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Herbert Birdsfoot was introduced on Sesame Street in Season 2 as a lecturer, usually with Grover as his assistant. He was the brief replacement for Kermit the Frog in his lecturing job on the street. With Kermit's return later that season, the character was quietly phased out by 1974. He made one of his last appearances in The Muppet Movie during the finale.

His name is a play on the pasture crop "bird's-foot trefoil," which was familiar to Jim Henson because of his father's work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.[1]


Sketches

Picture Summary / EKA Description
Cookie Puzzle
Episode 0132
Herbert Birdsfoot invents a complicated machine, to test Cookie Monster's problem-solving abilities. Cookie Monster needs to pull the string to raise the glass cover off the plateful of cookies at the other end -- but when he lets go to retrieve the cookies, the cover will fall again. Herbert hears Cookie Monster approaching, and hides to observe him. Cookie investigates the machine for a moment, then gets the cookies by karate-chopping the glass cover.
AN Family Story
Episode 0158
Big Bird tells Herbert a story about the AN family at his nest.
Over and Under
Episode 0198
Herbert Birdsfoot demonstrates "over" and "under" by having Grover lie over a mattress. Then Grover lies under the mattress, and Herbert drives the point home by adding more objects over Grover.
AN Family Lecture
Episode 0231
Herbert and Grover talk about "AN" words.
Count to 20
Episode 0235
Herbert and Grover count to 20.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

ET Family Lecture
Episode 0263
Grover and Herbert demonstrate the "ET" word family in different words.
T-H-E
Episode 0266
Herbert explains the importance of the word "THE".
Alphabet
Episode 0267
Grover and Herbert recite the alphabet together.
Shadows
Episode 0271
Grover sees his shadow follow him around, and thinks it's a person following him. However, Herbert Birdsfoot explains what a shadow is.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Hopping Poem
Episode 0271
Herbert recites a hopping poem.
M Sound
Episode 0276
Herbert Birdsfoot thinks that Grover is talking about the letter M whenever he makes an Mmmmm sound, but Grover is only making the sound because he ate peanut butter and got his mouth stuck shut.


Online: Sesamestreet.org, The Sesame Street Podcast: Stuck

Ernie Borrows a Vacuum
Episode 0303
Ernie wants to borrow Herbert's vacuum cleaner, but he worries about how Herbert will respond. Maybe Herbert's taking a bath, and he'll be so angry at Ernie for interrupting him that he'll tell everyone to never loan Ernie anything ever again!
Counting Three Blocks
Episode 0309
Herbert Birdsfoot arranges three blocks for Grover to count. No matter how the blocks are arranged, they still add up to three. Herbert asks Grover to count some oranges as well. Grover confesses that he's good at counting blocks -- but he doesn't know how to count oranges!


Online: Sesamestreet.org

ET Family Delivery (3-part sketch)
Episode 0573
Herbert presents the "ET" word family, as a deliveryman brings in different letter. The deliveryman gets progressively furious as Herbert makes him sound out the word and refuses to give him a signature until he does so.
M and W Herbert explains what the letters M and W look like with a very uncooperative letter that keeps switching itself. The letter eventually stops switching, and Herb solves the problem by rotating the camera angle, turning the letter upside down.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Album appearances

Book appearances

Sources

  1. Muppet Morsels, Episode 114: Sandy Duncan

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