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Season 22 (1990-1991)

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Sesame Street
Premiere November 12, 1990 (2746)
Finale May 10, 1991 (2875)
Episodes 130

Oscar is honored in a "Grouch Appreciation Day" banquet in the season premiere.


Hooper's Store re-opens following a brief construction period.



Whoopi and hoots

Whoopi Goldberg appears with her friends Hoots and Elmo in segments dealing with pride.


In an episode of Monsterpiece Theatre, Cookie Monster finds himself in the story of Twin Beaks.


Elmo attempts to scare Julia Roberts.

Sesame Street Season 22 aired from November 12, 1990 to May 10, 1991.

Season Overview

The theme for this season is about race, about getting along, and appreciating everyone's similarities and differences.[1] Dulcy Singer, the show's executive producer, said about this season's theme, "We're recognizing and celebrating cultural differences - talking about color of skin, hair texture, situations where a child might be left out from a group because of his color."[2]


Episodes 2746 - 2875 (130 episodes)


  • This season welcomed a new human character to the cast, Savion.
  • This was the final season for Hiroshi, Mike, Jelani, and Alex.
  • For only this season, as well as with related productions at the time, the Sesame Street Muppets are referred to in credits as "Sesame Street Puppet Characters." The Muppeteers themselves are credited as "Puppet Performers."


Muppet Characters

Anything Muppets, the Amazing Mumford, Baby Natasha, Barkley, Bert, Biff, Big Bird, Bruno the Trashman, Buster the Horse, Chip and Dip, Clementine, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Don Music, Elmo, Ernie, Forgetful Jones, Grover, Grundgetta, Guy Smiley, Herry Monster, Honkers, Hoots the Owl, Juliet, Kermit the Frog, Oscar the Grouch, Placido Flamingo, Prairie Dawn, Preston Rabbit, Ruby, Slimey, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Stella, Sully, Telly Monster, Two-Headed Monster, Wolfgang the Seal

Human Characters

Gordon, Susan, Maria, Luis, Linda, Bob, Uncle Wally, Olivia, Gina, Miles, Mr. Macintosh, Gabi, Hiroshi, Mr. Handford, Mike, Savion, Jelani, Alex, Lisa, Lillian

Muppet Performers

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


Alison Bartlett-O'Reilly, Lisa Boggs, Linda Bove, Eugene Byrd, Alexis Cruz, Emilio Delgado, Heather Henderson, Savion Glover, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bill McCutcheon, Bob McGrath, Roscoe Orman, Miles Orman, Ward Saxton, David L. Smyrl, Gedde Watanabe, Lillias White

Guest Stars

Bill Cobbs, Tyne Daly, Frances Foster, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Goldblum, Angela Lansbury, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Rhea Perlman, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Steven Schub, Paul Simon, Robin Williams

Season 22 Credits


  1. The New York Times: Reviews/Television; 'Sesame Street' Talking About Race, From A to Z
  2. The Milwaukee Journal: 'Sesame Street' celebrates our differences

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