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Picture Theme / EKA Description
Near and Far
Episode 0057
Grover demonstrates the difference between "near" and "far" by running away from the camera and back, eventually fainting from exhaustion. Jim Henson performs Grover here.
Monsters Look at "A"
Episode 0083
Monsters, including an early Grover, Flute-Snatcher, Cookie Monster, Beautiful Day Monster, and Scudge, are looking at something. Baby Monster appears, and is reprimanded with "Eyy!" After a few times, Baby Monster turns toward the viewer and yells "A!", revealing that the group is staring at the letter A.
Monsters Whisper "C"
Episode 0089
Monsters, including an early Grover, Cookie Monster, and Beautiful Day Monster, pass on the message, "See." The wide shot reveals that the monsters were whispering about the Letter C. Caroll Spinney performs Cookie Monster here.
First and Last
Episode 0116
A group of Monsters, led by a hippie, play a game where they march in a line and then switch direction. Grover wants to be first and not last, but can't keep up with the ever switching directions. This sketch was later remade, with the blue version of Grover and with the monsters being replaced.
Seven Balloons
Episode 0133
Ernie tries to count his balloons. The balloons are arranged in a circle, so he continues counting around the circle, and counts some of them twice. Grover has a solution -- he pops each of the balloons as he counts them.
Front and Back
Episode 0139
Grover talks about front and back, but whenever Grover wants to talk about front, the camera suddenly cuts to a shot of his back, and whenever he wants to talk about back, the camera cuts to a shot of his front.
Grover and the Telephone
Episode 0146
Grover uses a telephone booth to explain how a telephone is used. When he enters the booth, however, he finds that there is no phone in sight. An Anything Muppet boy arrives to use the telephone, and thinks that Grover is the telehone since he is the only thing he found in the booth. The boy proceeds and talks into Grover's mouth.
Full/Empty Room
Episode 0148
An Anything Muppet demonstrates empty by leaving his room, soon Grover and his friends including Cookie Monster occupy the room making it full.The Anything Muppet comes in and scares the monsters away leaving it empty.
Episode 0149
Grover uses his airplane to demonstrate "above" and "below".

A brief clip from this sketch was also used during the opening for the Swedish version of the show.

Grover--Exit (Original Version)
Episode 0261
Grover explains the word "EXIT" with Little Jerry and the Monotones going through the exit. Unfortunetly for him, the group take no notice of Grover and run over him.
Monster Tug-Of-War
Episode 0261
Grover demonstrates cooperation with monsters who are playing tug-of-war.
Episode 0261
Grover is going to teach the audience about "surprise" by sneaking up on Ernie. He sees Ernie sitting in his chair -- and he knows that it's Ernie, because he can see Ernie's shirt and Ernie's hair. Grover sneaks up to surprise Ernie -- but then it turns out to be Herry Monster.
Search for a triangle
Episode 0266
Herry first spots a rectangle. Grover tells Herry it isn't a triangle, and becomes frustrated. Next he spots a square, Grover tells him it isn't a triangle, and again is fustrated. Grover suggests that Herry cut the square in half and make two triangles.
Episode 0271
Grover spots a good-looking but somewhat scary monster, who seems to follow him wherever he goes. Grover is starting to get really nervous, when Herbert Birdsfoot comes along and says, "I see you're having fun playing with your shadow."
Three Monsters
Three Monsters
Episode 0271
Grover, Herry and a little pink monster rearrange themselves in different ways and count to three, until they get exhausted and faint.
Prairie Dawn Invites 3
Episode 0272
Prairie Dawn invites Grover to dinner, but Grover can't come without Herry, who can't come without Cookie Monster, so Prairie invites all three of them, until she learns that they are not cats.
Episode 0294
Grover, Big Jeffy and a Lavender Anything Muppet woman have fun scatting to a hand-clap rhythm.
Grover and Oscar's Alphabet
Episode 0304
Grover gets Oscar the Grouch to join him in listing words that begin with each letter of the alphabet. Grover says wholesome words while Oscar uses insulting words.
Grover and the letter G
Episode 0305
Grover demonstrates the letter G, which grows and grows until it scares Grover away.
Grcm soundbox
Sound box
Episode 0307
Grover has a box that can make the sound "ding-ding". However Grover can't make it to sound right so he attempts to fix it. When it's fixed and says "ding-ding" Cookie Monster comes because he thinks he heard the dinner bell ring and eats the box.
Addition and Subtraction with Tangerines
Episode 0310
An Anything Muppet in a loud suit named Marty teaches Grover about adding and subtracting with three tangerines.
Grover and the letter R
Episode 0315
Grover demonstrates the letter R, which rocks, rolls and runs at Grover's command. It even fires away at "rocket," to which a surprised Grover says "That's ridiculous!"
Episode 0334
Grover is carrying the word "HELP", which is very heavy. He asks Herbert Birdsfoot to help him carry the word. Instead, Herbert gives Grover three more "HELP" words to carry.
Heavy and Light
Episode 0406
Grover demonstrates heavy and light. First, he picks up a heavy barbell. Then he tries to pick up a light feather, but he can't move it. It turns out that the feather is attached to the top of Big Bird's head.
Cold and Warm
Episode 0598
Grover is outside in the snow, freezing. He keeps knocking on Kermit's door, asking how to get warm, and Kermit keeps telling him to come inside. Grover, missing the point, tries ideas of his own to get warm, but they don't work. Finally, Kermit tells Grover that if he wants to get warm, he should come inside. Excited, Grover pulls Kermit aside and slams the door, locking Kermit outside. Grover goes to sleep in Kermit's armchair while the frozen frog scrapes at the window.
Telephone booth
Episode 0675
Grover finds an empty telephone booth, which he needs to make a call. Unfortunately, the booth gets crowded when he receives a call for "Mondipoorg".
Grover is afraid of the dark
Episode 0677
At night, Grover thinks he hears noises in the dark. When he sees a shadow on the wall, he cowers under the covers - but the shadow turns out to be his Mommy.
Here and There
Episode 0678
Billy wants to know about here and there, so Herry and Grover demonstrate by spreading apart, each calling the monster over to their side. However, whenever the monster gets to "there," he always finds himself "here".
Beat The Time
Episode 0684
Grover is a contestant on the "Beat the Time" game show, which is hosted by Guy Smiley. Grover has one minute to bring in five items that contain milk. They turn out to be ice cream, cheese, butter and two cows, all of which add up to five items.
Grover Climbs a Tree
Episode 0693
Grover climbs a tree and finds a bird's nest with some eggs in it. The eggs hatch, and the baby birds think Grover is their mommy. When the real mother bird arrives, she mistakes Grover for one of her babies. She gives them all a flying lesson, but Grover promptly falls to the ground. Online: (
Magic Painting: Through
Episode 0717
An Anything Muppet artist shows off her magic painting of a doorway which will help show "through". Three Anything Muppets in the painting come through the doorway. When it comes time for Grover's turn, he ends up breaking through the painting.
Four Grovers
Episode 0718
Grover is astonished to find that the screen has split up into four Grovers.
Sesame Street 2 Near and Far
Near and Far
Episode 0787
A remake of a first season sketch.
Frazzle's Feelings
Grover talks to Frazzle
Episode 0845
Grover sees that Frazzle is sad. He asks Frazzle why he is sad, and Frazzle tells him (in gibberish, of course), but then Frazzle becomes happy and tells Grover why, before growling and running away. Grover tells the audience that he does not blame Frazzle.
Sesame Street News Flash: What Makes People Angry?
Episode 0869
Grover is one of many people Kermit the Frog tries to interview about what makes them angry. Grover is only too glad to see Kermit, but just like everyone else, doesn't have the time to talk to him just at present. Before leaving, he gives Kermit an apologetic slap on the back.
Grover and the Rowboat
Episode 0877
In this three-part sketch, Grover and a group of monsters, including Herry Monster, Fenwick and Billy, get into a rowboat. In part one, the monsters all gather at one end, causing the boat to tip over. In part two, they gather on the other end, and the boat tips over again. In part three, the monsters spread out over the boat evenly, and row away.
Invention of the Wheel
Episode 0898
Grover invents the wheel to help Biff move a stone up a hill.
Here and There with Maria and David
Episode 0944
Grover discovers that "there" can refer to anyplace that you are not, no matter how far away you may be.
Grover mountain
Mountain Climber
Episode 0949
Grover climbs a mountain and counts from 1 to 10 with his own echo. When he tries to stop, it keeps on echoing. When he asks it to please stop, the echo stops. Grover thanks it. Echo: "Your Welcome!"
Grover and Rodeo Rosie Ride
Episode 1046
Rodeo Rosie and Grover pretend that they're riding a horse.
Plumber Grover
Episode 1061
Grover comes to Kermit's house to fix his sink. Kermit fills him in on a demonstration of big, bigger and biggest when it comes to wrenches. Even so, the sink repair goes awry, and the house floods.
The Cursed Prince
Episode 1066
Grover narrates a fairy tale starring David and Maria. Maria is a princess and David is a prince with a curse that can only be broken by Maria's kiss, which turns him into Kermit the Frog.


The Number 2
Episode 1156
Part 1: Grover leads a group of people (including Kermit the Frog) in counting to two.

Part 2: Grover decides to ask people why the number two is their favorite number. However, Kermit's favorite number is 9 (or sometimes 13), Count von Count likes a much higher number (like 34,969, which used to be his favorite number), and Sully just shakes his head when Grover asks if the number two is his favorite number.

Part 3: Grover gets Kermit, The Count, Sully, and an Anything Muppet to hold up a big sign with the number 2 written on it.

Herry's ABC Secret
Alphabet Secret
Episode 1740
Herry Monster tells Grover a secret, which is the alphabet. Grover, however, tells his friends, and Herry acknowledges that while Grover is good at reciting the alphabet, he's lousy at keeping a secret.
Name That Sound!
Episode 1858
Grover is a contestant on Name That Sound!, hosted by Guy Smiley. He identifies the first two sounds (a choo-choo train and a dog) correctly and in great detail, but has a bit of trouble identifying dripping water. Grover does eventually guess, but not until after the studio is flooded.
Episode 1858
Grover appears in a library to tell the viewers about what a library is. The librarian, however, keeps telling Grover to be quieter, until he can barely even be heard.
Grover and the word Walk
Episode 1858
Grover talks about the word walk. He is accompanied by styrofoam letters that form the word walk, and they keep walking back and forth.
Grover at the Supermarket
First and Last in the supermarket line
Episode 1952
Grover waits in line at a supermarket. He generously lets two people go in front of him, but then explains that you can't always let everyone go before you, or else you'll never get to the register yourself. When he finally gets to the register and is first in line, the cashier says the register is closed. Grover considers following a customer to a pickle party...
The cashier is played by Noel MacNeal, in his first performance with the Muppets.[1]
Ballet: Counting Battements
Episode 1957
In this News Flash segment, reporter Kermit and Grover watch Suzanne Farrell do twenty grand battements.
Four Winds
Episode 2040
Grover tries to ignore three monsters who look big and scary to him. When they notice him carrying a flute, they grab his attention and ask -- in what appears to be a threatening way -- if Grover wants to play. The three monsters pull out a clarinet, an oboe and a basson and begin to play, urging Grover to join.
Episode 2059
Grover looks closely at your body.
First for supper
Episode 2226
Grover the lumberjack thinks he is the first to arrive for supper, but he gets trampled by a gang of French-Canadian lumberjacks who get to the food table before he has a chance to get his snow boots off. By the time he finally gets them off, a grizzly bear grabs the last plate of food.
One Way
Episode 2282
Grover talks about the sign "ONE WAY." Making appearances include Guy Smiley, Gladys the Cow, the Willy Muppet and various Anything Muppets.
The American Revolution: Crossing the Delaware
Episode 2415
It's Christmas Eve, 1776. George Washington and his men are preparing to cross the Delaware river, when Grover shows up with a bundle of balloons, noisemakers and streamers, since he heard this is the day they planned to "surprise the British." Washington explains that the colonists are fed up with the British always telling them what to do, and that his team intends to create their own country, and cross the Delaware to surprise the British in a different way: since it's Christmas Eve, the British have the day off, so they won't be expecting an attack. The river-borne patriots briefly pose for a famous painting, which Grover wanted to be a part of, but he literally "missed the boat."
Grover and the Butterfly
Episode 2448
Grover sits in a park and recites a poem about a butterfly that he sees.
Grover Touches His Nose With His Toes
Episode 2493
Kermit watches Grover as he touches his nose with his toes five times. Kermit then tries to do the same, but ends up hurting himself.
Monster Repair Team
Episode 2495
Kermit's roof leaks, and the Monster Repair Team, consisting of plumber Grover, telephone repairman Herry and a girl electrician monster, comes to the rescue. Grover fixes the leak, but he had to remove a telephone wire. Herry fixes the telephone and removes several electric wires. The electrician monster solves the problem; except she had to take away a pipe.
Episode 2572
Grover is about to talk about rhymes when a fox shows him a box that has locks and a hand inside that knocks and drops rocks and socks. An ox comes by and reveals he's the owner of the box. After all the commotion, Grover tries to finish his talk, but can't think of any rhymes.
The American Revolution: The Declaration of Independence
Episode 2603
Thomas Jefferson has trouble getting a replacement quill to finish the Declaration when Mr. Grover misinterprets what he needs bringing a drill, and a chicken named Phil.
Detective Grover
Episode 2620
Grover plays the detective at his office. A frantic city gent (Brian Muehl) rushes over to warn him about something that's bothering him outside, which, unbeknownst to both of them, turns out to be a very strong wind that blows everything away ... including Grover's office.
Hill Street Twos
Episode 2628
Grover and Ernie star in a parody of Hill Street Blues, where the frustrated police chief has a hard time getting his force to split into pairs of two.
Episode 2660
Grover applies to be a lifeguard. There's only one thing he needs: swimming lessons.
Grover's Health Minute: Teeth
Episode 2682
Kermit and Grover talk about teeth. Grover notices that Kermit does not have any teeth at all, so he puts a pair of teeth in Kermit's mouth.
Newspaper Salesman
Episode 2755
Grover sells newspapers in the street. He thinks they are for making paper hats, but a customer shows him they are actually for reading. The customer wants to buy a newspaper, but Grover won't stop reading the paper that the customer wants to buy. Grover reads about construction of a new building, a parade, and an expected rain shower, all of which occur as Grover reads.
Dog Walker
Episode 2786
Grover takes several dogs for a walk, explaining that dogs need exercise as much as people do.
Mumford's Carrot Disappearing Trick
Episode 2840
Grover asks The Amazing Mumford if he could make his carrot disappear, provided that some smoke appears. Mumford performs the trick and Grover is impressed by the puff of smoke, however he fails to notice Mumford chomping on his carrot. Grover asks Mumford to make the carrot reappear, he replies that he can't because he ate it.
Surfing Near and Far
Episode 2946
Grover demonstrates "near" and "far" while surfing.
Minnesota Shorts
Episode 2981
"Minnesota Shorts" (Rick Moranis) has trouble becoming pool champion of the world when Grover keeps pestering him with questions. Roscoe Orman announces, and presents the trophy.
"Singin' in the Rain"
Episode 2995
Grover acts in Prairie Dawn's new musical, where he sings "Singin' in the Rain," but he keeps getting the wrong weather.
Bo Knows
Episode 3115
Grover appears in the "Bo Knows" commercial parody, demonstrating to the viewers that "Bo knows near and far."
Here and There Lecture
Episode 3130
Grover briefly shows that he is here and the viewer is there.
Bubble poem
Episode 3155
Grover wants to recite his poem about bubbles, but the animated bubble either moves too quickly or pops.
Delivering Monty's chair
Episode 3256
Monty orders a new chair, which Grover delivers. However, Monty cannot decide where the chair should go.
Grover's Monster Workout Video
Episode 3284
Grover is a personal trainer and exercise with Bobby and Sissy. However, he gets tired from swinging his arms, running, and jumping up and down that he faints.
Away From
Episode 3563
Grover attempts to demonstrate "Away From," but every time he tries to distance himself from a lamp post, the lamp post moves closer.
Fifteen Seconds to Talk About Love
Episode 3688
Grover and Rosita have fifteen seconds to talk about love. However, Grover does not think that they can talk about love in fifteen seconds.
Fifteen seconds to say an S word
Episode 3723
Prairie Dawn gives Grover 15 seconds to say an "S" word, but Grover has trouble concentrating due to the ticking of the clock.
EXIT sign
Episode 3726
Grover tries to explain an EXIT sign, but monsters keep trampling over him. He moves over away from the door, but the EXIT sign moves with him.
Grover Looks for the Letter A
Episode 3773
Big Bird gives Grover 30 seconds to find the Letter A. Grover has a hard time, especially with the "big pink thing-a-ma-jig" in the way.
Next To
Episode 3781
Elmo watches as Grover tries to demonstrate next to with a wily mailbox which keeps moving away from Grover. When they can't catch it, Elmo points out that he and Grover are next to each other.
Episode 3783
Elmo helps Grover say the alphabet.
Episode 3884
Grover introduces a segment with a "roundymajig", which he learns is actually a circle.
Looking for Viewer
Episode 3889
Grover looks for you, and is glad when he finds you.
Looking for "Froggy"
Episode 3896
Grover looks for "froggy," and finally sees him.
Looking for Something Fuzzy and Blue
Episode 3896
Grover introduces a segment with something fuzzy and blue, soon finding out it's Cookie Monster.
Thirty Seconds to Demonstrate Surprise
Episode 3907
Prairie Dawn gives Grover thirty seconds to show what someone looks like when they are surprised, much to his exasperation.
Square Intro
Episode 3928
Grover introduces the next segment, which he says will feature a "four-sided whatsis" - when someone backstage tells him it's a square.
Jungle Photographer
Episode 3968
Grover is a jungle photographer. "Hold still, little tsetse fly!" he says as he clicks the shutter. "Thank you. I will send you a print." He tries to find an elephant to photograph, but he never turns around in time. Finally, the elephant takes a picture of Grover for his collection.
Emotional Music
Episode 3975
Grover conducts a piece of very emotional music. That is, the music that he conducts changes, and his mood changes with it. When he's had all he can take, he steps out of frame to stop that cassette tape that has been playing.

Weather Report
Episode 3978
During a Weather Bulletin, Grover forecasts weather that changes as he speaks. Just as he suggests spending a day at the beach, it begins to rain. Snow follows, and the three patterns repeat until the wind blows him away.
Frustrated Ray
Episode 3983
Ray Romano can't describe 'frustrated' because Grover thinks he wants to talk about pineapples, head coverings or cheese balls.
A's Anatomy
Episode 4137
Doctor Grover stars in a spoof of Grey's Anatomy.
The Great Grover
Episode 4141
Grover borrows The Amazing Mumford's cape to perform as a magician, with Chris as his assistant. Chris chooses a card from Grover's deck and shows the audience that it's an 8. When Grover guesses correctly, Chris is genuinely amazed. After a second and third time that Chris draws an 8 from the deck, he calls Grover on his "trick": every card in the deck is an 8. Determined to amaze Chris, Grover promises to turn into the number 8. When even "a la peanut butter sandwiches" can't help him, he makes Chris look away while he places an 8 on the table.
My Cute Little Heartbeat
Episode 4237
Grover uses a stethoscope to show what a heartbeat sounds like. He tries to listen to a chicken's heart, but it runs away (to make her heart beat faster). Grover doesn't believe it and does some running himself, then crashes into the chicken.
The Zoo Grover visits the zoo to talk about birds. He visits the bird cage (containing Little Bird) and swaps places inside the cage. Two Anything Muppets come and admire him.
Ropes and Bells Grover finds five ropes that, when he pulls them, sound some bells. However, when he pulls the last one, he years a yell, which comes from a Anything Muppet Tarzan.
Grover pretends to be on the Moon Grover gets under his blanket, pretending that he is on the moon.
Grover's Curtain Grover demonstrates open and closed by getting the curtain at the theater to open and close.
Grover's Health Minute: The Check-Up Grover goes to the doctor for a check-up, and describes to the viewer what the doctor is doing. Grover gets scared when it's time for a booster shot, but is so scared that he doesn't notice when he gets it.


Grover's Nose Grover sometimes imagines what it would be like if he had a very small nose, a nose so large that the weight of it knocked him over, or the trunk of an elephant. After his nose returns to normal, he wonders why he has a craving for peanuts.


Grover Demonstrates the word "Walk" Part 1:Grover asks Little Jerry and the Monotones (who are tired and don't seem to care about what they are doing) to hold up signs with letters that make up the word "walk". When Grover tells them what it spells, they walk over him.

Part 2: Grover walks past the letters that spell "walk" and tells the viewers what the word is. The letters then walk over Grover.

Me Grover sees the word "me" and shouts the word.
Sound ID Grover wants to play a game with Oscar. Oscar decides to play a sound game, in hope that the sounds will be so annoying that Grover will want to go away.
Knees With Maria's help, Grover explains what knees can do.
Counting in English and Spanish Grover and Elmo take turns counting from one to ten in English and Spanish.
Four Friends Grover, Elmo, Zoe and Telly arrange themselves in different ways to show that they will still remain four monsters.
Triangle Intro Grover introduces a segment featuring a "three-sided-mabob" until he is told that it's actually called a triangle.
Cheering Up Elmo Grover finds Elmo sad over his toy being broken, so Grover tries to find a way of making him happy again.
Sneezing Grover can't help but sneeze during his talk on proper sneezing etiquette.
Asking Elmo The superhero Asking Elmo, helps Grover to figure out why his dog, who are tied to a tree, don't come when Grover tells it to.
Marching Band Grover and his marching band perform a song about being brave, however, his band is scared away by Harvey Monster.
Ernie's Gadget Grover watches as Ernie loads various things into a machine that start with M and N. The machine then displays the letter it begins with. Since Grover is a monster, he decides to go in the machine, causing a mess.
Ice Skating Whistle
Ice-Skating Whistle A walk-around version of Oscar the Grouch blows a whistle, which makes full-body versions of Bert, Betty Lou, Count von Count, Grover, Big Bird and Cookie Monster all wonder where the sound of a whistle blowing was coming from.
Here and There Grover slides in to talk about the difference between here and there.
Jump for Joy Grover tells the viewer when he's happy, he jumps. He also becomes exhausted.


  1. Noel MacNeal video interview

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