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It seemed simpler in 2019, when HBO Max was still an apple in the eyes of AT&T executives racking your brains on how to proceed with WarnerMedia. They announced a cope with Sesame Workshop to shift decades of Sesame Streets back-catalogue, in addition to the upcoming five years of new episodes, to the forthcoming streamer HBO Max. Nearly 3 years later, HBO Max is under new management, and Warner Bros. Discovery has apparently spiked an enormous chunk of the Sesame library from its service, amid a more substantial content reduction. HBO Max announced earlier this week, buried in an extended set of titles, that select Sesame Street specials will be removed, but that has been downplaying it. A lot more than 200 episodes have already been removed, first spotted by Joe Hennes, editor of ToughPigs, a fan site focused on Sesame Street along with other Muppets media.
As ToughPigs lays out, theres now an enormous gap between season 1, which now has just 5 episodes, and season 39, with some odd entries thrown in among: 14 episodes from season 5 and 10 episodes from season 7. By my count, there have been over 250 legacy episodes on the streaming service from the initial 38 seasons of the show, Hennes writes. Around this morning, only 29 episodes from those years remain. Variety estimated that Sesame Streets episode depend on HBO Max have been reduced from about pre-purge 650 to 456.
In a statement acknowledging the cuts, HBO Max called Sesame Streeta crown jewel of its kids programming. We have been focused on continuing to createSesame Streetinto families homes, like the newest season premiering this fall and the nearly 400 episodes of the very most current and historic seasons that stick to Cartoonito on HBO Max, the streamer wrote.
Now, theres still a great deal of Sesame Street content on HBO Max. It still has its hub on the service much like HBOs, Studio Ghiblis, TCMs, and HBO Maxs other programming buckets. The newer seasons 39 through 52 remain there, in addition to several spinoffs and related ephemera. But many classic, mainline Sesame Street episodes which were once on the service are nowhere found. We’ve its premiere episode, sure, but we dont have the initial rendition of the beloved Oscar song I REALLY LIKE Trash or other milestones from the shows early years. HBO Max may be Elmos world, but its a little smaller now.
This post has been updated to add a statement from HBO Max.
HBO Max Also Took Down Around 200 Sesame Street Episodes
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