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PERFORMER Jerry Nelson
DEBUT 1970

Farley and his parents in Episode 0258.

Farley is a boy with spiky, orange hair and a mustard sweater who first appeared on Sesame Street during Season 2. He appeared most often during the 1970s and was featured on many of the Sesame Street records from that period, but has only appeared occasionally since then.

Farley figures prominently in the main story of Episode 0258 in which his neighbors alleviate his fears about going to the doctor to have his tonsils removed. He eventually finds some consolation in an unnamed teddy, his mother, who welcomes Susan's nursing experience, and his father, who stands motionless and quiet.

The character has appeared in a number of illustrated books, but none more prominent than 1980's Farley Goes to the Doctor. Much of Farley's home life is revealed in this story including his father in a much more active role, and his teddy bear, T.J., both depicted differently than their previous appearance on the show.

Farley also has a little brother named Freddie, who debuted in The Sesame Street Word Book (1983), which depicts the rest of Farley's family. The extended family consists of his mommy and daddy; maternal grandparents, Grandma and Grandpa Jones; paternal grandparents, Grandmother and Grandfather Smith; aunts, Sharon and Bessie; uncles, Henry and John; sister, Betsy; cousins, Peter, Henrietta, and Hortense; dog, Spot; and cat, Rollo. While most of these relatives were not reused, Freddie reappeared later. He rides a tricycle while his big brother rides a bike in the 1994 book Rosita's Calico Cat.

Following the 1970s, Farley's most prominent later appearances include the song "Pet at the Vet" in season 28, and "The Computers in Your Neighborhood" in season 31.

Farley also appeared in the background for the finale of The Muppet Movie.


Picture Title / First Appearance Description
Mind Bit
Episode 0180
Farley talks to the viewer about all the things he can do with his mind. Someone's knocking on the door, and he imagines that it's a monster. When he opens it, Herry Monster walks through and scares him badly enough for him to ram through the wall to make his escape.
Farley hat shop
Farley Buys a Hat
Episode 0244
Farley goes to a hat shop, but the clueless clerk isn't very helpful. (transcript)
Two different takes of this sketch were used on the show.
Peppermint Sticks
Episode 0260
Ernie and Farley are about to eat peppermint stick candy, but Cookie Monster passes by and points out that Ernie's is longer than Farley's, and Farley's is shorter. Cookie solves the problem by eating each stick, each time making the other one longer. He finally gets them the right size--but they are now eaten down to small stubs.
Lost and Found
Episode 0279
Farley has lost his toy box, so he goes to the Lost and Found. The man working there (an AM performed by Jim Henson) goes through several boxes, all of which are only similar to Farley's. At last, Farley discovers that the correct box was in his pocket all along; he laughs at the irony, but the man doesn't think it's the least bit funny.
Episode 0280
Some Muppet kids (including Farley) plan to decorate their clubhouse, but each one is only able to find one item. They are upset at their individual failures, until they see what a difference each item makes when they're all hung up.
Party Music
Episode 0457
Farley and two other friends are having a party in a treehouse, but they feel sad because the record player is broken. Juanita shows up with her guitar, and shows them how to use tools to make music along with her.
Boy Looks for ME
Episode 0464
Farley looks for "ME."



"Can you sing about the computer, Farley?"
"Yes, icon!"


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