A list of interactions by characters from international co-productions of Sesame Street alongside the American cast.

This list excludes examples of the American Muppet characters becoming part of the regular cast of the co-productions (such as Elmo joining the cast of Plaza Sésamo or Bert and Ernie appearing in new, exclusive material for Sesamstrasse).

Picture Production Description
Basil Hears a Noise
Elmo has a featured role in the Canadian Sesame Street special alongside local characters Basil, Louis and Dodi.

Shalom Sesame
(1991, 2010)
Oscar the Grouch visits Rechov Sumsum in the three 1991 episodes ("Aleph-Bet Telethon," "Passover" and "Kids Sing Israel").
In the 2010 reboot of the series, Grover co-stars with Anneliese van der Pol, interacting with the cast of Rechov Sumsum.
Additionally, there are several books where the two Muppet casts interact on both their respective streets.
Sesame Street Stays Up Late
MNN's coverage of New Year's Eve around the globe features reports from international Muppets from various co-productions, including Rechov Sumsum (Kippi Ben Kippod and Moishe Oofnik), Rua Sésamo (Tita), Sesamstrasse (Tiffy, Samson, Finchen) and Sesam Stasjon (Max Mekker, Alfa, Bjarne Betjent).
Sesame Street
Episode 3646
Abelardo from Plaza Sésamo comes to the street to visit his cousin, Big Bird.
  • Nimnim, Zeliboba, Samson and Abelardo
  • Rumpel and Lola
  • Filfil
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The American cast is joined by a host of international characters for a performance of "We Are All Earthlings." Appearing on the float are Filfil, Nimnim, Businka, Hu Hu Zhu, Rumpel, Samson, Kareem, Dafi, Haneen, Abelardo, Lola, Zeliboba, Moishe Oofnik.
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2008
Annual Sesame Workshop Benefit Gala
(2003 - present)
Many international characters have appeared at Sesame Workshop's annual benefit gala alongside the American characters.
Hide & Seek, Near & Far
International characters make background cameos in two portions set in China and France. Appearing in China are Hu Hu Zhu and Xiao Mei Zi from Zhima Jie, and appearing in France are Nac, Griotte, Yoyo and Olive from 5, Rue Sésame.
One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
Zhima Jie's Hu Hu Zhu visits Sesame Street and meets Big Bird and Elmo. In the Chinese version, the roles are reversed.
The Adventures of Grover and Khokha
Grover and Khokha from Alam Simsim star in a series of online videos.
Road Safety PSAs
Grover stars a series of animated public service announcements. Because of their international airing intents, appearing in the background are characters from the localized productions including Chamki (Galli Galli Sim Sim), Pancho Contreras (Plaza Sésamo), and Momon and Putri (Jalan Sesama).
Oscar the Grouch at Sesame Tree
Sesame Tree
Oscar the Grouch makes a guest appearance in the episode "Potto's Never Ending Story."
Sesame Street comic book, issue #1
Bodoque and a miscolored Moishe Oofnik appear in a panel in the story "Smog Day Afternoon."
Mando Despierta
¡Despierta América!
Lola appears alongside the American monster characters and Mando on the July 12 broadcast.
Makeanewfriend cast
Make a New Friend
Gali Gali Sim Sim's Chamki visits the American cast in this Sesame Street Live show.
Dream, Save, Do
The international campaign mixes the American Muppet characters (Elmo, Grover and Cookie Monster) with international representatives Chamki, Lily, Lola and Bel, dubbing special videos into the language of their respective nations.
The Furchester Hotel
While Elmo and Cookie Monster are a part of the main cast for the series, the second season features guest appearances by Big Bird, Count von Count, The Countess and the Martians.
Sesame Street Season 48
As a part of the season's curriculum theme of diversity and cultural understanding, Zuzu, Chamki and Lily visit the American street in Episode 4813, Episode 4815 and Episode 4816.
Sesame Street 50 Years and Counting Celebration
Lily visits the Sesame Street gang in the stage show Sesame Street Birthday Blowout Show.

International crossover merchandise

In the 1970s and 1980s, for budgetary reasons, a few of the co-productions used the same merchandise. It was never explained to the consumers where the foreign characters came from or why they never appeared on the respective shows. Examples of crossover media include:

  • All the comics for the Sesamstraat and Sesamstrasse magazines were the same, featuring characters from both shows interacting, but written in the countries' respective languages. The French 1, Rue Sésame Mensuel also used these comics.


  • Occasionally, original material made for international co-productions makes its way to airing on other co-productions, dubbed in the local language. Examples include select Muppet pieces from Sesame Park (featuring characters like Basil and Katie) dubbed into Spanish for Plaza Sésamo or the German "Ernie & Bert Märchensongs" (with characters such as Finchen) appearing on the Sesamstraat mini-series 10 voor.

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