Sesame Street
Premiere November 13, 1972 (0406)
Finale May 11, 1973 (0535)
Episodes 130
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The Season 4 Cast

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Class of '73

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The Count meets Ernie and Bert.

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Sesame Street News Flash

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Herry Monster chats with John-John.

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"I Can Remember": "A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of buttah!"

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Here is Your Life

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Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School opens its doors.

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Kids enact a game of "Three of These Things".

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Sam the Robot, a "perfect" machine.

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Bob, Ernie, Bert and the kids play a game of "Everybody Does."

Sesame Street Season 4 aired from November 13, 1972 to May 11, 1973.

Overview

Season 4's curriculum continues its introduction to Spanish language and culture from last season[1] and "attempt to teach youngsters positive social attitudes like kindness and generosity."[2]

Characters

While many of the cast from the previous seasons return, Rafael, Tom, and Molly are now gone. Also, Hal Miller takes over the role of Gordon, who was previously played by Matt Robinson. A new cast member, Kate, is added to the group becoming the street's first folk singer.

This season introduces two new Muppet characters, both performed by Jerry Nelson: The Count, who loves to count everything in sight and Sam the Robot, also known as Sam the Machine, who believes that he is a "perfect" machine.

Segments

Two new recurring segments are introduced this season: Sesame Street News Flash, featuring Kermit the Frog as a roving reporter interviewing characters from fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and other popular stories, and Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School.

Episodes

Episodes 0406 - 0535 (130 episodes)

Notes

  • This is the first season in which Richard Hunt is credited as a performer.
  • This is the first season to have a special instrumental version of the Sesame Street Theme accompanying the funding credits. The funk version that debuts this season (with bells, horns, wah wah guitar, etc.) would continue to be used until 1992.
  • This season introduces a new opening sequence shot on videotape. Big Bird appears in most versions of the sequence starting this season.
  • Production on the fourth season began on August 2, 1972.[3]

Cast

Cast

Northern Calloway, Loretta Long, Will Lee, Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado, Sonia Manzano, Hal Miller, Joe Ponazecki, Paul B. Price, Malvina Reynolds, Linda Bove (uncredited guest)

Jim Henson's Muppets

Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Fran Brill (uncredited)

Human Characters

David, Susan, Mr. Hooper, Bob, Luis, Maria, Gordon, Wally and Ralph, Kate, Linda, Willy

Muppet Characters

The Amazing Mumford, Anything Muppets, Baby Breeze, Bert, Betty Lou, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Ernie, Farley, Granny Fanny Nesselrode, Frazzle, Grover, Guy Smiley, Harvey Kneeslapper, Herry Monster, Hardhead Henry Harris, Mr. Johnson, Juanita, Kermit the Frog, Lefty the Salesman, Little Jerry and the Monotones, The Martians, Officer Krupky, Oscar the Grouch, Prairie Dawn, Roosevelt Franklin, Sam the Robot, Same Sound Brown, Simon Soundman, Smart Tina, Suzetta Something, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Tough Eddie

Guest Stars

Stevie Wonder

Credits

Season 4 credit crawl

Season 4 credit crawl

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Sources

  1. Eugene Register-Guard: 'Sesame Street' to start fourth season
  2. Lakeland Ledger: 'Sesame Street' New Season Begins Today
  3. Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street, page 94


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Start a Discussion Discussions about Season 4 (1972-1973)

  • Season 4 start date

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    • I think I glossed over this the first time. I'd vote for changing the date (we have TV Guide listing the premiere date and an internal document).
    • It appears that November 13 is correct. As Scarecroe (sort of) suggested, it might have been that a regional date was printed on the Old Scho...
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