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Sesame Street
Premiere November 23, 1981 (1576)
Finale May 21, 1982 (1705)
Episodes 130

Madeline Kahn and Muppet performer Richard Hunt play birdwatchers in this season's premiere episode.

Aristotle is introduced.

"Crayon Factory" film

Ernie shows Bert his unique method of fishing.

"Coconut Counting Man"

Diana Ross and Big Bird

"Fuzzy and Blue (and Orange)"

"Dance Myself to Sleep"

"Honk Around the Clock"

Mona Monster, Telly's older sister, makes her sole appearances this season.

"A grown-up friend's hand: don't cross the street without it!": a series of sketches this season spoof the American Express ads.

Julius "Dr. J" Erving makes several appearances this season.

Sesame Street Season 13 aired from November 23, 1981 to May 21, 1982.


This season expanded its curriculum to include new emphasis on the development of listening skills and the ability to follow directions. Pre-reading segments will include illustrations on the practical uses and pleasures of reading.[1]

The concept of environment is also introduced this season. Al Hyslop comments, "For 2 and 3 year olds, the fact that there is an environment is terribly important, though they won't recognize it as that. When you are 4 and 5, you begin to discover there are certain qualities that have to do with environment, like endangered species." In the premiere episode (1576), the concept of "endangered species" focuses on Big Bird as the rare beast in question.

A new Muppet character named Aristotle, who is a blind monster, is introduced this season to continue exploring the area of the handicapped.[2]


Episodes 1576 - 1705 (130 episodes)



Linda Bove, Northern Calloway, Emilio Delgado, Will Lee, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Roscoe Orman, Alaina Reed (Uncredited: Toni Agard)

Jim Henson's Muppets

Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Brian Muehl, Martin Robinson (Uncredited: Cheryl Blaylock, Ed Christie, Kathryn Mullen, Bryant Young)

Guest Stars

Harry Belafonte, JosΓ© Carreras, Richard Dawson, Julius Erving, Suzanne Farrell, 14 Karat Soul, Madeline Kahn, Diana Ross



Gordon, Susan, Maria, Luis, Linda, Bob, David, Mr. Hooper, Olivia, Mr. Macintosh, Willy, Akim


Anything Muppets, Aristotle, Barkley, Bert, Big Bird, Buster the Horse, Clementine, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Dinger, Dr. Nobel Price, Elmo, Ernie, Forgetful Jones, Grover, Herry Monster, Mr. Honker, Honkers, Kermit the Frog, Oscar the Grouch, Mona Monster, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Telly Monster, The Twiddlebugs, Two-Headed Monster, Uncle Slim


  • This is the last season Robert Myhrum worked on as one of the directors.



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