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Elmo appeared in the logo on September 24, 2010

YouTube is a video sharing website which allows users to upload and share videos. Created in February 2005, YouTube is now owned and operated as a subsidiary of Google. The site hosts a wide variety of user-generated video content, including movie clips, TV clips, and music videos, as well as amateur content such as video blogging and short original videos. Most of the content on YouTube has been uploaded by individuals, although media companies including The Jim Henson Company, Sesame Workshop and The Muppets Studio have uploaded materials to the website.

The Muppets


A promotional slide of the then upcoming YouTube videos, shown at the D23 Expo in 2009

See Muppet viral videos

The Muppets Studio started posted a series of original web videos online in 2008 (many exclusive to the site). The first sets of videos were posted on YouTube accounts created for individual characters, including Sam the Eagle, Gonzo, Beaker, the Swedish Chef, Statler and Waldorf, Fozzie Bear, Rizzo the Rat and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew. In 2009, the videos were posted under a central Muppets Studio account on YouTube. Additional promotional videos have been posted to the channel as well.

On November 10, 2011, The Muppets Studio channel was hacked. Their account picture and profile name were both changed for several hours, although the videos remained intact.

YouTube channels

Sesame Street

SesameStreet YouTube Channel

SesameStreet's YouTube Channel

YouTube Sesame Street Classics

The Sesame Workshop channel's "Sesame Street Classics"

Sesame Workshop maintains their own YouTube channel featuring various clips from Sesame Street. In July 2008, Sesame Workshop launched their own YouTube channel under the user name SesameStreet (which was registered in 2006).[1] As of 2010, the channel features over 700 officially released videos clips, with new clips being added regularly. Many of the clips feature segments or excerpts from Sesame Street episodes, homevideos and other related productions. Several exclusive YouTube videos have been released, it has been the home of the Put Down the Pacifier initiative, along with exclusive interactive "Ask Elmo" sessions.

On September 24, 2010, an image of Elmo graced the official YouTube logo site-wide.

On October 16, 2011, the channel was hacked, with all its videos replaced with pornography. Due to the incident, the channel (and its videos) were unavailable for several hours.

YouTube channel

Sesame Workshop

In June 2012, select episodes of Sesame Street (from season 40 to 42) were made available to purchase, as well as classic episodes.

YouTube channel

Plaza Sésamo

Sesame Workshop also hosts a channel for Plaza Sésamo. While the account has been registered since September 2006, official videos were not posted until July 2011.

YouTube channel

The Jim Henson Company


Time Piece featured on the YouTube home page in the Spotlight section on August 2, 2011.

The Jim Henson Company also has a channel that showcases special videos and clips from their various productions. The company's channel showcases special videos and clips from their various productions. Exclusive full-episode previews of The Simian Undercover Detective Squad and Alt/Reality were first posted to the company's YouTube channel. Video episodes of the podcast have also been released on the channel.

The company is part of The Nerdist Channel, one of the upcoming channels on YouTube Original Channels.

YouTube channels




  1. Hulu, YouTube, iTunes take a walk on Sesame Street

See also


  • Muppet Wiki does not maintain articles about fan videos posted to YouTube.

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