Sesame Street co-creator Lloyd Morrisett has died at the age of 93

An important person who is vital in the world of children’s entertainment has passed away. Lloyd Morrisett, co-creator of the beloved children’s series Sesame Street, has died at the age of 93. Morisett’s cause of death was not immediately made public.

News of Lloyd Morrisett’s passing was first announced by the Sesame Workshop, who announced the passing on social media. Read the brief statement below and see a photo of the Sesame Street co-creator next to a doll that resembles him.

Sesame Workshop mourns the passing of our valued and beloved co-founder Lloyd N. Morrisett, PhD, who passed away at the age of 93. pic.twitter.com/I9cSez95PxJanuary 23, 2023

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With the help of television producer Joan Ganz Cooney, Lloyd Morisett co-founded the Children’s Television Workshop, which has produced a range of content for children around the world since its inception. In addition to Sesame Street and its variations in other countries, the now-named Sesame Workshop is responsible for The Electric Company, Dragon Tales, and the recent Cartoon Network series Mecha Builders.

Lloyd Morisett was an integral part of the beginnings of Sesame Street, the program that has served as the gold standard for children’s educational content on television since its inception in 1969. Since then, the series has done everything from creating iconic songs and parodied hit shows to teaching kids their numbers and letters and how to react in certain situations. Sesame Street is available on streaming for those with an HBO Max subscription.

It wasn’t just Lloyd Morisett’s vision of educational children’s programming that inspired Sesame Street. Morisett managed to secure about $8 million in funding from the U.S. Office of Education, the Ford Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation for the show’s first season. Sesame Street then reportedly reached half of the children between the ages of 3 and 5 in the United States in that first season.

Sesame Street is an institution now, with characters like Elmo being treated as if they were actual celebrities that exist in Hollywood. There are even spirited debates among audiences about other characters’ private lives, as many have gone back and forth over whether or not Bert and Ernie are roommates or a same-sex couple. The conversation about Sesame Street spans generations and all age groups, which could speak to its staying power as a television show.

Suffice it to say that even the humorous discourse that is carried on Sesame Street today would not be possible without the work of Lloyd Morisett. It is unknown at this time if the series or Sesame Workshop plans to continue honoring the co-creator following the news of his passing or if there are other plans to pay homage to the massive legacy he left behind.

CinemaBlend would like to extend its condolences to Lloyd Morisett’s friends and family and wish them well during this time. Morisett was a huge part of one of television’s most vital children’s shows, and his legacy will live on because of it.

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