Premiere May 27, 2020
Network HBO Max
Seasons 1
Episodes 13

The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo is a spin-off of Sesame Street developed exclusively for the HBO Max streaming service. The series, consisting of 13 episodes, debuted on the platform on May 27, 2020. The first three episodes were available at launch, with new episodes premiering weekly afterwards.[1] Each episode runs 15 minutes long.[2]

The series stars Elmo as the host of his own late-night talk show. Its main curricular goals are centered around bedtime routines, with each episode demonstrating a different aspect of Elmo's own routine.[1]

The pilot, directed by Benjamin Lehmann, was produced in January 2019.[3][4] Full production of the series took place in November and December 2019.[5] An EP with select songs from the show was released in September 2020.

Official description

Elmo has a new favorite game: he’s hosting a talk show, right from his living room. With Cookie Monster as a sidekick, other Sesame Street pals as backstage crew, and even a House Band, Elmo welcomes real-life performers to his couch to entertain kids and families with music, games, and fun for all ages. Jimmy Fallon stops by to show Elmo the hosting ropes, Lil Nas X shares a catchy song, John Mulaney gets competitive in a tricycle race, and much more—all before Elmo’s bedtime![6]

Not-Too-Late Show cast and crew

While not working for the show, Big Bird and Zoe also appear in this series as show performers alongside guest artists. Alan and Mr. Johnson have also appeared playing non-staff miscellaneous roles in the show.





Canadian television station Treehouse TV aired the series in September 2020.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sesame Workshop press release
  2. Associated Press: Muppet Elmo readies for his own starry HBO Max talk show
  3. Sesame Street Art Department on Instagram (January 14, 2019)
  4. Kacey Musgraves on Instagram (January 15, 2019)
  5. Stephane D'Abruzzo official site: November 18-December 13: Worked on a new Sesame project for HBO Max
  6. Sesame Workshop: The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo
  7. Mercedes Milligan, "Corus Ent. Bolsters Specialty Portfolios, Including Toons for All Ages", Animation Magazine, June 23, 2020.

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