Sesame Street’s 52nd Season Launches on TVNZ on 1st April!

Billie Eilish Sesame Street

Sesame Street’s 52nd Season Launches on TVNZ on 1st April!

Elmo’s adopted puppy Tango makes her Sesame Street debut – including a brand-new animated segment Elmo & Tango’s Mysterious Mysteries

Star-studded season includes appearances from Jon Batiste, Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, Kacey Musgraves, Naomi Osaka, Anderson .Paak, and Keke Palmer.

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind decades of award-winning educational programming, today announced that Sesame Street’s 52nd season will debut on Friday 1st April on TVNZ OnDemand at 8am.

Creating this season of Sesame Street during the pandemic has been an enormous undertaking,” said Sal Perez, 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 TVNZ for their continued support of Sesame Street in New Zealand.”

This season welcomes Tango, Elmo’s new adopted puppy, to the Street, where she will debut as a live-action Sesame Street Muppet in the first Season 52 episode on Friday 1st April.

Tango will also join Elmo in the new animated segment Elmo & Tango’s Mysterious Mysteries, comprised of 13 five-minute episodes interspersed throughout Season 52. The series follows Elmo and Tango as they search for clues on Sesame Street and help their friends solve mysteries, including the disappearance of Abby’s magic wand, a search for buried treasure, and more.

Season 52 continues a playful problem-solving curriculum, designed to build critical thinking skills in young children and equip them to handle challenges in school and beyond. As characters and kids approach challenges creatively, they repeat the phrase “I Wonder…What if…Let’s Try!” This framework for finding solutions is used in Street Stories, interstitials, and Elmo & Tango’s Mysterious Mysteries segments.

The pandemic has presented immense challenges for us all over the past couple of years, but particularly for children as they experience this drastically different way of life in their formative years,” said Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, Sesame Workshop’s Senior Vice President of Curriculum & Content. “In spite of those difficulties, we know that children are incredibly resilient. This season’s curriculum is designed to encourage and inspire them to be persistent, continuing to try until they succeed. It’s a message kids and parents can take to heart.

Naomi Osaka Sesame Street

As a part of Coming Together, Sesame Workshop’s ongoing commitment to racial justice, this season features two racial justice-themed episodes: Elmo, Tamir, and friends make a Peace Tree to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy; and Let’s Grow Together, where Alan shares his Japanese American heritage with the Sesame Street gang as they learn to make pickled daikon for the community garden food stand.

This season, Sesame Workshop took seven of its 35 new Sesame Street episodes to the great outdoors. In Elmo Mails a Letter, Elmo meets a real U.S. Postal Service mail carrier to learn how mail is sorted and sent to the right place. Abby, Rudy, and Freddy follow a map to find hidden treasure in Hike Pirates, while five episodes were filmed on location at a farm and orchard, starting with Sesame Street Goes to the Farm.