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Season 20 (1988-1989)

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Sesame Street
Premiere November 21, 1988
Finale May 19, 1989
Episodes 130

The Season 20 cast.


Newborn Gabriela


Forgetful Jones stars in a production of "Oklahoma!".


William Wegman begins to contribute films using Fay Ray and his other dogs. By Season 36 he would make at least 60 different segments.




A hapless animated bellhop appeared in recurring segments to teach numbers.


Billy Joel and Marlee Matlin perform "Just the Way You Are" to a disgusted Oscar.

Sesame Street Season 20 aired from November 21, 1988 to May 19, 1989.

Season Overview

The theme for this season is pregnancy. After Maria and Luis's marriage, they will become prospective parents and on the season finale will have their baby. According to Dulcy Singer on the theme, "We'll show visits to the doctor's office, we'll see a sonogram and we hope answer questions preschoolers have about pregnancy." Season 20 will also expand its science curriculum.[1]


Episodes 2486 - 2615 (130 episodes)


  • This was Joe Raposo's final season as music director. After he passed away on Sunday, February 5, 1989, he continued to be credited as music director until the end of the season, and associate music director Dave Conner became de-facto music director until 1993, when Robby Merkin was hired.
  • This was also Northern Calloway's final season as David. After the season finale, Calloway left the show due to medical reasons with the explanation that David moved away to be with his grandmother, and that ownership of Hooper's Store was turned over to Mr. Handford.


Muppet Characters

Alice Snuffleupagus, Anything Muppets, the Amazing Mumford, Baby Natasha, Barkley, Bert, Biff, Big Bird, Bip Bippadotta, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Elmo, Ernie, Gladys the Cow, Grover, Grundgetta, Guy Smiley, Herry Monster, Honkers, Hoots the Owl, Irvine, Juliet, Kermit the Frog, Meryl Sheep, Oscar the Grouch, Ruby, Simon Soundman, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Sonny Friendly, Telly Monster, Two-Headed Monster

Human Characters

Gordon, Susan, Maria, Luis, Linda, Bob, David, Uncle Wally, Olivia, Gina, Miles, Mr. Macintosh, Gabi, Hiroshi

Muppets of Sesame Street

Caroll Spinney, Pam Arciero, Camille Bonora, Kevin Clash, Fred "Garbo" Garver, Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, Rick Lyon, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, Martin P. Robinson, David Rudman, Judy Sladky, Bryant Young


Alison Bartlett-O'Reilly, Linda Bove, Northern Calloway, Emilio Delgado, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bill McCutcheon, Bob McGrath, Roscoe Orman, Miles Orman, Gedde Watanabe

Guest Stars

Jamie Lee Curtis, James Galway, Billy Joel, Marlee Matlin, Susan Sarandon, Lily Tomlin, Kathleen Turner, Tracey Ullman, Dave Winfield

Season Credits


  1. "Sesame Street" enters 20th season - November 14, 1988

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