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

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The Season 4 Cast

Class of '73

The Count meets Ernie and Bert.

Sesame Street News Flash

Herry Monster counts with John-John.

"Ladybugs' Picnic"

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

"The Alligator King"

Here is Your Life

A strange man with a yo-yo helps a lost boy remember his way home

Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School opens its doors.

"A, B, C, D, E, F, Cookie Monster!"

Stevie Wonder visits in episode 0514.

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

Sam the Robot, a "perfect" machine.

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

A gymnast demonstrates slow.

Jasper and Julius

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]. The topic of measurement is also emphasized in both inserts and street scenes this season. The show's ever-frequent sorting games expand to include groups that are sorted by activity, where a cast member would ask, "Which of these kids is doing their own thing?" Spanish sight words are covered, usually in the form of brief, animated segments; words include CASA (house), AGUA (water), and BESO (kiss).[3]

Characters

While many of the cast from the previous seasons return, Rafael, Tom, Antonio, and Molly are now gone. Hal Miller takes over the role of Gordon, previously played by Matt Robinson for the first three seasons. (Robinson would continue to work on the show as the voice of Roosevelt Franklin.) A new cast member, Kate, is added to the group becoming the street's first folk singer.

This season introduces several new Muppet characters, all performed by Jerry Nelson: The Count, a slightly sinister figure who loves to count everything in sight; Sam the Robot, a large, rolling character who believes that he is a "perfect" machine; Frazzle, a shaggy orange monster who speaks in growls; and Biff, a gruff but loveable construction worker who isn't as smart as he seems to be. Mr. Snuffleupagus, introduced last season, is redesigned to his modern appearance. Starting where Episode 0401 left off, Big Bird is no longer the only one who believes that Snuffy isn't imaginary, as the kids sometimes join Big Bird and Snuffy in their games.

Puppeteer Richard Hunt joins the Muppets full-time; among his early jobs is as the hind legs of Mr. Snuffleupagus. He would also perform miscellaneous minor characters, among them a cow who would eventually be developed into Gladys.

Segments

Several 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; Here is Your Life, in which host Guy Smiley reunites inanimate objects to the items and people that helped create them; Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School, in which Roosevelt plays teacher to a group of rowdy but eager-to-learn students in his classroom; a film series starring a child marching band that demonstrates numbers and shapes; and the Gymnast series, a live-action series featuring a young female gymnast demonstrating relational concepts. With the introduction of the Sesame Street comic strip last season, artist Cliff Roberts contributes brief cartoons featuring the antics of Jasper and Julius, as well as Christopher Clumsy.

Episodes

Episodes 0406 - 0535 (130 episodes)

Notes

  • Production on the fourth season began on August 2, 1972.[4]
  • A new opening sequence is produced, with most versions featuring appearances by Big Bird. These new openings are shot on videotape instead of film, as in previous seasons.
  • Richard Hunt first receives on-screen credit as a Muppet performer.
  • Starting this season, a special instrumental version of the "Sesame Street Theme" accompanies the funding credits. The funky arrangement that debuts this season would continue to be used until 1992.
  • For unknown reasons, the Jazz Numbers segment series was not shown in this season.

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, Billy, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Cow, Ernie, Farley, Fenwick, Frazzle, Granny Fanny Nesselrode, Grover, Guy Smiley, Hardhead Henry Harris, Harvey Kneeslapper, Herbert Birdsfoot, Herry Monster, Mr. Johnson, Juanita, Kermit the Frog, Lefty the Salesman, Lefty's Boss, Little Bird, Little Jerry and the Monotones, The Martians, The Mudman, Officer Krupky, Oscar the Grouch, Pamela, Prairie Dawn, Prince Charming, Roosevelt Franklin, Sam the Robot, Same Sound Brown, Sherlock Hemlock, Simon Soundman, Slimey, Smart Tina, Suzetta Something, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Tough Eddie
Guest Stars
Jimmy Collier, Paul Dooley, Stevie Wonder

Credits

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Season 4 credit crawl

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Sources


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