Generations have grown up watching and learning with Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo and the entire crew. Now Sesame Street is celebrating a special anniversary with a star-studded 50th season.

The special will take a nostalgic look back at the last fifty years on Sesame Street and reimagine some of the most classic segments and songs like “People in Your Neighborhood” and “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration will premiere Sat. , Nov. 9 on HBO and Sun., Nov. 17 on PBS stations and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel.

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The pecial event will feature returning and rarely seen cast members, like Kermit the Frog and nearly the entire human cast. Fans will also be treated to a parade of guest stars including Whoopi Goldberg, Patti LaBelle, Elvis Costello, Meghan Trainor, Sterling K. Brown, Norah Jones, Nile Rodgers, and Itzhak Perlman.

The first episode of the 50th season will kick off Sat. Nov. 16 on HBO. The new season will features guest appearances from Chrissy Teigen; musicians Charlie Puth, Dave Grohl, and Maren Morris; ballet dancer Misty Copeland; comedian Michael Che and Olympic athlete Chloe Kim. It will also include a new segment “Big Bird’s Road Trip,” which was filmed on location over the summer during the “Sesame Street Road Trip.” In the segment, Big Bird tours the United States to discover what kids love about where they live.

“As we mark our 50th season, we want to remind families everywhere of the timeless lessons Sesame Street has always taught,” said Steve Youngwood, President of Media & Education and Chief Operating Officer of Sesame Workshop. “Everyone, no matter where they are from, is equally deserving of respect, opportunity, and joy.”

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Sesame Street via YouTube

 

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