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SEASON 51, EPISODE 1
For more than five decades, Sesame Street has been helping kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder by providing them with the gold-standard in quality educational programming. Now, the groundbreaking series comes to HBO Max with brand-new 30-minute episodes. Join Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, and the rest of your favorite Sesame Street friends as they use creativity and curiosity to tackle tough challenges and brighten up your day!
An imaginative and playful 4-year-old, Abby is the daughter of the Fairy Godmother; she’s also a fairy-in-training herself at her after-school program! A confident and creative young learner, Abby is eager to discover new things about the world. As a fairy-in-training, she often finds magic in everyday preschool activities such as finding plants and bugs in her garden, reading fairy tales, and dressing up in her many outfits. Abby is excited to try new things, especially exotic foods, and she often invites her friends Elmo and Rosita along on her adventures. What she finds truly amazing and magical is what she learns on Sesame Street, like new words that rhyme, or how to draw letters with a crayon. In her “Abby’s Flying Fairy School” segments, she models problem-solving and out-of-the-box thinking.
Snuffy loves playing with his best friend Big Bird; they share many adventures on Sesame Street as they help each other make sense of their world. Like most 4-year-olds, Snuffy is still learning how to cope with simple things, and his first impulse is often to give up. But after some encouragement from his feathered friend and their other neighbors, he usually finds solutions to his problems.
Baby Bear, borrowed from the enduring “The Three Bears” story, continues to engage young viewers through his adventurous spirit and artistic abilities. He is a wonderful older brother to Curly Bear, and he is Telly Monster’s best friend. Like many young children, Baby Bear is territorial about his things; kids can relate when he has a hard time sharing. He is learning how to cooperate and share with others, though, and he’s always open to new experiences. His family helps model issues like sibling rivalry, separation anxiety, and parent/child bonding. Baby Bear has confidence in himself and often uses big vocabulary for his age. Because of a speech impediment, he has problems creating some sounds, like the letter “R.”
Bert is the long-suffering best friend of Ernie. He is the more serious, focused, and practical of the two, and he considers himself the voice of reason in their friendship. Bert can be rather eccentric; he collects bottle caps and paper clips, plays the tuba, and loves his pet pigeon Bernice. Bert is not always a willing participant in Ernie’s escapades; he correctly senses when the tables are about to be turned on him. But Bert always forgives Ernie, forever remaining his “old buddy.”
Standing at 8’2” tall, Big Bird is a compassionate 6 ½-year-old yellow bird. He enjoys helping others in his community, including his best friend Snuffy. Reflective, thoughtful, and sensitive to the feelings of others, he displays a childlike innocence and great empathy for everyone on Sesame Street. He understands what it means to be a good friend. Big Bird’s favorite activities include dancing, reading, and collecting different things. This first grader also enjoys rollerblading and watching sports. He is proud of his neighborhood, and he especially loves being tall … it helps him see the world from a different point of view!
Cookie Monster is a frenzied yet cuddly character on a persistent quest for more food … especially cookies! Representing children with various speech abilities, his unique speech is relatable to kids who are still discovering new aspects of language. His voracious appetite has made him the perfect character to model healthy habits as he continues to learn about cooking and eating healthy foods. Despite his struggle to control his impulses and delay gratification, Cookie Monster will always share his snacks with his friends like Elmo and Abby. Along with his new pal Gonger, he teaches kids all about their favorite foods in his “Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck” segment.
COUNT VON COUNT
Count Von Count bears a comical resemblance to Count Dracula, but that is where the similarity ends. The Count is a happy and helpful character who enjoys counting anything and everything. He likes to find math in his everyday activities, which usually include more counting and playing the organ. His outgoing and enthusiastic personality makes him a friend to everyone on Sesame Street.
Elmo is a 3½-year-old red monster with a distinctive cheerful voice and a contagious giggle. Enthusiastic, friendly, and curious, he loves to explore new things and be a part of everything that happens on Sesame Street. However, like most preschoolers, he sometimes doesn’t have all the skills or knowledge he needs. But that never stops him! He always maintains an optimistic view of himself and life. Elmo tries to do the right thing in every situation, and encourages his friends to do the same. Some of his best friends are Zoe, Abby, and his pet goldfish Dorothy, but he is always ready to meet new people. Elmo’s favorite hobbies are dancing, singing, and riding his tricycle. He also loves books and using his imagination to make up stories.
Ernie is mischievous, frequently playing practical jokes on his good buddy, Bert. He loves singing, playing musical instruments, and taking baths with Rubber Ducky. His free-spirited approach to successes and failures alike makes him one of Sesame Street’s most enduring and likeable characters. Together, Bert and Ernie model how to appreciate similarities and differences between friends, and understand other others’ points of view.
Grover, Sesame Street’s gregarious blue monster, accomplishes his tasks with a childlike exuberance that has been making young viewers laugh for more than four decades. He displays seemingly endless confidence, curiosity, and perseverance. He is eager to explore new things and start new adventures, even when he inevitably takes a few wrong turns along the way. Grover is always there for his friends, using his heroic qualities to come to the rescue of those in need. This is evident in Grover’s alter ego, “Super Grover 2.0,” a STEM-inspired superhero who observes, investigates, and reports as he (sometimes literally!) stumbles across scientific solutions to everyday problems.
Murray is an adventurous, outgoing, and friendly monster who serves as Sesame Street’s ambassador for teaching children new vocabulary words. He’s brave and enthusiastic when it comes to trying new things, which makes him the perfect monster to interview children, adults, and celebrities on a variety of topics. He also performs science experiments with children and experts, takes viewers along on field trips to different schools, and meets new friends in our neighborhoods.
OSCAR THE GROUCH
Oscar, Sesame Street’s resident Grouch, despises all things “nice” like rainbows, candy, and chocolate. Being grouchy makes him happy, but being happy makes him grouchy again. He loves loud noises, collecting junk, arguing, rainy days, and other common annoyances. Oscar does have a soft side, as he is a caring friend to his pet worm, Slimey, his pet elephant, Fluffy, and his pet pig, Spot. Oscar’s trash can may be messy, but it’s filled with recyclable and reusable materials. Don’t tell him that he’s doing something positive and helping to take care of the planet!
Rosita is an optimistic and playful 5-year-old whose full name, Rosita la Monstrua de las Cuevas, means “The Monster of the Caves.” Hailing from Mexico, she speaks both Spanish and English, often mixing words from both languages when she talks. She is a sensitive and caring character, and she conveys her compassion with lots of hugs. She loves singing and playing guitar, reading and writing in both English and Spanish, and finding ways to share her heritage with others. She often teaches Spanish words to friends Elmo, Abby, and Zoe.
Rudy is Abby Cadabby’s new three-year-old step-brother with bright orange fur and a mop of blue curls. Rudy was nervous about moving to Sesame Street and meeting his new family at first. He’s eager to learn all about his new home, but his curiosity occasionally gets him into trouble. [When he borrows Abby’s magic wand without asking, his spells often go wrong, and he needs Abby and friends to come to the rescue.] He loves animals – especially dogs – and playing hide-and-seek with Abby and Elmo. Rudy will help kids explore stories about siblings, blended families, and conflict resolution.
Telly Monster is an intense and earnest monster who worries over everything. He often needs help from his friends to cope with strong emotions like anxiety and frustration. When he practices strategies to calm down, he can focus, show greater self-confidence, and persist at any task. Telly’s favorite shape is the triangle. He loves to play with his best friend, Baby Bear; through this relationship, young viewers see that friendships have ups and downs and can sometimes require work.
Zoe is an energetic 3-year-old who loves to dance and sing. She has a big imagination and a pet rock named Rocco. Zoe is confident and strong-willed, but sometimes needs help from her friends on Sesame Street to label and manage her big feelings.