Sesame Street

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  • S 99 : Ep 22

    February 28, 2013

    Aired 2/28/13

  • S 99 : Ep 18

    February 7, 2013

    Aired 2/7/13

  • S 43 : Ep 24

    Great Vibrations

    Aired 4/25/13

  • S 43 : Ep 22

    Trashgiving Day

    Aired 4/11/13

  • S 43 : Ep 19

    Best House of the Year

    Aired 2/21/13

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kevin Clash

    Elmo

  • Frank Oz

    Others + Grover (1969-2000), Cookie Monster (1969-1999), Bert (1969-1996, 1998-2000) + Mama Twiddlebug (1971-1984)

  • Andrea Martin

    Additional Voices (Elmo's World) (1998-) (voice)

  • Fran Brill

  • Jim Henson

    Kermit the Frog + Others (1969-2000), Guy Smiley (1970-1990), Papa Twiddlebug (1972-1984),Ernie (1975-1990), Sinister Sam (1975

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  • Sesame Street is a widely recognized and perpetually daring experiment in educational children's programming. This show has taken popular-culture and turned it upside-down. The fast-paced advertisements that had parents of the new era worrying for their children were the basis for the original format of this show. The show has often satirized pop culture, and made itself easier for parents to watch along too. And thus, the positive impact this show has had on modern society is beyond another. No show is more recognized the world over by as many generations and walks of life. Shown in its original format or with changes to reflect a regional education focus, Sesame Street is now seen in over 140 countries. The show that Entertainment Weekly named the "20th Best Ever Show" has changed the education scene to focus on "entertainment." This has turned out to be a valuable theory that not only helps the medicinal learning go down easier, but it also increases the effectiveness of the information being taught. In an almost backwards sense, the show stays fresh by recycling programming ideas every three years, by which time a new group of kids is watching. Unlike most PBS Kids shows, which have an original run, then go into continuous repeats until getting dropped by PBS or sold to another network, Sesame Street has created many new episodes every season since its debut Nov. 10, 1969. American teachers now expect children to arrive on the first day of school knowing the basics about letters, numbers, and language. "Kindergarten now does what first grade used to do," creator Joan Ganz Cooney has said, "and I think that's directly due to Sesame Street." International versions have changed Sesame Street to be more relevant to their culture and environments. They adjust the unique American inner city, with a cast made up mainly of Muppets, African-Americans, Spaniards and Chinese to reflect their own lifestyles. For example, Canada's Sesame Park features a small suburban town inhabited by folks like an otter and a bear, a bush pilot, a disabled child in a wheel-chair and her cat and Russia's Ulitsa Sesame set in a Russian dvor (courtyard) has a 9-foot tall tree spirit who has his joyous and problem-solving Muppet friends. No show can help in tumultuous or troubled times like Sesame Street. For example: • The Israelis and the Palestinians have now merged their independent spin-offs, to help teach the fighting cultures to accept each other for who they are, not what they have done in the past. • The original American Sesame Street helped children deal with the incidents of 9-11 • On the week of October 4-8, 2004, Sesame Workshop actually dug up reruns of Sesame Street episodes from its 32nd season, in which a hurricane plundered the neighborhood. This move was to come to grips with those disabused by the four hurricanes that struck Florida in a six-week span the previous August and September. It also sent a message about the news' propensity for covering violent acts. • The current South African government has not taken much action on the matters of HIV and AIDS, so in 2003, the South African version of Sesame Street added in a 5-year-old girl monster who manages to go about daily life with ease, even though she intercepted HIV through a blood transfusion shortly after birth. This led to an American backlash, even though her exposure in the States has always been restricted to sesameworkshop.org. Undoubtedly, she is the hardest-edged Muppet since Jim Henson's ill-fated "Creatures from the Planet Gorch" on Saturday Night Live's first season. • No other puppet than a Muppet, namely Elmo, could be taken seriously when asking America's congressional Education Appropriations Subcommittee for more funding to school music programs, so that "when Elmo goes to school, there will be the instruments to play." (Unfortunately, Newt Gingrich's Congress chose instead to divert to Sesame Street production funds from other PBS series. Among the casualties was one of Sesame Street's godchildren, Ghostwriter.) •In the mid-70s, they introduced Linda Bove, a deaf actress playing a deaf librarian that lives a life equal to all the rest of the area's inhabitants. Please note that Sesame Street's air time varies between various PBS stations in America. In recent years, a few PBS stations have dropped the show (including WNYE in New York, whose last airing was in June 2003). sesame street even had a touring show, SESAME STREET LIVE,which has just recently celebrated 25 years of performing. Characters Cookie Monster Cookie Monster has always had a passion for cookies, gobbling them up whenever he can. However, in order to promote healthy eating habits, Cookie Monster recently learned that cookies are a "sometime" food. So now, Cookie Monster also eats fruits and vegetables in addition to his trademark snack. Elmo Elmo is a cute little red monster, who wants to know more about the world he is growing up in. Oscar the Grouch Oscar lives in a dustbin, sure its not the most hygienic of places, but Oscar isn't the most hygienic of creatures. He likes to cause mischief but also enjoys learning. Ernie and Bert Best friends and room-mates, both showing us how people get along with each other and how sometimes you may even fall-out with your best friend. The Count The Count, would teaches us to count, whether it be really difficult numbers or easy numbers, the Counts thing is maths and counting, and he sure is good at it. Big Bird A huge yellow bird, who's everyone's friend. No matter what species, color or race you are.moreless

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  • Quotes (4)

    • Buddy: The bird is sitting. Jim: What is the bird sitting on? That's the dumbest picture I've ever seen in my life. What is that bird sitting on? You tell me.

    • Ernie: (taking a bath)Hey, Bert! Bert! Can you bring me a bar of soap? (Bert arrives)Just toss it into old Rosie here. Bert: What? Ernie: The soap. Justtoss it into Rosie here. Bert: Who's Rosie? Ernie: My bathtub. I call my bathtub, Rosie. (continues scrubbing)Bert: Why do you call your bathtub Rosie? Ernie: What's that? Bert: I said, why do you call your bathtub Rosie? Ernie: Because every time I take a bath, I leave a ring around Rosie! (laughs and continutes scrubbing) Bert: Ernie, get outta the tub. Ernie: How come? Bert: Well, because there are a lot of people waiting to take a bath, that's why. Ernie: Take a bath? In my Rosie? Who? Bert: Well, Solomon Grundy, for one.

    • Gordon: Sally, you've never seen a street like Sesame Street.

    • (Big Bird has drawn pictures of eight of his grown-up friends and has given seven of them to Luis, Susan, Gordon, Bob, Maria, David and Olivia. The eighth is of Mr. Hooper.) Big Bird: Well, I can't wait till he sees it. (Everyone else looks worried and confused. Big Bird notices that Mr. Hooper isn't with them.) Big Bird: Say, where is he? I want to give it to him. I know. He's in the store. Bob: Uh, Big Bird? Big Bird: Hmm? Bob: He's-he's... he's not in there. Big Bird: Oh. Then, where is he? Maria: Big Bird, uh, don't you remember we told you? Mr. Hooper died. He... he's dead. Big Bird: Oh, yeah. I remember. Well, I'll give it to him when he comes back. Susan: Big Bird, Mr. Hooper's not coming back. Big Bird: (confused) Why not? Susan: Big Bird, wh-when people die... they don't come back. Big Bird: (startled) Ever? Susan: No. Never. Big Bird: (worried) Well... why not? Luis: Well, Big Bird, uh... they're dead. They... they can't come back. Big Bird: Well, he's... got to come back. Why, who's going to take care of the store? and who's going to make my birdseed milkshakes, and... and tell me stories? David: Big Bird, I'm going to take care of the store. Mr. Hooper, he left it to me. And I'll make you your milkshakes, and... and we'll all tell you stories, and we'll make sure you're O.K. Susan: Sure, we'll look after you. Big Bird: Oh. Hmm. Well... it won't be the same. Bob: You're right, Big Bird. It's... it's... it'll never be the same around here without him. But you know something? We can all be very happy that we had a chance to be with him... and to know him... and to love him a lot when he was here. Big Bird: (sadly) Yeah. Olivia: And Big Bird, we still have our memories of him. Big Bird: Oh, yeah. Yeah, our memories. Right. Why, memory's... that's how I drew this picture. From memory. Olivia: And it's very good! Yeah! Big Bird: Yeah. And we can remember him, and remember him, and remember him... as much as we want to. But I don't like it. It makes me sad. David: We all feel sad, Big Bird. Big Bird: He's never coming back? David: Never. Olivia: No. Big Bird: Well, I don't understand! You know everything was just fine! Why does it have to be this way?! Give me one good reason! Gordon: Big Bird... it has to be this way... because. Big Bird: Just because? Gordon: Just because. Big Bird: Oh. (Big Bird looks at his picture of Mr. Hooper.) Big Bird: You know... I'm going to miss you, Mr. Looper. Maria: (laughing through tears) That's Hooper, Big Bird. Hooper. (The other grown-ups chuckle.) Big Bird: Right.

    Notes (18)

    • The following changes are made to when this episode was released on the DVD release of the first Sesame Street Old School volume:
      The "You can clean almost anything" film is replaced with the song, "A Little Bit (at the beginning)" which was not included in the original broadcast of the episode.
      "Consider Yourself" is removed while the rest of the scene with Gordon and the Anything Muppet Family remain intact.
      The original NET logo at the end is replaced with the popular 1971 PBS ident.

    • In the "Follow the Leader" skit, the "through the pipe" and "over the sawhorses" scenes was removed from the "Sesame Street Unpaved" version of this episode show on the cable station Noggin.

    • Oscar the Grouch was orange during the entire first season.

    • This episode features an early appearance by "Fuzzyface," a kindly brown monster (played by Frank Oz) who unintentionally drives Kermit crazy. "Fuzzyface" would eventually get blue fur and become more familiar to viewers as Grover.

    • Sponsored by A B X 4 & 5

    • This episode marks the very first appearance of the Count, whom would later become a popular character in the series. Snuffy is also redesigned to look like his current version, and a third full-body Muppet character is introduced here: Sam the Robot. All three characters were performed by Jerry Nelson. This is also the first season where Richard Hunt does Muppet work on the show.

    • Sponsored by B, L & 9

    • Rather than have the episode number fade in and out, this show had the number 2000 crawl up, stand for a couple of seconds, and crawl down.

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    Trivia (2)

    • When Ernie takes a bath you can see Jim Henson's arm.

    • When Will Lee (the actor who played Mr. Hooper) died, the cast and crew at Children's Television Workshop decided not to make up an excuse for his departure, but deal with the actual reason for his absence head-on.

    Allusions (3)

    • Regarding the names of Bert and Ernie, as well as the veteran work of Jim Henson and Frank Oz, there are a couple brief Sesame Street allusions made in the 1985 John Landis film Into the Night. The first is a cameo made by Henson himself, playing the "Man on Phone" who is conversing with somebody named "Bernie". The movie's second reference takes place in an airport, where a loudspeaker announcement can be heard paging a "Frank Oznowicz" for a courtesy phone call.

    • There has been much speculation over the years regarding the origin of Bert and Ernie's names, ever since the program first aired. Many fans are convinced that the two derived their names from characters in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life...Bert the policeman and Ernie the cabbie. The media has helped to reinforce this urban legend, and a scene from Elmo Saves Christmas shows the two muppets reacting to a Capra excerpt that mentions both theirnames...lending yet more creedence to the rumors. But the fact of the matter is, Jim Henson and other originalSesame Streetwriters have gone on record denying any connection to the classic film. They gave their prototype muppets names that seemed to fit their looks...anything beyond thatwas simply coincidence.

    • After listening to a story written by Baby Bear and Telly, Stinky wants to write one of his own. As Stinky tells his story, Gordon writes it down and Zoe pretends to be one of the characters.

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    By CatMommy123, Jun 13, 2014

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    By KingKool18436, May 15, 2014

  • One of the ONLY good show for younger audiences out there!

    By leviwellsy, Apr 02, 2014

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