Sesame Workshop

Background: First known as "Children's Television Workshop", this non-profit production company was founded in 1968 by Joan Ganz Cooney to create the critically-acclaimed children's show Sesame Street. Until 2000, CTW has produced shows such as 3-2-1 ContactSquare OneCroGhostwriterThe Electric CompanyBig BagDragon Tales and many other edutainment titles. In 2000, the company was renamed to "Sesame Workshop" to symbolize their move beyond producing just television shows and to capitalize on the Sesame Street name.

10th Logo (Cro Custom Logo)

Children's Television Workshop (Cro)

Nicknames: "The Rolling Stone', "The Cro Logo", "Prehistoric CTW"


11th Logo (Square One TV Math Talk Custom Logo 3)

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Logo: Against an animated purple BG with a white copyright notice below, and after the Square One TV Math Talk logo appears, the CTW logo from logo 4 (in white) slides in word-by-word and in the correct order, from the left, right, and left sides of the screen, respectively. This is succeeded by the funding credits.

FX/SFX: Just the letters sliding in.

Music/Sounds: The end theme to Square One TV Math Talk (an upbeat tune with horns) with Cynthia Darlow saying "Square One TV Math Talk is a production of the Children's Television Workshop.".

Availability: Uncommon; seen on tapes of Square One TV Math Talk (a spin-off of Square One TV used for instructing teachers), which is hardly, if ever, aired on TV.

Scare Factor: None.

12th Logo (Ghostwriter Custom Logo)

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Logo: On a black BG in the center of the screen, the Ghostwriter from the show of the same name appears (in yellow) and flies across the top of the screen from left to right, wiping in the words "Ghostwriter" (in green, and in the show's font) with "is produced by" below it (in red). Then, all of a sudden, the "W" and "T" in "writer", as well as the "C" in "produced" drop out, swirl around, and form a large "CTW" in the colors you see here, shoving the rest of the words off the screen. Ghostwriter then flies across the screen from right to left, wiping in the words "in association with BBC TELEVISION" ("BBC" being displayed as its familiar logo from the time) below that.

Variant: Later episodes do not have the BBC info.

FX/SFX: The text being formed, as well as Ghostwriter himself. Pretty standard 2D effects.

Music/Sounds: A funky bass/synth guitar tune, as well as scribbling sounds as the words are being formed.

Availability: Seen at the end of Ghostwriter on select PBS stations. Perhaps retained on the DVD.

Scare Factor: None to minimal.

13th Logo

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CTW In-Credit Variant (2000) 

Nicknames: "The Bouncing Letters", "Play it Smart", "The Sailors' Hornpipe Logo", "The CTW Semicircle"

Logo: On a shady cyan background, we see a yellow semi-circle (the same one from the Sesame Street logo) turned on its bottom side with the red letters "C", "T", and "W" positioned from left to right. The "C"bounces on the semicircle, making it slant to the left. Then the "T" twists in a slight angle around while the"W" bounces. The semicircle rebounds to its original position, then the three letters bounce together, pushing the semicircle to the ground. The semicircle bounces up and rotates a few times before settling into a position halfway up the screen. The text "CHILDREN'S TELEVISION WORKSHOP" comes from underneath the semicircle in yellow. The three letters flip in the air and land on the face of the semicircle. The sign bounces once more as the text "PLAY IT SMART" appears below in black.

  • There was an early version of this logo without "PLAY IT SMART". Also, the shadow still appears behind "CTW" after the logo forms.
  • A still version of this logo was seen on Nintendo 64 versions of Elmo's Letter Adventure and Elmo's Number Journey.
  • On 1998/1999 episodes of Plaza Sésamo, a picture of the logo flies around with the Televisa logo.
  • On 1995-1996 episodes of Sesame Street, an in-credit version (without the semicircle) appears behind a blueish green curtain. On 1998-1999 episodes, it appears on a purple static background, then slides to the left to show Big Bird saying, "toodle-loo!" before the fundings are announced. The text and music were both modified for the 2000 season, while everything else remained the same, although the variant ends to show corporate sponsors after Big Bird signs off.
FX/SFX: Very nice CGI from Pittard Sullivan!

Music/Sounds: A horn playing a tune that starts out similar to "Sailor's Hornpipe", accompanied by bouncing sound effects.

Availability: Near extinction: lthough this logo was sort of common in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it has since become increasingly rare and hard to find. It was seen on Seasons 29-31 (1997-2000) episodes of Sesame Street, later Big Bag episodes and a few episodes of Dragon Tales (most episodes have the next logo instead). The early version can be found on the VHS releases of Elmopalooza, Cinderelmo (the DVD release also has the logo intact)and Elmo's World. Also appears on the games Elmo's Letter Adventure and Elmo's Number Journey for the PlayStation and Nintendo 64. It is also available on the DVD release of Dragon Tales: Adventures in Dragon Land.

Scare Factor: None; this is a cute logo (way better than the 4th logo). The "in-credit" Sesame Street variant may get to some.

14th Logo
(October 1, 1999)

Children's Televison Workshop (1999)

Nicknames: "CTW Car", "The CTW Semicircle II"

Logo: On a light-blue background, we see the Children's Television Workshop semicircle from the previous logo on some wheels and then it stops. A door comes out of the logo and a bunch of letters come out of the semicircle, and form the words "CHILDREN'S TELEVISION WORKSHOP". As we zoom out, the semicircle leaves and the letters get pushed up to form the logo as the semicircle re-appears.

FX/SFX: 2D animation produced by The Ink Tank in New York.

Music/Sounds: A bouncy piano tune, and a crowd of adults talking when the letters get off.

Availability: Rare. Appeared at the end of The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. Spotted on the 1999 VHS print. 

Scare Factor: None, this is another cute logo.

Sesame Workshop

1st Logo
(2000- )

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Nicknames: "House of Boredom", "The Sesame Workshop House"

Logo: On a white background, we see an abstract green house with a purple roof and the text:


utlined below. The window of the house is filled with yellow glitter. The house bounces and the roof explodes open to the right, sending the glitter sprinkling all over. Some of the glitter remains to form a lightning bolt crowned with a star, some sprinkles to the left to fill the "sesame" text with purple, and some sprinkles to the right to fill the "workshop" text with green, rendering it like this:


Variants: Here are the four variants of this logo:
  • Green house and purple roof (most common variant; it replaces the CTW logo shown on 1999 episodes of Dragon Tales).
  • Purple house and green roof (seen on CTW/Noggin co-productions such as Upside Down Show).
  • Purple house and red roof (second common variant; it usually plasters older CTW logos). This one is the first to contain the byline as described below.
  • Blue house and green roof (seen on Plaza Sésamo and perhaps other foreign-language co-productions of Sesame Street).
  • The text "The nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street and so much more" (in the same color as the house) is shown below on occasion.
  • Green house and green roof (seen on Shara'a Simsim and Alam Simsim).
  • On some occasions. the URL can be seen underneath the sesameworkshop text.
  • Another variant has been discovered using the purple house and red roof, and features a byline reading "A nonprofit educational organization" underneath the sesameworkshop text, and the URL can be seen underneath.
In-Credit Variants:
  • On 2001-2003 episodes of Sesame Street, the 1998-2000 in-credit variant of the CTW logo was now modified to read "Sesame Workshop" (without the house). The music was also modified again, while everything else remained the same.
  • On 2003-2007 Sesame Street episodes, the in-credit variant from 2001 was displayed during the end of the credit sequence.
  • On 2007-2008 Sesame Street episodes, another in-credit variant of the logo was used which consisted of the "a production of sesameworkshop" and the "The non-profit organization..." byline as well, all in green text on a black background. This was eventually replaced with the second logo in the next season. This also appears on the new series of The Electric Company (without the byline).
  • A superimposed variant can be found at the end of Sesame English.
Plaza Sésamo Variant: On episodes of Plaza Sésamo from the early 2000s, a picture of the logo flies around with the Televisa logo.

FX/SFX: The sparkles and house forming. The logo was designed by Carbone Smolan; animation was by The Ink Tank.

Cheesy Factor: The animation is a bit tacky.

Music/Sounds: A tuba plays at the start, then we hear a "pop" sound for a roof with a giggling child, and then a short accordion piece. In some cases, it uses the closing theme of the show.

Availability: Very common, as it is pretty much on every show PBS and Sesame Workshop distribute together, with the exception of post-2008 episodes of Sesame Street. Also, when shown on Dragon Tales, this logo would appear before Sony's Boxes (or bars) of Boredom!

Scare Factor: None; you will probably just be annoyed by it.

2nd Logo
(2008- )

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Nicknames: "Sesame Workshop All-Stars", "The Elmo Logo", "Uh-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!", "Elmo's LOL"

Logo: On a yellow background, the green "sesame" text is seen, arranged like this:


Next to it, various stills of CTW/Sesame Workshop characters appear one-by-one next to the logo, including characters from CTW/Sesame Workshop co-productions outside of the USA. Characters include, from left to right: Cookie Monster, Chamki (from Galli Galli Sim Sim, the Indian co-production of SS), a clay-mation Bert (from "Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures"), Big Bird, a clay-mation Ernie (also from "Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures"), Abelardo Montoya (from Plaza Sésamo, the Mexican co-production of SS), Kami reading a book (from "Takalani Sesame", the South-African co-production of SS) and Pinky (from Pinky Dinky Doo). Then the "workshop" text pops in letter-by-letter from right to left, replacing the characters, and is now arranged like this:


A still of Elmo fades in reclining on the O, and we hear Elmo's distinctive laughter.

  • Sesame TreeNorthern Ireland's co-production of Sesame Street, uses a special still variant that shows the Sixteen South logo and SW logos at the top with "Produced in association with BBC Northern Ireland" below it, along with a copyright date.
  • Shara'a SimsimPalenstine's co-production of Sesame Street, uses a variant with Grover in place of Elmo. A byline underneath the logo says "The nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street" and also has a SesameWorkshop URL under that.
FX/SFX: The characters appearing and changing into the text, Elmo fading in.

Music/Sounds: The standard audio is a tuba tune with accordions followed by Elmo's distinctive laugh when he fades in. On post-2008 Sesame Street episodes, the ending of the then-current Sesame Street closing theme is heard, with Elmo's laugh heard at the end. The Sesame Tree variant uses the end theme of the show.

Availability: Current; seen on episodes of Sesame Street starting with Season 39 (2008). It also can be seen on Plaza Sésamo.

Scare Factor: None, unless you hate Elmo so much he scares you.