Sesame Street (Partially Found Children's Television Series; 1969-present)


Sesame Street (1969-present)
Cast photo from Sesame Street’s first season.
Cast photo from Sesame Street’s first season.
Status Partially Lost

Sesame Street is a children’s television series that started in 1969. This series is one of the most well-known and longest running children’s television series of all time. Since it’s inception in 1969, the show has earned 159 Emmy Awards and 8 Grammy Awards, and an estimated 77 million Americans watched the series as children as of 2008.[1]

Despite its massive multi-decade running-time, it’s become an interest of avid fans of the series to document the series in its entirety, including descriptions for shorts in episodes ranging from the first season to the present.[2]

While episode listings adapted from Children’s Television Workshop archives are complete in writing, many of the segments included in the listings are not available for audiences on any home video releases or digital releases. A complete listing of these is not available, largely due to the vast number of episodes of the series produced, but many of the popular segments that have been lost and found since the genesis of the Internet have been listed below. (The following list of segments has been adapted from the “Article Requests” section of the Lost Media Wiki website. I’ve also included sections and links to the pages of shorts that have received separate articles to maintain completeness in covering Sesame Street’s massive scope and without disrupting existing coverage.)

Leslie Mostly Skits - Partially Found

Leslie Mostly is a short-lived Muppet from the twelfth season. She was the host of “The Leslie Mostly Show,” a talk show host spoof series. Her segments are interviews with other Muppet characters, including The Amazing Mumford, Grover, Count von Count, Cookie Monster, and the word “CASA.”

Of the segments listed above, all but the Cookie Monster skit have been uploaded to YouTube. The uploaded clips can be viewed below.

The Amazing Mumford Interview.
Count von Count Interview.
Grover Interview.
CASA Interview.

Deena and Pearl Skits - Partially Found

Deena and Pearl are a Muppet duo from the twelfth season. They were seen in a total of four sketches on the show before disappearing. Their discontinuance is largely attributed to the similarity of their segments to those of Ernie and Bert.

The four sketches include Baby Deena, Toy Box, Underwater, and Pearl is Sick.[3] Of these, Baby Deena is the only sketch uploaded on YouTube in English (as “Play House”). Toy Box has been uploaded in Dutch. The other two haven’t resurfaced in any language yet.

Baby Deena, also known as Play House.
Toy Box (Dutch dub).

Professor Hastings Skits - Partially Found

Professor Hastings is an early Muppet professor performed by Frank Oz from the first three seasons. His character was best known for boring himself to sleep with his own lectures.

Of the eleven known skits to include him, only one (What’s My Part?) has resurfaced in English, while three dubbed segments and one album track have resurfaced. The segments that have not resurfaced in any form yet include Spinning Wheel, Letter Y, Big and Little, Body Parts, Number 2, and Dump Truck.

What's My Part?
Emotions (Dutch dub)
Exercise (Portuguese dub)
Exercise (German dub)
Pogo Stick (German dub)
Letter U (audio from soundtrack, English)

Gymnast Segments - Partially Found

The Gymnast segments are a series of shorts including a gymnast demonstrating various directions with a dark black background. Two of the six shorts following this gymnast have resurfaced on YouTube; the four that haven’t are Beginning/End, Close To/Away From, Over/Under, and Slow.[4]

Gymnast “Around” segment.
Gymnast “Between” segment.

Assorted Found Skits

The following assorted clips, originally included in the Article Requests listing, have resurfaced in full in English and are included to view below:

Guy Smiley “What is it?” with Grover, Biff, and Prairie Dawn
“When the Countess Counts for You”
Scuba Diver (finds five shells underwater, counts them on the shore, and is surprised by a crab)
Danger

Assorted Audio-Only Skits

The following assorted clips, originally included in the Article Requests listing, have resurfaced in English audio only online and are included to view below:

“We Coulda” (sung by Biff to Sully)
“I’m Square” (sung by Ernie to Bert)
“The Sound of the Letter A” (sung by Big Bird)

Assorted Lost Skits

The following assorted clips, originally included in the Article Requests listing, have not resurfaced in English online:

“Come Join Us!” Song: “Come Join Us” is a Muppet segment written by Cheryl Hardwick in 1980. The surviving still from the skit depicts a Muppet rock band performing the song.[5]Not much else is known about this segment, but the segment in Castilian Spanish that allegedly was uploaded to YouTube has since been removed.

Dr. Nobel Price (Slushabouts skit): Dr. Nobel Price is a Muppet inventor. He was best known for “inventing” objects that already existed with other names. One example of this is the “Slushabouts,” another name for galoshes.[6]

Miami Vice (The Space Center skit): Miami Vice was a short-run “Miami Vice” spoof starring Tito and J.P., two mouse detectives. The Space Center skit in which the mice help Count von Count get to the space center so he can do the countdown, is a lost skit from this series.[7]

Sherlock Hemlock Twiddlebug Mystery: Sherlock Hemlock is a Muppet parody of Sherlock Holmes. One of his mysteries includes The Twiddlebug Mystery that first aired in season 2[8]. The clip is available to view in a German dub on YouTube[9] but no English version has been uploaded online. However, a Sesame Street book release of the same name tells the story of this mystery[10]

David Looking For Maria Skit: An early skit about miscommunication features David and Maria looking for each other in the park. The skit has appeared in a couple episodes, but its first televised appearance is in Episode 0677[11].

Cookie and Kermit Demonstrate Through: Cookie and Kermit’s demonstration of through, also known as “Through,” is exactly like what the title sounds like.[12] The clip is notorious for concluding with Cookie Monster smashing a picture frame over Kermit’s head and shouting “Through!”[13]

Big Jeffy Environmental Song Skit: Big Jeffy is a Muppet musician who appeared in many Muppet bands, including Little Jerry and the Monotones and Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats.[14] Not much is known about the skit about the environment including the musical performance of Big Jeffy.

“We Equal Three” Song: “We Equal Three” is a song sung by three Muppet children in a winter scene. Not much is known about this skit, and no information is available online about it.

Assorted Existence Unconfirmed Skits

Due to the vague nature of some of the descriptions provided by interested users or lack of available documentation online, many of the requested segments from this series have remained unidentified, been marked “Existence Unconfirmed,” and are listed below. If anyone knows more about these segments, feel free to comment below or write a new section for them.

  • Three Monsters Demonstrate Big, Bigger, Biggest
  • A Muppet coach teaches her baseball team to play string quartet
  • A little girl teaches a monster marching band do play in a parade
  • Two Muppet kids on a ship
  • Starship Surprise (not to be confused with Spaceship Surprise[15])
  • Muppets and monsters count to ten (1969)
  • Muppets cooperate to make lemonade
  • Muppets cooperate to build a clubhouse
  • "Surprise" (English version with Susan and Oscar's cutaway)
  • AB Song sung by the barbershop quartet
  • A monster barbershop quartet singing about the number 4
  • Post office song - a hip song about the post office and mail delivery featuring the line '...to the post office where it will stay, for just one day...' (live-action)
  • Figure skater - a clip featuring a figure skater skating to the tune of "Don't You Know You're Beautiful?" (live-action)
  • Horses pulling heavy loads - Horses participate in a contest where they keep trying to pull heavier and heavier loads until they can't do it anymore. (live-action)
  • Circles on film - a circle 'wraps itself' around several live-action objects, an 'OK' sign being one of them. (live-action)
  • Riding on the Train - a song about train rides, with one of the lines going '...the A Train, B Train, Double C, takes you where to want to be...' (live-action)
  • Cracks aka 'Crack Master' (found Sesame Street short; 1975) Spanish Version

“Rare Sesame Street Muppet Clips” Original Listing

This is a replication of the original Article Requests section for clips from this series. I request that this section of the article remains unedited for the sake of completeness:

This is a section devoted to rare clips from Sesame Street, added for no reason whatsoever.

  • "Come Join Us!" (a Muppet band teaches the viewers to "Join Us!" It can be seen on YouTube, but dubbed in Castilian Spanish only.)
  • All sketches of "Leslie Mostly" (rare sketches featuring host Leslie Mostly who interviewed a Sesame Street character in his/her home. Guests included Kermit, Guy Smiley, Cookie Monster, Grover, The Count, and Mumford.)
  • All Deena and Pearl sketches Here's one! -R
  • All Professor Hastings sketches
  • Three monsters demonstrate big, bigger, and biggest
  • Sherlock Hemlock's Twiddle-Bug Mystery
  • A Muppet coach teaches her baseball team to play string quartet (rare; last seen in Castilian Spanish on Barrio Sesamo)
  • News Flash: Dr. Nobel Price's Slush-a-Boots (Galoshes)
  • A little girl teaches a monster marching band do play in a parade.
  • A Guy Smiley game show with Grover, Biff, and Prairie Dawn.
  • "We Coulda" (sung by Biff to Sully)
  • "I'm Square" (sung by Bert with Ernie)
  • "The Sound of the Letter A" (sung by Big Bird)
  • A Miami Mice episode with the Count
  • Starship Surprise (not to be confused with Spaceship Surprise)
  • Two Muppet kids on a ship
  • Muppets cooperate to make lemonade
  • Muppets cooperate to build a clubhouse
  • Muppets and Monsters count to 10 (1969)
  • Muppets and Monsters (plus Bert and Oscar) demonstrate none, some, and all (1969)
  • "Surprise" (English version with Susan and Oscar's cutaway)
  • "The Countess Counts" (sung by the Countess with Muppet patrons)
  • A B song sung by the barbershop quartet
  • A monster barbershop quartet singing about the number 4
  • "The Garden"-style environmental song with Big Jeffy and two female backup singers with cameos from Grover and Cookie
  • "We Equal Three" (sung by three Muppet kids in a winter scenario)
  • The Spanish version of the "Small V" cartoon ("Ve menuscula.  Ve-ve-ve-va-va-va-VOOOOOM!")
  • 1. Gymnast - a gymnast (blonde hair, black leotard) was featured in six different clips. One of them - 'between' - has been posted. The other five, yet to be posted, are 'around,' 'beginning/end,' 'close to/away from,' 'over/under,' and 'slow.'
  • 2. 'Beginning/end' - five stop-motion clips featuring 'beginning' and 'end.' They are: a barber giving a customer a haircut, a man eating a hot dog, a man painting a picture, a woman making a sandwich, and kids waiting in line.
  • 3. Scuba diver - a clip featuring a scuba diver who finds five shells underwater, counts them on the shore, and is surprised by a crab.
  • 4. Post office song - a hip song about the post office and mail delivery featuring the line '...to the post office where it will stay, for just one day...'
  • 5. Danger - a man walks down the street while reading a newspaper and barely avoids running into dangerous things. He then gets nailed by something (revolving door?) in the end.
  • 6. Figure skater - a clip featuring a figure skater skating to the tune of "Don't You Know You're Beautiful?"
  • 7. Horses pulling heavy loads - Horses participate in a contest where they keep trying to pull heavier and heavier loads until they can't do it anymore.
  • 8. David and Maria - David and Maria are supposed to meet each other in a park, but have trouble finding each other due to miscommunication. The words demonstrated are 'above' and 'below' and the music score is electronic-like.
  • 9. Circles on film - a circle 'wraps itself' around several live-action objects, an 'OK' sign being one of them.
  • 10. Riding on the Train - a song about train rides, with one of the lines going '...the A Train, B Train, Double C, takes you where to want to be...'
  • 11. Batman and Robin catch Penguin and his gang with dirty windows, and demonstrate 'clean' and 'dirty' while doing so.
  • 12. Kermit tries to demonstrate the word 'through' by having Cookie Monster run through a frame lined with tissue paper. Everything then backfires as Cookie Monster stops short of the frame, wonders what to do, and when Kermit tells Cookie thus, Cookie decides to demonstrate 'through' in another way - by smashing the frame over Kermit's head, saying 'This is THROUGH!'
  • Of the above, the first ten are live-action, the eleventh one is animated, and the last is obviously a Muppet clip.
  • Crack Master (Spanish Version)

Other Noteworthy Sesame Street Clips

The following is a brief list of Sesame Street clips for which there are separate articles on this wiki:

Episodes:


Sketches:


Specials:

References

  1. Wikipedia article. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  2. MuppetWiki, with its massive size of over 30,000 pages, is one of the best places to research Sesame Street episodes, skits, and related content. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  3. MuppetWiki entry on Deena and Pearl. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  4. MuppetWiki entry on the Gymnast segments. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  5. MuppetWiki entry on “Come Join Us!” Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  6. MuppetWiki excerpt about the Slushabouts skit. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  7. MuppetWiki entry on Miami Mice. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  8. MuppetWiki entry on Episode 0256, the first known appearance of the Twiddlebug Mystery skit. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  9. YouTube German dub of Sherlock Hemlock’s Twiddlebug Mystery Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  10. MuppetWiki entry on the Sherlock Hemlock Twiddlebug Mystery book. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  11. MuppetWiki entry on Episode 0677, the first episode to show the David and Maria miscommunication skit. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  12. MuppetWiki entry on the “Through” Cookie Monster and Kermit skit. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  13. MuppetWiki entry on Episode 0334, the first episode appearance of the “Through” skit. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  14. MuppetWiki entry on Big Jeffy. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  15. MuppetWiki entry on Spaceship Surprise. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.

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Anonymous user #1

2 months ago
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What about color versions of episodes found in black and white (episode 179 for example)?
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TheYoshiState

1 months ago
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I've noticed something peculiar and somewhat ironic about that "Riding on the Train" song...that lyric line specifically mentions New York City Subway services, specifically those that were around in the 1970's which is more than likely when that short was produced...the ironic part here is that all of this was during a time when the NYC subway certainly wasn't too exciting...all sorts of random double-letter services serving different terminals or even different areas of NYC, along with the public's mental images of the subway and the fact that graffiti was literally everywhere and that it was extremely crime-ridden would certainly make it's target audience who wanted to do what that song's about turn back around right away and be better off on a taxi.
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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Everyone should know that episode 847 only aired once and is lost
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