Sesame Street
Premiere November 13, 1989 (2616)
Finale May 11, 1990 (2745)
Episodes 130

Mr. Handford (as performed by Leonard Jackson) takes over running Hooper's Store this season.


"Elmo's Song"




"Monster in the Mirror"

Bush reading on the street

Barbara Bush reads Pete's Chair to Big Bird, The Count, and the kids.


Gina graduates high school in the season finale.


"I Wonder 'Bout the World Above Up There"


Ernie and his friends teach viewers not to litter in the song "Don't Throw That Trash on the Ground."


Wanda Falbo (Word Fairy) introduces words around the city.


Introducing Gloria Globe

Sesame Street Season 21 aired from November 13, 1989 to May 11, 1990.


The curriculum for Season 21 focuses on environmentalism and is "to teach appreciation of nature." Viewers will also become familiar with recycling from two types of collections - curb service and a recycling center. Sesame Street will also increase teaching numbers from 1 to 40 instead of the original 1 to 10.[1]

Season 21 welcomes new human characters to the cast. Hooper's Store got a new owner, Mr. Handford, played by Leonard Jackson in this season and David L. Smyrl in subsequent seasons. Another human character, Mike, a friend of Gina's who made a few appearances the previous season, becomes a regular this season as a part-time worker at the Fix-It Shop and one of Gordon's students at school.


Episodes 2616 - 2745 (130 episodes)




Alison Bartlett, Linda Bove, Emilio Delgado, Leonard Jackson, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bill McCutcheon, Bob McGrath, Roscoe Orman, Ward Saxton, Gedde Watanabe (uncredited: Lisa Boggs, Eugene Byrd, Alexis Cruz, Savion Glover, Miles Orman, Gabriela Rose Reagan, Lillias White)

Muppet Performers

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

Guest Stars

Candice Bergen, Barbara Bush, Bob Dishy, 14 Karat Soul, Jeff Goldblum, Andrea Martin, Jeff Redd, Max Roach, Isaac Stern, Denzel Washington[1]



Gordon, Susan, Maria, Luis, Linda, Bob, Mr. Handford, Uncle Wally, Gina, Miles, Mr. Macintosh, Gabi, Lisa, Hiroshi, Mike, Savion, Alex, Jelani, Lillian


Alice Snuffleupagus, Anything Muppets, Barkley, Bert, Biff, Big Bird, Big Jeffy, Buster the Horse, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Dingers, Elmo, Ernie, Flo Bear, Forgetful Jones, Gladys the Cow, Grover, Grundgetta, Guy Smiley, Herry Monster, Honkers, Hoots the Owl, Irvine, Kermit the Frog, Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats, Meryl Sheep, Oscar the Grouch, Placido Flamingo, Prairie Dawn, Preston Rabbit, Professor D. Rabbit, Ruby, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Shelley the Turtle, Sherlock Hemlock, Stella, Sully, Telly Monster, Two-Headed Monster, Vincent Twice, Watson, Wolfgang the Seal



  1. 1.0 1.1 Reading Eagles: TV Times: "Sesame Street is returning for its 21st Season".
  2. Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street, sample pages

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