Sesame Street is an educational television program designed for preschoolers, and is recognized as a pioneer of the contemporary standard which combines education and entertainment in children's television shows. Sesame Street also provided the first daily, national television showcase for Jim Henson's Muppets. The series, which has produced over 4,200 episodes, celebrates its 40th anniversary this season, making it one of the longest-running shows in television history.
Special events in the new season include guest appearances by Jimmy Fallon, Matthew Fox, Hugh Jackman, Ricky Gervais, Cameron Diaz and Paul Rudd. Fairy-in-training Abby Cadabby appears in a new animated segment, Abby's Flying Fairy School, and Oscar the Grouch's pet worm Slimey will participate in the Squirmadega car race.