HBO Max is removing around 200 episodes of ‘Sesame Street’

After removing 20 original series earlier this week, including several animated series, HBO Max has reportedly removed around 200 episodes from Sesame Street.

Corresponding diversityHBO Max previously hosted about 650 episodes of the long-running children’s educational series, but as of Friday, that number has dropped to 456. Seasons 2, 3 and 4 are gone.

HBO Max is merging its catalog with Discovery+, which has seen content upheaval and cost-cutting efforts of late. HBO Max didn’t respond to a request for comment on whether those episodes will return, but gave NPR a vague statement. “As we work to bring our content catalogs together on one platform, we will be making changes to the content offering available on both HBO Max and Discovery+,” the statement said. “This will include the removal of some content from both platforms.”

In late 2019, WarnerMedia and Sesame Workshop announced a five-year deal, making HBO Max the exclusive streaming home of past and new episodes. In terms of the merger, it’s not clear what the status of this deal is. However, there is some speculation that it will not be renewed.

People weren’t happy with the news, but some tried to deal with it with humor.

Muppet History, a fan account, argued in a now-deleted that the show “should be open to the public for everyone, not something exclusive to a paid streaming service that can decide to remove decades-long episodes whenever it pleases.” Accessibility was a topic brought up when the Sesame Workshop deal was announced.

However, the account later noted that new episodes of the show will air on PBS, albeit months after it premiered on HBO Max.

Muppet Wiki pointed out the frustration that certain older episodes, like one starring James Earl Jones, were being removed.

The Not Too Late Show with Elmo was also cut from the streamer. Yes, Sesame Street still airs on PBS, but its cultural impact cannot be minimized. Remember the resurfaced Elmo vs. Rocco beef?

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*Initial Release: Aug 19, 2022 2:17pm CDT

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