There are some new faces on "Sesame Street" and they're bringing a new layer of diversity to the decades-old children's show.
The show dropped its Family Day episode Thursday on HBO Max (which, like CNN, is owned by WarnerMedia) and YouTube. The episode featured a family with two gay dads.
On the episode, Nina introduces her brother and his husband, played by Chris Costa and Alex Weisman, as well as their daughter, played by Olivia Perez, to Elmo and his friends as they celebrate Family Day.
"Sesame Street has always been a welcoming place of diversity and inclusion. So I'm so excited to introduce Nina's Brother Dave, his husband Frank, and their daughter Mia to our sunny street," Muraoka, who co-directed the episode, wrote. "Love is love, and we are so happy to add this special family to our Sesame family."
LGBTQ advocates celebrated the inclusion.
"The 'Family Day' episode of Sesame Street sends the simple and important message that families come in all forms and that love and acceptance are always the most important ingredients in a family," GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis tweeted.
"Sesame Street" has throughout the years introduced diverse characters and tackled issues such as hunger and addiction.
Earlier this year, the show introduced two new Muppet characters who were both African American and discussed what racial difference means.
52 years of 'Sesame Street' history
1969: How to get to 'Sesame Street'
1970: The brain and the mind
1971: Yip hooray for new characters
1972: 'Sesame Street' is now in 1, 2, 3 countries
1973: 'Sesamstrasse' launches in Germany
1974: Learning the value of varying perspectives
1975: What lies beyond the borders of 'Sesame Street'
1976: Expanding the scope of women on 'Sesame Street'
1977: From 'Sesame Street' to Hawaii
1978: 'Sesame Street' on-site
1979: Guests from far, far away
1980: Safety first, always
1981: A different way of seeing the world
1982: Bittersweet feelings
1983: Confronting death in real life
1984: Pop culture is built into the curriculum
1985: A year of milestones
1986: Math in the real world
1987: A 'Sesame Street' marriage
1988: Where do babies come from?
1990: Being proud of all that makes you, you
1991: Celebrating Native American culture
1992: Celebrating Latino culture
1993: Change is around the corner
1994: 'Sesame Street' in conflict zones
1995: Accommodating non-linguistic learners
1996: Handling times of uncertainty
1997: 'Slimey to the Moon'
1998: Welcome to 'Elmo’s World'
1999: Mastering conflict and computers
2000: The value in creating anything
2001: Dealing with a national tragedy
2002: Cultural acceptance is borderless
2003: Traction Jackson
2004: C is for...carrots?
2005: Not all families look the same
2006: Resources for family deployment
2007: Letters lead to words
2008: Everything old is new again
2009: 40 years of bringing good to the planet
2010: We all love a positive self-image
2011: An exploration of STEM
2012: STEM becomes STEAM
2013: Dealing with incarceration
2014: Recognize and regulate
2015: Honing in on kindness
2016: Meet Zari, the first Afghan Muppet
2017: Meet Julia, the first Muppet with autism
2018: Lily and the 'Sesame Street' in Communities Program
2019: Celebrating 50 years of tackling problems big and small
2020: 'Sesame Street' partners with CNN for town hall on racism
2021: 'Sesame Street' introduces two new Black characters
1989: The importance of environmentalism
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