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Sesame Street
Season premiere August 11, 2008 (4161)
Season finale November 7, 2008 (4186)
No. of episodes 26
Sandra Oh the Cookie Fairy

Sandra Oh and Cookie Monster.

Leela

Leela with Mr. Snuffleupagus and Big Bird.

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Leela in episode 4164 at Hooper's Store, with Cookie Monster, O, Prairie Dawn, and Alan.

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Texas Telly and the Golden Triangle of Destiny.

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Fairy Shoeperson (Neil Patrick Harris) with Gabi, Gordon, Luis, Gina, Maria, and others.

Will Arnett Elmo

Max the Magician (Will Arnett) with Elmo.

EB.GreatAdventures

Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures debuts this season.

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Murray Has a Little Lamb debuts this season.

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Mine-itis breaks out on Sesame Street.

Sesame Street Season 39 premiered on August 11, 2008.

Season Overview

The curriculum for Season 39 focussed on math literacy "designed to help children put their mathematical thinking into words and talk about how they solve problems." Math literacy is featured in many scenes (including Episode 4161, Episode 4163, Episode 4166, and Episode 4168).[1]

The show also got a brand new set this season, with a littler size and more inner-city details, such as parking meters and newspaper dispensers. Major additions to the set include the Fix-It-Shop being replaced by the Sesame Street laundromat, and the place in the arbor where Gina did her veterinarian practice was changed to a car garage once again. The set also got a larger garden in the arbor and the staircase and extra door that was previously been there had been removed. Also, Hooper's Store had gotten re-done as well, with a different wall color, refrigeration, and big signs indicating the products underneath them (Groceries, Newspapers, Cold Food & Drinks). Also, the awning now has stripes.

Season 39 welcomed a new human character to the cast, Leela, who runs a laundromat next to Hooper's Store.[2] Two new segments were added to the season, Murray Has a Little Lamb and Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures. Returning this season were The Word of the Day and What's the Word on the Street with 26 new words. Muppets sometimes helped the guest(s) present the word. Also, Elmo's World returned for the tenth season as a regular Sesame Street segment with two new segments: Drums and Eyes.[3]

Parodies

Parodies included "30 Rocks" (based on 30 Rock) "Pre-School Musical" (High School Musical) and "Are You Smarter Than an Egg Layer" (Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?).[4] Other Parodies included "Plain White T's" (based on Plain White T's), "Feist 1234" (based on 1, 2, 3, 4) and "Dirtiest Jobs with Mike Rowe" (based on Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe).[3]

Episodes

Episodes 4161 - 4186 (26 episodes)[3]

Notes

  • Starting this season, the show is filmed at the Kaufman Astoria Studios Stage J, three floors above Stage G where they had filmed since Season 25.[5]
  • This season was the first to be shot in high-definition.[6] As a result, while on wide-screen TV's the scenes were in the regular widescreen, stock footage from all previous seasons were shrunken into a small full screen format. Beginning in June 2009, all broadcasters in the United States switched to digital television from analog, though a difference in visuals remained, since not all TVs are high-definition.
  • This is the latest season to show clips featuring characters performed by Jim Henson.
  • This was the last season for regular characters to announce the sponsors. Now starting next season, Murray will announce the sponsors.

Cast

Muppet Characters[3]

Cookie Monster, Grover, Elmo, Slimey, Grundgetta, Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Ernie, Bert, Zoe, Abby Cadabby, Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Baby Bear, Telly, the Count, Rosita, Guy Smiley, Curly Bear, Horatio the Elephant, Mr. Johnson, Murray Monster, Ovejita, Prairie Dawn

Other Characters[3]

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

Muppets of Sesame Street

Caroll Spinney, Pam Arciero, Heather Asch, Jennifer Barnhart, Fran Brill, Lisa Buckley, Tyler Bunch, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Kevin Clash, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Eric Jacobson, Tim Lagasse, Peter Linz, Lara MacLean, Noel MacNeal, Jim Martin, Joey Mazzarino, Paul McGinnis, Tracy Mick, Jerry Nelson, Carmen Osbahr, Frank Oz, Annie Peterle, Martin P. Robinson, David Rudman, David Stephens, John Tartaglia, Matt Vogel, Steve Whitmire, and Bryant Young

Actors

Alison Bartlett O'Reilly, Desiree Casado, Emilio Delgado, Olamide Faison, Bill Irwin, Christopher Lawrence Knowings, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Alan Muraoka, Roscoe Orman, Nitya Vidyasagar

Guest Stars[3]

Jessica Alba, Will Arnett, David Beckham, Jack Black, Kim Cattrall, Lorena and Lorna Feijoo, Leslie Feist, Gilbert Gottfried,[7] Neil Patrick Harris, Jonah Hill, Randy Jackson, Heidi Klum, LL Cool J, Jenny McCarthy, Megan Mullally, Sandra Oh, Mike Rowe, Molly Shannon,[7] Jason Taylor, Tilly and the Wall,[8] Patrick Warburton, Brian Williams, Chandra Wilson

Crew

Sources

  1. UPI.com "Sesame Street to begin its 39th season" June 20, 2008
  2. India West. Meet Leela, Sesame Street’s newest cast member March 22, 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Season 39 Press Kit
  4. Boston.com "Brought to you by the letter L" June 19, 2008
  5. Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street, page 212
  6. Sesame Street Converts to High-Definition Production with Sony Cameras and Swithcers. April 13, 2008
  7. 7.0 7.1 UPI.com "Black, Harris plan trip to Sesame Street" July 29, 2008
  8. Nadia Pflaum, "West 18th Street Fashion Show Update: Peggy Noland", The Pitch (Kansas City) June 13, 2008.

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