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Sesame Street
Premiere February 4, 2002 (3981)
Finale April 12, 2002 (4030)
Episodes 50

Caroll Spinney artwork for Season 33.

New opening theme sequence with Super Grover.

Fire at Hooper's Store.

The Fix-It Shop becomes the Mail It Shop in Episode 3984.

The new Letter of the Day segments with Cookie Monster.

The new Number of the Day segments, with The Count.

The new Spanish Word of the Day segments with Rosita.

Big Bird looking for Ernie in Journey to Ernie.

Dixie Chicks sing "No Letter Better Than B" with some help from Big Bird, Bert, and Baby Bear.

Destiny's Child perform a new version of "A New Way to Walk" with Grover, Elmo, and Zoe.


Sesame Street Season 33 premiered on February 4, 2002.


The curriculum for Season 33 focuses on stories about fear, loss, bullies and inclusion through four episodes (Episode 3981, Episode 4021, Episode 4026, Episode 4029) written in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks.[1]

Major changes to the set include the Fix-It Shop becoming the Mail-It Shop, 123 Sesame Street's doors being red instead of green, the arbor having a new staircase in a red color, and the exterior of Hooper's Store re-done with a different color.


This season introduces a new format where the day's main story is told in one continuous segment and transitions between segments are smoother.[1] The entire format also changes to a more structured, predictable format, introducing new regular segments such as "The Letter of the Day," "The Number of the Day," "The Spanish Word of the Day," and "Journey to Ernie," plus new installments of "Elmo's World," "Monster Clubhouse," and "Hero Guy." ("Elmo's World" had been in every episode since 1998; "Monster Clubhouse" and "Hero Guy" were introduced in Season 32 and usually alternated in each episode.) This would continue up to Season 39 in 2008.

New Elmo's World episodes for its fourth season are about Fish, Sky, Sleep, Weather, and Getting Dressed.


Episodes 3981 - 4030 (50 episodes)


  • The opening sequence is changed to Big Bird and some kids following bouncing animated blocks, which show clips of the show's main segments. The intro features a re-recorded version of the theme and was used until Season 37.
  • This is the last season for the closing credits to be seen only on Fridays, outside of the season premiere. Likewise, the copyright screen with Big Bird saying "Toodle-oo!" (an artifact from Season 27's "coming soon" bumpers) is no longer shown after this season.
  • Starting with this season, Jim Henson is no longer credited as a performer.
  • This is Imani Patterson's last season as Miles. The following season Olamide Faison takes over the role.
  • This is the last season to feature Linda as a cast member.
  • Zoe begins wearing her tutu in all of her appearances until Season 48.
  • This is the only season to be produced with a total of 50 episodes.
  • For the first time since 1995, The U.S. Department of Education resumed funding Sesame Street, which would continue in succeeding seasons until season 37.


Alison Bartlett O'Reilly, Linda Bove, Desiree Casado, Emilio Delgado, Bill Irwin, Michael Jeter, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Alan Muraoka, Roscoe Orman, Imani Patterson
Jim Henson's Muppets
Caroll Spinney, Fran Brill, Kevin Clash, Jerry Nelson, Carmen Osbahr, Martin P. Robinson, David Rudman, Pam Arciero, Lisa Buckley, R. Bruce Connelly, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Alice Dinnean Vernon, Eric Jacobson, Rick Lyon, Jim Martin, Joey Mazzarino, John Tartaglia, Matt Vogel, Steve Whitmire, Bryant Young, Frank Oz, Jennifer Barnhart (uncredited)
Guest Stars
Kofi Annan, Backstreet Boys, Joshua Bell, Kerry Butler, Destiny's Child, Dixie Chicks, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, David Alan Grier, John Leguizamo, Ray Romano, Jill Scott[1]


Maria, Alan, Gordon, Gina, Linda, Luis, Bob, Susan, Ms. Camp, Gabi, Miles, Mr. Noodle
The Amazing Mumford, Anything Muppets, Alfred Duck, Baby Bear, Bert, The Big Bad Wolf, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Cousin Bear, Cows, Dingers, Ducks, The Elephant, Elmo, Ernie, Fatima, Glo Worm, Googel, The Grand High Triangle Lover, Granny Snuffle, Grover, Gulliver, Honkers, Humphrey, Ingrid, Izzy, Little Bo Peep, Lulu, Mel, Little Murray Sparkles, The Martians, Narf, Natasha, Norman, Old MacDonald, Oscar the Grouch, Papa Bear, Phoebe, Pipe Organ, Prairie Dawn, Ralphie, Roscoe, Rosita, Seymour, Slimey, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Stinky the Stinkweed, Telly Monster, Two-Headed Monster, Zoe



  1. ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 'Sesame Street' to tackle fear, loss

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