Sesame Street
Premiere November 16, 2019 (5001)
Finale July 11, 2020 (5035)
Episodes 35
Sesame 50 logo
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

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

Season overview

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

Caroll Spinney's final vocal performances as Big Bird and Oscar were recorded for this season.[5]


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 Michael Che, Misty Copeland, Dave Grohl, Bindi and Robert Irwin, Chloe Kim, Maren Morris, Charlie Puth, Thomas Rhett, and Chrissy Teigen.


  • Episode 5001 - Big Bird Across America
  • Episode 5002 - The Great Sesame Street Cake-Off
  • Episode 5003 - Pigs for Another Day
  • Episode 5004 - Getting Dressed, Not Stressed
  • Episode 5005 - A Dog and a Song!
  • Episode 5006 - It's Only a Game
  • Episode 5007 - Grouch University (repeat)
  • Episode 5008 - A Recipe for Dance
  • Episode 5009 - Humpty Dumpty's Football Dream (repeat)
  • Episode 5010 - Abby's Party Preparation (repeat)
  • Episode 5011 - The Great Fruit Strike
  • Episode 5012 - Elmo's Good Luck Charm
  • Episode 5013 - New Neighbor on Sesame Street
  • Episode 5014 - Let's Draw!
  • Episode 5015 - There's a New Count in Town
  • Episode 5016 - You Can Do It, Elmo
  • Episode 5017 - Magic Spell
  • Episode 5018 - What Floats Rocco's Boat
  • Episode 5019 - Comic Book Adventures
  • Episode 5020 - Grover's Wild Animal Adventure
  • Episode 5021 - The Fluffster Kerfuffle
  • Episode 5022 - The Disappoint-O-Meter
  • Episode 5023 - Zoe Breaks Her Arm
  • Episode 5024 - Dog Day Engineers
  • Episode 5025 - A Very Special Fiesta
  • Episode 5026 - Back to Nature
  • Episode 5027 - Welcome Baby Chicks
  • Episode 5028 - Searching for Letter Y
  • Episode 5029 - The Treasure of Yucky Mama
  • Episode 5030 - Making the Show
  • Episode 5031 - Rudy Blows His First Bubble
  • Episode 5032 - Big Bird's Fairytale
  • Episode 5033 - Lucky's Unlucky Day
  • Episode 5034 - Fourth of July
  • Episode 5035 - Let's Go Camping


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. 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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