Real estate isn’t what it used to be. The location of Sesame Street has changed quite a bit in the past few years. After more than 40 seasons on PBS, the classic childrens’ show moved to HBO. Now, after the show’s 50th season, Big Bird will be migrating once again to HBO Max.
Starting with Sesame Street season 51, five new seasons of Sesame Street will be available to stream on new WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max. In addition to the new seasons, the 50-year catalogue of Sesame Street episodes will be available to HBO Max subscribers as well. As that catalogue includes over 4,500 episodes, Deadline notes that HBO Max and Sesame Workshop are likely to curate some classics, lest Warner’s servers explode. New episodes of Sesame Street will continue to air on PBS Kids after they’ve premiered on HBO Max. The move to HBO Max is set to begin in spring 2020, with HBO continuing to air Sesame Street until that time.
“Sesame Street is, and always has been, the gold standard for children’s programming, and we’re thrilled that Sesame Workshop chose HBO Max as its new partner,” Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer, said via press release. “This brand is synonymous with quality and integrity, not to mention that nothing is more important than educating young new minds. This landmark deal perfectly illustrates the type of quality programming HBO Max will offer across every demographic.”
HBO Max has also reached a deal with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, to bring four new Sesame-adjacent series to the streaming service as well. The final tally of all the Sesame content coming to HBO Max includes:
– Five new 35-episode seasons of Sesame Street.
– New annual Sesame Street specials, kicking off with The Monster at the End of This Show, an animated version of the acclaimed The Monster at the End of this Book.
– A family-centric live-action take on a late-night talk show, The Not Too Late Show with Elmo—featuring Sesame Street’s celebrity friends.
– A new season of the award-winning animated Esme & Roy, as well as the previous season.
– Two new animated series, the first a spin-off of Sesame Street called Mecha Builders (working title), featuring favorite Sesame Street characters as heroes in a robot-animation style; and the second series to be announced at a later date.
– A new docuseries that will explore key issues for kids and families, building off Sesame Workshop’s expertise in tackling difficult issues from a child’s perspective.
To curate and categorize all that new and existing material, HBO Max will have a devoted Sesame Street section of its service for families to better navigate the Sesame experience. While the launch in 2020 will be available in the U.S. only, Warner notes that it will explore opening up the Sesame Street offerings to a global audience as HBO Max evolves.
All in all, it’s a good time to be a muppet. The upcoming Sesame Street movie is still in development.