Sesame Street
Premiere September 24, 2012 (4301)
Finale April 25, 2013 (4326)
Episodes 27

"Elmo the Musical" debuts this season.

NY Ballet Alina Dronova, Callie Bachman, Sara Adams, and Kristen Segin

Murray meets some of "The People in Your Neighborhood" in new tune-in segments.


Episode 4307, "Brandeis Looks for a Job," airs in celebration of National Disabilities Awareness Month.


Birdwalk Empire

Sesame Street Count Me In

Sesame Street Count Me In

A remake of the 1998 song "Count Me In," debuted this season.


The "Sesame Street-O-Saurus."


"I Am Special," one of the new segments featuring Frank Oz


Filming with Matt Kemp and Abby Cadabby

Sesame Street’s 43rd season debuted on September 24, 2012.[1] The first half of street stories (as well as a number of inserts) were filmed during the Season 42 production period, with the second half being filmed during the Season 44 period (started on September 20, 2012).[2] "Elmo the Musical" segments and the spoofs for the season were filmed between January and April 2012.[2] Filming for new Word on the Street and other tune-in segments took place in various New York locals in late May.[3]


Season 43 continues Sesame Workshop's STEM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), expanding it to STEAM (adding Art). The season also deals with self-regulation, promoting dealing with feelings, following directions, staying on task, and self-control. "What's the Word on the Street?" returns for its 6th season, featuring 22 new words (4 of which are re-used from Season 39 and Season 41).

Replacing the long-running "Elmo's World" segment is a brand-new segment, "Elmo the Musical." The 11 minute segment features Elmo imagining himself in many musical adventures that teach math skills, such as counting and geometry. 10 segments have been produced. Also appearing are new installments of Abby's Flying Fairy School and "Super Grover 2.0."

Also introduced is a new recurring tune-in segment, "The People in Your Neighborhood," where Murray and Ovejita meet people with very unique careers (including a sand painter, a Bollywood choreographer and a kinetic artist). Three of the segments were filmed at and feature performers from Lincoln Center.[4]


New parody segments this season include The Voice, "Birdwalk Empire" (spoofing Boardwalk Empire), "Upside Down Abbey" (spoofing Downton Abbey) and "Five By," a spoof of Train's "Drive By."


27 Episodes (4301-4327)


  • During this season, a fictional sponsor tag is featured at the end of each episode (including repeats).
  • This was the first season in which Susan, Gabi and Luis did not appear in any of the new street stories.
  • This is the first season to produce less than 26 new street stories. Various repeats assist in filling up the basic 26-episode season.
  • This is Desiree Casado's final season as a cast member.
  • This is the last season where episodes are numbered chronologically. In the following season, they'll be numbered in seasonal order. For starters, the first episode of the next season would have been numbered 4328 in the old format.


Abby Cadabby, Anything Muppets, Baby Bear, Barkley, Bert, Big Bad Wolf, Big Bird, Brandeis, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Elmo, Ernie, Grover, Hansel and Gretel, Horatio the Elephant, Mr. Johnson, Little Red Riding Hood, Murray Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Ovejita, Papa Bear, Rosita, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Telly Monster, The Three Little Pigs, Two-Headed Monster, Zoe


Muppets™ Of Sesame Street

Pam Arciero, Jennifer Barnhart, Rickey Boyd, Fran Brill, Tyler Bunch, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Kevin Clash, Bruce Connelly, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Eric Jacobson, John Kennedy, Peter Linz, Jim Martin, Joey Mazzarino, Paul McGinnis, Jerry Nelson, Carmen Osbahr, Frank Oz, Martin P. Robinson, David Rudman, John Tartaglia, Matt Vogel, Steve Whitmire, Bryant Young

Guest stars



  1. Season 43 official press release
  2. 2.0 2.1 Stephanie D'Abruzzo official site
  3. "What's the word on the Street? The word on the Street is: Begin. ‪#MurrayWOTS‬ May 12, 2012. @welcomemattv, Matt Vogel's official Twitter feed.
  4. 'Sesame Street' visits New York's Lincoln Center. April 2, 2013

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    • The text notes that none of them appeared in new street stories that season, but Desiree Casado is still listed in the credits as Gabi. Thus ...
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    • Jbrangwynne53 wrote:Those are also on Netflix, so I'll see if I can make guides for them this week. Cool. Are any of the other...
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