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SESAME STREET
Plot Premiere episode: Gordon introduces Sally to SESAME STREET.
Air date November 10th, 1969
Season Season 1
Sponsors W, S, E, 2, 3
Syndication SESAME STREET UNpaved
Releases Old School: Volume 1
SESAME STREET: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the STREET bonus DVD
SESAME STREET Classics, Vol. 1

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In the first episode of SESAME STREET, Gordon takes a girl named Sally on a tour of SESAME STREET, introducing her (& the viewers) to the various characters on the show. On the street, Sally meets the human cast -- Gordon, Susan, Bob & Mr. Hooper -- as well as 2 Muppet characters: OSCAR THE GROUCH & BIG BIRD.

Ernie & Bert appear for the 1st time, & Kermit the Frog gives a lecture on the letter W, interrupted by an early version of Cookie Monster.

Also featured in this episode are the 1st installments of the "Number Song Series" & "Jazz" cartoons, the 1st appearance of a group of Anything Muppets, & the 1st performance of "1 of These Things". Carol Burnett is the 1st celebrity guest to appear on the show.

In this episode, many sketches are introduced by the characters, even within the inserts. This reflects the fact that the show was initially conceived as a childrens version of Rowan & Martins Laugh-In. For example, Gordon asks Kermit to give his W lecture, & when the sketch begins, Kermit says that Gordon asked him to talk about the letter W.

This episode is available for viewing, uncut, at The Paley Center for Media.


Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1
Gordon introduces his new neighbor, Sally to SESAME STREET, where she meets Susan (Gordon's wife) Bob, Mr. Hooper & some kids in the courtyard. When Gordon tries to introduce her to BIG BIRD, however, SESAME STREET's tallest resident has trouble finding her, because she's so small. But when Gordon lifts Sally up so that she'll be easier to see, BIG BIRD mistakenly thinks that Sally is 8'2" & gets scared, thereupon claiming that he nearly laid an egg. Gordon & Sally then hear singing coming from the basement apartment in 123 SESAME STREET, which Gordon explains is where Ernie & Bert live. He also tells Sally that if she can hear Ernie singing, it most likely means that he is taking a bath.
The Bath Story
Muppets
Ernie & Bert - Ernie tells Bert that he calls his bathtub Rosie, because after his bath, he leaves a ring around Rosie. Bert then tells Ernie to get out of the tub, because other people are waiting to use it. Solomon Grundy, for instance.
Solomon Grundy
Cartoon
Poor Solomon Grundy washes a different part of the left side of his body every day, but at the end of the week, "he's still half dirty!"
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Mooch
Film
Bach's "Gavotte," performed by the Swingle Singers.

This segment was removed from DVD releases of the episode.
Everybody Wash
Song
Ernie leads the cast in "Everybody Wash"
Dots 1
Cartoon
Dot Bridge #1
No 3
Film
"3 Song (Song of 3)".
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SCENE 2
Sally drinks milk in Susan & Gordon's apartment.
Milk
Film
How milk is made, featuring the song "Hey Cow"
Dots 1
Cartoon
Dot Bridge #1 (repeat)
Meeting Oscar

Original Orange Oscar
SCENE 3
Gordon tries to introduce Sally to OSCAR THE GROUCH, who refuses to come out at 1st. After the 2nd time, OSCAR says to Sally that he is glad that she doesnt bang on his TRASH CAN, or "bug me in general... which is more than I can say about some people I know!"
Sam the Snake
Cartoon
Clay animation - Sam the Snake - & other things that begin with S
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SCENE 4
Gordon introduces Sally to Jennie, who uses her knitting to teach about over, around & through.
Follow the Leader
Film
A group of kids play follow the leader & go over, around & through various obstacles, but one of them takes a while to catch on.

When this episode aired as part of the SESAME STREET UNpaved series, Noggin removed everything after the initial "around" part.
Dots 3
Cartoon
Dot Bridge (last dot is late & travels through the others)
Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes through
Cartoon
Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes teaches about through.
Dots 4
Cartoon
Dot Bridge (last dot shows up early)
Anything Family
Muppets
Gordon puts some features on some Anything Muppets, forming them into a family. They all sing "Consider Yourself".
The song "Consider Yourself" was removed from DVD releases of the episode. As a result, the scene fades out after Gordon finishes dressing the family.
Dots 5
Cartoon
Dot Bridge (3rd dot wants to be red)
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SCENE 5
Ernie & Ronald are at Mr. Hooper's Store; Susan needs 2 quarts of milk.
No 2
Film
"2 Song (Song of 2)".
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SCENE 6
Susan & Ronald look at film clips with pairs of zoo animals.
Jazzy spies 2
Cartoon
"Jazz 2"
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SCENE 7
Ernie cries because he loves the number 2 so much. Bert snaps Ernie out of it & introduces a letter E film...causing Ernie to cry again, since E happens to be his favorite letter.
Eating a peach
Cartoon
Letter E ("See me... eating a peach...")
Artists: The Hubleys
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SCENE 8
Bob hangs a picture for Gordon. Gordon mentions Buddy & Jim offered to hang it for him & he & Bob imagine the disastrous results...
Buddy Jim hammer
Cast
Buddy & Jim hang a picture.
Dots 6
Cartoon
Dot Bridge (all the dots turn red)
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SCENE 9
Bob shows how to fold a dollar bill into a letter W. Kermit then leaves to do his famous W lecture.
Wanda the Witch 1
Cartoon
"Wanda the Witch"
Animation by Tee Collins
Kermit the Frog's W lecture 1
Muppets
Kermit the Frog Lecture - Kermit talks about the letter W. Cookie Monster eats the W.
Wanda the Witch 2
Cartoon
"Wanda the Witch" (repeat)
Carol Burnett 0001
Celebrity
Carol Burnett: "Wow, Wanda the Witch is weird."
W for Worm
Cartoon
W is for WORM
Cut from Noggin
Kermit the Frog's W lecture 2
Muppets
Kermit the Frog Lecture - Kermit tries to start his W lecture again, but the W comes to life & attacks him.
Dots 7
Cartoon
Dot Bridge (raspberry)
Susan sings 1 of these things
Cast
Susan plays "One of These Things" with the number 2.
W for Worm
Cartoon
W is for WORM (repeat)
Ending

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SCENE 10
Gordon asks Sally about her day; Ernie cries when he thinks about 2. Susan gives him a 2. Then, Gordon mentions the letter E. Ernie cries again cause Susan doesn't have an E. Gordon tells the viewers to come back again soon. Mr. Hooper announces the sponsors.
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Mr. Hooper 0001
CLOSING SIGNS
A group of Muppet hippies (including a bearded hippie) hold up the SESAME STREET sign, while Mr. Hooper holds up the CTW sign at the end.

AlterationsEdit

Picture Segment Description
A Little Bit 1

A Little Bit 2
Song
(DVD release)
Joe Raposo sings "A Little Bit (at the Beginning)" along to a film of "good things growing better."
This segment was not in the original broadcast of the episode. It is currently on the episodes 2006 DVD release, where it replaces "You can clean almost anything." It was shown after OSCARs debut.

CastEdit

NotesEdit

  • This episode was taped on October 21, 1969.[2]
  • This episode can be viewed in its entirety at the Museum of Broadcast Communications Archives.

ProofEdit

  1. The Baltimore SUN - "Whatever Happened to... Flo `Granny Packer' Ayres?" June 16, 2007
  2. JIMs Red Book Entry

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