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Sesame Street
Season premiere April 7, 2003 (4031)
Season finale May 12, 2003 (4056)
No. of episodes 26
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Bob and some of the muppets sing "The People in Your Neighborhood".

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Starting with this season, Grover goes globetrotting in Global Grover.

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Global Thingy focus on diversity and cultural differences.

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Journey to Ernie utilizes a new format: a continued narrative, instead of separate parts.

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The Three Bears become four as they welcome Curly to their family.

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Laura Bush appears to read a book to Big Bird, Elmo, and some kids.

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Miles sings "ABC Hip Hop" with the Sesame Street Monsters.

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Sheryl Crow sings I Soaks Up the Sun, with Elmo, Telly, Rosita, Zoe and the letter I.

Sesame Street Season 34 premiered on April 7, 2003.

Season Overview

The curriculum for Season 34 is going global to "emphasize similarities among all of us while celebrating our cultural differences." In an interview with Rosemarie T. Truglio, she said about this season's curriculum, "In the States, we're comprised of so many ethnicities and cultures. We want to show children the importance of developing friendships with those who don't look like you."[1]

Two new segments, "Global Grover" and "Global Thingy", are added to help address these issues.

Parodies

Parody sketches and segments include “I Soaks Up the Sun” (based on “Soak Up the Sun”) and "If I Were the Letter B" (based on the musical Fiddler on the Roof song, "If I Were a Rich Man")

Episodes

Episodes 4031 - 4056 (26 episodes)

Cast

Muppet Characters

The Amazing Mumford, Baby Bear, Bert, Big Bad Wolf, Big Bird, Cookie Monster (and Cookie Hood), Count von Count, Curly Bear, Elmo, Ernie, Elephant, Gladys the Cow, Grover (and Super Grover), Hoots the Owl, Mama Bear, Leonard Wolf, Oscar the Grouch, Grundgetta, Papa Bear, Prairie Dawn, Rosita, Slimey, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Stinky the Stinkweed, Telly Monster, The Three Little Pigs, Two-Headed Monster, Zoe, Anything Muppets

Other Characters

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

Muppets of Sesame Street

Pam Arciero, Jennifer Barnhart, Fran Brill, Lisa Buckley, Kevin Clash, R. Bruce Connelly, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Eric Jacobson, Joey Mazzarino, Jerry Nelson, Carmen Osbahr, Frank Oz, Martin P. Robinson, David Rudman, Caroll Spinney, John Tartaglia, Matt Vogel, Steve Whitmire, and Bryant Young

Actors

Alison Bartlett O'Reilly, Desiree Casado, Emilio Delgado, Olamide Faison, Bill Irwin, Michael Jeter, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Alan Muraoka, Roscoe Orman

Guest Stars

Wayne Brady, Laura Bush, Aaron Carter, Nick Carter, Sheryl Crow, Diane Sawyer

Notes

  • The format changed slightly this season. Instead of having Big Bird introduce and close the episodes and having the street plot in the middle of the show, the street story was shown at the very beginning of the show, and the middle of each episode would have a new song that somehow revolves around the episode.
  • After this season, "Monster Clubhouse" is no longer on the show, "Hero Guy" isn't seen as often as it was in Season 33.
  • From this point onward, 26 episodes were produced per season. According to Bob McGrath, "Lou Berger, the head writer, wanted 26 episodes. The bean counters said 25 and asked, 'why do you keep saying 26?' Lou said, 'There are 26 letters in the alphabet. Which one am I supposed to fire?'"[2]
  • Beginning with this season, Sesame Street episodes are now given official titles.
  • Until Season 38, an edited version of the animated "dancing city" closing credits is used.
  • This is the last season Rosita's wings are visible.
  • This is Michael Jeter's last season as Mr. Noodle's brother, Mr. Noodle. The season premiere aired shortly after his death.
  • New Elmo's World segments included for it's fifth season are about Mail, Feet, Ears, Firefighters, Wild Animals, and Open and Close.

Season Credits

Sources

  1. The New York Times: FOR YOUNG VIEWERS; It's Hard to Cut Corners on a Street That Circles the World
  2. McGrath, Bob Bob McGrath interview


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