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Fred the Wonder Horse headshot
PERFORMER Jerry Nelson
DEBUT 1974
DESIGN Caroly Wilcox designer/builder

An alternate Fred puppet, as seen in "Horse Sense".

Marshal Grover and Fred the Wonder Horse in Season 40

Season 40


Play With Me Sesame

Fred the Wonder Horse travels with Marshal Grover in a recurring series of Sesame Street sketches. He first appeared in Season 5 (1974). In these sketches, Fred is wiser than Marshal Grover, and often resolves Grover's problems, such as finding water in the desert, rescuing animals, and counting backwards. According to Episode 1265, he is bilingual and knows Spanish, though admits in Episode 1307 that he doesn't know how to read.

Though he is usually seen in the company of Grover, he was occasionally seen on the street. He performed the song "Cripple Creek" with Buffy, and he sang "Horse Sense" with Judy Collins. He joined Buster the Horse to back up Gladys the Cow on "Proud to Be a Cow." He also appeared as "Professor Fred," lecturing kids about body parts.

In his earliest sketch, Fred spoke in a Western accent as a dusty workhorse. In subsequent years, he spoke with a Southern twang.



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