A dark cloud hangs over it Sesame Street‘s famous sunny days.
As part of the ongoing, far-reaching, and seemingly merciless cleanup of many of HBO Max’s library tiles – all as part of WarnerBros. Discovery’s ambitious plan to pay down $3 billion (with a B) of debt – nearly 200 Sesame Street Episodes were pulled from the streamer.
By removing series and movies from its library, HBO Max no longer has to pay royalties for them. It’s a revenue-boosting measure for the streamer, even if the checks are made to sister company Warner Bros. Television, as was the case with many of the previous withdrawals this week.
NPR first reported the disappearance of “an unspecified selection of Sesame Street specials,” after which our sister site Variety went into more detail.
Per variety, HBO Max was previously home to about 650 total Sesame Street episodes, including seasons 2 through 4. But as of Friday morning, there are only 456 episodes left, including “a selection” from seasons 1, 5 and 7 (and all of seasons 39 through 52).
Scroll down to see the full list of what else is being removed from HBO Max:
12 Christmas dates
Because of last night
Aquaman: King of Atlantis
Ellen’s next great designer
Esme & Roy
My mother, your father
Ravi Patel’s pursuit of happiness
Summer camp island
The Not Too Late Show with Elmo (and select Sesame Street special offers)
The runaway rabbit
Tig n’ Seek
Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs
My dinner with Herve
CARTOON NETWORK ORIGINALS
Elliott from Earth
Mao Mao, heroes of the pure heart
Powerful magic words
OK KO! – Let’s be heroes
Victor and Valentino
ADDITIONAL TITLES PURCHASED
Messy goes to Okido
Mia’s magical playground
The Ollie & Moon Show
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
make it big, make it small
Earlier this month, HBO Max also removed several HBO original series, including camping, Mrs. Fletcher, Here and now, To run and vinyl. The streamer also discarded a number of films that debuted on the platform, including The witches, superintelligence and moonshot.
https://tvline.com/2022/08/19/sesame-street-episodes-removed-hbo-max-purge/ Almost 200 Sesame Street episodes removed as part of HBO Max Purge