiser in 1983.
Muppet characters (especially ones from SESAME STREET) have appeared in PBS Interstitials, & have made guest appearances on PBS shows including The Electric Company, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Reading RAINBOW, & Between the Lions. PBS also broadcast Here Come the Puppets!, which was hosted by JIM HENSON & KERMIT THE FROG, with appearances by other Muppets. Weekly online video series National Film Society released a 2013 episode called "Cookie Monster Spoofs Hollywood Movies".
In 2011, KCET, the former PBS affiliate of California, aired Construction Site & The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss as a part of the "Captain Infinity Theatre" programming block (now renamed KCET Kids).
Pledge drive sketchEdit
In the sketch, KERMIT appears in a PBS studio & explains to the viewers why the stations need contributions: "Do you know how much it costs to produce good television these days? Well, I got the figures right here. For instance, t hisstation spends over 14,000 dollars a month just on microphones. & that's, that's just the microphone bill alone." Behind him, "Cookie Monster enters, eyes an expensive microphone, & eats it. KERMIT hears the crunching -- but when he turns around, Cookie is hiding. KERMIT resumes: "You take spotlights... Now, the figure on spotlights is 57,000 dollars a month we spend for spotlights!" Again, "Cookie Monster grabs a hunk off a spotlight & chomps on it.
KERMIT continues: "But the most expensive of all is the television cameras. Now, we spend for cameras eight hundred & seventy-five thousand dollars --" Behind him, "Cookie Monster approaches a camera & starts to eat it. KERMIT sees him, & asks what he's doing. "Oh, me just stopped by for lunch," the Monster says, & continues to munch on the camera. Disgusted, KERMIT walks off.
- ↑ JIM's Red Book - 4/29/1974 - VTR bunch of promos for PBS at channel 13
- ↑ JIM' HENSON's Red Book - 5/19-20/1985
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