The Sesame Street episode "Farewell, Mr. Hooper" aired on
Thanksgiving Day in 1983 so that the entire family could watch the show
that dealt directly with the death of character Mr. [Harold] Hooper
(actor Will Lee had died the previous year). Head writer Norman Stiles
and his writing staff fashioned a script following extensive research,
and the show is most remembered for the scene in which Bird Bird comes
to fully understand what is meant by his friend Mr. Hooper's death. The
show was aired once and never rerun and is considered a landmark in
children's television programming. For the 1983-84 season of the show,
performer Carroll Spinney (Bird Bird) and the writers of Sesame Street were awarded the Peabody Award; the show also won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing as well.
It was one of the two most important series made in Chicago, along with Garroway at Large, during the city's brief period as an important production center for network programs in the late 1940s.
After its network cancellation in 1957, PBS revived the series from 1969 to 1971.