Sesame Street
Premiere November 13, 1972 (0406)
Finale May 11, 1973 (0535)
Episodes 130
Sesame cast season 4 construction area

The Season 4 Cast


Class of '73


The Count meets Ernie and Bert.


Sesame Street News Flash


Herry Monster chats 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

RF loudsoft

Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School opens its doors.


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.

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


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]


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. Mr. Snuffleupagus, introduced last season, has been rebuilt to resemble his modern design.


Three 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, Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School, featuring Muppet Roosevelt Franklin demonstrating concepts (some involving relational concepts, others involving human relationships) to students in his classroom, and the Gymnast series, a live-action series featuring a young female gymnast.


Episodes 0406 - 0535 (130 episodes)


  • Richard Hunt officially joins the cast of Muppeteers on Sesame Street this season, providing voices in addition to doing physical puppetry.
  • 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 features 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]
  • For unknown reasons, the Jazz Numbers segment series was not shown in this season.



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

Paul Dooley, Stevie Wonder


Season 4 credit crawl

Season 4 credit crawl

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  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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