Season 51 (2020-2021)

Sesame Street
Premiere November 12, 2020 (5101)
Finale July 8, 2021 (5135)
Episodes 35
Sesame Street Season 51 Trailer
Sesame Street Season 51 Trailer
Kelsea Ballerini with Abby Cadabby
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Stephen and Ayesha Curry with Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Grover
Billy Porter with a penguin
Issa Rae with Rosita, Elmo, and Cookie Monster
Maggie Rogers with Ernie and Bert
Hailee Steinfeld with Abby, Rudy, Elmo, and Rosita
Muppet performers on the set of season 51
Suki Lopez with several Muppet performers on the set of season 51
Puppeteers of season 51
Carmen Osbahr (Rosita), Ryan Dillon (Elmo), and Frankie Cordero

Sesame Street’s 51st season premiered on HBO Max on November 12, 2020, marking the first time the show aired first-run episodes on a video streaming service before being broadcast on television.

Starting this season, episodes premiere on the platform on Thursdays, instead of on Saturdays as with the show's run on HBO. The episodes will later premiere on PBS in Fall 2021. The season's main curricular goal is demonstrating playful problem solving.


Regular production took place from January 13 through March 6, 2020,[1] before a hiatus of several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Taping of new "Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck" segments, originally planned for the following week,[2] resumed by the week of September 28.[3]


Several celebrities visited the set during production of season 51, some of whom will feature as guest stars. Celebrities who visited the set during production of the season include: Kelsea Ballerini,[4]Stephen and Ayesha Curry,[5]Billy Porter,[6]Issa Rae,[7]Maggie Rogers,[8] and Hailee Steinfeld.[9]



Sesame Street Muppet™ Performers

Pam Arciero, Jennifer Barnhart, Tau Bennett, Lindsey "Z" Briggs, Warrick Brownlow-Pike, Tyler Bunch, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Frankie Cordero, Austin Costello, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Ryan Dillon, Stacey Gordon, Chris Thomas Hayes, Eric Jacobson, Haley Jenkins, John Kennedy, Kathleen Kim, Peter Linz, Spencer Lott, Lara MacLean, Paul McGinnis, Carmen Osbahr, Martin P. Robinson, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, Bryant Young
  • Puppet Captain: Matt Vogel
  • Assistant Puppet Captain: Martin P. Robinson



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