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Season 12 (1980-1981)

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Sesame Street
Premiere November 24, 1980 (1446)
Finale May 22, 1981 (1575)
Episodes 130

The Season 12 cast.


Many new Muppets joined the cast of characters this season, including a little red monster named Elmo.


Itzhak Perlman and Telly Monster play together.


Fred Rogers on Sesame Street


A boy thinks his dog's shadow is an alligator's shadow.

Hello Hello Hello Song

"Hello Hello Hello Song"

Sesame Street Season 12 aired from November 24, 1980 to May 22, 1981.

Season Overview

This season adds traffic safety messages to their curriculum and also teach print symbols that children will encounter in class such as underlining, circling, folding, and crossing out. The show will continue to educate children in pre-reading, counting, and pre-science.[1]


Episodes 1446 - 1575 (130 episodes)


Muppet Characters

Anything Muppets, Barkley, Bert, Big Bird, Buster the Horse, Clementine, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Countess Dahling Von Dahling, Deena, Dr. Nobel Price, Elmo, Ernie, Ferlinghetti Donizetti, Forgetful Jones, Grover, Honkers, Kermit the Frog, Masha, Oscar the Grouch, Pearl, Poco Loco, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Telly Monster, Two-Headed Monster, Warren Wolf

Human Characters

Gordon, Susan, Maria, Luis, Linda, Bob, David, Mr. Hooper, Olivia, Buffy, Mr. Macintosh, Willy


Linda Bove, Northern Calloway, Emilio Delgado, Will Lee, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Roscoe Orman, Alaina Reed, Buffy Sainte-Marie


Caroll Spinney, with Kevin Clash (uncredited), Michael Earl Davis, Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, Brian Muehl, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, Karen Prell, Bryant Young

Guest Stars

Cab Calloway, Itzhak Perlman[2], Fred Rogers

Season 12 Credits


  1. CTW Newsletter: November 1980, Issue #48
  2. Muppets' Gang to Brighten 12th Season of 'Sesame Street' - November 23, 1980

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