Sesame Street
Premiere November 21, 1983 (1836)
Finale May 18, 1984 (1965)
Episodes 130
Hooperpicture

A drawing of Mr. Hooper by Caroll Spinney, featured in Episode 1839

Tellyface

Maria shows Telly how to use the computer.

Ernieonthemoon

"I Don't Want to Live on the Moon"

SallyRide

NASA astronaut Sally Ride (pictured with Grundgetta) makes three appearances this season.

TeenySuperGuy

Teeny Little Super Guy

Hirschfeld-sesame

The cast of Sesame Street, as drawn by Al Hirschfeld.

Sesame Street Season 15 aired from November 21, 1983 to May 18, 1984.

Overview

This season "attempts to explain death and computers to its young viewer."[1]

Episodes

Episodes 1836 - 1965 (130 episodes)

Notes

  • This is the first season to have the Sesame Street sign and the CTW logos (with the debut of it's then new font) appear on-screen. The in-credit logos would appear in a still frame of a random scene from an episode.
  • After a nine year absence, Joe Raposo returned as musical director and would remain with the show until his death.
  • This was the first season with the Muppets Inc. copyright, in addition to the Children's Television Workshop copyright, at the end of the episodes.
  • Despite being released between seasons 16 and 17, the filming of the Sesame Street movie Follow That Bird commenced shortly after this season had finished.
  • This is the last season with Brian Muehl as a credited Muppet performer, although he would return for multiple uncredited performances during Season 25.
  • According to CTW's executive vice president David Britt, by this time, merchandising accounted for 70% of the show's yearly budget. This season is the first to operate without a government grant. Its budget came from public broadcasting station contributions ($2.7 million), CTW merchandising ($5.6 million), and international broadcast royalties.[2]

Cast

Muppet Characters

Anything Muppets, Barkley, Bert, Betty Lou, Big Bird, Buster the Horse, Captain Vegetable, Dr. Nobel Price, Elmo, Ernie, Forgetful Jones, Fred the Wonder Horse, Gilbert and Sullivan, Gladys the Cow, Grover, GrundgettaHonkers, Kermit the Frog, Oscar the Grouch, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Telly Monster, Two-Headed Monster

Human Characters

Gordon, Susan, David, Maria, Luis, Linda, Bob, Olivia

Actors

Linda Bove, Northern Calloway, Emilio Delgado, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Roscoe Orman, Alaina Reed

Muppeteers

Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Brian Muehl, Martin Robinson, Bryant Young (Uncredited: Fran Brill, Jim Kroupa, Cheryl Blaylock, Kevin Clash, Noel MacNeal; "Jim Henson's Muppets" listed in lieu of Henson's own credit)

Credits

Sources

  1. The Deseret News: 'Sesame Street' nears 15th year
  2. Argus-Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) via Associated Press "When Big Bird talks, kids listen" by Ann Blackman, Nov 27, 1983


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