The Number of the Day premiered as a daily segment on Sesame Street in Season 33, which aired in 2002. The sequence originally featured the Count playing a musical scale on his organ to get to the number of the day.
Two entirely new series of Number of the Day segments were produced for season 36. Segments for numbers 1-10 were remakes of the Number Song Series opening sequence done in CGI ribbon effects, followed by a human child playing with a jack-in-the-box to get to the number of the day. Newer segments for higher numbers featured a "Number of the Day" waltz with Count von Count and the Countess.
By Season 37, the segments featured the Count interacting with real kids on the street. For Season 38, when the original pipe organ skits were re-run. Starting in season 39, new segments, usually connecting with the episode's street scenes, were produced. In season 40, Murray Monster began hosting the Number of the Day, in addition to introducing various other show elements. The pipe organ segments are featured in every episode of the 2010 Shalom Sesame revival.
|Episode 3996|| 0: Zero Organs|
Right before he can play a note, The Count's organ suddenly disappears with a puff of smoke, indicating that the number of the day is zero. Nonetheless, the Count enjoys this, celebrating with a few bars from the song "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'".
|Episode 4000|| 1: One Elephant|
After practicing a few times, The Count hits an organ key, and the number is one. One elephant appears.
|Episode 3992|| 2: Two Tap-Dancing Tubas in Tutus|
Two tap dancing tubas in tutus show up after learning that the number of the day is two.
|Episode 3981|| 3: Three Bears|
|Episode 3982|| 4: Four Honkers|
|Episode 3998|| 5: Five Bats|
Five bats show up when the Count reveals that 5 is the number of the day.
|Episode 3985|| 6: Five Sheep and a Duck|
Five sheep and a duck celebrate the fact that the number of the day is 6.
|Episode 3990|| 7: Seven Dancing Chickens|
Seven dancing chickens show up for the number of the day.
|Episode 3989|| 8: Eight Bats|
Eight bats show up when he Count reveals that 8 is number of the day.
|Episode 3999|| 9: Nine Bats|
After learning that the number of the day is nine, The Count counts bats.
|Episode 4005|| 10: Ten Appears|
A talking number 10 appears after it's revealed that ten is the number of the day.
|Episode 3987|| 11: Balloons and Confetti|
After learning that the number of the day is eleven, when the balloons and confetti fall from the ceiling, the Count is so overjoyed he asks for more balloons and confetti.
|Episode 4001|| 12: Twelve Appears|
After learning that 12 is the number of the day, a tap-dancing number twelve appears.
|Episode 3986|| 13: Vegetables|
13 dancing vegetables show up after it's revealed that thirteen is the number of the day.
|Episode 3988|| 14: Cannon|
The number 14 emerges from a cannon after The Count learns that it is the number of the day (after gaffeing on 4 and 10).
|Episode 3995|| 15: Penguin|
The Count sings as he tries to get to the number of the day, and a penguin presents him with a number 15.
|Episode 3997|| 16: Beauty Queen 16|
A beauty queen 16 appears after 16 is announced to be the number of the day.
|Episode 3984|| 17: Singing 17|
A singing 17 appears after 17 is announced to be the number of the day.
|Episode 3993|| 18: Jumping 18|
A jumping 18 appears after 18 is announced to be the number of the day.
|Episode 3983|| 19: 19 Shows Up|
The number 19 shows up after 19 is announced to be the number of the day.
|Episode 4006|| 20: Big Number 20|
After it's revealed that the number 20 is the number of the day, a large number 20 appears.
|Episode 4080|| 2: Sheep and Elephant|
The Count tells the viewers that when he counts sheep, Horatio the Elephant will show up to reveal the number of the day, which, today, is 2. "Who wants to sleep anyway?"
|Episode 4059|| 3: Sheep and Elephant|
The Count tells the viewers that when he counts sheep, Horatio the elephant will show up to reveal the number of the day, which, today, is 3. "Who wants to sleep anyway?"
|Episode 4067|| 4: Counting Bats|
The Count counts four bats.
|Episode 4062|| 6: Six Feet Under|
The Count watches "Six Feet Under", which takes place under a table where the feet of three monsters appear.
|Episode 4057|| 10: Monster Parade|
The Count counts monsters in the monster parade to find out what the number of the day is. He counts Cookie Monster, Zoe, Telly, Rosita, Narf, Grover, Googel, Herry Monster, Mel, and Elmo, which is 10 monsters all together.
Ribbons & Jack-in-the-Box
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|Episode 4100|| 10
Number of the Day Waltz
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|Episode 4117|| 9: Golf Tournament|
At the Transylvania Open golf tournament, The Count takes nine hits to get his golf ball out of a sand trap.
|Episode 4111|| 10: Jumping Off Steps Until a Kids Hair Turns Blue|
The Count has a kid jump off the stairs leading to 123 Sesame Street until his hair turns blue. It fails to work, and after the Count finishes counting and lightning flashes, HIS hair turns blue instead.
|Episode 4116|| 11: Hopping on One Foot|
The Count counts as Kale hops eleven times on one foot.
|Episode 4123|| 12: Jessica's Drumbeats|
The Count counts as Jessica beats her drum twelve times.
|Episode 4122|| 13: Swings on a Tire|
The Count counts thirteen swings in the tire.
|Episode 4129|| 18: Catalina's Jumps|
The Count counts the jumps of a little girl named Catalina as her friends turn the jump rope. His counting summons lightning, and then the kids begin jumping again, unaware of the Count's presence.
|Episode 4176|| 0: Stuck|
|Episode 4183|| 1: Laundromat|
Chris washes the number of the day, 1.
|Episode 4174|| 2: Nest Sale|
Rosita frantically searches for the number of the day (2), and finds it in Big Bird's nest.
|Episode 4178|| 3: Number Lottery|
The Count pulls the lottery number of the day - the number 3.
|Episode 4161|| 4: Socks|
Gordon is supposed to introduce the number of the day at the laundromat, but he's got socks stuck to him. After counting them, Gordon discovers that there are four socks--the number he was going to show anyway.
|Episode 4166|| 4: Magic|
As Chris washes carrots, Elmo the magician comes back to present the number of the day, subtracting 1 carrot from 5 to make 4 carrots.
|Episode 4163|| 5: Nest Sale|
Rosita frantically searches for the number of the day, 5, and finds it in Big Bird's nest.
|Episode 4171|| 5: Talent|
On the Big Bird and Snuffy talent show, the five flying 5s perform their talent.
|Episode 4165|| 6: Firefly|
Chris chats with six fireflies, who form the number of the day, 6.
|Episode 4172|| 6: Spaghetti Stain|
Alan serves Gina her lunch, a plate of spaghetti and meatballs. She counts 6 meatballs on her plate. The 6 cheerleaders pop up and shout “6!”, causing her to spill her food on her shirt, leaving a 6-shaped stain.
|Episode 4184|| 7: Book|
Big Bird finishes reading a different version of Cinderella to Connor and Tiffany and opens the "Number of the Day" book.
|Episode 4164|| 8: Number Lottery|
The Count pulls the lottery number of the day - the number 8. Nadine Zylstra directed this sketch.
|Episode 4169|| 9: Vote|
Elmo and Zoe vote on seeing a film about the number 9, but said number says otherwise and wishes to see a film about sheep. They compromise and watch a film about 9 and sheep.
|Episode 4162|| 10: Toes|
Gabi counts her toes to display the number of the day, 10.
|Episode 4179|| 11: Transform|
Leela jogs by and runs into the letter V, who tells her that he’s playing hide and seek with Rosita. His way of hiding to split in half and become the number 11. Once Rosita leaves, he becomes a V again.
|Episode 4180|| 12: Vest|
Baby Bear wears a vest with numbers all over it. On the back is the number of the day, which is 12.
|Episode 4177|| 13: Dance|
|Episode 4168|| 14: Book|
|Episode 4175|| 15: Digging Dirt|
Gina checks up on Slimey and his pet bug and she sees Dirty write a 15 in the dirt.
|Episode 4167|| 16: Firefly|
Baby Bear wears a vest with numbers all over it. On the back is the number of the day, which is 16.
|Episode 4173|| 17: Banner|
In a parody of The Tonight Show, Big Bird presents Snuffy who will wear a banner with a 17 on it. Big Bird sees no 17 on Snuffy’s banner until Snuffy turns around and shows it on the other side.
|Episode 4185|| 17: Robots|
The Alpha-Beta Bots now become The Number Bots to show the viewer the number of the day, 17.
|Episode 4186|| 18: Book|
Gina finds Marco awake again and tries putting him to sleep with the number of the day. She whips out his "18 Bears" book and quickly goes to sleep.
|Episode 4170|| 19: Birthday Present|
Baby Bear opens his next present, which turns out to be the number of the day.
|Episode 4181|| 20: Laundromat|
Chris washes the number of the day, 20.
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Musicians, kids, and the wheels on Tony Hawk's skateboard
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Dancers, hula-hoops, pink hats and kids
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Birthday candles and nurses