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Season 3 (1971-1972)

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Sesame Street
Season premiere November 8, 1971 (0276)
Season finale May 5, 1972 (0405)
No. of episodes 130
0276j

Big Bird meets Mr. Snuffleupagus.

Cisforcookie2

"C is for Cookie"

Song.Capital.I

"I in the Sky"

Buyano

"Would You Like to Buy an O?"

Painter3

The Mad Painter first appeared during the third season.

Yipyipphone

The Martians discover a telephone.

Wallyralphumbrellas

Comedy duo Wally and Ralph.

Clip 4

The Amazing Mumford and his "assistant" Grover

Ladybugpicnic

"Ladybugs' Picnic"

Jfriends

"J Friends"

Alligatorking2

"The Alligator King"

HarveyKneeslapper

Harvey Kneeslapper debuts.

Welcome-Bienvenidos Luis-Bob

Bob and Luis prepare to go to a party in episode 0333.

IllustratedClosingBuilding

Sesame Street's illustrated closing sequence, which scrolls down a tall apartment building and ends at 123 Sesame Street.

Sesame Street Season 3 aired from November 8, 1971 to May 5, 1972.

Season Overview

The curriculum for Season 3 will focus on the subject of ecology. In an interview, Jon Stone said about the ecology segments will "stress the interdependence of living things and the finiteness of the earth's resources. Pre-schoolers are extremely curious about the world around them, so we think they'll be very interested in how things they see are related to each other." Season 3 will also focus on Spanish language and culture.[1]

Characters

Luis, Maria, David, Rafael, and Molly join the cast. Linda is introduced. Larry and Phyllis are now gone, and replaced by a new comedy duo, Wally and Ralph.

Kermit the Frog returns in new material, having been absent the previous year. A new Muppet character, Mr. Snuffleupagus, is introduced. During this season, Mr. Snuffleupagus has bright yellow eyes, and no eyebrows or eyelids. This will be changed by the next season. Also at this point, Mr. Snuffleupagus is thought by the adults to be Big Bird's imaginary friend.

Segments

In addition to Wally and Ralph, this season also features the debut of The Mad Painter, a man who would paint numbers on various objects. A recurring series of animated segments features Donnie Budd, a hillbilly fiddle player who sings about the numbers 2-6. These segments were created by Budd Luckey, who also created many other animated segments for this season, including The Alligator King and Ladybug Picnic.

Episodes

Episodes 0276 - 0405 (130 episodes)

Notes

  • This is the first season where the credits acknowledge the fact that Caroll Spinney performs both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, and credit him with the human cast instead of with the other Muppet performers.
  • Fran Brill, included in the previous season's credits, is omitted from the roster, but still performs.
  • Season 3 was set to air "about 300 stations, more than broadcast any other program on American TV".[2]
  • This is the last season to feature Matt Robinson as Gordon.
  • This is the last season in which, for Friday episodes, the street story's closing scene would continue under the credits. Later, a new illustrated credit crawl was introduced.

Season 3 Cast

Cast:

Matt Robinson, Loretta Long, Will Lee, Bob McGrath, Northern Calloway, Emilio Delgado, Sonia Manzano, Raul Julia, Charlotte Rae, Larry Block, Panchito Gómez

Muppet Performers:

Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jim Henson, Jerry Nelson, Fran Brill

Muppets:

Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Ernie, Bert, Kermit the Frog, Cookie Monster, Grover, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Herbert Birdsfoot, Mr. Johnson, Harvey Kneeslapper, Roosevelt Franklin, Farley, Prairie Dawn, Herry Monster, The Busby TwinsMumford, The Martians, Lefty the Salesman, Betty Lou, Farley, Simon Soundman, Guy Smiley, Sherlock Hemlock, Anything Muppets

Season 3 Credits

References

  1. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Revamped 'Sesame Street' Opens 3rd Season Nov. 15
  2. Andrew H. Malcolm (New York Times Service), "Educators gearing up for Sesame Street 'alumni'" St. Petersburg Times, October 18, 1971.


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