Sesame Street

TV Show • 1969  

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On a special inner city street, the inhabitants—human and muppet—teach preschoolers basic educational and social concepts using comedy, cartoons, games, and songs.
This tv show contains 29 potentially triggering events.
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Season
Episode
Your Triggers
Does the dog die?
217 supporters
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2
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42
Unanswered Triggers
Are there bedbugs?
9 supporters
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0
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0
Are there dislocations?
5 supporters
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Yes
0
No
0
Abandonment
Yes
2
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1
Is a child abandoned by a parent?
21 supporters
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Yes
2
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39
Is an animal abandoned?
56 supporters
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0
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3
Abuse
Are there abusive parents?
33 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Yes
1
No
4
Is someone stalked?
22 supporters
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1
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86
3
Nebulacat
One Very Special skit shows two children overhearing their parents arguing, and then it's implied that the father hit the mother.
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
49 supporters
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0
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3
Yes
1
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85
Yes
5
No
12
6
HickoryDickoryProductions
does the whole "zoe and rocco" thing count?
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Is someone abused with a belt?
11 supporters
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1
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3
Is a child abused?
72 supporters
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2
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40
Addiction
4
Nebulacat
Karli's mother is a drug addict, so Karli was temporarily fostered, but now Karli is back with her mother, who has dropped her drugs but is now in group therapy.
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Is there addiction?
9 supporters
Yes
10
No
5
4
Nebulacat
Karli's mother is a drug addict. She's getting better but is still in group therapy.
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Does someone abuse alcohol?
7 supporters
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Yes
3
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29
Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
75 supporters
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0
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5
Does a horse die?
57 supporters
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Yes
1
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25
Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
102 supporters
Yes
14
No
16
6
Nebulacat
One episode is about them trying to figure out why Elmo is so sad, and it turns out that it's because Bubbles the fish died.

Another fish dies in a cartoon skit.
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Are animals abused?
118 supporters
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Yes
3
No
83
Yes
2
No
84
Yes
9
No
13
3
ChanticleerxGoldie
Elmo's fish is implied to have passed away
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Is an animal sad?
47 supporters
Yes
2
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2
0
TodoketeKasane
Big Bird is sad on plenty of occasions. Special mention goes to the habitat episode (The one with Lin Manuel Miranda)
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Are rabbits harmed?
41 supporters
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Yes
1
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3
Does a cat die?
107 supporters
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Yes
4
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43
Does a pet die?
93 supporters
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Yes
4
No
8
Does a dragon die?
17 supporters
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Yes
1
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32
Are there spiders?
1 supporters
Yes
8
No
7
3
Nebulacat
The spider who frightened Miss Muffet away sometimes appears. Ironically, he's afraid of humans.
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Are there alligators/crocodiles??
3 supporters
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3
No
1
Are there snakes?
11 supporters
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6
No
7
0
Anonymous
Sammy the snake. Also a two-headed snake was featured in one segment.
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Are there sharks?
5 supporters
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2
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2
Are there bugs?
19 supporters
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14
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7
4
Nebulacat
Plenty of bugs, including several Oscar keeps as pets, a song about a fly, and a song about a ladybugs' picnic. The bugs are harmless though.
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Assault
1
SiRenfield
Sounds very weird to mark yes but it’s implied in a video covering domestic violence
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Is someone drugged?
19 supporters
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Yes
1
No
85
Is there pedophilia?
69 supporters
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Yes
1
No
4
Is someone held under water?
11 supporters
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Yes
2
No
9
Is rape mentioned?
45 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
1
Anonymous
Telly punches a penguin in an imagine spot.
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Is someone restrained?
13 supporters
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Yes
1
No
8
Is someone sexually assaulted?
116 supporters
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Yes
3
No
91
Is someone's mouth covered?
7 supporters
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Yes
2
No
1
Yes
1
No
4
3
adina
People who say yes are just trolling. No rape is shown or mentioned.
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Bodily Harm
Yes
4
No
6
1
Anonymous
A few episodes mention haircuts.
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Yes
3
No
1
1
Anonymous
Big Bird accidentally bites the Count’s finger.
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Is there throat mutilation?
19 supporters
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Yes
1
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3
3
Nebulacat
One character does say that he can't breathe while being hugged, but he's more joking than anything. Three characters have asthma, but none of them are seen having an attack.
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Is there decapitation?
19 supporters
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0
No
4
Is there cannibalism?
26 supporters
Yes
4
No
91
-1
Anonymous
Cookie Monster will eat anything.
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Is someone crushed to death?
18 supporters
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Yes
2
No
88
Is someone choked?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
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4
Is someone burned alive?
26 supporters
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2
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88
Is someone buried alive?
16 supporters
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2
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88
Is there body horror?
31 supporters
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Yes
1
No
83
Is there amputation?
17 supporters
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2
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74
Does a head get squashed?
40 supporters
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3
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15
Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
12 supporters
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Yes
1
No
88
Is there a hanging?
27 supporters
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Yes
3
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86
Does someone asphyxiate?
0 supporters
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Yes
1
No
72
Are any teeth damaged?
29 supporters
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Yes
2
No
11
1
Dudebro42069
Gina faints in one episode
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Does someone break a bone?
16 supporters
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Yes
1
No
84
Does someone have a seizure?
5 supporters
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Yes
2
No
11
4
AlmightyKingPrawn
Well, I sure hope not!
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Yes
3
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14
3
Nebulacat
Characters haven't gotten finger or toe injuries worse than a paper cut or a stubbed toe.
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Is someone tortured?
59 supporters
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3
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85
Does someone fall down stairs?
5 supporters
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2
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4
Does someone fall to their death?
9 supporters
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2
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86
Is there eye mutilation?
65 supporters
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2
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85
Is someone stabbed?
7 supporters
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Yes
1
No
3
Is there excessive gore?
57 supporters
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Yes
1
No
87
Children
Is an infant abducted?
12 supporters
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Yes
1
No
11
Does a kid die?
31 supporters
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Yes
3
No
86
Yes
3
No
88
1
TodoketeKasane
Y'all trolls ain't funny.
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Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
8 supporters
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Yes
1
No
85
Yes
3
No
0
1
SiRenfield
Mr. Hooper is one particularly notable example
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Yes
4
No
6
0
Anonymous
Uncle Jack, Mr. M, and Bubbles.
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Does someone die?
11 supporters
Yes
5
No
0
2
Anonymous
Uncle Jack, Mr. Hooper, Mr. M, and Bubbles.
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
24 supporters
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Yes
1
No
88
1
Anonymous
Several disabled muppets have able-bodied voice actors.
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
10 supporters
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Yes
1
No
85
Family
Is someone kidnapped?
5 supporters
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Yes
2
No
13
Does a parent die?
11 supporters
Yes
11
No
4
4
Nebulacat
Elmo's uncle Jack dies, who was the father of a little girl Jessie, and Jessie is seen grieving.
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Does someone cheat?
13 supporters
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Yes
2
No
87
Is a child's toy destroyed?
18 supporters
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Yes
2
No
7
Yes
3
No
0
2
DeenGray
Elmo’s uncle Jack died
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
34 supporters
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Yes
2
No
11
Is someone possessed?
9 supporters
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Yes
2
No
86
Are there ghosts?
5 supporters
Yes
5
No
5
0
Anonymous
In “Elmo Says Boo”.
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Are there clowns?
9 supporters
Yes
10
No
3
4
Nebulacat
One episode actually addresses fear of clowns.
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Are there natural bodies of water?
0 supporters
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Yes
3
No
0
Is trypophobic content shown?
14 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Are there razors?
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8 supporters
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Yes
1
No
7
Yes
10
No
4
5
ChanticleerxGoldie
A major character bathes a lot but he is a puppet
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Yes
5
No
3
3
DeenGray
There’s a sketch in which Ernie finds a mummy statue that looks like him. It’s pretty creepy.
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Gross
5
Nebulacat
It is talked about in the song "Accidents Happen" in "Elmo's Potty Time" when Elmo and Grover say that it's normal for children just being potty trained to have an "accident". However, nobody actually has one onscreen.
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Does someone vomit?
60 supporters
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Yes
2
No
11
Is someone eaten?
20 supporters
Yes
1
No
2
0
Anonymous
Cookie Monster has pica.
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Is there on-screen pooping?
23 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Does someone spit?
9 supporters
Yes
11
No
5
2
Nebulacat
Characters sometimes spit after brushing teeth, and Curly Bear (who's about two) spits out her porridge because she hates it.
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Is there audio gore?
33 supporters
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Yes
2
No
84
Is there farting?
5 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Large-scale Violence
Yes
13
No
3
11
AlmightyKingPrawn
An early 2000s episode where Elmo is traumatized by seeing a fire burn down a building is clearly intended to teach children how to get over the trauma of 9/11-like situations.

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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
17 supporters
Yes
6
No
4
2
SiRenfield
Some older episodes to some degree have messages about respecting police officers as neighborhood heroes in the way a lot of children’s media around this time did, although this been REALLY toned down in recent years with even one special counterbalancing this with Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism at least telling children they have the right to protest
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Yes
3
No
0
1
Anonymous
Alex’s dad is in jail.
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LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
27 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Are there transphobic slurs?
34 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Yes
0
No
4
Is an LGBT+ person outed?
18 supporters
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Yes
1
No
2
Is there bisexual cheating?
19 supporters
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Yes
0
No
86
Loss
Is a priceless artifact destroyed?
3 supporters
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Yes
1
No
2
Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
16 supporters
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Yes
2
No
11
Yes
9
No
3
4
Nebulacat
Characters have gotten shots and blood tests, but the emphasis is on how those are good and there's nothing to be afraid of.
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Is there a mental institution scene?
20 supporters
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Yes
2
No
86
Yes
14
No
3
3
Nebulacat
Maria goes to the hospital once to give birth and once because she has a stomachache. Big Bird once goes to the hospital for pneumonia.
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Is there menstruation?
4 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Does someone have cancer?
12 supporters
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Yes
1
No
10
Mental Health
Yes
6
No
4
3
Anonymous
Elmo’s friend Zozo is triggered after a bookshelf falls.
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1
Anonymous
Karli’s mother is addicted to drugs.
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Does someone self harm?
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45 supporters
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Yes
4
No
87
Yes
2
No
4
1
SiRenfield
The way Julia was handled was mostly fine IMO…it’s more the out of universe stuff that’s problematic
3 comments | Add comment
Yes
1
No
88
0
Anonymous
Not on the show itself, but Northern Calloway (David) got himself banned from Canada due to his dangerous mental issues.
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Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
13 supporters
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Yes
4
No
89
Yes
2
No
86
Is reality unstable or unhinged?
12 supporters
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Yes
1
No
3
Yes
4
No
0
2
SiRenfield
S47
 E15
Julia has a sensory meltdown due to the sounds of fire trucks
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Is there misophonia?
29 supporters
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Yes
1
No
5
Is there ABA therapy?
15 supporters
Yes
2
No
4
4
SiRenfield
Not in the show itself although unfortunately it had past partnerships with Autistic Speaks which used their branding to promote it. Fortunately they later broke off it but it’s still a stain on their past
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Is there body dysphoria?
10 supporters
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Yes
1
No
84
Is there body dysmorphia?
19 supporters
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Yes
3
No
85
Yes
2
No
88
Are there anxiety attacks?
21 supporters
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Yes
7
No
2
Is there a claustrophobic scene?
14 supporters
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Yes
3
No
6
0
Anonymous
Cookie Monster has pica.
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
2
No
13
6
Nebulacat
There's only one autistic character, Julia, and while she is a bit stereotypical, no one abuses her for being autistic.
2 comments | Add comment
Yes
4
No
86
Noxious
Are there sudden loud noises?
22 supporters
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Yes
2
No
1
Are there underwater scenes?
5 supporters
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Yes
2
No
1
Does a baby cry?
14 supporters
Yes
8
No
0
3
Nebulacat
One baby named Rocky cries and then sings a song about why he's crying. The newborn Curly Bear also cries in her debut episode.
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Is there shakey cam?
24 supporters
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Yes
5
No
1
Is there screaming?
8 supporters
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Yes
2
No
1
Is there obscene language/gestures?
5 supporters
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Yes
1
No
85
Are there flashing lights or images?
29 supporters
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Yes
6
No
2
Paranoia
Is someone watched without knowing?
9 supporters
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Yes
2
No
1
Yes
11
No
0
2
Nebulacat
Characters talk to the viewers a lot.
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
17 supporters
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Yes
2
No
89
Is there childbirth?
14 supporters
Yes
11
No
1
4
Nebulacat
Maria, Mama Bear, and Eartha the worm have all gone into labour at different episodes, but no inappropriate parts are seen and in Maria and Mama Bear's cases the delivery took place offscreen.
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Are there abortions?
13 supporters
Yes
2
No
65
6
Nebulacat
If someone appears on Sesame Street and is pregnant, that means she's going to have a baby, no ifs or buts.
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5
AlmightyKingPrawn
Many instances. Elmo frequently "asks" babies during Elmo's World (the babies of course always have nothing to say). Natasha and Curly Bear are Muppet babies (not that type lol).
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Does someone miscarry?
17 supporters
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Yes
3
No
62
Yes
1
No
66
3
Nebulacat
Three women have gotten pregnant over the course of this series, and all of them survived.
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
1 supporters
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Yes
3
No
87
Does the black guy die first?
17 supporters
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Yes
3
No
62
Are there homophobic slurs?
33 supporters
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Yes
2
No
87
7
Nebulacat
Mr. Hooper was Jewish, and so are the Bear family, and they're treated as equals. Non-Jewish characters are interested in Jewish festivals and don't berate the Jews for celebrating them.
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3
SiRenfield
Cross dressing is common in Muppet productions ,but it’s rarely done in a malicious way. I refer you to the Muppet Wiki for a full list for the sake of time: https://muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Cross-dressing_characters?so=search
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Is there hate speech?
21 supporters
Yes
5
No
7
3
SiRenfield
S25
 E5
Gina and Savion receive a reportedly disturbing and hateful phone call but we only hear their end so the exact details are left to the imagination
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Is a minority is misrepresented?
14 supporters
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Yes
1
No
41
Does an LGBT person die?
26 supporters
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Yes
3
No
63
4
Nebulacat
None of the disabled characters are chastised for being disabled. Elmo once forgets that Linda is deaf, but that was a mistake and not done out of malice.
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Are there n-words?
22 supporters
Yes
3
No
89
8
AlmightyKingPrawn
Whoever voted yes to this, you need to talk to your therapist.
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Is there aphobia?
14 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
87
Race
Is there blackface?
20 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
27 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
87
Religious
Yes
3
No
1
3
Anonymous
Jewish holidays.
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Are there demons or Hell?
8 supporters
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Yes
1
No
2
Sex
Yes
6
No
65
8
huviks
its sesame street wtf
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Is someone sexually objectified?
25 supporters
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Yes
1
No
87
Yes
6
No
93
0
Anonymous
Just bathing. Also most of the muppets don’t wear clothes.
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Is there bestiality?
53 supporters
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Yes
7
No
89
Is there BDSM?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Does someone lose their virginity?
9 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
4
Are there incestuous relationships?
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1 supporters
Add comment
Yes
3
No
89
Sexism
6
Nebulacat
There are many songs and episodes that talk about how crying is perfectly acceptable, including for boys.
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Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
7 supporters
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Yes
2
No
86
Does someone have a chronic illness?
8 supporters
Add comment
Yes
3
No
5
Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
1 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
8
Is someone terminally ill?
11 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
2
Social
Yes
11
No
1
4
SiRenfield
There’s an episode meant to educate children about homelessness
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
24 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
4
Are there fat suits?
15 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
6
Is existentialism debated?
5 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
2
Spoiler
Yes
1
No
13
6
Nebulacat
Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy exist.
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
1
No
2
0
Anonymous
There are sometimes previews of the next episode shown.
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
1
No
89
2
Nebulacat
Depends on which episode you're watching, but most episodes end well.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
12 supporters
Add comment
Yes
4
No
84
0
Anonymous
Oscar’s car driving Maria to the hospital.
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Does a plane crash?
6 supporters
Add comment
Yes
3
No
87
Is someone hit by a car?
16 supporters
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Yes
4
No
85
Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
2 supporters
Add comment
Yes
3
No
87
Is there blood/gore?
37 supporters
Yes
2
No
64
3
Nebulacat
Nobody bleeds more than a skinned knee.
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Does someone drown?
10 supporters
Add comment
Yes
3
No
85
Is there gun violence?
14 supporters
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Yes
2
No
62