Sesame Street
Air date January 27, 1970
Season Season 1 (1969-1970)
Sponsors I, P, U, 4, 5
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Picture Segment Description
Celebrity Lou Rawls sings the alphabet song to a group of kids.
(First: Episode 0043)
SCENE 1 Gordon greets the viewer, and invites us to play along with the following quiz show…
Can You Guess 01.jpg

Can You Guess 02.jpg
Muppets Big Bob hosts "Can You Guess?", the first-ever Sesame Street game show. Billy Monster must guess which of three (non-monster) panelists is the mother. Billy can't get the right answer because his own mother possesses monster traits.
(First: Episode 0026)
Cartoon A Gary Owens-voiced man attempts to discuss the letter I, but is jeered by an offscreen voice. The man uses him as an example of the word "impolite".
(First: Episode 0032)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: I - ice cream.
(First: Episode 0033)
Cartoon Rocket countdown: The rocket blows up in a shower of soot.
(First: Episode 0018)
Muppets Grover demonstrates the difference between "near" and "far" by running away from the camera and back, eventually fainting from exhaustion.
Film Rocks.jpg
Film Kids demonstrate perspective using large and small rocks as they position themselves near and far.
(First: Episode 0045)

Muppets Bert says that he and Ernie are looking at the "Mysterious Nose-Snatcher." Ernie, disagreeing, walks closer and closer to the camera to see. His face begins to black out the screen...but when he moves back into view, his nose is missing!
(First: Episode 0005)
SCENE 2 Gordon quizzes some kids on today's number sponsor.
Cartoon "Jazz #4"
(First: Episode 0006)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert overhears Ernie drawing a picture of a dog with five legs. Bert thinks the fifth leg is a tail, because the other four legs have paws. Bert asks about the fifth leg, "Where's its paw?" Ernie replies, "It's gone shopping with its maw."
(First: Episode 0010)
Film Four Song (Song of Four)
(First: Episode 0006)
Muppets Anything Muppets sing a round of "Four Blind Mice". (intro removed)
(First: Episode 0009)

Film "Big, Bigger, Biggest"
A junior car dealer displays cars of different sizes to people of different sizes.
(First: Episode 0003)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is going on a hunt for big rocks. When he tries to pick a really big one, the rock turns out to be the dome of a large monster.
(First: Episode 0034)
Cartoon Rocket countdown: The announcer blasts off.
(First: Episode 0018)
Celebrity Carol Burnett: "Well, back to the ol' drawing board!"
SCENE 4 Gordon introduces the next segment …
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Muppets Gordon meets Professor Hastings and Professor Goldfinch, who will be performing a number. A wild Anything Muppet arrives as their drummer and the trio performs "Spinning Wheel".
(First: Episode 0012)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: P - Pin
(First: Episode 0054)
SCENE 4 Big Bird and Gordon find a series of shapes, and put them together to form a letter P.
P pirate pistol.jpg
Cartoon A short poem about a pirate and his puppy demonstrate the letter P.

Cast / Muppets Gordon plays a game of "What Will Happen?" with Ernie. After Ernie guesses correctly what will happen when Gordon drops a ball and turns on a radio, Gordon asks what will happen when he picks up a bell and shakes it. Ernie says the bell will ring. Gordon states that a monster will come out and start blowing a flute. Ernie thinks that's silly, but is surprised when that exact thing happens. Gordon admits that he had worked it out beforehand with Cookie Monster, and gives him a cookie. After Gordon leaves, Ernie has an idea for a trick to play on Bert.
(First: Episode 0031)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for Umbrella
(First: Episode 0038)

Muppets Part 2: Ernie tries to play the same trick on Bert, but when Ernie rings the bell, nothing else happens. Bert thinks Ernie's gone bananas, and he leaves. When Ernie wants to know what happened, Cookie Monster says that he couldn't play the flute, because his mouth was full of cookies.
(First: Episode 0031)
SCENE 5 Gordon introduces Buddy and Jim.
Cast Buddy and Jim hang a picture.
(First: Episode 0001)
SCENE 6 Gordon sees some kids run by, and mentions that exercise is important, as Kermit will soon show you.
Muppets Kermit's Lectures - Kermit watches some live bears do exercises.
(First: Episode 0044)
SCENE 7 Gordon wonders what other animals Kermit will see at the zoo today.
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Giraffes.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0010)
Film A gibbon swings, and an audience cheers when the film ends.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0009)
Film How milk is made, featuring the song "Hey Cow."
(First: Episode 0001)
Cartoon Clay animation film by Jim Henson: A unicorn talks about U words.
(First: Episode 0037)
SCENE 8 Gordon introduces the number 5.
Film Five Song (Song of Five)
(First: Episode 0006)
Cartoon Jazz #5
(First: Episode 0005)
SCENE 9 Gordon signs off.

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