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Play with Me Sesame is a 24-minute program that premiered on April 1, 2002.[1] It features a framing structure starring Grover, Prairie Dawn, Ernie and Bert while also showcasing old inserts from Sesame Street.

The first two seasons were produced for Noggin, and contained 26 and 52 episodes, respectively. In the second season, Cookie Monster, Ernestine, Slimey, and Zoe started making occasional appearances on the show. Chicago the Lion also made at least one appearance. The third and final season was produced solely by Sesame Workshop with 26 episodes.[2] The show aired on Sprout until 2016.


A typical show follows this format:

  • Ernie Says ... (similar to "Simon Says")
  • Classic Muppet clip
  • Prairie Dawn showcases drawings made by kids
  • Classic Muppet clip
  • Bert plays on the computer
  • Classic Muppet clip (a song segment)
  • Bert shows computer-generated "oatmeal art" submitted by kids
  • Classic Muppet clip (an Ernie and Bert segment)
  • Finale: Grover invites the viewer to dance with him (occasionally includes a classic clip)

Other airings of the show (including those on PBS Kids Sprout) include a fifth insert, removing Prairie's segment. The Sprout airings featured her segment only during The Sunny Side Up Show, where it would cut to in-studio art presentations.

For the third season, the format was altered in many ways. "Ernie Says" was replaced with a series of interactive games with Ernie, Prairie Dawn's segment focused on music instead and Grover's musical segment would be preceded by a series of set-up scenes shown throughout the show.

International versions



Production crew

See also


  1. Noggin Press Release
  2. Official Sesame Workshop page
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