This summer, Elmo
will be joined on "Sesame Street
" by an adorable (and timely) new friend.
Tango, Elmo's adopted puppy, was introduced to viewers on Tuesday via a teaser video that reveals how the canine character got her
unusual name. The brown-and-white pooch will make her official debut in a 30-minute animated special titled "Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets a Puppy," which will air on HBO Max
Officials at Sesame Workshop
, the company behind “Sesame Street,” said Tango was created about two years ago, well before the COVID-19 pandemic
sent pet adoptions soaring across the country.
Her debut, like many recent "Sesame Street" initiatives, is fortuitous.
“For generations, our Sesame Street Muppets
have been children
’s first friends, modeling valuable lessons about life, learning, and friendship
,” Kay Wilson Stallings, executive vice president
of creative and production at Sesame Workshop, told Stardia in an emailed statement.
Tango will not be a cartoon character for long; he will also appear as a live-action Muppet in future “Sesame Street” episodes.
The long-running children's show, which celebrated its 50th anniversary
in 2019, has made visible strides in recent months to tackle topical issues. Last month, the show celebrated Father's Day with an episode titled "Family
Day," which featured a same-sex couple, Dave and Frank, and their daughter, Mia.
In 2020, the show responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and racial inequality
discourse with a pair of virtual town halls for parents and children.
Sesame Street: Introducing Tango is available to watch