(NBC) – “Sesame Street” is marking Pride Month by showing a type of family that has never been seen in the 51-year history of the iconic children’s television show.

The show shared an episode last week called “Family Day” that features a married gay couple of two dads with their daughter. A dad named Frank, played by Alex Weisman, and a dad named Dave, played by Chris Costa, along with their daughter Mia, played by Olivia Perez, join the neighborhood family that surprises Big Bird at a party.


A character in the episode observes that “all of our families are so different.” “There’s all kinds of different families,” Frank says. “But what makes us a family is that we love each other.” Alan Muraoka, the co-director of the episode and an actor who plays the owner of Hooper’s Store on the show, shared his joy about the special storyline.

“Sesame Street has always been a welcoming place of diversity and inclusion,” Muraoka wrote on Facebook. “So I’m so excited to introduce Nina’s Brother Dave, his husband Frank, and their daughter Mia to our sunny street. “I am so honored and humbled to have co-directed this important and milestone episode. Love is love, and we are so happy to add this special family to our Sesame family. Happy Pride to all!!!!” READ MORE

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