Muppet Wiki
Sesame Street
Premiere January 7, 2017 (4702)[note 1]
Finale September 2, 2017 (4735)
Episodes 35

"Meet Julia" - Julia, a Muppet with autism, is inducted into the cast.

"Elmo's World" returns with new episodes

Abby and her new stepbrother, Rudy

Cookie Monster and the gang appear in new song segments introducing the number and letter of the day.

New, recurring "Kindness Cam" segment


Sesame Street’s 47th season debuted on January 7, 2017, on HBO, and September 18 on PBS.


The season continues the previous season's curriculum of "kindness," reflected in several street stories and a new "Kindness Cam" segment, where Elmo replays a clip from the show and kids act out the kindness element.

"Elmo's World" returns with 26, all-new episodes. Each five-minute segment features Elmo in a newly designed "world," still accompanied by Mr. Noodle (played once again by Bill Irwin) and his family, and Dorothy, but joined by Smartie, an animated smartphone.

The season introduces new Muppet character Julia, created to help increase awareness of those with autism. Julia, having been previously introduced in illustrated / animated form in We're Amazing, 1, 2, 3!, appears in two episodes this season. The season also introduces new character Rudy, Abby's new stepbrother.

The season also introduces new dance breaks for the letter and number of the day, starring Abby and Cookie Monster (respectively).


The season began production in late 2015, with initial filming taking place during the week of December 14.[1] Filming of celebrity inserts took place in Los Angeles during the week of March 1, 2016.[2] Major filming for the season began the week of March 14, 2016,[1] and ended the week of April 25.[3]


Episodes 4701 - 4735 (35 episodes)

Guest stars

Celebrity guests include James Corden, Jason Derulo, Tori Kelly (performing "Try a Little Kindness"), Anthony Mackie, Sia (performing "Song About Songs"), Little Big Town, and Zachary Levi.

Bill Irwin returns to play Mr. Noodle, joined by Daveed Diggs and Daniel Koren as his brothers.

Among the segments filmed were clips of various celebrities (including Corden, Derulo, Kelly, Mackie, and Sia) singing the classic Sesame Street song "Rubber Duckie" with Ernie and his rubber duck on a set filled with floating bubbles.[4]


  • This is the final season where Caroll Spinney is the primary performer of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. His successors, Matt Vogel and Eric Jacobson, begin fully performing the characters next season. Spinney returned to voice the characters before his retirement in Episode 4920 and in Episode 5022. However when the latter aired, his vocals were dubbed over.


Abby Cadabby, Anything Muppets, Baby Bear, Bert, Biff, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Crystal the Ball, Elmo, Ernie, Fluffy, Frankie, Freddy, Grover, Herry Monster, Honkers, Mr. Johnson, Julia, Louie, Norbert the Robot, Oscar the Grouch, Ovejita, Prairie Dawn, Prince Charming, Rosita, Rudy, Saul the Ball, Skip Squawk, Slimey, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Sully, Telly Monster, Twinkle Twinkle, Two-Headed Monster, Zoe


Sesame Street Muppet™ Performers

Pam Arciero, Billy Barkhurst, Jennifer Barnhart, Tyler Bunch, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Frankie Cordero, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Ryan Dillon, Stacey Gordon, Eric Jacobson, Haley Jenkins, John Kennedy, Peter Linz, Noel MacNeal, Carmen Osbahr, Martin P. Robinson, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, Bryant Young




  1. Episode #4701 was originally scheduled to be the season opener but was swapped with #4702.


External links

Previous season: Next season:
Season 46 (2016) Season 48 (2017-2018)