Sesame Street celebrated its 10th anniversary in the spring of 1979 with a half-hour PBS special hosted by James Earl Jones entitled A Walking Tour of Sesame Street. The special aired on individual PBS stations at various times between March and May 1979.
Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Barkley and human members of the cast (Mr. Hooper, Bob, Linda, and Olivia) appeared on the street with Jones as he showed clips from the first ten years and talked about the show, the street, the characters, and their world-wide impact.
- The special was originally titled Now We Are Ten.
- The special was screened daily at the Smithsonian Institution during the "Ten Years of Sesame Street" exhibit housed there during the summer of 1979.
Cast and crew
- Credited: Caroll Spinney as Big Bird and Oscar
- Uncredited: Linda Bove as Linda, Emilio Delgado as Luis, Bob McGrath as Bob, Alaina Reed Hall as Olivia Robinson, Will Lee as Mr. Hooper, Brian Muehl as Barkley.
- Uncredited, in archive segments: Bill Cosby, Buffy Sainte-Marie as Buffy
- James Earl Jones recites the alphabet. (Episode 0002)
- Waiter Grover: Alphabet Soup (Episode 0276)
- Burt Lancaster recites the alphabet (Episode 0006)
- Fonzie and Richie recite the alphabet (Episode 1176)
- Cookie Monster and Genelle say the alphabet (Episode 0320)
- Bill Cosby twins recite the alphabet (Episode 0131)
- The cast of Bonanza say the alphabet (Episode 0136)
- Pinball Number Count: 6 (Episode 0983)
- "Gimme Five" (Episode 1137)
- Kermit and Marlena observe their knees (Episode 1162)
- The Harlem Globetrotters demonstrate parts of the body as they pass a basketball. (Episode 1149).
- Grover demonstrates near and far (Episode 0787).
- Appalachian mailman on horseback (Episode 0493)
- Big Bird and a pilot discuss parts of the airplane (Episode 1090)
- "Fireman Ready to Go" (Episode 0131)
- Ernie hears an exercise program on the radio (Episode 1025)
- 1, Rue Sésame theme tune (French)
- Ernie opens Bert's surprise present (Episode 0165) (shown in Spanish)
- Iftah Ya Simsim opening (Arabic)
- ↑ CTW Newsletter, Fall 1979
- A-B-Chorus Line, a proposed 10th anniversary special for the show