I think the storyline format of street scenes was probably a daily trend by around 1985 or so. Even the scenes focusing on the death of Mr. Hooper were limited to the final two street scenes, implying the full storyline of scenes was not in place during Season 15. Though I do believe there was a full storyline of street scenes on Fridays even before Season 15. In fact, Episode 355 had a full storyline of street scenes centering on a rainstorm, and that was a Friday episode, even back in the early 70s.I really like the street scenes back then, especially when they shifted to having the street scenes link together for an actual storyline, as opposed to the more broken-up, vignetted format they did moreso in the 70s (something Caroll Spinney has said he actually prefered).
It's rather sad, because when you think about it, this has been a problem for over 25 years now. When Barney came along in 1992, SS found themselves having to compete like crazy...then it happened again several years later when Blue's Clues and Dora the Explorer gained a large amount of popularity. Looking at what kids are watching nowadays, it really has me worried about Sesame's future. The toddler my mom babysits is really into Paw Patrol as well as the Disney princesses. Other than that, I'm not sure which children's shows are all the rage at this point, but it does make me wonder about Sesame's post Season 50 future.Sesame Street is in not-so great shape these days, in terms of ratings. Sure, it has many viewers, but definitely far less than during the "golden age." That may explain why, in a 35-episode season, there are many repeats now. If not for the HBO deal a few years back, the show probably would have ceased production by now. It makes me wonder if Season 50 will be the official last season, as that will be the last season in the HBO deal.