Sesame Street
Premiere November 16, 1998 (3786)
Finale May 7, 1999 (3850)
Episodes 65

Cast of Season 30. (Note that Ruthie, though her Finders Keepers shop is no longer on the set, is still a cast member.)


Title card for Episode 3786, the first show of the season.


Alan's first appearance on Sesame Street.


Elmo's World debuted this season.


The format of the show is revised. Like the earliest episodes, characters would often introduce segments, or characters associated with inserts would appear on the street before or after their clip was shown. At times, they even appeared in the videos. Here, Big Bird appears in the "Ookyook" song.


Zoe gets her very own Zoemobile in Episode 3789. She would eventually stop being seen with it by Season 34.


Herry Monster stars in the recurring Monsters in Day Care segments.


Patti LaBelle and the Muppets perform "Gospel Alphabet."


A collectible sculpt of this cast photo was available to purchase.

The Robinsons 1998

The Robinson family with Elmo and Zoe.

Sesame Street Season 30 aired from November 16, 1998 to May 7, 1999.


Starting this season, the focus would be geared toward the main cast of characters. Also, the season emphasizes the use of classic Sesame Street songs, such as "Sing" and "The People in Your Neighborhood", for the idea of getting kids to sing along and familiarize with the songs and also to attract parents who were fans when they were young.[1]


Episodes 3786 - 3850 (65 episodes)


  • The opening theme sequence has once again changed to a more traditional version of the tune, resembling the original opening theme. The "dancing city" closing credits from 1992 remain in use.
  • The Sesame Street sign has a new look beginning with this season, with a thinner yellow border and a rounder half-circle containing the "CTW" in it. It replaced the original Sesame Street sign that had been used since the very first episode.
  • The episodes are no longer followed by a "Coming soon on Sesame Street" bumper. Instead, there is a copyright disclaimer that is shown. However, the ending from these bumpers, with Big Bird saying "Toodle-oo!" to the camera, are kept. Likewise, this was also the last season to use the blue curtain to show the fundings after Big Bird closed the show.
  • This was Jeff Moss's last season as a writer on the show, having passed away nearly two months prior to the season premiere.
  • This was also Robby Merkin's final season as music director.
  • All episodes in this season were shown in one of Noggin's 123 Sesame Street rotations from 2003 to 2005.
  • This was the first season to have only 65 episodes.



Gordon, Susan, Bob, Gina, Alan, Linda, Maria, Luis, Ruthie, Gabi, Miles, Tarah, Mr. Noodle, Dorothy


Big Bird, Elmo, Telly Monster, Baby Bear, Ernie, Bert, Count von Count, Cookie Monster, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Oscar the Grouch, Grover, Mr. Johnson, The Amazing Mumford, Zoe, Herry Monster, Prairie Dawn, Elizabeth, Rosita, Barkley, Honkers, Dingers, Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Slimey, Irvine, Stinky the Stinkweed, Kermit the Frog, Biff, Sully, Guy Smiley, Baby Natasha, Humphrey, Ingrid, Little Chrissy

Muppets of Sesame Street:

Caroll Spinney, Pam Arciero, Fran Brill, Kevin Clash, Bruce Connelly, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Alice Dinnean, Eric Jacobson, Rick Lyon, Jim Martin, Joey Mazzarino, Jerry Nelson, Carmen Osbahr, Frank Oz, Martin P. Robinson, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, Steve Whitmire, Bryant Young


Alison Bartlett O'Reilly, Linda Bove, Ruth Buzzi, Desiree Casado, Emilio Delgado, Bill Irwin, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Alan Muraoka, Roscoe Orman, Imani Patterson, Tarah Schaeffer

Guest Stars

Maya Angelou, Garth Brooks, Rosemary Clooney, Terrell Davis, Doug E. Doug, Fran Drescher, Béla Fleck, Denyce Graves, Patti LaBelle, Nathan Lane, Liam Neeson, Conan O'Brien, R.E.M., Ben Stiller, Backstreet Boys, Trisha Yearwood



  1. They've Learned a Lesson; For 30th season, 'Sesame Street' refocuses on its core characters to appeal to younger viewers.

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  • Season 30 airdate schedule wrong?

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    • Before we start changing, would it be fair to say #3882 was presumably ''intended'' to air on March 28th, since the episo...
    • All episodes for Season 31 after #3880 have been updated, save for #3882 (still unsure if it's supposed to be 3/28).