HBO Max removes nearly 200 episodes of ‘Sesame Street’



It’s not a sunny day for HBO Max, which has caused a stir on social media by removing nearly 200 older episodes of the beloved children’s show “Sesame Street” from its streaming service.

The platform now offers 456 episodes of the classic series, down from the estimated 650 episodes it used to have, Variety reported.

The change comes after HBO Max announced earlier this week that it would remove 36 titles from its lineup as it prepares to merge into one streaming platform with Discovery Plus.

“As we work to bring our content catalogs together under one platform, we will be making changes to the content offerings available on both HBO Max and discovery+,” the statement said. “That includes removing some content from both platforms.”

‘Sesame Street’ models inclusivity, but it left black viewers behind

Some of the works to disappear from HBO Max include the teen drama “Generation,” the “Sesame Street” spin-off “The Not-Too-Late-Show with Elmo,” and the animated series “Aquaman: King of Atlantis.” The streaming platform also announced last month that all eight ‘Harry Potter’ films would be removed. Other shows, such as the comedy series “Mrs. Fletcher” and rock-and-roll drama “Vinyl” were pulled without an immediate announcement.

HBO Max hasn’t announced why the TV shows and movies would be pulled from the service, but the move will help the company save money that would have been spent paying off leftovers.

Sesame Street is and has always been an important part of television culture and a crown jewel of our preschool offerings,” an HBO Max representative wrote in a statement. “We are determined to keep bringing Sesame Street in the homes of families, including the latest season premiering this fall and the nearly 400 episodes of the most current and historic seasons remaining on Cartoonito on HBO Max.”

Representatives from Sesame Workshop did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“Sesame Street” first aired on PBS in 1969 and introduced Big Bird, Kermit the Frog, and Cookie Monster to early Generation Xers starting in preschool and kindergarten. It aired on HBO in 2016 and then on HBO Max in 2020.

The decision drew many fans to tweet their dissatisfaction.

“I deeply and sincerely hate this. I watch Sesame Street with my kids, “a Twitter user wrote. “My oldest is at an age where he has specific episodes that he likes to rewatch.”

“It’s so sad that a kid like my brother might just lose access to one of their favorite things and there’s no explanation a parent can give them,” said another. person commentary.

Sesame Street, broadcast on PBS, is widely acclaimed for its accessible education for children and commitment to portraying diversity and inclusion.

“This show was created to give kids from low-income families access to early education that they might otherwise miss,” noted another fan, arguing that the kids’ show “should be a free public resource, not something which you need a subscription to access.”

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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