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Season 8 (1976-1977)

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Sesame Street
Premiere November 29, 1976 (0926)
Finale May 27, 1977 (1055)
Episodes 130

The Season 8 Cast


Several of the episodes this season focus on Cody, Buffy's baby.


"Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"


Ernie gives Bert a physical.


"Dog Flea Camp", a cartoon by long-time Sesame animator Bruce Cayard.


"Cookie Disco"


Though made for the previous season, the Pinball Number Count series first appeared in Episode 0989.


"Ah, For the Joys of the Countryside"


Kids with different abilities perform gymnastics in a classic film made for this season.


"Proud of Me"

Sesame Street Season 8 aired from November 29, 1976 to May 27, 1977.

Season Overview

This season will focus on female roles. Dulcy Singer says, "the changes are being made in response to criticism of not enough women in the cast and showing women in stereotyped roles. [1]

This season introduces singer and actress Alaina Reed as Olivia, a professional photographer.


Episodes 0926 - 1055 (130 episodes)

Season 8 Cast


Northern Calloway, Emilio Delgado, Alaina Reed Hall, Will Lee, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Bob McGrath, Roscoe Orman; Linda Bove (uncredited, recurring guest)

Muppets of Sesame Street

Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Peter Friedman, Caroly Wilcox, Fran Brill, and Jim Henson.

Guest Stars

Anne Revere, Paul Simon, Judy Collins, Clarice Taylor[1]


  • After a six year absence, Dick Maitland returns to producing sound effects. He has stayed with the show ever since.
  • Starting with this season, the closing signs would take place outside.

Season 8 Credits

  • Executive Producer: Jon Stone
  • Producer: Dulcy Singer
  • Directed by: Robert Myhrum
  • Writers: Judy Freudberg, Ray Sipherd, Emily Perl Kingsley, Joseph A. Bailey, David Korr, Tony Geiss
  • Music Director: Sam Pottle
  • Muppets made by: Donald Sahlin, Kermit Love, Caroly Wilcox
  • Supervising Film Producer: Edith Zornow
  • Associate Producer: Lisa Simon
  • Director of Operations: Ronald L. Weaver
  • Production Supervisor: Freida Lipp
  • Music Coordinator: Danny Epstein
  • Post Production Supervisor: Ozzie Alfonso
  • Associate Director: Emily Squires
  • Assistant to the Producer: Amy Hutchings
  • Production Assistants: Joseph Catalano, Selvin Evans, Peggy Fulton, Brenda Huggins, Diane Mitchell, Thelma Moses
  • Art Director: Alan J. Compton
  • Production Stage Manager: Chet O'Brien
  • Stage Manager: Jimmy Baylor
  • Set Decorator: Nat Mongioi
  • Costume Designer: Domingo Rodriguez
  • Graphics: Gerri Brioso
  • Senior Scenic Artist: Victor DiNapoli
  • Film Editor: Mike Breddan
  • Technical Advisor: Walt Rauffer
  • Unit Manager: Glenda Jones
  • Technical Director: Ralph Mensch
  • Lighting Director: George Riesenberger
  • Sound Effects: Dick Maitland
  • Audio: Jay Judell
  • Video: Rolf Wahl
  • Videotape Editors: John Hutchinson, Vincent Sims, Jack Langan
  • Make-up: Mickey Scott
  • Hair Stylist: Mickey Lawrence
  • Wardrobe: Grisha Mynova
  • Curriculum Coordinator: Robert Emerick
  • Vice President for Research: Edward L. Palmer, Ph.D.
  • Associate Director of Research: Lewis Bernstein
  • Chairman, Board of Advisors: Gerald S. Lesser, Ph.D.
  • Vice President for Production: David D. Connell


  1. 1.0 1.1 Star-News: Female roles on Sesame Street

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