Elmo and His Puppy, Tango | Source: Sesame Workshop

Can you believe that Sesame Street is heading into its 52nd season?! Sesame Workshop announced that the new season will premiere on Thursday, Nov. 11, on HBO Max’s Cartoonito. New episodes will drop every Thursday with 35 episodes in total.

Elmo’s adopted puppy, Tango, will make her debut as a live-action Sesame Street Muppet in the first episode of the season. Tango was first introduced in the animated special Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets a Puppy in August, and she will now appear regularly in Sesame Street episodes. Tango will also join Elmo in the new animated segment “Elmo & Tango’s Mysterious Mysteries,” comprised of 13 five-minute episodes that will play 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 the playful problem-solving curriculum of Sesame Street, designed to build critical thinking skills in young kids and equip them to handle challenges in school and beyond. As the characters and kids approach challenges, they repeat the phrase: “I wonder … what if … let’s try!” The new season will also feature two racial justice-themed episodes: “Martin Luther King Day” (Thursday, Jan. 13), in which Elmo, Tamir, and friends make a Peace Tree to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and the holiday; and “Let’s Grow Together” (Thursday, Feb. 17), in which Alan shares his Japanese American heritage with the Sesame Street squad as they learn to make pickled daikon for the community garden food stand.

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Fans can expect appearances from celebrity and special guests, including Jon Batiste (Thursday, Nov. 18), Kacey Musgraves (Thursday, Dec. 2), Naomi Osaka (Thursday, Jan. 6), Anderson .Paak (Thursday, Jan. 13), astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison (Thursday, Jan. 27), Amanda Gorman (Thursday, March 24), Keke Palmer (Thursday, April 21), and Billie Eilish (Thursday, June 16).

Tune in on Cartoonito on HBO Max beginning next week. The new season will also be available for streaming on PBS Kids next fall and previous Sesame Street episodes are currently available on PBS stations and PBS Kids.

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Jackie Cucco

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Jackie Cucco was a Senior Editor of The Toy Book, The Toy Insider, and The Pop Insider. She covered toy trends, pop culture, and entertainment news, and made appearances on national and regional outlets, including CBS, WPIX, News 12, and more. Jackie spends her time watching horror movies and working her way through every Stephen King novel out there.