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Sesame Street
Premiere November 9, 1970 (0131)
Finale May 28, 1971 (0275)
Episodes 145

"I can't hear ya, Bert; I have a banana in my ear!"


The King of Eight


"Over, Under, Around and Through"


George the Farmer appears in a series of film segments that utilize pixilation, giving the character a jerky way of movement.


Herry and Cookie Monster sing Circles


Larry and Phyllis, the "cooperation couple".


Number Three Ball Film


Listen My Brother return for a second season of songs.


Today's Secret Drawing


Celebrity guests from this season include Bill Cosby, Carol Burnett, ice skater Peggy Fleming, Joe Namath, Flip Wilson, Arte Johnson, and the cast of Bonanza. Players from the New York Mets and the New York Knicks also appeared in multiple counting segments.

Sesame Street Season 2 aired from November 9, 1970 to May 28, 1971.


Much of the original cast and Muppets established in the first season are present during the second season, though some would go through changes. The main cast of Bob, Gordon, Susan and Mr. Hooper remain the human hosts on the Street, and are now joined by Tom and Miguel (the show's first Latino character). The comedy duo Buddy and Jim is replaced by Larry and Phyllis, whose segments focused on the importance of cooperation. Maria and David join the cast later in the season.

Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch return as the two major puppet characters on the Street, and both have been redesigned. Big Bird loses the dopey "hick" aspect of his character from the first year and begins to act more like a child rather than a slow-witted adult. Oscar still retains his grouchiness, but his fur has been changed from short orange shag to longer green fur.

Four of the more popular Muppets used in inserts -- Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster and Grover -- all return for the second season. Kermit the Frog, however, is dropped from the cast (though he would still appear in segments from the first year), and in his place are new Muppet characters such as the burly Herry Monster, Herbert Birdsfoot (who, like Kermit, would conduct lectures, often in the company of Grover), Sherlock Hemlock (a detective who often arrives at unusual deductions or small clues), Simon Soundman and children Farley and Prairie Dawn. Most of the puppets from the first season that had been used in previous productions, including The Ed Sullivan Show (such as Beautiful Day Monster and the Snerfs), no longer appear.


The "magazine format" of inserts continued to be used, and several new recurring film, cartoon, and studio series appear for the first time. These include the "Larry and Phyllis" segments, the Today's Secret Drawing animations, and George the Farmer.


New topics were added to the curriculum that were established for the first season, while some of the original topics were expanded. The second season focused on:

  • numbers from one to twenty
  • sight words (including street signs) and letter blending, as sometimes demonstrated by The Word Family Song. Among the words that were featured include "stop", "exit", and "bus stop", as well as words used in everyday conversation such as "the" and "is".
  • simple addition and subtraction
  • multiple classification (such as the games of "One of These Things" in episode 0198)
  • regrouping
  • property identification
  • the mind and its uses: remembering, thinking, hoping, and imagining
  • conflict resolution [1]

In addition to these topics, the show sometimes focused on Latino-American culture with Spanish sight words and phrases, such as "pare" "calle", and "ven aqui".[2]


Episodes 0131 - 0275 (145 episodes)

Season 2 Cast


Matt Robinson, Loretta Long, Will Lee, Bob McGrath, Jaime Sánchez, Alan Arkin, Barbara Dana, Larry Block, Northern Calloway, Sonia Manzano

Puppets by:

Jim Henson's Muppets, Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Fran Brill, Jerry Nelson


Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Grover, Herry Monster, Kermit the Frog, Roosevelt Franklin, Roosevelt Franklin's Mother, Guy Smiley, Little Bird, Sherlock Hemlock, Herbert Birdsfoot, Granny Grouch, The Busby Twins, Professor Hastings, Little Jerry and the Monotones, Prairie Dawn, Betty Lou, Lefty the Salesman, Farley, Tony, Granny Fanny Nesselrode, Simon Soundman, Anything Muppets

Guest Stars

Leon Bibb, Theodore Bikel, Carol Burnett, Cast of Bonanza, Tim Conway, Bill Cosby, Peggy Fleming, Walt Frazier, Arte Johnson, James Earl Jones, Cleavon Little, Listen, My Brother, Jim Nabors, Pat Paulsen, Lou Rawls, Pete Seeger, Superman, Flip Wilson


  • This is the first season to have a certain closing credit sequence on Friday episodes, rather than having the action continue while the credits rolled. (This season's credit crawl featured several still shots of children's paintings.)
  • This is the only season produced with 145 episodes.

Season 2 Credits


  1. Truglio and Fisch. G is for Growing. p. 31
  2. Sesame Street Magazine Parents' Guide, 1970.

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