Sesame Street (partially lost children's educational TV series; 1969-present)
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Sesame Street is a children’s television series that started in 1969. 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 sixty episodes are missing from Sesame Workshop's archive.
Granny Fanny Nesselrode Skits - Partially Found[edit | edit source]
Granny Fanny Nesselrode is an early old lady Muppet performed by Caroll Spinney during Season 1, Season 2 and Season 3. During the first season, she was made from the same puppet that was used for the Southern Colonel, and then was rebuilt as a Large Lavender AM in later seasons. Her character was best known for her "Answer Lady" skits, in which she attempted to solve viewers' problems but fails miserably. The program was broadcast from her cozy, sun-filled kitchen in Goat Corners, New Hampshire. She also appeared in the first "Here is Your Life" sketch from 1972, where she celebrates the life of Oak Tree, coming down the road from a farmhouse to visit and pay her respects to the tree, whom she planted in the ground since he was just an acorn, hence also bringing a picture of the acorn. In that sketch, she was performed by Jim Henson.
There are a total of six known Answer Lady sketches: "Pencil," "Household Hints," "Ketchup Problem," "Classifying Kittens," "Telephone," and "Alphabet." Of these six skits known to include her (not counting the "Here is Your Life: Oak Tree" skit that can be easily found all over a batch of episodes and even on Sesame Street's official YT channel), "Classifying Kittens" is the only Answer Lady skit to be found in English. "Telephone" has been found in German. Pictures of "Household Hints", "Ketchup Problem" and "Alphabet" have been uploaded by Oscarfan on Muppet Wiki. "Pencil" has not resurfaced in any form. The links to JFriendsFan96's uploads of "Classifying Kittens" and "Telephone" went dead due to him closing his account on the same day Caroll Spinney (Big Bird and Oscar's original performer – who also performed Granny Fanny Nesselrode) passed away on 8 Dec 2019. However, JFriendsFan96 has returned to YouTube in June of 2020, and put both the skits back up.
Professor Hastings Skits - Partially Found[edit | edit source]
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 ten known skits to include him, the following is listed below:
- Only one (What’s My Part?) has resurfaced in English.
- Emotions have resurfaced in English (mostly fan-dubbed by a user but also using only a few actual English audio pieces taken from a documentary) with the video source deriving from the German dub.
- Spinning Wheel has resurfaced in English but as incomplete (with the video starting halfway through the song, due to the only found VHS recording of the German dub from which it was audio-synced having missed the first half of the clip). However, the English version with the full uncut video clip had been on YouTube in 2006, but as usual, it had been long deleted.
- Number 2's existence as a separate skit was rumoured for many years, but this was debunked as the Number 2 skit actually turned out to be the same Dump Truck skit (thanks to a full episode guide for Episode 0141 that was recently added to Muppet Wiki via a trusted source) that had been found in Arabic.
- Five other dubbed segments have resurfaced.
- Letter Y was once posted on YouTube in German back in 2006 but has been long gone since and it is confirmed that Rohail Hashmi, tpirman1982 and other users do not have Letter Y saved on their desktops. On June 23, 2018, Lost Media Wiki forums user Summertime uploaded another screenshot of the letter Y segment, but as of 2019, this was discovered to be a fake screenshot due to a still of Hastings from a bad-quality video of the Emotions skit being photoshopped into the picture.
- The U Lecture skit was once posted on YouTube in German back in 2006. Still, as usual (along with all the other German Sesamstraße clips), it was pulled in February 2007 as a result of Viacom pulling 400,000,000 YouTubers and has not resurfaced ever since. From Episode 0297, it is basically a filmed version of the same song from The Muppet Alphabet Album, except that Kermit the Frog is in Ernie's place. Only the album track with Ernie has resurfaced.
UPDATE: The English version of "Exercise" has been found, and can be viewed on Muppet Wiki's Facebook page.
Despite the 10 skits known to include him, the original drafted script for Episode 0138 actually contains a 3-part skit involving the ET word family, with Professor Hastings doing a lecture and Grover carrying the letters. Because of Hastings' appearance in the script, it was rumoured for a little while that Hastings was in the filmed skit, but when Scarecroe recently started uploading screenshots of many long-unseen Classic Sesame Street episodes (especially for this skit) on Muppet Wiki during May of 2019, the rumour about Hastings' appearance in the final was debunked as it turns out he was replaced with Herbert Birdsfoot doing the lecture, while Grover remained intact.
Leslie Mostly Skits - Partially Found[edit | edit source]
Leslie Mostly is a short-lived Muppet from the eleventh and twelfth seasons. 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, Kermit the Frog, Guy Smiley, and the word “CASA.”
While most of Leslie Mostly's skits have been uploaded to YouTube in English, the Cookie Monster skit has been found in Castilian Spanish, and the Kermit skit has been found in Turkish. The Guy Smiley skit was once available on Verizon Wireless V Cast phones but is no longer available, making it the only one having not turned up online at this time. The uploaded clips can be viewed below.
Deena and Pearl Skits - Partially Found[edit | edit source]
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. Of these, Baby Deena is the only sketch uploaded on YouTube in English (as “Play House”). Toy Box has been uploaded in Dutch. Underwater and Pearl is Sick has been posted in Castilian Spanish.
Gymnast Segments - Partially Found[edit | edit source]
The Gymnast segments are a series of inserts including a female gymnast (with blonde hair and wearing a black leotard) demonstrating various concepts using various gym apparatuses - like pommel horses and uneven bars - in a darkened, nondescript location. Two of the eight inserts featuring this gymnast - Around and Between - have resurfaced on YouTube; the six that haven’t are:
Beginning/End (uneven bars)
Close To/Away From (rings)
Over/Under (pommel horse)
Slow (uneven bars - slow motion)
Assorted Found Skits[edit | edit source]
The following assorted clips, originally included in the Article Requests listing, have resurfaced in full in English and are included to view below:
Assorted Lost Skits[edit | edit source]
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.The segment can be watched on YouTube in its Castilian Spanish dub.
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.
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. The German dub of the clip can be seen on YouTube. On February 21st, 2019, LittleJerryFan92 had posted the English clip separately from a Sesame Street compilation.
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. The clip is available to view in a German dub on YouTube, but no English version has been uploaded online, despite a Sesame Street book of the same name is loosely based on this skit. 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.
Cookie and Kermit Demonstrate Through: Cookie and Kermit’s demonstration of through, also known as “Through,” is exactly like what the title sounds like. The clip is notorious for concluding with Cookie Monster smashing a frame of tissue paper over Kermit’s head and shouting, “Through!”
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. 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.
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. 
Assorted Existence Unconfirmed Skits[edit | edit source]
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.
- Three Monsters Demonstrate Big, Bigger, Biggest (Found in Arabic)
- A Muppet coach teaches her baseball team to play string quartet
- Two Muppet kids on a ship (Found in Dutch)
- Starship Surprise (not to be confused with Spaceship Surprise)
- Muppet R Tag (1969)
- Muppets and monsters count to ten (1969) Found in Norwegian
- Muppets and Monsters (plus Bert and Oscar) demonstrate "none," "some," and "all" (1969) Found from an international airing, but dubbed in English by the uploader who found the clip
- Cookie Monster and Beautiful Day Monster teach Fred's Son the difference between "Here" and "There" (1969) Found from an international airing, but dubbed in English by the uploader who found the clip
- The "Frazzle" Song (full version with rip lines around the circles, never freezes at all near the end, the ghost from Elmo Says BOO! does not appear near the end of the song and the song cuts to black at the very end (without fade in and fade out transitions applied))
- Ernie makes a friend (1969)
- G is for Grover (1969)
- Anything Muppets sing "Up, Up and Away." (Found in Hebrew)
- 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 (Found in German)
- "People in Your Neighborhood": Dentist and Bus Driver (1969) Clip at 0:44-0:12
- Two Monsters sing "Up and Down" (1969; not to be confused with the Season 2 version that featured Cookie Monster and Herry)
- A B Song is sung by the barbershop quartet Found in Spanish
- 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)
Other Noteworthy Sesame Street Media[edit | edit source]
The following is a brief list of Sesame Street clips for which there are separate articles on this wiki:
- Sesame Street (partially found test pilots of children’s educational television series; 1969)
- Sesame Street "Episode 847" (partially found "Wicked Witch of the West" episode of children’s educational TV series; 1976)
- Sesame Street "Snuffy's Parents Get a Divorce" (partially found episode of children's puppetry TV series; 1992)
- Cracks aka "Crack Master" (found animated Sesame Street short; 1975)
- The Count Orders a Hot Dog (found Sesame Street sketch; 1973)
- Handful of Crumbs (found Sesame Street short; 1982)
- Kermit's "Between" Lecture (partially lost Sesame Street sketch; 1970)
- "Windy" (partially lost Sesame Street segment; 1970)
- Batman: Clean and Dirty (partially found "Sesame Street" animated segment; 1970)
- Ernie and the Pumpkin Seed Candy Salesman (found Sesame Street sketch; 1971)
- Luxo, Jr. Shorts (mentioned in Pixar's Made in Point Richmond DVD Rarities (found various Pixar footage; 1986-2000))
- "Surprise!" (partially lost Sesame Street segment; 1970)
- "The Frazzle Song" (partially lost Sesame Street segment; 1976)
- Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration (found deleted scenes of TV special; 1994)
- Out to Lunch (lost Sesame Street/Electric Company crossover special; 1974)
- The Sesame Street Experiment (partially lost documentary based on children's educational TV series; 1989)
- Sesame Street At Night? (lost Sesame Street television special; 1977)
- The Grover Monster - Jean Marsh Cartoon Special (lost TV special; 1975)
External Links[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia article on Sesame Street. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16
- The main page to the Muppet Wiki. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16
References[edit | edit source]
- Forum post for a screenshot of the Professor Hastings Letter Y skit.
- MuppetWiki entry on Deena and Pearl. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
- MuppetWiki entry on the Gymnast segments. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
- MuppetWiki entry on “Come Join Us!” Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
- YouTube Castilian Spanish dub of "Come Join Us" Song Retrieved 01 Feb ’17.
- MuppetWiki excerpt about the Slushabouts skit. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
- MuppetWiki entry on Miami Mice. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
- YouTube German dub of the Miami Mice "Space Center" skit Retrieved 01 Feb ’17.
- YouTube English version of the Miami Mice "Space Center" skit Retrieved 11 Nov ’19.
- MuppetWiki entry on Episode 0256, the first known appearance of the Twiddlebug Mystery skit. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
- YouTube German dub of Sherlock Hemlock’s Twiddlebug Mystery Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
- MuppetWiki entry on the Sherlock Hemlock Twiddlebug Mystery book. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
- MuppetWiki entry on Episode 677, the first episode to show the David and Maria miscommunication skit. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
- MuppetWiki entry on the “Through” Cookie Monster and Kermit skit. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
- MuppetWiki entry on Episode 0334, the first episode appearance of the “Through” skit. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
- MuppetWiki entry on Big Jeffy. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
- The Two-Headed Monster sounds out the word “BED“ Retrieved 26 Jul ’17.
- YouTube German dub of Grover and Little Bird at the zoo. Retrieved 18 Sept '17.
- MuppetWiki entry on Spaceship Surprise. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
- MuppetWiki entry on Up and Down from Season 1. Retrieved 1 Feb ’17.