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Gina and Telly
PERFORMER Alison Bartlett
DEBUT 1986

Gina in Big Bird's Favorite Party Games.


Gina and her mother at her high school graduation (Episode 2745).


Gina at her day care center.

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Linda and Barkley visit Gina's vet clinic.


Gina and baby Marco.

Gina Jefferson is a human character on Sesame Street, who first appeared in Episode 2253.

The character was created by writer Nancy Sans, originally as a day player role. Her first episode, in season 18, involved her getting lost on the way to 123 Sesame Street, where Gordon and two directionally-abled science class students were watching the night sky.[1] She made a few more recurring appearances that season, including Episode 2263, 2293, 2309, 2319, and 2337.

When she was introduced as a regular, she worked at Hooper's Store, getting the job in Episode 2358. She has developed friendships with Mike and Savion, and had a romantic relationship with Jesse. She graduated from high school (Class of 1990) at the end of season 21 in Episode 2745 and continued to work at Hooper's Store while figuring out what life path to follow.

In Episode 3397 (Season 27), she opened her own day care center (located Around the Corner). She revealed that she had taken night classes, earning her teaching certificate, and had worked part time at another daycare. She ran the center until season 29.

In season 30, she began studying to become a veterinarian, beginning in Episode 3787. In season 32, she opened her own vet clinic in Episode 3918, using the building that used to serve as a garage in the yard. In a game produced for Kinect Sesame Street TV, it is mentioned that Gina runs a dog-grooming business called Go Fetching.

In season 37, she traveled to Guatemala with Maria to adopt Marco.

Gina last appeared in new material in season 45, though occasionally appears in new episodes through older footage, and returned in Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Gina's mother appeared off-screen in Episode 2595 (voiced by Camille Bonora), and later onscreen at her daughter's graduation ceremony in Episode 2745. According to Episode 4260, Gina's mother is Italian.[2]

She has appeared in songs such as "The Word is No" and "Rhyme Out."


  • Although the character was phased out of the show in 2016, her full name (Dr. Gina Jefferson) appears on the window of the "Community Vet Clinic" at Sesame Street at SeaWorld, opened in 2019.
  • The script for Episode 2640 refers to a young girl played by Anna Maria Carra as Gina's little sister. However, this is not mentioned in the episode as aired. Similarly, the script for Episode 2745 mentions the sister's presence at Gina's graduation, but she is not seen in the aired episode.


Films and Specials
Sesame Street, Special
Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting
Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake
Sesame Street: 25 Wonderful Years
Elmo Saves Christmas
Sesame Street Stays Up Late
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
The Street We Live On
Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Home Videos
The Best of Ernie and Bert
Big Bird's Favorite Party Games
Let's Play School
Rock & Roll!
Dance Along!
Sesame Street Visits the Hospital
Telling the Truth
Sesame Street Goes to the Doctor
What's the Name of That Song?
Elmo's Potty Time

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  1. โ†‘ "Growing Up Gina," sesame family newsletter, December 17, 2010.
  2. โ†‘ Episode 4260, citing her love for the smell of garlic