In potentially devastating news for kids and parents, about 200 episodes of Sesame Street have been removed from HBO Max, Variety reports. Many of the dropped episodes are from the show’s first seasons, and the number Sesame Street episodes on the service dropped from about 650 to 456, according to Variety.
HBO en Sesame Street have been affiliated for years; WarnerMedia (now Warner Bros. Discovery) signed a major five-year deal in 2019 to exclusively stream new episodes of the show, and Sesame Street began aired on HBO in 2016.
“Sesame Street is and has always been an important part of television culture and a crown jewel of our preschool offerings,” HBO Max spokesperson Chris Willard said in a statement to The edge. “We are determined to keep bringing Sesame Street in the homes of families, including the latest season premiering this fall and the nearly 400 episodes of the most current and historic seasons yet to be seen on Cartoonito on HBO Max.
The older episodes of Sesame Street aren’t the only shows being drawn; according to NPR, is Warner Bros. Discovery also plans to remove 36 titles from HBO Max. That includes some Sesame Street specials and the nighttime show starring Elmo, as well as HBO Max Originals such as infinite train and Summer Camp Island.
“As we work to bring our content catalogs together under one platform, we will be making changes to the content offerings available on both HBO Max and Discovery Plus,” HBO Max said in a statement. a statement to Variety regarding the decision to pull 36 shows. “That includes removing some content from both platforms.” The new app that replaces HBO Max and Discovery Plus will launch next summer.
Warner Bros. Discovery has dropped content left and right; it was recently suspended batgirl and tore at least six Warner Bros. movies from HBO Max. Earlier this week, the company cut jobs at HBO Max due to overlap from the Warner Bros. mega merger. Discovery.
Update August 19, 5:58 PM ET: Added statement of HBO Max.