A longtime favorite of children and adults, and a staple of PBS, "Sesame Street" bridges many cultural and educational gaps with a fun program. Big Bird leads a cast of characters teaching children numbers, colors and the alphabet. Bert and Ernie, Oscar the Grouch and Grover are just a few of the other creatures involved in this show, set on a city street full of valuable learning opportunities.
A close-knit family of cheerfully chaotic monsters runs the Furchester Hotel, an almost world-class facility. Owner Funella Furchester greets guests as they arrive, alongside husband Furgus Fuzz and daughter Phoebe. Joining the family at the Furchester are Phoebe's cousin Elmo, who is there for an extended visit, and Cookie Monster, who is working his dream job as a waiter, serving guests with room service and in the dining room. They all come together to solve problems in an attempt to keep their guests happy, an attitude that is in line with the family's motto: "A Furchester never gives up."
Morning show "Sunny Side Up" features Chica, a chicken who is joined by human co-hosts who encourage viewers to participate in activities that often involve learning. They try to get preschoolers to celebrate birthdays, play games, make crafts and participate in other fun activities that usually revolve around a particular theme that changes each week. Viewers become part of the show's content, which includes the hosts reading messages from viewers, celebrating viewers' accomplishments with the Good Egg Awards, and Sproutlet Stories, which lets kids tell their own tales.
Popular Chica ("The Sunny Side Up Show") gets her own show in this live-action/animation hybrid that promotes social-emotional development in preschoolers. Chica helps her mom and dad in the Costume Coop, a playful shop filled with whimsical costumes, and when the shop closes, she and her friends transform into animated characters and go on adventures that teach kids lessons, including one on an underwater adventure that teaches about cleanup time and another on a voyage with Vikings that explains why manners are important. Chica's buddies include best friend Kelly, huggable rag doll Stiches and pet rabbit Bunji.
After moving to the countryside, songwriter Johnny discovers a portal in his backyard that leads to a magical land called Grotto's Grove where he meets furry musical creates called Sprites. The Sprites -- Sage, Basil, Roots and Lily -- are all friendly puppets living in a magical world of talking flowers in an enchanted forest. Other characters on the show include Johnny's neighbor, Gwen, and colorful creatures called Fuzzies, who live with the Sprites. The preschool series teaches tolerance, understanding and respect through music, most of which is written by Broadway composers.