A recurring Sesame Street skit paid tribute to silent film star Charlie Chaplin. Maria (dressed to resemble Chaplin's standard film persona) would engage in silent film antics, sometimes as stand-alone sketches, and at other times within the context of other sketches.

Sonia Manzano stated in an interview that as a college student, she was a fan of Chaplin's shorts and wrote the sketches to fulfill her own fandom fantasy.


Picture Summary / EKA Description
Episode 0926
Charlie Chaplin (Maria) tries to outwit a tricky EXIT sign.
Top and Bottom
Episode 0986
A voiceover instructs Charlie Chaplin (Maria) where to put the shirts and the towels.
Later airings of this sketch replace the music and narration.
Episode 1032
Maria as Chaplin looks in a mirror and sees "ME." Maria's reflection is played by Linda.
Long, Longer, Longest
Episode 1460
Maria as Chaplin tries to get to the door, but the suspenders are hooked to the wall.
Episode 1839
The two Chaplin impersonators open umbrellas. Emilio Delgado plays the other one.
Episode 1840
Chaplin tries to throw away a newspaper into a rapidly moving litter can. When she finally does, the exit door also moves and she breaks down the wall.
Episode 2040
The Tramp is out in the cold.
Episode 2244
Charlie Chaplin obeys the word HOP, then switches it to STOP.
Episode 2269
Maria as Chaplin falls in love with a painting at the art museum. The woman in the painting periodically changes her pose.
Tuxedo Thread
Episode 2274
Chaplin notices a short thread on Luis' tuxedo, which becomes long as he pulls it, unraveling Luis's trousers!
What Happens Next
Episode 2407
Gordon hosts "What Happens Next," with help from the Dinger and Maria (as the Chaplin character). The viewer has to guess before Gordon rings the bell. On the first round, Maria slips on the banana peel on the ground. On the second round, Maria sits on a bench with only three legs and it collapses. Then on the third (and final) round, Maria uses the cane to push the cloud into the game show studio, drenching Gordon and causing him to sneeze a lot.
The Picnic
Episode 2887
Ernie and Bert go to the movies to see a silent movie, "The Picnic," starring Chaplin and his date (played by Linda Bove).
In the Rain Chaplin leaves a store on a rainy day. When Chaplin's umbrella doesn't work well, he looks for something else to keep him dry. He first hides under a woman's (Linda) poncho, then buys a newspaper from a store keeper (Luis), but as soon as Chaplin puts the newspaper over his head, it stops raining.
Bench Balancing Two Tramps (Maria and Linda) find ways to balance both sides of a see-sawing park bench.
HAT The Tramp finds a HAT sign near a hatrack with a new hat. He tries replacing his crummy, worn-out one with it, but the sign falls apart each time.
Number Six The Tramp illustrates the number 6 using balloons.
Surprises Maria makes a cameo as the Tramp during an ensemble song about surprises.

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