Below the Frame is a Facebook Live program created by Matt Vogel during production of Season 48 of Sesame Street in 2016. The format was previously experimented with by Vogel and the cast on November 4.

Each episode features regular segments "Ask a Puppeteer Something About Not Puppets," "Can You Tells Us How You Got, Got to Sesame Street" and a closing performance by the Sesame Street Muppet Lounge Band.

Stephanie D'Abruzzo produces (and performs) the show's theme and incidental music, as well as special video segments.

Video Description

Episode One (November 17, 2016, 1:45 pm ET)

Two-Headed Monster gives a spoiler filled preview of Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas, Frank Biondo reveals how he got the job working on Episode 0001 after a strike from the original studio, and his uncensored original thoughts on the show ("Who's going to watch this shit?"), and what it was like to work with Frank Oz, Jim Henson and Richard Hunt ("fuhgettaboutit"), and Matt and Martin P. Robinson reveal how to operate Butterflies, Bats and Slimey.

Extra: Pam Arciero Tells Us... (December 1, 2016)

Matt talks with Pam Arciero about how she become a Muppeteer on Sesame Street.

Episode Two (December 8, 2016 1:45 pm ET)

In a special Christmas edition, Prairie Dawn gives a report from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Jennifer Barnhart discusses her holiday plans, Peter Linz gives a lesson on puppet lip sync, Gordon Price talks about how he became a part of the show's utility audio team, the Muppeteers answer fan questions and the Sesame Street Muppet Lounge Band closes the show with a Christmas medley.

Episode Three (January 19, 2017 1:45 pm ET)

Live in the Sesame Workshop offices, Matt with Stephanie D'Abruzzo and Joe Hennes demo the fourth floor video wall, introduce Theresa Fitzgerald, VP of Creative Services, and Louis Henry Mitchell, Creative Director of Character Design, who does a quick drawing of Cookie Monster, they show off the multiple Emmy Awards, and Season 40 Hidden Gems including Teeny Little Super Guy, Matt and head writer Ken Scarborough discuss his bad habits while walking past a Lavender employee copying his head in a copy machine, Betsy Loredo shows off the original lyrics to C is for Cookie, art from The Sesame Street Calendar 1972 and storyboards and cells from Pinball Number Count, Theresa Anderson talks about how she became an associate producer, Matt and Stephanie answer fan questions and in lieu of the Sesame Street Muppet Lounge Band, the Sesame Workshop Furharmonic Sympathy Orchestra closes out the show.

Episode Four (February 2, 2017 1:45 pm ET)

Caroll and Debi Spinney appear as guests. The video begins with a faux-promo for Hooper's Store. The Spinneys talk about how Debi joined Sesame Street, their trips to China, memories from Hollywood Squares and show some family photos and illustrations by Caroll. Matt plays a compilation of video messages from fans. The Sesame Street Muppet Lounge Band closes the show with a medley of Caroll Spinney songs ("Somebody Come and Play," "I Love Trash," and "ABC-DEF-GHI").

Episode Five (February 9, 2017 1:45 pm ET)

A promo for the Sesame Street Community Center begins the video, and Matt's snowed in so he interacts with the cast through Skype. Stephanie D'Abruzzo reveals a signing of I Am Jim Henson by illustrator Chris Eliopoulos at the Museum of the Moving Image, with an interview by Craig Shemin. Matt asks Ryan Dillon about his pop culture obsessions. It's SWAG day, so the cast shows off various gifts they received from working on the show, including a painting that Ryan got from the set of The Furchester Hotel. Matt asks prop master Steve Dannenberg how he got to the street, after a man told him about a show with "hand Muppets and puppets," where he's worked since 1972. The Muppeteers answer more fan questions, which includes Peter Linz confirming he's the new permanent performer for Herry Monster. A recording of The Sesame Street Muppet Lounge Band closes out the show, as the Muppeteers play air instruments.

Episode Six (March 2, 2017 1:45 pm ET)

It's the "season finale" of Below the Frame, and the video starts with a promo for the Sesame Street Bicycle Shop. Everyone's asleep including Carmen Osbahr, making her Below the Frame debut. This week there's no set schedule, so the Muppeteers mostly answer Facebook live questions, including "What's the strangest puppet job you've ever had to take." Stephanie D'Abruzzo closes out the show solo.

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