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Release Date 2009
Produced by Genius Entertainment
Catalogue no. SS00161
Format DVD
Discs 2
Region 1

Booklet wrap-around

Disc menu

Pop-up trivia

Vintage interviews

Rehearsal footage

In the workshop

Archive photos during scene transitions

Henson #1 Song

Bein' Green

Bert and Ernie: Banana in Ear


"I Can Remember": Bread, Milk, Butter

Geometry of Circles

Luxo Jr.

Monster in the Mirror

"Slimey to the Moon"


Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days is a Sesame Street DVD set released on November 10, 2009, to celebrate the show's 40th Anniversary.

Guest stars featured in clips on the set include: Madeline Kahn, James Taylor, Patti Labelle, Batman, Lena Horne, Happy Days' Fonzie, the Star Wars droids, Mister Rogers, Diana Ross, Pee-wee Herman, Feist, Smokey Robinson, Destiny's Child, and Robert De Niro, in addition to the various celebrities who appear in "Put Down the Duckie" and "Sing".

Each disc begins with a TV Montage introduced by Count von Count and featuring one clip from each of the 40 seasons (all of which are presented within the main program). Each five-year period begins with a look through a scrapbook representing the time periods, and many clips begin with behind-the-scenes photos related to the clip (with the first few seconds of audio heard over the picture). The set also comes with a commemorative booklet, a shortened 24-page version of Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street. Early copies were hardcover, but when distribution switched from Genius Products to Warner Home Video the booklet was changed to paperback.

Disc 1: Seasons 1-20

A * denotes that part of that clip was also featured in the "TV Montages" in this set.

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6

Season 7

Season 8

Season 9

Season 10

Season 11

Season 12

Season 13

Season 14

Season 15

Season 16

Season 17

Season 18

Season 19

Season 20

Disc 1 Bonus Features

  • "Behind the Street" featurettes, which play when clicking the "enter" button when the Sesame Street logo appears on-screen, or can all be viewed all together by selecting "Play All".
  • Easter Egg: One minute panning shot of the Street set from Big Bird's nest to the Fix-It Shop.
  • Fan Favorite Clip - Bert and Ernie: String Tied
  • TV Montage
  • On-screen pop-up facts
  • DVD Rom Feature: 189 pages of 40 years of credits in PDF format.

Disc 2: Seasons 21-40

Season 21

Season 22

Season 23

Season 24

Season 25

Season 26

Season 27

Season 28

Season 29

Season 30

Season 31

Season 32

Season 33

Season 34

Season 35

Season 36

Season 37

Season 38

Season 39

Season 40

Disc 2 Bonus features

  • Behind the Street featurette, including:
  • Bonus Behind-the-Street featurette, including:
  • An on-screen pop-up feature with facts about Sesame Street.
  • Sneak Peek: Abby's Flying Fairy School -- "Cinderella" episode
  • TV Montage
  • Easter Egg: Four and a half minute high speed montage of building the Sesame Street set.
  • Link to online DVD bonus.
  • DVD-ROM: 189 pages of credits of 40 seasons of Sesame Street in PDF format.


Genius Entertainment partnered with to allow fans to vote for one moment from a list of 10 clips to appear on the release. Voting was open from April 1st to April 28, 2009. The winning clip, with 27% of the vote, was "Bert and Ernie String Tied."

The nominees and results were as follows:


  • "Kermit News: Sleeping Beauty" is presented with the late-1980s title card instead of the original.
  • Herry's closing line, "Right!", in "Herry and John-John Count."
  • Smart Tina's line "Do it, Roosevelt!", at the end of "Talking Loud/ Talking Soft."
  • Lefty the Salesman's line "I didn't see nothing" at the end of "Invisible Ice Cream."
  • The Martian sketch is edited at the end to omit them going extra crazy with their dancing and chanting "happy happy, boing boing!", etc.
  • The last 10 seconds of "Me Lost Me Cookie."
  • The opening wide shot in "Put Down the Duckie."


  • Caroll Spinney wears a t-shirt with the Muppet Show logo on the back during behind-the-scenes footage of rehearsal of the "Hello Hello Hello Song" which is blurred out for the DVD release.
  • Frank Oz is wearing a headband with his Muppet Show characters on it in behind-the-scenes footage of the snowman sketch. The images have been blurred out for this presentation.
  • Caroll Spinney wears a Mickey Mouse t-shirt while rehearsing scenes from Episode 1576 which has been blurred out for the DVD release.
  • A parody of the Birth of Venus from the Kermitage Collection can be seen on a wall in the bonus feature on the making of Abby Cadabby. The painting was blurred out for the DVD release.
  • In December 2010, released an online exclusive version of the set with a bonus disc containing episode 4228.
  • The behind-the-scenes footage was later released in The iTunes Store as a full, half-hour segment with new pop-up facts. The behind-the scenes of "The Friendship Song" was also later included on Old School: Volume 3.


  • The season 2 version of "Rubber Duckie" is listed as a season 1 segment.
  • "Ladybugs' Picnic" is listed as a season 3 segment, even though it would not air on the show until the following season.
  • The celebrity version of "Put Down the Duckie" is listed as a season 18 segment. Although the song did debut in season 18, the celebrity version debuted later.
  • The back cover of the DVD case for Disc 1 mentions Caroll Spinney performing Bruno the Trashman, who is incorrectly identified as "Biff."

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