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Season 27 (1995-1996)

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Sesame Street
Season premiere November 20, 1995 (3396)
Season finale May 17, 1996 (3525)
No. of episodes 130

Lamb Chop and Shari Lewis visit Sesame Street.


"Two Princes" (with the Spin Doctors)


Telly is blowing bubbles as the Count counts them.


Oscar's mom gets flung out of the Subway Station.

Coming Soon on Sesame Street

Starting this season and until season 30, each episode ended with a "Coming Soon on Sesame Street" teaser, offering a sneak preview of the next episode.

Sesame Street Season 27 aired from November 20, 1995 to May 17, 1996.

Season Overview

This season is considered to be the "experimental season" - it is "increasingly presenting its lessons in overlapping ways, to reach those whose learning may be more closely tied to musical or mathematical abilities than linguistic ones."[1]

Show Format

Valeria Lovelace said about the show's new format for each episode, "lessons on one topic are to be clustered during an hour rather than spread out through the show as they have been. One show in January, for example, will portray the letter "D" in three consecutive segments: first it's marked out in candles, then it's depicted in a sand animation, and finally it's shown growing out of the ground. This will be followed by three segments on another topic, rain. First, Ernie and the Twiddlebugs go out in the rain, then there is a rain dance in clay animation, and finally rain and wind are rendered in Chinese calligraphy. In addition to being clustered, these segments are in tune with the new approach because they stress not only the visual and the verbal but also musical, interpersonal and spatial relationships"[1]


Episodes 3396 - 3525 (130 episodes)


  • This was the first season with the episodes ending with Big Bird announcing "Coming Soon on Sesame Street," after which a clip from the subsequent episode is shown, be it a sketch or the main plotline of said episode. After this, Big Bird says, "Toodleoo" and the funding credits are shown. The "coming soon" teasers were dropped in season 30.
  • This was the first season since Season 2 to have one letter and number as sponsors.
  • This was also the first season to give the sponsors twinkling sound effects at the end of each episode, and to give the sponsors different colors instead of being white.


Human Cast:

Gordon, Maria, Luis, Gabi, Miles, Carlo, Celina, Gina, Mr. Handford, Bob, Linda, Ruthie


Carlo Alban, Alison Bartlett-O'Reilly, Lexine Bondoc, Linda Bove, Ruth Buzzi, Desiree Casado, Annette Calud, Emilio Delgado, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Roscoe Orman, Imani Patterson, David L. Smyrl


Alice Snuffleupagus, Baby Bear, Baby Tooth and the Funky Funk, Barkley, Benny Rabbit, Bert, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, The Count, Elmo, Ernie, Grover, Grundgetta, Guy Smiley, Herry Monster, Irvine, Kermit the Frog, Mama Bear, Mrs. Grouch, Mommy Snuffleupagus, Oscar the Grouch, Papa Bear, Prairie Dawn, Renata Scottie, Rosita, Sally Messy Yuckyael, Slimey, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Stinky the Stinkweed, Telly, Wolfgang the Seal, Zoe, Anything Muppets

Muppet Performers:

Caroll Spinney, Pam Arciero, Fran Brill, Kevin Clash, Bruce Connelly, Alice Dinnean-Vernon, Louise Gold, Rick Lyon, Noel MacNeal, Joey Mazzarino, Jerry Nelson, Carmen Osbhar, Frank Oz, Martin P. Robinson, David Rudman, Judy Sladky, Steve Whitmire, Bryant Young

Guest Stars

Tony Bennett, Lamb Chop, Ellen DeGeneres, Laurence Fishburne, Shari Lewis, Patrick Stewart, Picabo Street [2]

Season 27 Credits


  1. 1.0 1.1 The New York Times: TELEVISION;Curriculum Update For 'Sesame Street'
  2. Education Week: Sesame Street' Incorporates Theories on Cognition

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