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Sesame Street is set to air its 50th season in Australia on 11 July. 

Started in the height of the civil rights movement and the war on poverty in America, Sesame Street was founded to answer a simple question: could television help prepare less advantaged children for school?

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the show has reached children and families in more than 150 countries and has aired in 70 languages. 

The 50th season in Australia will begin with a special episode that explores 50 years on the Street and will air on ABC Kids. 

The episode will be hosted by Joseph Gordon Levitt, and will reimagine segments and songs like 'People in Your Neighbourhood' and 'It’s Not Easy Being Green' as the Sesame Street friends get ready for a big celebration.  

Following the opening special, the first episode of the 50th season will premiere on Wednesday 15 July on ABC Kids.

"As we mark our 50th season, we want to remind families everywhere of the timeless lessons Sesame Street has always taught," Sesame Workshop COO and president of Media and Education Steve Youngwood said. 

"Everyone, no matter where they are from, is equally deserving of respect, opportunity, and joy," he said. 

Later in the season a new neighbour will come to Sesame Street.

Played by Violet Tinnirello, eight-year-old Charlotte is the first child to join the Sesame Street cast in more than 20 years. 

Sesame Street executive producer Ben Lehmann said the show was excited to bring the 50th season to Australia. 

"We can’t wait to share this season with Australian families and fans of all ages. 

"Even as we take time to look back and honour our history, we keep innovating to bring today’s preschool kids something that’s tailored just for them – holding on to all the fundamentals that make Sesame Street so magical," he said. 

Sesame Street's 50th season curriculum focus is "Oops and Aha!: Embracing the Power of Possibilities" which models positive thinking, self-confidence and perseverance to help teach a fun way to practice essential self-regulation strategies and creative thinking skills.

 

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