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Sesame Street
Premiere November 28, 1977 (1056)
Finale May 26, 1978 (1185)
Episodes 130

The cast during their trip to Hawaii (from TV Guide Jan 7, 1978).

Ray Charles makes an appearance this season, as does Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, and Mummenschanz.

Madeline Kahn, who sings Sing After Me with Grover.

The Sign Sounds cartoons made their debut this season.

"I-Beam" film

"The Ten Commandments of Health"

How sugar comes from sugar beets.

"It Feels Good When You Sing a Song"

Ernie helps Bert's nephew Brad by giving him bath toys

"Monsterpiece Theater" debuts

The Two-Headed Monster makes their first appearance in a story read by Olivia.

Billy Jo Jive and Smart Susie Sunset are on the case.

Introducing the adventures of Thelma Thumb.

"Pigeons on Parade"
Press release excerpt: "According to the producers, [the pigeons] will probably walk about and eat breadcrumbs."

Sesame Street Season 9 aired from November 28, 1977, to May 26, 1978.


This season will focus on cultural diversity as the cast visits Buffy Sainte-Marie at her home on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Jon Stone said, "Going to Hawaii was very good for us because it is a multi-ethnic society and one that provides an ocean-oriented milieu that we have never had on the series."[1] Three of the children who participated in the Hawaii shows are direct descendants of King Kaumualii, and two are descendants of King Kamehameha.[2]

The curriculum will also emphasis on higher-order reading skills, such as verbal blending and letter sounds. In addition, this season will introduce basic principles of health and nutrition, dental care, personal hygiene, pre-science, and the environment.

Episodes 1177 and 1184 feature the first appearances of a full-bodied Muppet dog, then named "Woof Woof." In the premiere episode of next season, the cast decides to rename him "Barkley." The dog was originally performed by Toby Towson.

The season also introduces a batch of new, recurring animated segments - Billy Jo Jive, Thelma Thumb, He, She and It, and the Sign Sounds cartoon series.


Episodes 1056 - 1185 (130 episodes)



Linda Bove, Northern Calloway, Emilio Delgado, Will Lee, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Roscoe Orman, Alaina Reed, Buffy Sainte-Marie Wolfchild
Jim Henson's Muppets
Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt (Uncredited: Fran Brill, Peter Friedman, Olga Felgemacher, Bob Payne, Toby Towson)
Guest Stars
Keola Beamer, Winona Beamer, Richard Belzer, Victor Borge, Ray Charles, Michael Christensen and Paul Binder, The Deadly Nightshade, Linda Delgado, Brian Doyle-Murray, Judy Finelli, Ron Howard, James Earl Jones, Madeline Kahn, George "Boogie" Kalama, Mummenschanz, Paul Simon, Henry Winkler


Linda, David, Luis, Mr. Hooper, Susan, Maria, Bob, Gordon, Olivia, Buffy
The Amazing Mumford, Bert, Biff, Big Bird, Brad, Bruce, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Don Music, Ernie, Farley, Fred the Wonder Horse, Georgie, Gladys the Cow, Grover, Guy Smiley, Harvey Monster, Herry Monster, Mr. Johnson, Kermit the Frog, Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats, Maurice Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Prairie Dawn, Rodeo Rosie, Same Sound Brown, Simon Soundman, Slimey, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Sully, Two-Headed Monster, Woof Woof



Season 9 credit crawl

credit crawl


  1. ↑ Sarasota Herald-Tribune: New Avenues For 'Sesame Street'
  2. ↑ "'Sesame Street' films shows in Hawaii," Boca Raton News, January 13, 1978.

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