HBO Max Dumps 200 Older ‘Sesame Street’ Episodes, Just Not the Woke Ones

In addition to several films, nearly 200 older episodes of Sesame Street, a beloved children’s television program, have been pulled from HBO Max. On the other hand, viewers can still access the show’s more recent, far more “woke” Sesame Street content on the streaming service, including last year’s infamous “Family Day” episode that featured a married pair of homosexual dads. That’s the episode where Sesame Street character Nina introduced her brother and his husband to Elmo, revealing that the two gay men were also raising a daughter.


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According to a recent Variety article, the removal of the roughly 200 older Sesame Street programs by HBO Max appears to be a part of the new owner Warner Bros. Discovery’s effort to lower streaming-content payment commitments.


“As we work toward bringing our content catalogs together under one platform, we will be making changes to the content offering available on both HBO Max and Discovery+,” Warner Bros. Discovery said in a statement. “That will include the removal of some content from both platforms.”


HBO and Sesame Workshop agreed to a deal in 2015 that gave HBO the right to air new episodes of the show before they aired on PBS, providing Sesame Street with a new source of money. Previously, HBO Max included around 650 episodes of Sesame Street, including material from Seasons 2 through 4, Season 6, and every Season between Season 8 and 35. But as of now, the streaming platform only provides a small number of episodes from Seasons 1, 5, and 7. You may watch just five episodes from Season 1, fourteen from Season 5, and ten from Season 7. For a total of 456 episodes over all seasons, the whole lineup from the most recent Seasons 39 to 52 can be viewed.


It might be very interesting to know why those individual episodes were selected specifically or if it was simply random. 

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