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Premiere May 27, 2020
Finale December 30, 2021
Network HBO Max
Seasons 2
Episodes 29

The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo is a spin-off of Sesame Street developed exclusively for the HBO Max streaming service. The first season, 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, with Cookie Monster as his sidekick, the rest of the Sesame Street gang as the crew, and celebrity guests. The first season's main curricular goals were centered on 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. In December 2020, the first season was made available for purchase on, the iTunes Store, and other sites.

On March 29, 2021, it was announced that the series was renewed for a second season of sixteen episodes to premiere on September 30. The new season, along with the other Sesame programming, was housed on HBO Max's "Cartoonito" section for pre-school content.[6][7] For season two, the show was rebranded as The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo: Game Edition, and reformatted as a game show with real kids and their parents as contestants. Production for the season took place between March 22 and April 23.[5]

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.

In the second season, a rotating set of characters (including Abby, Big Bird, Ernie, Bert, Rosita, and Oscar) appear to provide the child contestant's parents with a silly item on their way offstage. Big Bird also appeared as the guest for the celebrity challenge in episode 215.

Special Guests[]

Season One
Kwame Alexander, Sara Bareilles, Batman (played by Victor Joel Ortiz), Miles Brown, Sofia Carson, Ciara, Andy Cohen, Dan + Shay, Jimmy Fallon, Josh Groban, Mykal-Michelle Harris, H.E.R., Nick Jacinto, Jonas Brothers, The Joyous String Ensemble, Hoda Kotb, Lil Nas X, Blake Lively, John Mulaney, Kacey Musgraves, Jonathan Van Ness, John Oliver, Pentatonix, Ben Platt, Choska Potter, Jordin Sparks, Jason Sudeikis, Mona Tavakoli, Olivia Wilde
Season Two
AJR, Drew Barrymore, Sway Bhatia, Kane Brown, Aidy Bryant, Keedron Bryant, Rohan Chand, Kelvin Dukes, Sophie Fatu, Jenna Bush Hager, Tamron Hall, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Hello Sunday, James Monroe Iglehart, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Juanes, Tori Kelly, Dani Lane, Dannah Lane, Ames McNamara, Seth Meyers, Brady Noon, Leslie Odom Jr., Busy Philipps, Bebe Rexha, Madison Reyes, Kelly Rowland, Amber Ruffin, Isaiah Russell-Bailey, Brandon "Taz" Niederauer, WanMor






The show made its linear television debut on Cartoon Network (as a part of their "Cartoonito" block) on January 28, 2022. On August 17, various entertainment news sources (including Variety[9]) reported that the show was on a list of titles planned for removal from HBO Max, and it was officially removed August 19.[10]

The show aired on weekends on the PBS KIDS 24/7 Channel, beginning February 10, 2023.[11][12] It moved to weekday mornings from February 5 to May 10, 2024.

International broadcast[]

Canadian television station Treehouse TV aired the series in September 2020.[13]

A Spanish dub of the series, titled Buenas Noches con Elmo, premeired on Azteca 7 on September 12, 2021.[14]

An Israeli adaptation of the series Tochnit Ha'Eiruach Shel Elmo, with Moishe Oofnik in the sidekick role, was announced on August 20, 2022.[15] It premiered on October 9 of the same year on HOP! Channel.


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