Sesame Street (partially lost children's educational TV series; 1969-present)

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Cast photo from Sesame Street's first season.

Status: Partially Lost

Sesame Street is a children’s television series that started on November 10th, 1969, on National Educational Television (NET) before moving to PBS in 1970. The series is one of the most well-known and longest-running children’s television series of all time. Since its 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.

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.

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.

Aside from segments that are unavailable to the general populace, at least fifty-three episodes are missing from Sesame Workshop's archive.

Skit List

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.[1]The segment can be watched on YouTube in its Castilian Spanish dub.[2]

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.[3]

Miami Mice (The Space Center skit): Miami Mice 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.[4] The German dub of the clip can be seen on YouTube.[5] On February 21st, 2019, LittleJerryFan92 posted the English clip separately from a Sesame Street compilation.[6]

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[7]. The clip is available to view in a German dub on YouTube[8], but no English version has been uploaded online, despite a Sesame Street book of the same name is loosely based on this skit.[9] On September 8, 2019, Muppet Wiki eventually uploaded the English version of the skit on FaceBook via a trusted source.

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 of episodes, but its first televised appearance is in Episode 677[10].

Screenshot of the Cookie Monster and Kermit "Through" skit, uploaded by Scarecroe via Muppet Wiki.

Cookie and Kermit Demonstrate Through: Cookie and Kermit’s demonstration of through, also known as “Through,” is exactly like what the title sounds like.[11] The clip is notorious for concluding with Cookie Monster smashing a frame of tissue paper over Kermit’s head and shouting, “Through!”[12]

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.[13] 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.

The Two-Headed Monster sounds out the word “BED“: The only known lost Two-Headed Monster segment. The only known episode to include this segment is an unidentified episode "Ask Oscar about discussions." It has not resurfaced online until MarshalGrover finally uploaded it on YouTube recently today.[14]

Grover and Little Bird at the zoo: The only known lost Little Bird segment. In it, Grover visits the zoo to talk about birds. When he visits the birdcage, he swaps places with Little Bird, and two Anything Muppets come and admire him. It's unknown which episodes have this segment. The clip was once posted on YouTube in German (with some crappy German text overlaid on the screen, and it's part of the actual foreign airing itself) circa 2009 but got removed in 2014. The German dub came back on YouTube in September 2017. [15]

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.

  • A Muppet coach teaches her baseball team to play string quartet[citation needed]
  • Starship Surprise (not to be confused with Spaceship Surprise[16])
  • Muppet R Tag (1969)
  • Ernie makes a friend (1969)[citation needed]
  • G is for Grover (1969)
  • Kermit shows "Between" by placing three objects on a table and then ducks underneath it when BDM comes along and devours the table to bits
  • Two Monsters sing "Up and Down" (1969; not to be confused with the Season 2 version that featured Cookie Monster and Herry[17])
  • A monster barbershop quartet singing about the number 4[citation needed]
  • Post office song - a hip song about the post office and mail delivery featuring the line ' 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)

See Also




The Muppets and Jim Henson


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