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Sesame Street
Premiere November 18, 2017 (4801)
Finale July 14, 2018 (4835)
Episodes 35

A Sesame Street Thanksgiving

Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck

Chamki Visits Sesame Street

Zuzu, Chamki, and Lily make special guest appearances this season.

John Legend and friends sing "Come Together."

Rudy, Abby, Louie, and Elmo

Kate McKinnon and Big Bird

Sesame Street's 48th season premiered on HBO on November 18, 2017, and premiered on August 6, 2018, on PBS. The season was preceded the week prior with the prime-time special, The Magical Wand Chase.


The season continues applying its kindness curriculum to new material, as this season adds a focus on celebrating diversity. The season features special guest appearances by international Sesame Street characters Chamki (from Galli Galli Sim Sim), Lily (from Zhima Jie: Da Niao Kan Shijie), and Zuzu (from Takalani Sesame).

The season introduces a new segment starring Cookie Monster, "Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck." Aided by Gonger of The Furchester Hotel, the five-minute segments introduce the origins of certain food items as the monsters cook up orders in their food truck.

Starting this season, Matt Vogel and Eric Jacobson perform Big Bird and Oscar's voices respectively in new material, though Caroll Spinney still receives on-screen credit. This is also the last season to feature Billy Barkhurst as Ernie, with Peter Linz having taken over the role in mid-2017.


The season began production in the fall of 2016, with partial taping officially beginning on October 31, 2016,[1] and ending on December 9.[2] Filming resumed the week of January 30, 2017, and continued through the week of February 27.[2]


Episodes 4801 - 4835 (35 episodes)




Abby Cadabby, Anything Muppets, Baby Bear, Bert, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Mrs. Crustworthy, The Duke, Elmo, Ernie, Freddy, Gabrielle, Gonger, Grover, Grundgetta, Herry Monster, Honkers, Mr. Johnson, Julia, Louie, The Martians, Oscar the Grouch, Ovejita, Prairie Dawn, Rosita, Rudy, Slimey, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Telly Monster, Two-Headed Monster, Zoe

International Muppets

Chamki, Lily, Zuzu


Sesame Street Muppetโ„ข Performers

Pam Arciero, Billy Barkhurst, Jennifer Barnhart, Warrick Brownlow-Pike, Tyler Bunch, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Frankie Cordero, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Ryan Dillon, Stacey Gordon, Eric Jacobson, Ghazal Javed, John Kennedy, Peter Linz, Boitumelo Maretele, Carmen Osbahr, Martin P. Robinson, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, Bryant Young (Uncredited: Jake Bazel, Tau Bennett, Kathleen Kim, Weston Chandler Long)

Guest Stars

Leon Bridges, Alessia Cara, Ilana Glazer, Ellie Goulding, Josh Groban, Laurie Hernandez, Padma Lakshmi, John Legend, Lucy Liu, Kate McKinnon



Behind the scenes

Promotional photos


External links

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