On a day like today, on Nov. 10, 1969, a show called Sesame Street made its small screen debut and has been blessing every generation since.
It's been nearly five decades and Big Bird and his squad are still going strong, schooling the world about education, relationships, body positivity, music, and so on. The educational children's television series that debuted on PBS combines live action, sketch comedy, animat, on and puppetry.
In honor of its 48th anniversary, we are here to remind every millennial why this show was important AF in our childhood—besides teaching us our ABC's, numbers, and saying "hello" in other languages.
1. Family is everything
The show was huge on family. In fact, two of the show's beloved characters are brothers: Ernie and Bert. These two silly heads taught us that it's OK for siblings to have their differences, but in the end, it's the unconditional love that matters.
2. Coexisting is beautiful
From muppets of all sizes and colors to actors of different ages and backgrounds, Sesame Street taught us that this world is a melting pot and that coexisting with people of different cultures is a beautiful thing.
3. The importance of a hug
The show was HUGE on sending the message of peace, love, and kindness. This is why hugging was also a HUGE part of their episodes. Really, a hug goes a long way.
4. You are unique and that's OK!
Mostly with the use of a catchy song, the show made it clear that everyone is special just the way they are. There's no need to feel negative about your appearance. Sesame Street made sure you knew you were ~totes~ beautiful!
5. You can eat whatever you want!
Oh, Cookie Monster, this guy had no chill! Not only would he eat all the cookies he wanted, but also whatever he saw in sight. Just like him, it's OK to devour whatever you feel like. No one's judging!
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