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Sesame Street
Premiere August 11, 2008 (4161)
Finale November 7, 2008 (4186)
Episodes 26

Sandra Oh and Cookie Monster.

Leela with Mr. Snuffleupagus and Big Bird.

Leela in Episode 4164 at Hooper's Store, with Cookie Monster, O, Prairie Dawn, and Alan.

Texas Telly and the Golden Triangle of Destiny.

Fairy Shoeperson (Neil Patrick Harris) with Gabi, Gordon, Luis, Gina, Maria, and others.

Max the Magician (Will Arnett) with Elmo.

Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures debuts this season.

Murray Has a Little Lamb debuts this season.

Mine-itis breaks out on Sesame Street.

Sesame Street Season 39 premiered on August 11, 2008.


The curriculum for Season 39 focused on math literacy "designed to help children put their mathematical thinking into words and talk about how they solve problems." Math literacy is featured in many scenes (including Episode 4161, Episode 4163, Episode 4166, and Episode 4168).[1]

The show also got a brand new set this season, with a smaller size and more inner-city details, such as parking meters and newspaper dispensers. Major additions to the set included the Fix-It Shop being replaced by the Sesame Street laundromat, and the place in the arbor where Gina did her veterinarian practice was reverted to a car garage. The set also got a larger garden in the arbor and the staircase and extra door that were previously there had been removed. Also, Hooper's Store was re-done as well, with a different wall color, refrigeration, and big signs indicating the products underneath them (Groceries, Newspapers, Cold Food & Drinks), and the awning now has stripes.

Season 39 welcomed a new human character to the cast, Leela, who runs the laundromat.[2] Two new segments were added to the season: Murray Has a Little Lamb and Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures. Returning this season were The Word of the Day and What's the Word on the Street with 26 new words and Muppets sometimes helping the guest(s) present the words. Also, Elmo's World returned for its tenth season as a regular Sesame Street segment with two new segments: "Drums" and "Eyes."[3]


Parodies included "30 Rocks" (based on 30 Rock), "Pre-School Musical" (High School Musical) and "Are You Smarter Than an Egg Layer" (Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?).[4] Other parodies included "Plain White T's" (based on Plain White T's), "Feist 1234" (based on 1234), and "Dirtiest Jobs with Mike Rowe" (based on Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe).[3]


Episodes 4161 - 4186 (26 episodes)[3]


  • This season was the first to be shot in high-definition.[6] As a result, while on wide-screen TV's the scenes were in the regular widescreen, stock footage from all previous seasons were shrunken into a small full screen format. Beginning in June 2009, all broadcasters in the United States switched to digital television from analog, though a difference in visuals remained, since not all TVs are high-definition.
  • This was the last season to have characters in the Street story announce the sponsors. In a new format that is introduced next season and lasts through Season 45, Murray appears in closing segments announcing the sponsors.


Alison Bartlett O'Reilly, Desiree Casado, Emilio Delgado, Olamide Faison, Bill Irwin, Christopher Lawrence Knowings, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Alan Muraoka, Roscoe Orman, Nitya Vidyasagar
Muppets™ of Sesame Street
Caroll Spinney, Pam Arciero, Heather Asch, Jennifer Barnhart, Fran Brill, Lisa Buckley, Tyler Bunch, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Kevin Clash, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Eric Jacobson, Tim Lagasse, Peter Linz, Lara MacLean, Noel MacNeal, Jim Martin, Joey Mazzarino, Paul McGinnis, Tracy Mick, Jerry Nelson, Carmen Osbahr, Frank Oz, Annie Peterly, Martin P. Robinson, David Rudman, David Stephens, John Tartaglia, Matt Vogel, Steve Whitmire, Bryant Young
Guest Stars [3]
Jessica Alba, Will Arnett, David Beckham, Jack Black, Kim Cattrall, Lorena and Lorna Feijoo, Leslie Feist, Gilbert Gottfried, H.A.V.I.C Squared, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonah Hill, Randy Jackson, Heidi Klum, LL Cool J, Jenny McCarthy, Megan Mullally, Sandra Oh, Mike Rowe, Molly Shannon, Jason Taylor, Tilly and the Wall, Patrick Warburton, Brian Williams, Chandra Wilson


Maria, Alan, Gordon, Gina, Luis, Bob, Susan, Gabi, Miles, Chris, Leela, Mr. Noodle
Abby Cadabby, Anything Muppets, Baby Bear, Bert, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Curly Bear, Dingers, Elmo, Ernie, Grand High Triangle Lover, Grover, Grundgetta, Guy Smiley, Honkers, Hoots the Owl, Horatio the Elephant, Humpty Dumpty, Mr. Johnson, Mama Bear, Murray Monster, Norman, The Oinker Sisters, Oscar the Grouch, Ovejita, Papa Bear, Prairie Dawn, Rosita, Slimey, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Super Chicken, Telly Monster, Wolfgang the Seal, Zoe



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