Sesame Street’s 52nd Season Set for HBO Max


The 52nd season of Sesame Street is set to debut on November 11 on HBO Max under the Cartoonito section, with episodes dropping every Thursday.

Sesame Street‘s 52nd season, comprised of 35 episodes, continues to focus on a playful problem-solving curriculum, with characters repeatedly using the phrase, “I Wonder…What if…Let’s Try!” The new season welcomes Elmo’s adopted puppy Tango, who will appear regularly as a live-action Muppet.

Interspersed throughout season 52 will be the new segment Elmo & Tango’s Mysterious Mysteries, with 13 five-minute episodes. The series will follow Elmo and Tango as they help their friends solve mysteries, including the disappearance of Abby’s magic wand.

As part of Coming Together, Sesame Workshop’s ongoing commitment to racial justice, the season will feature two racial justice-themed episodes: “Martin Luther King Day” (January 13), in which Elmo, Tamir and other characters make a Peace Tree to celebrate Dr. King, and “Let’s Grow Together” (February 17), in which Alan shares his Japanese American heritage.

The season will also see Elmo and his pals venture outdoors. In “Elmo Mails a Letter” (November 18), Elmo meets a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier in Queens, New York, to learn how mail is sorted and sent to the right place. In “Hike Pirates” (January 6), Abby, Rudy and Freddy follow a hidden treasure map at Croton Gorge Park in Westchester, New York. Five additional episodes were filmed on location at Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard in North Salem, New York.

A host of celebrity and special guests are set to appear, including Jon Batiste, Kacey Musgraves, Naomi Osaka, Anderson .Paak, astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, Amanda Gorman, Keke Palmer and Billie Eilish.

The season will stream on PBS KIDS beginning in fall 2022.

“Creating this season of Sesame Street during the pandemic has been an enormous undertaking,” said Ben Lehmann, senior VP and head of live action at Sesame Workshop and Sesame Street executive producer. “Just as our characters use playful problem-solving in the face of challenges, we, too, took a creative approach, finding innovative solutions while keeping our cast and crew safe. We’re proud of what we’ve been able to produce and are grateful to our partners at WarnerMedia and PBS for their continued support of Sesame Street.”

Sesame Workshop also has a slate of Sesame Street spin-offs, including The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo, CGI animated Mecha Builders, Esme & Roy, Ghostwriter, Helpsters and Bea’s Block.