Entertainment TV 11 Mind-Blowing Facts You Never Knew About 'Sesame Street' As the classic kids' program celebrates its 53rd year on television, get to know your favorite childhood show like never before with these fun facts from the Sesame Workshop staff By Diane J. Cho Diane J. Cho Diane J. Cho was the Features Editor of PEOPLE Digital from 2019 to 2022. She worked at the brand for nearly four years covering news, features, human interest, evergreen, holiday gift guides and more. She launched the How I Parent and What It's Really Like to Be …. digital series and has interviewed several celebrities and influential leaders within the entertainment industry. Prior to joining PEOPLE, Diane worked at Bustle, VH1 and Complex. She received her bachelor's degree in Journalism from Rutgers University and her master's degree from Columbia Journalism School. People Editorial Guidelines Updated on November 10, 2022 02:55 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 11 Zach Hyman Every year, Sesame Workshop — the non-profit behind Sesame Street — reaches more than 150 million kids in 150 countries who speak 70 languages. 02 of 11 More than 650 celebrity guests, including Chance the Rapper, John Legend, Amy Adams, Jessica Alba and more, have made cameos. 03 of 11 Michael Tran/FilmMagic The series has won 234 Emmy Awards, plus Grammy Awards and Peabody Awards, and in December 2019, was the first television show to be recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors. 04 of 11 Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank Big Bird's costume is made out of approximately 4,000 feathers. 05 of 11 Zach Hyman Sesame Street has aired more than 4,500 episodes and produced 6,500 story books and counting. 06 of 11 There have been more than 30 original and localized co-productions of the series, including Galli Galli Sim Sim in India, Takalani Sesame in South Africa, Sesamstrasse in Germany and Sésamo in Latin America. 07 of 11 Gil Vaknin/Sesame Street The late Caroll Spinney, who played the role of both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch from 1967 to 2018, has claimed that Oscar is 43 years old — and always has been! 08 of 11 Richard Drew/AP/REX/Shutterstock Grover has had dozens of jobs over the years, including bellhop, waiter, door-to-door salesman, bus driver, lumberjack and superhero. 09 of 11 Sesame Workshop Cookie Monster has a cousin in the U.K. named Biscuit Monster, who has appeared on the Sesame Street spinoff, The Furchester Hotel. 10 of 11 Sesame Workshop The character of Don Music was retired from the show because children were imitating how he would bang his head against his piano in frustration. 11 of 11 Sesame Workshop Big Bird has two penguin cousins: Zero and Blubba.