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"


"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.

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The Amazing Mumford and his "assistant" Grover


"Ladybugs' Picnic"


"J Friends"


"The Alligator King"


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

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]


Luis, Maria, Rafael and Molly join the cast. Linda is introduced. Larry and Phyllis are replaced by a new 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 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)


  • 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".[3]
  • 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, Linda Bove

Jim Henson's Muppets

Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson (Uncredited: Fran Brill, Jane Henson, John Lovelady)

Human Characters

Gordon, Susan, Mr. Hooper, Bob, David, Luis, Maria, Raphael, Molly, Tom, Antonio, Linda

Muppet Characters

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, Mr. Snuffleupagus

Guest Stars

Batman and Robin, Bill Cosby, The Cast of Bonanza, Peggy Fleming, James Earl Jones, Listen My Brother, Jim Nabors, The New York Knicks, The New York Mets, Pat Paulsen, Pete Seeger, Nina Simone, Superman, Flip Wilson


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. Andrew H. Malcolm (New York Times Service), "Educators gearing up for Sesame Street 'alumni'" St. Petersburg Times, October 18, 1971.
  4. Henson directed "C is for Cookie", as noted on the camera slate.

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