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Sesame Street Classics Debut on iTunes

Did you know that Oscar the Grouch was once orange, or that Big Bird was once a little less feathered? Now you can watch your favorite Sesame Street Muppets from the early years with full-length Sesame Street classic television episodes, available for download exclusively on the iTunes Store at www.iTunes.com/SesameStreetClassics starting today, including the very first episode from 1969.

Press Release from Sesame Workshop

(New York, NY, July 11, 2011)  Did you know that Oscar the Grouch was once orange, or that Big Bird was once a little less feathered?  Now you can watch your favorite Sesame Street Muppets from the early years with full-length Sesame Street classic television episodes, available for download exclusively on the iTunes Store at www.iTunes.com/SesameStreetClassics starting today, including the very first episode from 1969.

Sesame Street Classics: Volume 1 consists of 12 episodes: four episodes from each of seasons 1, 10, and 20.  Fans who purchase all 12 episodes will also receive Behind the Street: Volume 1, a 25-minute bonus video with fun pop-up facts from the award-winning series.  Sesame Street Classics episodes are available for $1.99 each.  A special free retrospective of Sesame Street through the years is also now available to download on iTunes.

Other great Sesame Street content available at www.iTunes.com/SesameStreet includes:

*      The iYip App, a Sesame Street soundboard app featuring the Yip Yips, interplanetary visitors from Mars who valiantly explore our world despite their frequent terrifying encounters with everyday objects like telephones, clocks, and computers.  The app contains 78 Yip Yip phrases that you can use in every-day conversation or even set as your alarm clock!  Three expansion packs are also available. For a behind-the-scenes look of the voiceover sessions for iYip, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_fk-vMDys8.

*      Best of Sesame Street Spoofs, Volumes 1 and 2.  From the beginning, Sesame Street has always been known for entertaining both children and adults with spoofs on popular culture that happen to teach something too!  Now “Grey’s Anatomy” becomes “A’s Anatomy”; “Mad Men” is really about teaching emotions; and “The Closer” is about “open” and “close”.  And fans will be nostalgic over old school classics “Hill Street Two’s” and “Twin Beaks”.

*      Sesame Street classic albums like “Sesame Street Disco,” “Born to Add,” and “Sesame Road.”

“Adults, as much as young children, love Sesame Street, and we wanted to offer content especially for them,” said Scott Chambers, Sesame Workshop’s Senior Vice President, Worldwide Media Distribution.  “From episodes to songs to apps that are just pure fun, these Sesame Street classics will never go out of style!”

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street.  The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows to help bridge the literacy gap including The Electric Company.  Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning.  Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.

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