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Also featured in this episode are the first installments of the "[[Number Song Series]]" and "[[Jazz Numbers|Jazz]]" cartoons, the first appearance of a group of [[Anything Muppets]], and the first performance of "[[One of These Things]]". [[Carol Burnett]] is the first celebrity guest to appear on the show.
 
Also featured in this episode are the first installments of the "[[Number Song Series]]" and "[[Jazz Numbers|Jazz]]" cartoons, the first appearance of a group of [[Anything Muppets]], and the first performance of "[[One of These Things]]". [[Carol Burnett]] is the first 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 children's version of ''[[Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In]]''. For example, Gordon asks Kermit to give his [[W]]lecture, and when the sketch begins, Kermit says that Gordon asked him to talk about the letter W.
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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 children's version of ''[[Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In]]''. For example, Gordon asks Kermit to give his [[W]] lecture, and when the sketch begins, Kermit says that Gordon asked him to talk about the letter W.
 
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Sesame Street
Plot Premiere episode: Gordon introduces Sally to Sesame Street.
Air date November 10, 1969
Season Season 1 (1969-1970)
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

SSEp1Animation

In the first episode of Sesame Street, Gordon takes a girl named Sally on a tour of Sesame Street, introducing her (and the viewers) to the various characters on the show. On the street, Sally meets the human cast -- Gordon, Susan, Bob and Mr. Hooper -- as well as two Muppet characters, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.

Ernie and Bert appear for the first time, and 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 first installments of the "Number Song Series" and "Jazz" cartoons, the first appearance of a group of Anything Muppets, and the first performance of "One of These Things". Carol Burnett is the first 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 children's version of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. For example, Gordon asks Kermit to give his W lecture, and 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, Bob, Mr. Hooper and 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 she is eight feet tall and gets scared, thereupon claiming that he nearly laid an egg. Gordon and Sally then hear singing coming from the basement apartment in 123 Sesame Street, which Gordon explains is where Ernie and 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 and 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.
Solomongrundy
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!"
1800-14

Mooch
Film
You can clean almost anything.

The music is Bach's "Gavotte," performed by the Swingle Singers.

This segment was removed from DVD releases of the episode.
Everybodywash
Song
Ernie leads the cast in "Everybody Wash."
Dots1
Cartoon
Dot Bridge #1
No3
Film
"Three Song (Song of Three)."
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SCENE 2
Sally drinks milk in Gordon and Susan's apartment.
Milk
Film
How milk is made, featuring the song "Hey Cow."
Dots1
Cartoon
Dot Bridge #1 (repeat)
MeetingOscar

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SCENE 3
Gordon tries to introduce Sally to Oscar the Grouch, who refuses to come out at first. After the second time, Oscar says to Sally that he is glad that she doesn't bang on his 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-and 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 and through.
Followtheleader
Film
A group of kids play follow the leader and go over, around and 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.
Dots3
Cartoon
Dot Bridge (last dot is late and travels through the others)
Alicebraithwaitethrough
Cartoon
Alice Braithwaite Goodyshoes teaches about through.
Dots4
Cartoon
Dot Bridge (last dot shows up early)
Anythingfamily
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.
Dots5
Cartoon
Dot Bridge (third dot wants to be red)
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SCENE 5
Ernie and Ronald are at Hooper's Store; Susan needs two quarts of milk.
No2
Film
"Two Song (Song of Two)"
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SCENE 6
Susan and Ronald look at film clips with pairs of zoo animals.
Jazzyspies2
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 and introduces a letter E film...causing Ernie to cry again, since E happens to be his favorite letter.
Eatingapeach
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 and Jim offered to hang it for him and they imagine the disastrous results...
Buddyjimhammer
Cast
Buddy and Jim hang a picture.
Dots6
Cartoon
Dot Bridge (all the dots turn red)
0001i
SCENE 9
Bob shows how to fold a dollar bill into a letter W. Kermit then leaves to do his famous W lecture.
Wandawitch1
Cartoon
"Wanda the Witch"
Animation by Tee Collins
Kermitwlecture1
Muppets
Kermit's Lectures: Kermit talks about the letter W. Cookie Monster eats the W.
Wandawitch2
Cartoon
"Wanda the Witch" (repeat)
Carolburnett0001
Celebrity
Carol Burnett: "Wow, Wanda the Witch is weird."
Wworm
Cartoon
W is for Worm
This segment was cut from the Noggin version.
Kermitwlecture2
Muppets
Kermit's Lectures: Kermit tries to start his W lecture again, but the W comes to life and attacks him.
Dots7
Cartoon
Dot Bridge (raspberry)
Susanthesethings
Cast
Susan plays "One of These Things" with the number 2.
Wworm
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 because Susan doesn't have an E. Gordon tells the viewers to come back again soon.

Mr. Hooper announces the sponsors.

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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.

Alterations

Picture Segment Description
Song.Littlebit

Song.LittleBit02
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 episode's 2006 DVD release, where it replaces "You can clean almost anything." It was shown after Oscar's debut.

Cast

Notes

  • This episode was taped on October 21, 1969.[1]
  • This episode can be viewed in its entirety at the Museum of Broadcast Communications Archives.

Sources

  1. Jim's Red Book Entry


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