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D is for Mr. Hooper's death
In true "Sesame Street" spirit, the show turned the passing of longtime cast member Will Lee into a teaching tool for children. The episode aired Thanksgiving Day and followed Big Bird as he tried to understand the meaning of death and the great loss of his buddy Mr. Hooper (Lee). The Daytime Emmys named the show one of the 10 most influential moments in daytime history.
-- Emily Christianson, latimes.com