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Sesame Street
Air date February 19, 1970
Season Season 1 (1969-1970)
Sponsors J, O, R, 6, 7

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Gordon sees Big Bird reading a book of magic spells. They don't believe the spells would really work, but they try one just for fun; it ends up conjuring a giant letter R in the middle of the sidewalk! Big Bird and Gordon try to remove the R from the premises (using lots of R words as they do) but it won't budge, and there doesn't seem to be a spell to get rid of it. Big Bird thinks they can use it to tell stories, like โ€ฆ
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Cartoon R is for Rooster, and Robber, and Rake ...
Artist: Fred Calvert
(First: Episode 0011)
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Cartoon A man explains the letter R with a radio. Once he starts singing, the radio decides to turn him off by tweaking his nose.
(First: Episode 0011)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: R - rabbit
(First: Episode 0014)
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SCENE 2 Gordon and Big Bird are still puzzling over the R. Susan enters and they explain to her what happened, and that there is no spell in the book for removing the letter. Susan looks through the book and discovers that there is a spell for changing giant letters into something else. Susan casts a spell which makes the R disappear, but then it pours rain!
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SCENE 2
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Susan casts a rhyming spell which makes the rain disappear, replacing it with a plane. She and Gordon look up and see Alphabet Bates skywrite the letter R (First: Episode 0014).
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SCENE 2
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Since the rain is gone, Susan walks over to the arbor to read Maybe a Monster by Martha Alexander. She then wonders out loud what Ernie and Bert are up to.
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Muppets Ernie attempts to make toast, but he thinks there's something wrong with Bert's side of the toaster. Bert points out that one slice of bread is too thick to fit in the toaster. He tells Ernie to insert the thinner slice, which works. Now Ernie thinks his side of the toaster has the problem.
(First: Episode 0024)
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Cartoon "The J Commercial:" Two boys scrutinize a J, saying it looks like a fish-hook. A resonant voice (Gary Owens) informs them that it's the letter J. This leads to a jazzy story about Joe. Moral: "Don't jive a judge by jamming a junebug."
Studio: Ken Snyder; Director: Fred Calvert
(First: Episode 0009)
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Muppets An Anything Muppet sings "Minute Waltz."
(First: Episode 0019)
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Cartoon Jazz #6
(First: Episode 0011)
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Film "Six Song (Song of Six)"
(First: Episode 0011)
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SCENE 3 Gordon has given the magic book back to Big Bird, and explains what it means to hand something to someone.
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Film There Once Was a Hand: Skip Hinnant narrates the story of an unhappy hand that wishes he could make a noise.
(First: Episode 0007)
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Film "Seven Song (Song of Seven)"
(First: Episode 0011)
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Cartoon A boy counts while erasing things and people.
(First: Episode 0008)
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SCENE 4 Gordon plays a "touching game" with Renee and Troy where he asks the girls to blindly feel what he's holding behind a cutout box with a curtain so they can identify the item.
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Muppets Tony sings "Windy" to his girlfriend, Beautiful Day Monster.
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Cartoon A song about a rolling O
Animation by John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0011)
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Film The โ€œunsung beauty of manhole coversโ€ is explored.
(First: Episode 0004)
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SCENE 5 Susan plays a rhyming game with Oscar the Grouch about family roles. Oscar's guesses don't quite match up with what Susan has in mind, so he attempts to make a nonsensical rhyming couplet of his own.
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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)
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Film "Six Song (Song of Six)" (repeat)
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Film How milk is made, featuring the song "Hey Cow."
(First: Episode 0001)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert โ€” Ernie wants to show Bert his ice cube collection. The ice cubes were so cold that he had to put them in a box covered with an electric blanket. Much to Ernie's surprise, the ice cubes have disappeared. Since they were replaced with water, Ernie suspects that a fish might have stolen them. Bert tells him that it's because they've melted. Ernie, however, is now convinced that a fish melted the ice cubes, and angrily walks out the door to "tear him fin-from-fin."
(First: Episode 0033)
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: R - rabbit (repeat)
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Cartoon R for Radio (repeat)
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Celebrity Listen My Brother sings their own version of "The Alphabet Song."
(First: Episode 0005)
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Song Sesame Street Animal Films: Joe Raposo sings George Gershwin's "Funny Face."
(First: Episode 0006)
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SCENE 6 Gordon asks the viewer to come back as he joins the kids for a game of basketball. Big Bird announces the sponsors and today's book.
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CLOSING SIGNS Gordon holds the Sesame Street sign, and a bunch of Muppet hippies hold the Children's Television Workshop sign.


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