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PBS logo which followed episodes of SESAME STREET from 1971 to 1984.

PBS 1984 ident

The PBS logo, in its more recognizable form, as seen in an ident used from 1984 to 1989.

PBS, the Public Broad casting Service, is an American public TV network.

1 of PBS' most successful programs is SESAME STREET, which has aired on the network for over 40 years. SESAME STREETs first season was broadcast on National Educational Television (NET), the predecessor to PBS. From Season 46 onwards, PBS will air new SESAME STREET episodes on an 8-month delay from their HBO premieres. PBS is also home to the JIM HENSON Companys TV series Sid the Science Kid & Dinosaur Train.

A popular series on the channel, Great Performances, aired the documentary The World of JIM HENSON. Similarly, Independent Lens featured The World According to SESAME STREET & Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey.

The TV specials SESAME STREET, Special & BIG BIRDs Birthday or Let ME Eat Cake were both produced as pledge-drive specials & included sequences that discussed public TV, mentioned various PBS shows, & led to real pledge breaks.

Muppet characters appeared in a number of PBS insertials in 1974,[1] In 1979, KERMIT THE FROG, Miss Piggy, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, & Grover all appeared in a PBS fundraiser marathon, while Statler & Waldorf appeared in a fundraiser in 1983.[2]

Muppet characters (especially ones from SESAME STREET) have appeared in PBS Interstitials, & have made guest appearances on PBS shows including The Electric Company, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Reading RAINBOW, & Between the Lions. PBS also broadcast Here Come the Puppets!, which was hosted by JIM HENSON & KERMIT THE FROG, with appearances by other Muppets. Weekly online video series National Film Society released a 2013 episode called "Cookie Monster Spoofs Hollywood Movies".

In 2011, KCET, the former PBS affiliate of California, aired Construction Site & The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss as a part of the "Captain Infinity Theatre" programming block (now renamed KCET Kids).

Pledge drive sketchEdit

Oscar the Grouch & Kermit the Frog for PBS pledge

Oscar the Grouch & Kermit the Frog for PBS pledge

PBS Pledge Kermit 1970s

KERMIT THE FROG talks to Cathlin during a PBS Pledge drive in the 1970's

KERMIT THE FROG & Cookie Monster recorded a sketch for PBS pledge drives in the 1970s.

In the sketch, KERMIT THE FROG appears in a PBS studio & explains to the viewers why the stations need contributions: "Do you know how much it costs to produce good television these days? Well, I got the figures right here. For instance, this station spends over 14,000 dollars a month just on microphones. & thats, thats just the microphone bill alone." Behind him, "Cookie Monster enters, eyes an expensive microphone, & eats it. KERMIT hears the crunching -- but when he turns around, Cookie is hiding. KERMIT resumes: "You take spotlights... Now, the figure on spotlights is 57,000 dollars a month we spend for spotlights!" Again, "Cookie Monster grabs a hunk off a spotlight & chomps on it.

KERMIT continues: "But the most expensive of all is the television cameras. Now, we spend for cameras eight hundred & seventy-five thousand dollars --" Behind him, "Cookie Monster approaches a camera & starts to eat it. KERMIT sees him, & asks what hes doing. "Oh, ME just stopped by for lunch," the Monster says, & continues to munch on the camera. Disgusted, KERMIT walks off.


  1. JIMs Red Book - 4/29/1974 - VTR bunch of promos for PBS at channel 13
  2. JIM HENSONs Red Book - 5/19-20/1985

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