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Sesame Street's 50th season will premiere on HBO in 2019.

The season's curricular focus will be "the power of possibilities, empowering kids to take safe risks and learn from their mistakes."[1]

The season also introduces a new human child character, Charlie, as portrayed by Violet Tinnirello.[2]


Production started in September 2018 with celebrity and Muppet segments being taped on a stylized Sesame Street set during the week of September 10th.[3] Filming of episodes began on October 15, 2018.[4] Production wrapped on December 14, 2018.[5]

Caroll Spinney's final vocal performances as Big Bird and Oscar were recorded for this season.[6]


Several celebrities visited the set during production of season 50, some of whom will feature as guest stars. Celebrities who visited the set during production of the season include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Che, Misty Copeland, Terry Crews, Josh Gad, Dave Grohl, Kathryn Hahn, Colin Jost, Mindy Kaling, Maren Morris, Olivia Munn, Busy Philipps, Charlie Puth, Thomas Rhett, Seth Rogen, Paul Scheer, Jason Schwartzman, and Chrissy Teigen.


  1. Sesame Workshop Press Release: Sesame Street Celebrates 50 Years and Counting
  2. 60 Minutes Australia
  3. Heather Holme on Instagram
  4. Pam Arciero's Facebook (private link)
  5. Suki Lopez's Instagram
  6. The New York Times "Original Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, Leaves Sesame Street After Nearly 50 Years" by Dave Itzkoff, Oct. 17, 2018

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