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Season 4 (1972-1973)

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Sesame Street
Premiere November 27, 1972 (0406)
Finale May 25, 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.


"A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of buttah!"


Here is Your Life


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 27, 1972 to May 25, 1973.

Season Overview

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 two new Muppet characters, both performed by Jerry Nelson. The Count, who loves to count everything in sight 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.
  • The season began taping on August 28, 1972.[3]

Season 4 Cast

Muppet Characters:

Anything Muppets, Baby Breeze, Bert, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Ernie, Farley, Grover, Guy Smiley, Herry Monster, Hardhead Henry Harris, Mr. Johnson, Kermit the Frog, Oscar the Grouch, Prairie Dawn, Roosevelt Franklin, Sam the Robot, Simon Soundman, Smart Tina, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Suzetta Something, Ursula, Xavier

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

Season 4 Credits


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

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