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Sesame Street
Premiere April 7, 2003 (4031)
Finale May 12, 2003 (4056)
Episodes 26

Bob and some of the Muppets sing "The People in Your Neighborhood."

Starting with this season, Grover goes globetrotting in Global Grover.

Global Thingy focus on diversity and cultural differences.

Journey to Ernie utilizes a new format: a continued narrative, instead of separate parts.

The Three Bears become four as they welcome Curly to their family.

Laura Bush appears to read a book to Big Bird, Elmo, and some kids.

Miles sings "ABC Hip Hop" with the Sesame Street monsters.

Sheryl Crow sings I Soaks Up the Sun, with Elmo, Telly, Rosita, Zoe and the letter I.

Sesame Street Season 34 premiered on April 7, 2003.


The curriculum for Season 34 goes global to "emphasize similarities among all of us while celebrating our cultural differences." In an interview with Rosemarie Truglio, she said about this season's curriculum, "In the States, we're comprised of so many ethnicities and cultures. We want to show children the importance of developing friendships with those who don't look like you."[1]

Two new segments, "Global Grover" and "Global Thingy," are added to help address these issues.

Starting this season, 26 episodes were produced per season. According to Bob McGrath, "Lou Berger, the head writer, wanted 26 episodes. The bean counters said 25 and asked, 'Why do you keep saying 26?' Lou said, 'There are 26 letters in the alphabet. Which one am I supposed to fire?'"[2]


Parody sketches and segments include "I Soaks Up the Sun" (based on "Soak Up the Sun") and "If I Were the Letter B" (based on the musical Fiddler on the Roof song "If I Were a Rich Man").


Episodes 4031 - 4056 (26 episodes)


  • The format changed slightly this season. Instead of having Big Bird introduce and close the episodes and having the street plot in the middle of the show, the street story was shown at the very beginning of the show, and the middle of the episode would usually have a short street scene (often musical) that connects to the street story.
  • "Monster Clubhouse" only appeared in two episodes. The segments were dropped the following season.
  • The intro changed a bit in this season. The theme song is remixed and clips of Hero Guy and the monster girls (from Episode 3983) are replaced with "Journey to Ernie" and "Global Grover," respectively.
  • An edited version of the animated "dancing city" closing credits is used until Season 37 and is now shown at the end of every episode (rather than exclusively on Friday shows as with previous seasons). Also, the credit crawl is now standardized; for instance, listing full series director credits instead of a sole director credit for a specific episode.
  • After this season, Rosita is rebuilt without wings. This design change would remain until season 52.
  • This is Olamide Faison's first season as Miles.
  • This is Michael Jeter's last season as Mr. Noodle's brother, Mr. Noodle. The season premiere aired shortly after his death.
  • New Elmo's World segments included for its fifth season are about Mail, Ears, Firefighters, Wild Animals, Open and Close, and Feet.


Alison Bartlett O'Reilly, Desiree Casado, Emilio Delgado, Olamide Faison, Bill Irwin, Michael Jeter, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Alan Muraoka, Roscoe Orman
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, Eric Jacobson, Jennifer Barnhart, Jim Martin, Joey Mazzarino, John Tartaglia, Matt Vogel, Steve Whitmire, Bryant Young, Frank Oz
Guest Stars
Wayne Brady, Laura Bush, Aaron Carter, Nick Carter, Sheryl Crow, Natalie Portman, Diane Sawyer


Maria, Alan, Gordon, Gina, Luis, Bob, Susan, Gabi, Miles, Mr. Noodle
The Amazing Mumford, Anything Muppets, Baby Bear, Baby Natasha, Bert, Big Bad Wolf, Big Bird, Cookie Hood, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Curly Bear, Dinger, Elmo, Ernie, Elephant, Fluffy, Gladys the Cow, The Great Fentini, Grouches, Grover, Herry Monster, Honkers, Hoots the Owl, Ingrid, Mama Bear, Marian, Leonard Wolf, Narf, Oscar the Grouch, Grundgetta, Papa Bear, Phoebe, Prairie Dawn, Rosita, Scotty McKilt, Slimey, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Stinky the Stinkweed, Telly Monster, The Three Little Pigs, Two-Headed Monster, Zoe



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