Sesame Street
Premiere November 15, 1971 (0276)
Finale May 12, 1972 (0405)
Episodes 130
Sesame Street season 3 cast

Season 3 cast


Big Bird meets Mr. Snuffleupagus.

Season 3 cast stoop

Molly, a kid, Rafael, Maria, and Tom.


"C is for Cookie"


"I in the Sky"


The Amazing Mumford and his "assistant" Grover


"Would You Like to Buy an O?"


The Mad Painter first appeared during the third season.


The Martians discover a telephone.


Comedy duo Wally and Ralph.


"J Friends"


Harvey Kneeslapper debuts.

Welcome-Bienvenidos Luis-Bob

Bob and Luis prepare to go to a party in episode 0333.

Season 3 cast

Season 3 cast


Big Bird fights litter in Episode 0294.

Sesame Street Season 3 aired from November 15,[1] 1971 to May 12, 1972.


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.[2]

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."[3]


Luis, Maria, Rafael and Molly join the cast. Linda is also introduced this season. Larry and Phyllis are replaced by another comedy duo, Wally and Ralph.

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.

Other Muppets who debut this season include Harvey Kneeslapper, The Amazing Mumford, The Martians, and Mr. Johnson (the recurring customer who Grover waits on at Charlie's Restaurant).


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 created by Bud Luckey features Donnie Budd, a hillbilly fiddle player who sings about the numbers 2-6.


Episodes 0276 - 0405 (130 episodes)


  • 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 on "about 300 stations, more than broadcast any other program on American TV".[4]
  • This is the last season to feature Matt Robinson as Gordon.
  • This is the last season in which, for Friday episodes, the street story's closing scene would continue under the credits. In the middle of the season, a new illustrated credit crawl was introduced.
  • The Numerosity segment series was not shown in this season.



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,[5] John Lovelady)

Human Characters

Gordon, Susan, Mr. Hooper, Bob, David, Luis, Maria, Rafael, Molly, Tom, Antonio, Linda, Lillian, Willy, Mr. Macintosh

Muppet Characters

The Amazing Mumford, Anything Muppets, Bert, Betty Lou, Big Bird, Big Jeffy, 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, The Martians, The Mudman, Oscar the Grouch, Prairie Dawn, Professor Hastings, Roosevelt Franklin, Sherlock Hemlock, Simon Soundman, Sinister Sam, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Tough Eddie, Tony, The Twiddlebugs

Guest Stars

Bill Cosby, The New York Knicks, The New York Mets, Pete Seeger, Nina Simone, Nydia Caro, Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, The Bronx Boys' Club, Little Theatre of the Deaf


Season 3 credit crawl

Season 3 credit crawl

credit crawl


  1. newspaper listings; Old School: Volume 1 displays an incorrect date on the menu for Episode 0276
  2. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Revamped 'Sesame Street' Opens 3rd Season Nov. 15
  3. The Montreal Gazette: ”Sesame Street: Education route threatened by traffic jams”, November 9, 1971.
  4. Andrew H. Malcolm (New York Times Service), "Educators gearing up for Sesame Street 'alumni'" St. Petersburg Times, October 18, 1971.
  5. Episode 0401 cast list, per script documents provided by a trusted source
  6. Henson directed "C is for Cookie" (source) and "The Miss Muffet Play" (source).

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