Sesame Street
Premiere November 14, 1988 (2486)
Finale May 12, 1989 (2615)
Episodes 130
Sesame 20th anniversary poster
Gabi birth photo

Gabi is born.


Forgetful Jones stars in a production of "Oklahoma!"


William Wegman begins to contribute films using Fay Ray and his other dogs. By Season 36 he would make at least 60 different segments.




A hapless animated bellhop appeared in recurring segments to teach numbers.


Billy Joel and Marlee Matlin perform "Just the Way You Are" to a disgusted Oscar.


Blue Bird, a superhero creation of Big Bird, makes his only appearances this season.


Hiroshi, introduced as a one-time guest last season, becomes a regular cast member this season.


Mysterious Theater makes its debut this season.


Sally Cruikshank begins contributing animated sketches to the show.

Season 20 cast and crew

Cast and crew.

Sesame Street Season 20 aired from November 14, 1988[1] to May 12, 1989.


The theme for this season is pregnancy. After Maria and Luis's marriage, they will become prospective parents and on the season finale will have their baby. According to Dulcy Singer on the theme, "We'll show visits to the doctor's office, we'll see a sonogram and we hope answer questions preschoolers have about pregnancy." Season 20 will also expand its science curriculum.[2]


Episodes 2486 - 2615 (130 episodes)


  • This was Joe Raposo's final season as music director. After he passed away on Sunday, February 5, 1989, he continued to be credited as music director until the end of the season, and associate music director Dave Conner became de-facto music director until 1993, when Robby Merkin was hired.
  • This was also Northern Calloway's final season as David. After the season finale, Calloway left the show due to medical reasons with the explanation that David moved away to be with his grandmother, and that ownership of Hooper's Store was turned over to Mr. Handford.



Alison Bartlett, Linda Bove, Northern Calloway, Emilio Delgado, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bill McCutcheon, Bob McGrath, Ward Saxton, Roscoe Orman, Miles Orman, Gedde Watanabe

Muppet Performers

Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Jerry Nelson, Martin P. Robinson, Kevin Clash, Camille Bonora, David Rudman, Pam Arciero, Fred Garbo, Bryant Young, Rick Lyon, Judy Sladky, Jim Henson (Uncredited: Fran Brill, Peter MacKennan)

Guest Stars

Jamie Lee Curtis, James Galway, Susan Saint James, Billy Joel, Marlee Matlin, Martina Navratilova, Susan Sarandon, Lily Tomlin, Kathleen Turner, Tracey Ullman, Dave Winfield



Gordon, Susan, Maria, Luis, Linda, Bob, David, Uncle Wally, Gina, Miles, Mr. Macintosh, Gabi, Hiroshi


Alice Snuffleupagus, Anything Muppets, The Amazing Mumford, Baa Baa Walters, Baby Natasha, Barkley, Bert, Biff, The Big Bad Wolf, Big Bird, Bip Bippadotta, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Elmo, Ernie, Gladys the Cow, Grover, Grundgetta, Guy Smiley, Herry Monster, Honkers, Hoots the Owl, Irvine, Mr. Johnson, Juliet, Kermit the Frog, The Martians, Meryl Sheep, Oscar the Grouch, Ruby, Sherlock Hemlock, Simon Soundman, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Sonny Friendly, Telly Monster, Two-Headed Monster, Vincent Twice


Season 20 credit crawl

Season 20 credit crawl

credit crawl


  1. press photo
  2. "Sesame Street" enters 20th season - November 14, 1988

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  • Season 20 airdates

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    • Although the ebay entry says the finale was November 10, 1989, Episode 2615 aired on May 12, 1989. So May 15, 1989-November 10, 1989 was reru...
    • Yeah, that's how I read it.
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