Sesame Workshop has announced that the 51st season of “Sesame Street” will debut on HBO Max on Nov. 21.
The 35-episode season will air every Thursday on the network before coming to PBS Kids in fall 2021. “Sesame Street’s” latest season marks the start of a two-year curriculum focused on problem-solving and critical thinking skills in children. It is designed to better equip children for challenges they can experience in school and beyond.
“We are proud to announce our newest episodes of ‘Sesame Street,’ designed to entertain and educate kids as we help them build curiosity, creativity and persistence – an especially crucial focus as families continue to face unprecedented challenges,” says Steve Youngwood, president, media and education, and chief operating officer, Sesame Workshop. “This season debut on HBO Max marks another key moment in our partnership with WarnerMedia. We are grateful to them and our longstanding partners at PBS for their continued support as we work together to help children grow smarter, stronger and kinder.”
Season 51 comes with a new anthem – “I Wonder, What If, Let’s Try” – which will be performed by celebrity guest Hailee Steinfeld. The singer and actor will be joined this season by other special guests including:
- Maggie Rogers (Nov. 19);
- Issa Rae (Dec. 10);
- Stephen and Ayesha Curry (Mar. 25);
- Billy Porter (Apr. 1); and
- Kelsea Ballerini (June 17).
“’Sesame Street’ has a longstanding legacy of doing incredibly important things for children by shaping culture and sparking important conversations among all of us,” adds Tom Ascheim, president, global kids, young adults and classics, Warner Bros. “For me personally, I’m thrilled to be reunited with all the exceptional people that make Sesame Workshop the force that it is.”
News of the latest season of “Sesame Street” comes on the heels of the recent announcement that Steve Youngwood would be named chief executive officer, Sesame Workshop, starting in 2021. He will be joined by Sherrie Westin, who was named president of the organization.