Much of the original cast and Muppets established in thefirst season are present during the second season, though some would go through changes. The main cast of Bob,GordonSusan and Mr. Hooper remain the human hosts on the Street, and are now joined by Tom and Miguel (the show's first Latino character). The comedy duo Buddy and Jim is replaced by Larry and Phyllis, whose segments focused on the importance of cooperation. Maria and Davidjoin the cast later in the season.

Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch return as the two major puppet characters on the Street, and both have been redesigned. Big Bird loses the dopey "hick" aspect of his character from the first year and begins to act more like a child rather than a slow-witted adult. Oscar still retains his grouchiness, but his fur has been changed from short orange shag to longer green fur.

Four of the more popular Muppets used in inserts -- Ernie,BertCookie Monster and Grover -- all return for the second season. Kermit the Frog, however, is dropped from the cast (though he would still appear in segments from the first year), and in his place are new Muppet characters such as the burly Herry MonsterHerbert Birdsfoot (who, like Kermit, would conduct lectures, often in the company of Grover), Sherlock Hemlock (a detective who often arrives at unusual deductions or small clues), Simon Soundman and children Farley and Prairie Dawn. Most of the puppets from the first season that had been used in previous productions, including The Ed Sullivan Show (such as Beautiful Day Monster and the Snerfs), no longer appear.


The "magazine format" of inserts continued to be used, and several new recurring film, cartoon, and studio series appear for the first time. These include the "Larry and Phyllis" segments, the Today's Secret Drawing animations, and George the Farmer.


New topics were added to the curriculum that were established for the first season, while some of the original topics were expanded. The second season focused on:

  • numbers from one to twenty
  • sight words (including street signs) and letter blending, as sometimes demonstrated by The Word Family Song. Among the words that were featured include "stop", "exit", and "bus stop", as well as words used in everyday conversation such as "the" and "is".
  • simple addition and subtraction
  • multiple classification (such as the games of "One of These Things" in episode 0198)
  • regrouping
  • property identification
  • the mind and its uses: remembering, thinking, hoping, and imagining
  • conflict resolution [1]

In addition to these topics, the show sometimes focused on Latino-American culture with Spanish sight words and phrases, such as "pare" "calle", and "ven aqui".[2]


Episodes 0131 - 0275 (145 episodes)