Sesame Street
Premiere November 13, 1972 (0406)
Finale May 11, 1973 (0535)
Episodes 130

The Season 4 Cast


Class of '73


The Count meets Ernie and Bert.


Sesame Street News Flash


Herry Monster chats with John-John.


"I Can Remember": "A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of buttah!"


Here is Your Life

RF loudsoft

Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School opens its doors.


Kids enact a game of "Three of These Things".


Sam the Robot, a "perfect" machine.


Bob, Ernie, Bert and the kids play a game of "Everybody Does."

Sesame Street Season 4 aired from November 13, 1972 to May 11, 1973.


Season 4's curriculum continues its introduction to Spanish language and culture from last season[1] and "attempt to teach youngsters positive social attitudes like kindness and generosity."[2]


While many of the cast from the previous seasons return, Rafael, Tom, and Molly are now gone. Also, Hal Miller takes over the role of Gordon, who was previously played by Matt Robinson. A new cast member, Kate, is added to the group becoming the street's first folk singer.

This season introduces three new Muppet characters, all performed by Jerry Nelson: Count von Count, who loves to count everything in sight; Frazzle, an unintelligible orange monster and Sam the Robot, also known as Sam the Machine, who believes that he is a "perfect" machine.



Episodes 0406 - 0535 (130 episodes)


  • This is the first season where Richard Hunt is credited as a performer.
  • This is the first season to have a special instrumental version of the Sesame Street Theme accompanying the funding credits. The particular version introduced this season (a funky arrangement composed of chimes, horns, wah wah guitar, etc.) would be used for nearly twenty years.
  • Production on the fourth season began on August 28, 1972.[3]


Muppet Characters:

Anything Muppets, Baby Breeze, Bert, Betty Lou, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Ernie, Farley, Granny Fanny Nesselrode, Frazzle, Grover, Guy Smiley, Harvey Kneeslapper, Herry Monster, Hardhead Henry Harris, Mr. Johnson, Kermit the Frog, Little Jerry and the Monotones, The Martians, Oscar the Grouch, Prairie Dawn, Roosevelt Franklin, Sam the Robot, Simon Soundman, Smart Tina, Suzetta Something, Mr. Snuffleupagus

Human Characters:

Gordon, Susan, Maria, Luis, Bob, David, Mr. Hooper, Wally, Ralph, Kate, Willy


Northern Calloway, Loretta Long, Will Lee, Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado, Sonia Manzano, Hal Miller, Joe Ponazecki, Paul B. Price, Malvina Reynolds

Muppet Performers:

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

Guest Stars

Stevie Wonder


Season 4 credit crawl

Season 4 credit crawl

credit crawl


  1. Eugene Register-Guard: 'Sesame Street' to start fourth season
  2. Lakeland Ledger: 'Sesame Street' New Season Begins Today
  3. Jim Henson's Red Book, 8/28/1972 - SS 4th season begins

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Start a Discussion Discussions about Season 4 (1972-1973)

  • Season 4 start date

    16 messages
    • I think I glossed over this the first time. I'd vote for changing the date (we have TV Guide listing the premiere date and an internal document).
    • It appears that November 13 is correct. As Scarecroe (sort of) suggested, it might have been that a regional date was printed on the Old Scho...