Is it a Good Idea for 'Sesame Street' to Spin Off Shows?

While Sesame Street has grown up in many ways, there's one line many TV institutions have crossed that Sesame never has -- spinning off other shows. Until now. Sesame Workshop recently announced they're spinning off three beloved Sesame characters into their own programs, which are currently in development. The newly-spun shows:

Super Grover 2.0 will focus on a science, technology, engineering and mathematics, using the scientific inquiry process. Move over, Elmo -- the show will premiere as a segment of Sesame Street next month.

Count TV has the famous Count von Count focusing on -- what else? -- numbers, using animations, films and skits.

Goodnight, Elmo stars Elmo and his dad as they go through their bedtime routine, during which bedtime stories dissolve into Sesame Street fairytales.

Does spinning new shows from the mothership mean you're jumping the shark or diluting your brand? Well, Laverne & Shirley, The Jeffersons and Go Diego Go!didn't do much damage to the reputations of their parents Happy Days, All in the Family and Dora the Explorer

More likely this will evolve Sesame Street into an even bigger institution than it already is, if such a thing is possible. And there's no such thing as too much Sesame Street. So while having characters like Elmo and Grover grow up is unfathomable, the time may be right for them to get their own places.

Is it a good idea for Sesame Street to spin off shows? Chime in now!

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