Sesame Street Season 27 aired from November 20, 1995 to May 17, 1996.

Season OverviewEdit

This season is considered to be the "experimental season" - it is "increasingly presenting its lessons in overlapping ways, to reach those whose learning may be more closely tied to musical or mathematical abilities than linguistic ones."[1]

Show FormatEdit

Valeria Lovelace said about the show's new format for each episode, "lessons on one topic are to be clustered during an hour rather than spread out through the show as they have been. One show in January, for example, will portray the letter "D" in three consecutive segments: first it's marked out in candles, then it's depicted in a sand animation, and finally it's shown growing out of the ground. This will be followed by three segments on another topic, rain. First, Ernie and the Twiddlebugs go out in the rain, then there is a rain dance in clay animation, and finally rain and wind are rendered in Chinese calligraphy. In addition to being clustered, these segments are in tune with the new approach because they stress not only the visual and the verbal but also musical, interpersonal and spatial relationships"[1]


Episodes 3396 - 3525 (130 episodes)


  • This was the first season with the episodes ending with Big Bird announcing "Coming Soon on Sesame Street," after which a clip from the subsequent episode is shown, be it a sketch or the main plotline of said episode. After this, Big Bird says, "Toodleoo" and the funding credits are shown. The "coming soon" teasers were dropped in season 30.
  • This was the first season since Season 2 to have one letter and number as sponsors.
  • This was also the first season to give the sponsors twinkling sound effects at the end of each episode.
  • Starting with this season and lasting through Season 33 (2002), the main closing music at the end of episodes is a remix of the original Sesame Street opening theme from 1969 (replacing the calypso-flavored rendition heard at the end of episodes for the past two seasons). This version retains the sung verses by The Kids, features a new harmonica solo, and closes out with the ending from Toots Thielemans's original harmonica closing.


Human Cast:

Gordon, Maria, Luis, Gabi, Miles, Carlo, Celina, Gina, Mr. Handford, Bob, Linda, Ruthie


Carlo Alban, Alison Bartlett-O'Reilly, Lexine Bondoc, Linda Bove, Ruth Buzzi, Desiree Casado, Annette Calud, Emilio Delgado, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Roscoe Orman, Imani Patterson, David L. Smyrl


Alice Snuffleupagus, Anything Muppets, Baby Bear, Baby Tooth and the Funky Funk, Barkley, Benny Rabbit, Bert, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, The Count, Cyranose de Bergerac, Elmo, Ernie, Grover, Grundgetta, Guy Smiley, Herry Monster, Irvine, Kermit the Frog, Mama Bear, Mrs. Grouch, Mommy Snuffleupagus, Oscar the Grouch, Papa Bear, Prairie Dawn, Renata Scottie, Rosita, Sally Messy Yuckyael, Slimey, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Stinky the Stinkweed, Telly, Wolfgang the Seal, Zoe

Muppet Performers:

Caroll Spinney, Pam Arciero, Camille Bonora, Fran Brill, Lisa Buckley, Kevin Clash, Bruce Connelly, Alice Dinnean, Louise Gold, Peter Linz, Rick Lyon, Noel MacNeal, Jim Martin, Joey Mazzarino, Jerry Nelson, Carmen Osbahr, Frank Oz, Martin P. Robinson, David Rudman, Judy Sladky, Steve Whitmire, Bryant Young

Guest Stars

Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Ellen DeGeneres, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Jeter, Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, David Robinson, Spin Doctors, Patrick Stewart [2]

Season 27 CreditsEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 The New York Times: TELEVISION;Curriculum Update For 'Sesame Street'
  2. Education Week: Sesame Street' Incorporates Theories on Cognition