Sesame Street
Premiere January 1, 2001 (3916)
Finale March 30, 2001 (3980)
Episodes 65

The hurricane ruins Big Bird's nest.


Kermit's penultimate Sesame appearance in a street scene for the first "Hurricane" episode.


Computers was the first new Elmo's World episode of the season.


Evelyn Glennie and Linda.


Rosita the Grouchketeer.


Monster Clubhouse first aired this season and was the only season to have an eight minute plot.


Artist Chuck Close shows how he makes art by using blobs, circles, and squares.


Keb' Mo' and his friends from Sesame Street sing "Everybody Be Yo'Self."

Sesame Street Season 32 aired from January 1, 2001 to March 30, 2001.


The curriculum for Season 32 is focusing on music and art to "emphasizes the importance of the creative process in child development through hands-on projects."[1] Arlene Sherman says, "First, we want to cultivate in children an appreciation of art. The other part is to encourage creativity in them: Everyone is an artist, and art is more about the process than the finished product."[2]


Episodes 3916 - 3980 (65 episodes)


  • Elmo's World returns for it's third season with ten new segments about Computers, Bugs, Pets, Teeth, Hands, Birthdays, Birds, Games, Bicycles and Families.
  • The "hurricane" episodes (3976-3980) were rerun on October 4-8, 2004 (after Hurricane Charley) and September 12-16, 2005 (after Hurricane Katrina). The reruns began with an introduction by Gordon, and were structured slightly differently.
  • The street scenes from the "hurricane" episodes were edited together and released on DVD under the title Friends to the Rescue.
  • After this season, Jim Henson is no longer credited as a Muppet performer.
  • This is also the final season to be presented under the original format after 32 seasons. For the next season, the show gained a new "structured," predictable format, introducing new regular segments such as "The Letter of the Day", "The Number of the Day", "The Spanish Word of the Day", and "Journey to Ernie", plus the return of "Elmo's World", "Monster Clubhouse", and "Hero Guy". ("Elmo's World" had been in every episode since 1998; "Monster Clubhouse" and "Hero Guy" were introduced in Season 32 and alternated with each episode.)
  • This is the last season until Season 41 to have repeats.
  • This is also the last season in which Kermit the Frog appears in new material filmed for the show. However, he returns to make a cameo appearance in Elmo's World: Frogs in the 40th season premiere.
  • This was the final season with the 1998-2001 opening sequence.
  • This is also Tarah's final season.


Muppet Characters

The Amazing Mumford, Anything Muppets, Baby Bear, Barkley, Bert, Big Bird, The Big Bad Wolf, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Cousin Bear, Dusty, Elmo, Elizabeth, Ernie, Glo Worm, Granny Bird, Groogel, Grover, Grundgetta, Herry Monster, Humphrey, Ingrid, I.M. Pig, Kermit the Frog, Lulu, Mel, Mooba, Little Murray Sparkles, Narf, Natasha, Oscar the Grouch, Old MacDonald, Papa Bear, Phooey Louie, Prairie Dawn, Rosita, Slam, Slimey, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Stinky the Stinkweed, Telly Monster, The Three Little Pigs, Zoe

Other Characters

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

Muppets of Sesame Street

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


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

Guest Stars

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ruth Buzzi, Chuck Close, Robert De Niro, Evelyn Glennie, Whoopi Goldberg, B.B. King, Diana Krall, Keb' Mo', Al Roker[2]



  1. The New York Times: FOR YOUNG VIEWERS; Shaping Characters
  2. 2.0 2.1 Eugene Register-Guard: Long-running sesame Street' shows kids how artists brighten life

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