Sesame Street
Premiere November 16, 2019 (5001)
Finale July 11, 2020 (5035)
Episodes 35
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Episode 5001 01

Big Bird and Nina embark on a road trip across America in the season premiere.

Episode 5002 01

The Great Sesame Street Cake-Off


Thomas Rhett sings "This Is My Street."

Episode 5013 01

Charlie, a new human character, moves into the neighborhood.

Episode 5021 01
Episode 5023 01

Zoe breaks her arm in Episode 5023.

Episode 5034 01

Independence Day on Sesame Street

Season 50 cast and crew

Season 50 cast and crew

Season 50 cast and crew 02

More Season 50 cast and crew

Sesame Street's 50th season premiered on HBO on November 16, 2019 and on PBS on September 14, 2020. The season premiere was preceded by a primetime special celebrating the show's 50th anniversary a week earlier.

Season overview

The season's main curriculum focus is on "the power of possibilities, empowering kids to take safe risks and learn from their mistakes,"[1] and also features a new recurring segment, "Big Bird's Road Trip," showing Big Bird making new friends across the United States. The season also includes new letter and number of the day intro songs.

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

This was the last season to air on HBO. For Season 51, the series will move to HBO Max, with first-run episodes premiering on a video streaming service for the first time, while continuing to air on PBS at a later date.[2]


Filming of episodes began on October 15, 2018.[3] Production wrapped on December 14, 2018.[4]

This season was to be Caroll Spinney's last before retiring, as he was photographed[5] on set recording vocal performances as Big Bird and Oscar recorded for Episode 5022.[6] However, none of Spinney's vocals were used in the final broadcast episode.


Guest stars appearing in street stories and inserts during this season include Michael Che, Misty Copeland, Dave Grohl, Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin, Chloe Kim, Maren Morris, Charlie Puth, Thomas Rhett, and Chrissy Teigen. Additionally, Garcelle Beauvais, Terry Crews, Josh Gad, Kathryn Hahn, Mindy Kaling, Jack McBrayer, Busy Philipps, Seth Rogen, and Jason Schwartzman appear in a segment about counting to 50 by tens. Many of these guest stars, in addition to several who appeared in seasons 48 and 49, recorded "Sesame Street Memories" videos timed for the show's 50th anniversary.



Abby Cadabby, The Amazing Mumford, Anything Muppets, Baby Bear, Bert, Biff, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Dingers, Elmo, Ernie, Gladys the Cow, Gonger, Grouches, Grover, Grundgetta, Herry Monster, Honkers, Mr. Johnson, Julia, Louie, Lucky, Maggie Cadabby, Martians, Oscar the Grouch, Ovejita, Prairie Dawn, Prince Billy, Rosita's Abuela, Rosita, Rudy, Slimey, Sully, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Telly Monster, Two-Headed Monster, Zoe


Sesame Street Muppet™ Performers

Pam Arciero, Jennifer Barnhart, Tau Bennett, Warrick Brownlow-Pike, Tyler Bunch, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Frankie Cordero, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Ryan Dillon, Stacey Gordon, Eric Jacobson, Haley Jenkins, John Kennedy, Kathleen Kim, Peter Linz, Noel MacNeal, Lara MacLean, Paul McGinnis, Spencer Lott, Carmen Osbahr, Karen Prell, Martin P. Robinson, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, Bryant Young




  1. Sesame Workshop Press Release: Sesame Street Celebrates 50 Years and Counting
  2. HBO Max and Sesame Workshop Announce New Content Partnership Cementing a Shared Commitment to Kids and Families. Sesame Workshop press release, October 3, 2019
  3. Pam Arciero's Facebook (private link)
  4. Suki Lopez's Instagram
  5. @sesamestreet Oct 19, 2018
  6. The New York Times "Original Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, Leaves Sesame Street After Nearly 50 Years" by Dave Itzkoff, Oct. 17, 2018

See also

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