Sesame Street officially has a gay couple on the block and, no, it's not the domestic duo you're thinking of (though they're gay too). Audiences were introduced to Dave, Frank, and their daughter, Mia, in the latest episode of the beloved children's series, titled "Family Day."
The episode focused on Big Bird, who's wishing his grandmother could attend the Family Day party, only to be surprised when it turns out she was there all along. It's pretty adorable. But what made this episode stand out is that some new human characters were also in on the surprise: Dave (Chris Costa, as the brother of Nina, the street's bike store owner), his husband, Frank (Alex Weisman), and their daughter, Mia (Olivia Perez).
The episode was directed by Alan Muraoka, who also plays the owner of Hooper's Store on the show. Muraoka took to Instagram to share his excitement over being a part of such an important milestone for the iconic series. "Sesame Street has always been a welcoming place of diversity and inclusion," he wrote. "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!"
While this is undoubtedly a landmark moment for Sesame Street, it's not the first time the series has shown its inclusive spirit. In 2017, the show's Father's Day episode made a point of recognizing same-sex parents, with the narrator saying, "You might have a stepdad or even two dads." That same year, the show featured a child saying she loved her "moms," then being kissed by them both during a "Letter of the Day" segment.