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Sesame Street
Premiere November 16, 1998 (3786)
Finale May 7, 1999 (3850)
Episodes 65

Cast of Season 30. (Note that Ruthie, though her Finders Keepers shop is no longer on the set, is still a cast member.)


Title card for Episode 3786, the first show of the season.


Alan takes over as proprietor of Hooper's Store.


Elmo's World debuted this season.


The format of the show is revised. Like the earliest episodes, characters would often introduce segments, or characters associated with inserts would appear on the street before or after their clip was shown. At times, they even appeared in the videos. Here, Big Bird appears in the "Ookyook" song.


Zoe gets her very own Zoemobile in Episode 3789. She would eventually stop being seen with it by Season 34.


Herry Monster stars in the recurring Monsters in Day Care segments.


Patti LaBelle and the Muppets perform "Gospel Alphabet."


Sesame Street Season 30 aired from November 16, 1998, to May 7, 1999.


Starting this season, the focus would be geared toward the main cast of characters. Also, the season emphasizes the use of classic Sesame Street songs, such as "Sing" and "The People in Your Neighborhood," for the idea of getting kids to sing along and familiarize with the songs and also to attract parents who were fans when they were young.[1]


Episodes 3786 - 3850 (65 episodes)


  • Except for the Subway, everything from Around the Corner has been removed. Only a few characters introduced during that time continue to appear; Zoe remains a main character, while Ingrid, Tarah, and Ruthie make sporadic appearances.
  • The opening theme sequence has once again changed to a more traditional version of the tune, resembling the original opening theme. The "dancing city" closing credits from 1992 remain in use.
  • The Sesame Street sign has a new look beginning with this season, with a thinner yellow border and a rounder half-circle containing the "CTW" in it. It replaced the original Sesame Street sign that had been used since the very first episode.
  • The "Coming Soon on Sesame Street" bumpers are discontinued; portions of which, including Big Bird saying "Toodle-oo!" to the camera, are reworked into a copyright screen followed by funding credits.
  • This was Jeff Moss's final season as a writer on the show, having passed away nearly two months before the season began airing. Moss receives a posthumous writing credit for this and the following season. A dedication to Moss appeared in the original airing of the season premiere.
  • This was also Robby Merkin's final season as music director.
  • All episodes in this season were shown in one of Noggin's 123 Sesame Street rotations from 2003 to 2005.
  • This was the first season since Season 5 to not have any repeats.
  • This was the first season to have only 65 episodes.


Alison Bartlett O'Reilly, Linda Bove, Ruth Buzzi, Desiree Casado, Emilio Delgado, Bill Irwin, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Alan Muraoka, Roscoe Orman, Imani Patterson, Tarah Schaeffer
Jim Henson's Muppets
Caroll Spinney, Kevin Clash, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Martin P. Robinson, Fran Brill, David Rudman, Joey Mazzarino, Carmen Osbahr, Steve Whitmire, Alice Dinnean, Pam Arciero, John Tartaglia, Matt Vogel, Bryant Young, Judy Sladky, R. Bruce Connelly, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Jim Martin, Lisa Buckley (Uncredited: Tyler Bunch, Eric Jacobson, Jim Kroupa, Noel MacNeal)
Guest Stars
Maya Angelou, Garth Brooks, Rosemary Clooney, Terrell Davis, Doug E. Doug, Fran Drescher, Gloria Estefan, Béla Fleck, Denyce Graves, Patti LaBelle, Nathan Lane, Liam Neeson, Conan O'Brien, R.E.M., Ben Stiller, Trisha Yearwood


Gordon, Susan, Bob, Gina, Alan, Linda, Maria, Luis, Ruthie, Gabi, Miles, Tarah, Mr. Noodle
Alice Snuffleupagus, Alphabet Characters, AM Monsters, The Amazing Mumford, Anything Muppets, Baby Bear, Baby Natasha, Barkley, Benny Rabbit, Bert, Biff, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Delly Monster, Dingers, Elizabeth, Elmo, Ernie, The Grand High Triangle Lover, Grouches, Grover, Grundgetta, Guy Smiley, Herry Monster, Honkers, Hoots the Owl, Humphrey, Ingrid, Irvine, Mr. Johnson, Kermit the Frog, Little Chrissy, Mama Bear, Norman, Numerical Characters, Old MacDonald, Oliver, Oscar the Grouch, Papa Bear, Prairie Dawn, Rosita, Slimey, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Stinky the Stinkweed, Sully, Telly Monster, Two-Headed Monster, Zoe



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