DEBUT 1969

Professor Hastings is a character from Sesame Street. Hastings is an old professor who always falls asleep during his boring lectures. He often appeared with Kermit as his assistant, who would have to wake him up constantly.

In 1974, CTW advisor Gerald S. Lesser offered this cogent summary of the character: "verging on senility; gives comically confused lectures; interrupting each at unpredictable occasions for short naps; sporadically capable of remarkably clear insights that stand in stark contrast to his general muddlement." In a 1990 episode of Learning Matters, Lesser said that he, a Harvard professor, was used as the model for the character according to Jon Stone.

Professor Hastings mostly appeared in Season 1; according to Sesame Street Unpaved, "He was performed by Frank Oz, but he didn't make the cut because he was, well, too dull." As summarized by Phyllis Feinstein in the 1971 book All About Sesame Street, "The professor, more boring than broadening, is no real loss...." According to Gerald S. Lesser in Learning Matters: Sesame Street, research showed that the characters sleeping put the kids to sleep. Although he has never been a big hit in the US, he is still considered a very popular character in several European countries. In a few pieces of European merchandise, he is mixed up with Mr. Johnson from the Waiter Grover sketches.


Picture Title / EKA Description
"Spinning Wheel"
Episode 0012
A "quiet" trio of Professor Goldfinch, Hastings and an Anything Muppet drummer perform the song. Hastings plays the horn section.
Letter Y
Episode 0096
Kermit the Frog and Professor Hastings talk about the letter Y.
Episode 0106
Professor Hastings gives a lecture on emotions.
Episode 0124
Kermit and Professor Hastings on the importance of exercise.
Big and Little
Episode 0124
Professor Hastings talks about big and little using piles of blocks.
Body Parts
Episode 0130
Kermit helps the professor discuss parts of the body.
Number 2
Episode 0141
Professor Hastings talks about the number 2.
Dump Truck
Episode 0175
Professor Hastings talks and shows how two dump trucks can be alike and also different.
Pogo Stick
Episode 0239
The professor uses a pogo stick to demonstrate "up" and "down", and ends up jumping into a pond.
Foot - SesameStreet-WhatsMyPart-foot906
What's My Part?
Episode 0256
Guy Smiley hosts "What's My Part?" The contestants are Bennett Snerf, Arlene Frantic and Professor Hastings, and the mystery part is a foot.
Letter U
Episode 0297
Kermit and Professor Hastings discuss the letter U.

Album appearances

Professor Hastings attempted to conduct a lecture about the letter U, with help from Ernie, in the 1971 LP The Muppet Alphabet Album.

Book appearances

Character Merchandise