|Premiere||November 15, 1971 (0276)|
|Finale||May 12, 1972 (0405)|
The curriculum for Season 3 will focus on the subject of ecology. In an interview, Jon Stone said about the ecology segments will "stress the interdependence of living things and the finiteness of the earth's resources. Pre-schoolers are extremely curious about the world around them, so we think they'll be very interested in how things they see are related to each other." Season 3 will also focus on Spanish language and culture.
Head writer Jeff Moss says, “You’ll find an awful lot less of an adult telling a child that’s the right, or that’s the wrong answer. The kids will come up with solutions more often. And on every show we will have a 3-year old. We haven't had children that young before, but surprisingly, they’re not that hard to manage before the camera. They really participate." He also says that this season will attempt to inject more real life into street scenes: "People will get annoyed with one another; will sometimes yell at one another. People will talk about pollution on the street."
Kermit the Frog returns in new material, having been absent the previous year.
A new Muppet character, Mr. Snuffleupagus, is introduced. During this season, Mr. Snuffleupagus has bright yellow eyes and light eyelashes. This will be changed by the next season. Also at this point, Mr. Snuffleupagus is thought by the adults to be Big Bird's imaginary friend.
In addition to Wally and Ralph, this season also features the debut of The Mad Painter, a man who would paint numbers on various objects. A recurring series of animated segments features Donnie Budd, a hillbilly fiddle player who sings about the numbers 2-6. These segments were created by Budd Luckey, who also created many other animated segments for this season, including The Alligator King and Ladybug Picnic.
Episodes 0276 - 0405 (130 episodes)
- Episode 0276 -- Season 3 premiere; Big Bird meets Mr. Snuffleupagus
- Episode 0277
- Episode 0278 -- Mr. Hooper misses Mr. Snuffleupagus
- Episode 0279 -- Grover climbs the Sesame Street sign
- Episode 0280 -- Construction workers fill Sesame Street
- Episode 0281
- Episode 0282
- Episode 0283
- Episode 0284 -- Everyone helps Tom clean Hooper's Store
- Episode 0285
- Episode 0286 -- Tom wonders why there aren't any customers at Hooper's Store today
- Episode 0287
- Episode 0288 -- Oscar puts himself in charge of Mr. Hooper's recycling bins.
- Episode 0289
- Episode 0290 -- A new library on Sesame Street; Grover's crush
- Episode 0291 -- Trash Collection Day on Sesame Street; Big Bird helps when Mr. Snuffleupagus gets his trunk stuck in the mailbox
- Episode 0292 -- Big Bird asks Tom not to use the bug spray.
- Episode 0293 -- Mr. Snuffleupagus wants to move in with Big Bird.
- Episode 0294 -- Big Bird tries to get everyone to stop littering.
- Episode 0295 -- Grover tells Molly that he'd like to try being a letter carrier.
- Episode 0296 -- The fire inspector teaches Gordon how to prevent fires.
- Episode 0297 -- Oscar puts up too many "NO" signs.
- Episode 0298 -- Mr. Snuffleupagus is afraid of fruit.
- Episode 0299 -- Oscar has an "OPEN" sign; Mr. Snuffleupagus gets a cold.
- Episode 0300 -- Big Bird makes a mess in Hooper's Store.
- Episode 0301 -- Big Bird's paper airplane is stuck in a tree.
- Episode 0302 -- Big Bird gets a present from his mommy.
- Episode 0303 -- Oscar watches the kids finger paint.
- Episode 0304 -- Mr. Snuffleupagus wants a glass of water.
- Episode 0305 -- Big Bird wants to imitate a rooster, and plans to wake Susan at 8 o'clock.
- Episode 0306 -- Big Bird finds a suitcase outside of 123 Sesame Street.
- Episode 0307 -- Big Bird gets a pet triangle.
- Episode 0308 -- Molly's favorite K word is "kiss."
- Episode 0309 -- Mr. Snuffleupagus sprays water on Susan's laundry.
- Episode 0310 -- Big Bird sits on the lower-case letter h.
- Episode 0311 -- Luis plays "Simple Simon" with Big Bird and the kids
- Episode 0312 -- Oscar decides to move away from Sesame Street.
- Episode 0313 -- Big Bird learns that people have supper and go to bed at about the same time.
- Episode 0314 -- Big Bird uses a Sound Machine to make strange sounds.
- Episode 0315 -- Gordon puts up a neighborhood bulletin board.
- Episode 0316
- Episode 0317 -- Maria pretends that she can't speak.
- Episode 0318 -- Big Bird falls asleep and has a bad dream.
- Episode 0319 -- Oscar and Bob both like the rain, but for different reasons.
- Episode 0320 -- Big Bird opens a Bike Wash business.
- Episode 0321 -- Big Bird hears a dripping sound.
- Episode 0322 -- Luis starts a homemade button craze.
- Episode 0323 -- Big Bird takes a picture of Snuffleupagus to prove that his friend exists.
- Episode 0324 -- Cookie Monster is left alone with Susan's cookies.
- Episode 0325 -- Oscar decides to move his trash can.
- Episode 0326 -- Linda moves to Sesame Street.
- Episode 0327 -- Mr. Hooper imagines being the only person on Sesame Street.
- Episode 0328 -- Oscar wants a job that allows him to blast a siren.
- Episode 0329 -- The Mudman tries to sell his mud to Oscar and Tom.
- Episode 0330 -- Luis and Rafael open a Fix-It Shop.
- Episode 0331 -- Molly and Oscar catch colds; Mr. Snuffleupagus celebrates his 2nd birthday
- Episode 0332 -- Big Bird looks around Sesame Street looking for a screwdriver for Luis
- Episode 0333 -- Everybody celebrates Antonio's birthday with a traditional Mexican fiesta
- Episode 0334 -- Mr. Hooper asks Oscar to take care of the trash in his store.
- Episode 0335 -- Oscar accidentally locks himself out of his trash can
- Episode 0336 -- Luis fixes things "the grouchy way" at the Fix-It Shop
- Episode 0337 -- Big Bird is mad because Lillian won't play with him
- Episode 0338 -- Oscar is afraid of Tough Eddie
- Episode 0339 -- Big Bird imagines an upside-down Sesame Street
- Episode 0340 -- Big Bird helps Susan fix a leaky faucet
- Episode 0341 -- Mr. Snuffleupagus helps to find Rafael's glasses
- Episode 0342 -- Mr. Hooper teaches Big Bird about paying bills; Oscar becomes a weatherman
- Episode 0343 -- Measles vaccination
- Episode 0344 -- Molly has two packages with no address
- Episode 0345 -- Mr. Snuffleupagus wants to surprise Big Bird
- Episode 0346 -- Big Bird tries to help a lost boy get home
- Episode 0347 -- Pete Seeger visits Sesame Street
- Episode 0348 -- Big Bird and Snuffy play softball; Oscar cleans the street with a vacuum cleaner attached to his trash can
- Episode 0349 -- Oscar hires Cookie Monster to make grouch food
- Episode 0350 -- David saves Maria's ring from getting lost in the drain
- Episode 0351 -- Big Bird sets up a spaghetti trap for Mr. Snuffleupagus
- Episode 0352 -- Cookie Monster loses his memory
- Episode 0353 -- Oscar makes a deal with Bob to be nice and helpful all morning
- Episode 0354 -- Maria shows Big Bird how to plan his chores
- Episode 0355 -- A big rainstorm hits Sesame Street. Tom waters plants in the rain; Rafael puts on raingear; Molly worries that people will slip on the sidewalk.
- Episode 0356
- Episode 0357
- Episode 0358 -- Molly borrows Big Bird's rain boots
- Episode 0359 -- Bert leaves Ernie
- Episode 0360
- Episode 0361 -- Big Bird is convinced Snuffy is imaginary
- Episode 0362 -- Brother Kirk visits Sesame Street
- Episode 0363 -- The Bronx Boy's Club visits
- Episode 0364 -- Big Bird takes Oscar's place as the resident Grouch
- Episode 0365
- Episode 0366 -- The Little Theatre of the Deaf returns
- Episode 0367 -- Ernie guesses pajaro and plays sounds
- Episode 0368
- Episode 0369 -- Big Bird shovels snow
- Episode 0370
- Episode 0371 -- Gordon accidentally knocks down Big Bird's house of cards; Luis makes a sign reading "Please Don't Pick the Flowers"
- Episode 0372
- Episode 0373 -- Oscar watches the AstroMud game on TV
- Episode 0374
- Episode 0375
- Episode 0376
- Episode 0377
- Episode 0378
- Episode 0379 -- Snuffy blows bubbles
- Episode 0380
- Episode 0381
- Episode 0382
- Episode 0383 -- Oscar looks for a quiet place to nap
- Episode 0384 -- Oscar gives music lessons to the kids
- Episode 0385 -- Oscar helps at the Fix-It-Shop
- Episode 0386
- Episode 0387
- Episode 0388
- Episode 0389 -- Another visit from Pete Seeger
- Episode 0390 -- Oscar realizes his trash can is missing
- Episode 0391
- Episode 0392
- Episode 0393 -- Big Bird tries to cure Grover's hiccups
- Episode 0394 -- Rain for Big Bird's plant and feathers
- Episode 0395 -- Big Bird accidentally locks himself in the garage
- Episode 0396 -- Oscar wants to fly
- Episode 0397 -- The Mudman's Mudmobile
- Episode 0398 -- Oscar enters The Daily Grouch poetry contest
- Episode 0399 -- Luis helps Oscar translate a note written in Spanish
- Episode 0400
- Episode 0401 -- Big Bird and Chris play with Snuffy
- Episode 0402 -- Oscar tries to take a silly photo for the Grouch Gazette picture contest
- Episode 0403
- Episode 0404
- Episode 0405 -- Rafael's broken phone
- This is the first season where the credits acknowledge the fact that Caroll Spinney performs both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, and credit him with the human cast instead of with the other Muppet performers.
- Fran Brill, included in the previous season's credits, is omitted from the roster, but still performs.
- Season 3 was set to air "about 300 stations, more than broadcast any other program on American TV".
- This is the last season to feature Matt Robinson as Gordon.
- This is the first season to have the letter and number sponsors announced before the credits on Friday episodes.
- This is the last season in which, for Friday episodes, the street story's closing scene would continue under the credits. Later, a new illustrated credit crawl was introduced.
- Matt Robinson, Loretta Long, Will Lee, Bob McGrath, Northern Calloway, Emilio Delgado, Sonia Manzano, Raul Julia, Charlotte Rae, Larry Block, Panchito Gómez; (Uncredited: Linda Bove, Vinnette Carroll)
Jim Henson's Muppets
- Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson (Uncredited: Fran Brill, Jane Henson, Richard Hunt, John Lovelady)
- Gordon, Susan, Mr. Hooper, Bob, David, Luis, Maria, Rafael, Molly, Tom, Antonio, Linda, Lillian, Willy, Mr. Macintosh
- The Amazing Mumford, Anything Muppets, Bert, Betty Lou, Big Bird, The Busby Twins, Cookie Monster, Ernie, Farley, Granny Fanny Nesselrode, Grover, Guy Smiley, Harvey Kneeslapper, Herbert Birdsfoot, Herry Monster, Mr. Johnson, Kermit the Frog, Lefty the Salesman, Little Bird, Little Jerry and the Monotones, The Martians, The Mudman, Oscar the Grouch, Prairie Dawn, Professor Hastings, Roosevelt Franklin, Sherlock Hemlock, Simon Soundman, Sinister Sam, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Tough Eddie, The Twiddlebugs
- Executive Producer: David D. Connell
- Producer: Jon Stone
- Directors: Joost Van Rees, Robert Myhrum, Jim Henson
- Writers: Jeffrey Moss, and Bob Oskner, Dan Wilcox. Jerry Juhl, Emily Perl Kaplin, Ray Sipherd, Norman Stiles, Jon Stone
- Music Director: Joe Raposo
- Muppet Costume Designers: Kermit Love, Caroly Wilcox
- Muppet Associate Director: Richard C. Pepperman
- Supervising Film Producer: Edith Zornow
- Film Producer: Shyrlee Dallard
- Associate Producers: Dulcy Singer, Joan Lufrano, Aida Monares
- Production Assistants: Lisa Simon, Ozzie Alfonso, Laurie Krosney
- Director of Operations: Ronald L. Weaver
- Production Supervisor: Lynn Klugman
- Music Coordinator: Danny Epstein
- Special Songs: Jeffrey Moss, Joe Raposo
- Film Production: Dorothy Tod, Madeline Anderson, M.M. Murphy
- Art Director: Alan J. Compton
- Costume Designer: Mostoller
- Artists: Elaine Booth Martin
- Illustrations: Peggy Owens Skillen
- Senior Scenic Artist: Victor Di Napoli
- Director of Research: Edward L. Palmer, Ph.D.
- Chairman, Board of Advisors: Gerald S. Lesser, Ph.D.
- Production Stage Manager: Chet O'Brien
- Stage Manager: Jimmy Baylor
- Property Coordinator: Nat Mongioi
- Unit Manager: Glenda Jones
- Associate Director: Emily Squires
- Technical Director: Bob Brooks
- Technical Supervisor: Walt Rauffer
- Lighting Director: George Riesenberger
- Audio: Mike Shoskes, Bob Freeman
- Video: Bob Squittieri
- Sound Effects: Terry Ross, Barbara Wood
- Make-Up: Phyllis Grens Sternick
- Hair Stylist: Mickey Lawrence
- Wardrobe: Ruby Howkins
- Videotape Editors: John Hutchison, Vincent Sims, Jack Langan, Joe O'Dowd, Joe Commare
- Recorded at Teletape's 81st. Street Studio
- ↑ newspaper listings; Old School: Volume 1 displays an incorrect date on the menu for Episode 0276
- ↑ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Revamped 'Sesame Street' Opens 3rd Season Nov. 15
- ↑ The Montreal Gazette: ”Sesame Street: Education route threatened by traffic jams”, November 9, 1971.
- ↑ Andrew H. Malcolm (New York Times Service), "Educators gearing up for Sesame Street 'alumni'" St. Petersburg Times, October 18, 1971.
- ↑ Episode 0401 cast list, per script documents provided by a trusted source
- ↑ Henson directed "C is for Cookie" (source) and "The Miss Muffet Play" (source).
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