Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street ★★★½

This documentary about the origins of “Sesame Street” is sweet and endearing and a guaranteed tear-jerker for anyone who grew up with the characters. To be frank, I loved it, okay? At the same time, it’s got an undercurrent of true sadness, not just for the several key players—Will Lee, Jim Henson, and John Stone—whom we’ve lost, but also for the fact that the more just, more equitable world that Sesame Street was trying to bring about… well that experiment has not been an outright success, to say the least. And therein lies the reason, yet again, that I have so much trouble with documentaries. There are so many questions that this one never asks that should be asked, the biggest of which is: “What good did this show really do?” I want to believe that the answer was, “Tons,” but the subject is never broached.

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