By Todd VanDerWerff via Vox:
How many TV shows have changed the world?
The list is short. Indeed, you could probably count it on your two hands (and, okay, maybe a couple of toes). But somewhere on that list, you essentially have to have Sesame Street, the educational stalwart that turns 45 this month.
The show began on National Educational Television, then transitioned seamlessly when NET became the still existent PBS. And its artistic importance to children’s television cannot be overstated. It codified and created many of the ideas about how TV could be used to teach kids that we still use today. But its influence went well beyond that. By becoming such a bedrock of educational television, Sesame Street changed the country — and eventually the world.
Don’t believe me? Here are five good reasons.
1) Sesame Street invented children’s programming as we understand it — and changed adult programming too
2) Sesame Street solidified the place of PBS — which helped kick off the TV drama revolution
3) The show focused on the education of preschool children, which wasn’t a given at the time
4) Sesame Street helped television diversify
5) It became a shining example of the United States’s soft power
Go here to read Todd VanDerWerff’s entire argument: http://www.vox.com/2014/11/17/7228353/sesame-street-changed-world