Sesame Workshop and Nelvana will debut Esme & Roy on HBO in the U.S. and Treehouse in Canada on Aug. 18. The series marks the first new animated series from the makers of Sesame Street in more than a decade.
Esme & Roy follows Esme and her best monster friend Roy on their adventures as the best monster babysitters in Monsterdale. The show targets kids ages 4 to 6, and teaches learning through play and mindfulness strategies. The series will feature 26 episodes where Esme and Roy will use the power of play to help younger monsters through familiar situations, including trying new foods and feeling scared during loud thunderstorms.
Esme & Roy shows the importance of play to early childhood development as the monster-sitters help their friends learn a range of lessons. The TV series will offer easy-to-adopt strategies that may help kids regulate their emotions with tactics including, slow belly breaths, self-talk that uses positive statements, a soothing hug, and using a glitter jar (snow globe-like object) to calm the body and mind.