Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 47m
  • United States

Price: $5.99 + taxes and fees

The early days of Sesame Street are brought to life in this heartfelt documentary featuring interviews with Jim Henson, Jon Stone, Frank Oz, and more.

“A worthy celebration of a one-of-a-kind program.” –Chris Vognar, San Francisco Chronicle

The new documentary from Marilyn Agrelo (Mad Hot Ballroom) takes audiences inside the minds and hearts of the artists, writers, and educators who created one of the most influential and enduring children’s programs in television history.

Inspired by the New York Times bestselling book Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street, the film focuses on the first two decades of Sesame Street — an experimental and groundbreaking period for the show. Its original creators, Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett, tell us in their own words about how “the gang” came together, how they stayed committed to their original mission — fighting educational gaps caused by racism and poverty — through eras of political and social change, and how they approached each obstacle with a wicked sense of humour and joy.

Featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with creatives such as Jim Henson, Jon Stone, and Frank Oz, Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street spotlights the people who entertained and educated children like never before.

Content advisory: coarse language


Marilyn Agrelo