Sesame Street Ranked by IMDB Users: A 50th Anniversary List

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1. Sesame Street (1969– )
Episode: Episode #15.4 (1983)

TV-Y | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Big Bird draws pictures of his friends and wants to give them to him. When he gets to Mr. Hooper's picture, they remind him that Mr. Hooper died, and they must explain what death is.

Director: Lisa Simon | Stars: Northern Calloway, Emilio Delgado, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano

Votes: 45

2. Sesame Street (1969– )
Episode: 1364 (1980)

TV-Y | 60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

C-3PO and R2-D2 land in a space capsule to bring a message to Oscar the Grouch. Sesame Street is brought to you today by the letters J and Z and the number 4.

Stars: Daws Butler, Northern Calloway, Tristan Carrasco, Anthony Daniels

Votes: 24

3. The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (1990 TV Short)

47 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

While The Muppets prepare a tribute to the late Jim Henson, they learn about the life and career of the renowned puppeteer/film maker.

Director: Don Mischer | Stars: Jim Henson, Harry Belafonte, Carol Burnett, Ray Charles

Votes: 224

While the main focus is on the "Muppet Show" characters, there is a significant section that focuses on "Sesame Street."

4. Sesame Street (1969– )
Episode: Episode #17.1 (1985)

TV-Y | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Big Bird is determined to prove to the adults that Mr. Snuffleupagus is real.

Stars: Roscoe Orman, Micki Barnett, Linda Bove, Northern Calloway

Votes: 14

5. Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978 TV Movie)

TV-Y | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Big Bird worries when Oscar tells him that if Santa Claus can't fit down the chimney on Christmas Eve, nobody would get presents.

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 778

6. Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1983 TV Movie)

60 min | Family, Fantasy

As the Metropolitan Museum of Art closes, Big Bird decides to leave his Sesame Street friends behind in search of Snuffy. Once locked inside for the night, educational hilarity ensues as ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Martin P. Robinson

Votes: 204

7. Sesame Street: 20 Years & Still Counting! 1969-1989 (1989 TV Special)

TV-G | 48 min | Comedy, Family

A 20th anniversary celebration of the classic educational TV series.

Director: Peter Harris | Stars: Bill Cosby, Ray Charles, Plácido Domingo, Jim Henson

Votes: 65

8. Sesame Street (1969– )

TV-Y | 55 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, human and muppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games, and songs.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 11,236

(The main series itself.)

9. A Muppet Family Christmas (1987 TV Movie)

47 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

Kermit and his friends spend Christmas staging a surprise visit to Fozzie Bear's mother's farm.

Directors: Peter Harris, Eric Till | Stars: Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, Kathryn Mullen

Votes: 3,277

Again, the main focus is on the "Muppet Show" characters, but the "Sesame" characters are heavily involved in the story.

10. The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (1986 TV Movie)

Comedy, Family

For the first time in their careers, all the Muppets (except the ones that couldn't make it, like the Doozers, Gorgs and most of the Fraggles) have gathered together in one place to ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Harris | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 221

Again, a significant "Sesame" segment, plus multiple appearances by the characters.

11. Sesame Street (1969– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (1969)

TV-Y | 58 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Gordon introduces Sesame Street's residents - both Muppet and human; Cookie Monster disrupts Kermit the Frog's lecture on the letter "W"; and Carol Burnett is the first celebrity guest. ... See full summary »

Director: Neil Smith | Stars: Carol Burnett, James Catusi, Brian Henson, Jim Henson

Votes: 39

The first episode.

12. Sesame Street Unpaved (1999 TV Special)

60 min | Documentary, Family

For the 30th anniversary special, cast members from the long-running children's show sat down and discussed the history and impact of the series.

Stars: Paul Benedict, Jim Henson, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano

Votes: 25

13. Julie on Sesame Street (1973 TV Special)

60 min | Family, Music

Julie Andrews and Perry Como join the "Sesame" Muppets for an hour of music and comedy.

Director: Dwight Hemion | Stars: Julie Andrews, Perry Como, Caroll Spinney, Jane Henson

Votes: 17

14. Sesame Street (1969– )
Episode: Hurricane: Part 1 (2001)

TV-Y | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A hurricane is coming to Sesame Street, and everyone scatters around to prepare for it. Today's show is sponsored by the letter X and the number 8.

Director: John Dilworth | Stars: Alison Bartlett, Fran Brill, Ruth Buzzi, Desiree Casado

Votes: 12

A pivotal series of stories teaching kids how to deal with tragedies and national disasters. The episodes have been rerun during crucial times, including immediately post-9/11.

15. Henson's Place (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 53 min | Documentary

A documentary with featured performance clips and interviews featuring Jim and Jane Henson, Frank Oz and others. The documentary focuses on the Muppet phenomena and a look at the ... See full summary »

Director: David A. Goldsmith | Stars: Jim Henson, Jane Henson, Michael K. Frith, Joan Ganz Cooney

Votes: 89

A documentary with "Sesame" elements.

16. Sesame Street (1969– )
Episode: Episode #9.35 (1978)

TV-Y | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Big Bird is excited because today he is going on a trip to Hawaii, along with Maria, Bob, Olivia, Mr. Hooper, and a most reluctant Oscar. Snuffy had also intended to go, but unfortunately ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Linda Bove, Northern Calloway, Emilio Delgado, Will Lee

Votes: 7

17. Sesame Street (1969– )
Episode: The Cookie Thief (2015)

TV-Y | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A brand new museum has opened on Sesame Street, the Museum of Modern Cookie! Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Chris are very excited to check it out. However, when they step inside, all of the ... See full summary »

Directors: Joey Mazzarino, Moses Edinborough | Stars: Fran Brill, Tyler Bunch, Leslie Carrara, Terry Crews

Votes: 14

19. Sesame Street Stays Up Late! (1993 TV Movie)

G | 56 min | Family

It's New Year's Eve on Sesame Street and around the world! Anchorman Elmo and the Monster News Network provide special reports showing us the New Year's customs and celebrations.

Director: Chuck Vinson | Stars: Alison Bartlett, Linda Bove, Ruth Buzzi, Annette Calud

Votes: 19

20. The Furchester Hotel (2014– )


The Furchester family run the Furchester Hotel, with help from Elmo's and The Cookie Monster. Fun and shenanigans are always being had.

Stars: Neil Sterenberg, Warrick Brownlow-Pike, Louise Gold, Andrew Spooner

Votes: 105

The UK spinoff series.

21. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)

PG | 80 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash.

Directors: Constance Marks, Philip Shane | Stars: Kevin Clash, Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Oz, Bill Barretta

Votes: 6,552 | Gross: $0.30M

22. Big Bird in Japan (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Family

While visiting Japan, Big Bird wanders off from a guided tour bus in Tokyo, and is lost until a Japanese woman helps him get to where he needs to go. The woman, however, is hiding a secret.

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Brian Muehl, Maiko Kawakami, Masayuki Katô

Votes: 161

23. Big Bird in China (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 75 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Big Bird and his Sesame Street companion, Barkley, the big, fluffy dog, travel across China in search of the legendary Feng Huang, the Phoenix Bird. Along the way they visit with Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Brian Muehl, Lianzi Ouyang, Frank Oz

Votes: 402

24. I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

71 Metascore

Caroll Spinney has been Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969; at 78-years-old, he has no intention of stopping.

Directors: Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Debra Spinney

Votes: 1,275 | Gross: $0.01M

25. A Special Sesame Street Christmas (1978 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Leslie Uggams is celebrating Christmas on Sesame Street. But since Oscar the Grouch is being a right old Scrooge, she decides to teach him a lesson by imploring Anne Murray, Imogene Coca ... See full summary »

Director: Russ Petranto | Stars: Leslie Uggams, Ethel Merman, Anne Murray, Imogene Coca

Votes: 107

(A network special, not to be confused with the more famous PBS special "Christmas Eve on Sesame Street" from the same year.)

26. Out to Lunch (1974 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy, Family

The Muppets and the casts of "The Electric Company" and "Sesame Street" take over the ABC Nightly News when the newsroom staff takes a lunch break.

Director: Bill Davis | Stars: Luis Avalos, Jim Boyd, Carol Burnett, Barbara Eden

Votes: 27

27. A Walking Tour of Sesame Street (1979 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy, Family

James Earl Jones hosts this tenth anniversary retrospective of the popular children's series.

Director: Emily Squires | Stars: Linda Bove, James Earl Jones, Will Lee, Bob McGrath

Votes: 9

28. Sesame Street (1969– )
Episode: Sesame Street Presents: The Street We Live On (2004)

TV-Y | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Elmo's World celebrates 35 years of Sesame Street. Elmo wants to know more about the street he lives on, so Grover takes him on a trip back in time to see what Sesame Street was like before Elmo was born.

Directors: Kevin Clash, Ken Diego, Victor DiNapoli, Jim Martin, Ted May, Lisa Simon, Emily Squires | Stars: Sonia Manzano, Alan Muraoka, Roscoe Orman, Alison Bartlett

Votes: 48

29. Follow That Bird (1985)

G | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Big Bird is sent to live far from Sesame Street by a pesky social worker. Unhappy, Big Bird runs away from his foster home, prompting the rest of the Sesame Street gang to go on a cross-country journey to find him.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

Votes: 4,440

30. A Sesame Street Christmas Carol (2006 Video)

TV-Y | 46 min | Family

Oscar the Grouch is visited by three ghosts in an attempt to teach him the true meaning of Christmas.

Directors: Victor DiNapoli, Ken Diego, Emily Squires, Jon Stone | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Joey Mazzarino, Matt Vogel, Jim Martin

Votes: 77

31. Elmo Saves Christmas (1996 Video)

TV-Y | 60 min | Family

Elmo wishes that it would be Christmas every day, but with the help of Santa's reindeer-in-training, Lightning, he learns that might not be such a good idea when he sees the future.

Director: Emily Squires | Stars: Charles Durning, Harvey Fierstein, Maya Angelou, Kevin Clash

Votes: 285

32. Elmopalooza! (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 45 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Join the Muppets from Sesame Street for an all-star celebration of 30 years of songs and laughs! Starring David Alan Grier and Jon Stewart.

Directors: Tom Trbovich, Kevin Bray, Victor DiNapoli, Mustapha Khan, Lionel C. Martin, Mark Rowen | Stars: Brad Abrell, Abe Acay, Pam Arciero, Tyra Banks

Votes: 125

33. Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas (2016 TV Movie)

TV-Y | 51 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

On Christmas Eve, Elmo's father Louie tells his son about how Sesame Street was a dreary place in the 19th century as it's inhabitants lack the Christmas spirit enough for Santa Claus to ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Vogel | Stars: Alan Muraoka, Suki Lopez, Caroll Spinney, Jim Gaffigan

Votes: 51

34. The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999)

G | 73 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

59 Metascore

A tug-of-war between Elmo and his friend sends his blanket to faraway Grouchland, a place full of grouchy creatures and the villainous Huxley. Elmo embarks on a rescue mission, learning important lessons about sharing and responsibility.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Kevin Clash, Mandy Patinkin, Vanessa Williams, Sonia Manzano

Votes: 2,733 | Gross: $11.63M

35. Elmo's Christmas Countdown (2007 TV Movie)

TV-Y | 60 min | Family, Music

Sesame Street characters help Elmo count down the days leading up to Christmas.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Pam Arciero, Fran Brill, Tyler Bunch, Leslie Carrara

Votes: 268

36. All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! (1994 TV Special)

Comedy, Family, Music

Tycoon billionaire Ronald Grump wants to demolish Sesame Street to build his Grump Tower, and it's up to the Sesame Street citizens to save their favorite buildings from being destroyed.

Director: Chuck Vinson | Stars: Carlo Alban, Maya Angelou, Annette Bening, Candice Bergen

Votes: 59

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