Sesame Street
The Count celebrates National Counting Day
Air date March 3, 1975
Season Season 6 (1974-1975)
Production November 12, 1974
Sponsors M, O, 10

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Picture Segment Description
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Muppets Guy Smiley hosts Here is Your Life, surprising Oak Tree with the story of his life. The guests include Granny Fanny Nesselrode, who planted the tree as an acorn, Cloud and Sun, who gave the tree rain and sunshine, and Marty Table and Sarah Chair, who were made from the tree's friends.
(First: Episode 0406)
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Animation Sand O/o
(First: Episode 0621)
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Film Letter O hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0338)
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Film "Ten Song (Song of Ten)" (revised version)
(First: Episode 0021)
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Insert Big Bird announces that Grover will demonstrate the number 2 by doing two chin-ups. He does it, but then Big Bird asks him to do two more sets, to make sure the audience gets it. When Big Bird thinks they've got it, he announces that Grover will now demonstrate the number 18! Grover faints.
(First: Episode 0547)
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Cartoon "Ten Turtles"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0425)
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Film A scuba diver collects shells, which some kids count in voice-over.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0474)
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Film A silent film about an automobile that can be either long or short.
(First: Episode 0520)
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Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit and Grover demonstrate short and long -- Kermit sings and hops for short periods, while Grover does them for long periods. Finally Grover asks if he can do the short thing and Kermit do the long thing. To Grover's detriment, it turns out to be tickling!
(First: Episode 0560)
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Cartoon Drawing a kite that turns into a fish (w/ child voiceover).
(First: Episode 0222)
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Cartoon Drawing a kite that turns into a fish (w/ child voiceover in Spanish).
(First: Episode 0277)
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Film In stop-motion, assorted furniture places themselves in a classroom.
(First: Episode 0647)
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SCENE 1 Mr. Hooper, in a stage whisper, tells Maria and Luis about a huge order he just fulfilled for Count von Count, with party hats, balloons, candles, and a cake. They suspect that he's throwing a party to celebrate his birthday and see he's out in the arbor with the kids and a pile of gifts. They decide to surprise him and sing "Happy Birthday to You."
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SCENE 1 cont'd The three sneak over to the party and barely get the first line of the song out when the Count gives an enthusiastic greeting. He tells everyone to get their party hats on and blow some balloons, counting each one. They then begin to put candles on the cake, but ask how old the Count is; he doesn't understand the question. Maria tells him it's a birthday tradition to have candles representing his age, but the Count tells them it's not his birthday. Today, he is throwing a celebration in honor of National Counting Day, the annual holiday where he and his friends will count everything in sight all day and into the night. The adults are less than happy to learn about this development.
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Song "Five Onstage Dancers"
(First: Episode 0539)
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Cartoon "Danny knows the alphabet, and is he proud! If you can follow him, then sing out loud!"
(First: Episode 0406)
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Film Lemurs leap and play in a zoo cage.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0032)
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SCENE 2 Everyone, especially Luis, is already over with the National Counting Day celebrations, while the Count counts parts of Maria's hand. Mr. Hooper asks if there's anything else they can do on the holiday besides count. The Count launches into the holiday's official song, "Counting Is Wonderful." The song only elicited a slow, unenthused clap from Maria.
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Cartoon A mouse takes a bite out of a good-smelling M.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0725)
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Instead of a bone, Old Mother Hubbard brings her dog various objects which rhyme with "bone", including a stone, a throne, and finally a phone (which the dog uses to order take-out from a Chinese restaurant).
(First: Episode 0642)
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Cartoon A man invites an M to dinner. The M is very appreciative, and makes "Mmmmmm" sounds. It eats all of the food at the table, and winds up eating the screen!
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0276)
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Film Baby animals nurse.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0546)
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie has a licorice whip that he offers to share with Bert. He divides it in half with a pair of scissors, but then discovers that Bert's half is longer than his. He cuts off a little bit of Bert's half, and eats it. Then he discovers that his own half is longer than Bert's, and that's not fair, so he cuts a bit off of his own, and eats it. Ernie goes back and forth, cutting off more and more, until the licorice whip is gone.
(First: Episode 0461)
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Cartoon A girl wonders what it would be like if elephants were as easily frightened as bugs.
(First: Episode 0595)
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Muppets The Story of The Girl, the Tree, and the Terrible Troll (part 1)
A mother sends her young daughter into the forest to chop down a tree to use for wood. When she finds one, a terrible troll encourages her to chop it down. However, a bird above protests, as the tree is her home. The girl wonders what she should do...
(First: Episode 0307)
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Cartoon O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0673)
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Muppets The Story of The Girl, the Tree, and the Terrible Troll (part 2)
The girl resolves to not chop down the tree, allowing the bird to keep her home. She finds another tree, when an old man objects - he thinks it's the most beautiful tree in the forest and gives him shade on hot days. The troll wants to cut it down, so the girl starts thinking again...
(First: Episode 0307)
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Film / Cartoon The letter O introduces many words he starts.
(First: Episode 0621)
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Muppets The Story of The Girl, the Tree, and the Terrible Troll (part 3)
The girl again chooses to not chop down the tree and happens upon a third. She decides that this tree is perfect to cut down, as it is not being used by any birds or people. The troll reveals himself to be a handsome prince, who will grant her any wish. She asks him to cut down the tree and bring it to her house.
(First: Episode 0307)
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Film A bumble bee
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0082)
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Muppets "Would You Like to Buy an O?"
(First: Episode 0364)
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SCENE 3 The adults can't take much more of this holiday and the Count's constant counting. They try to shake things up with a game inside Hooper's Store. They set out four jars for a round of "One of These Things." The Count correctly guesses which one doesn't belong, but of course has a counting-related reason and starts counting the other reasons why it doesn't belong.
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Film "Sometimes, when you want to get somewhere, you need a bridge." (edited)
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0140)
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Cartoon A song about a rolling O
Artists: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0011)
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Film To a jazz rhythm soundtrack, the camera zooms in on flowers growing on a tree.
(First: Episode 0156)
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Muppets Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School: Roosevelt Franklin talks about pride in a story about a duck who had "bad luck to be born a duck."
(First: Episode 0592)
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Insert Piano Bridge #2 - a pianist plays a short tune.
(First: Episode 0622)
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SCENE 4 It's now late at night and the party is still going. Maria encourages the Count to blow out the candles so they can get things over with at last. The Count agrees, as it will give them more time to prepare for tomorrow's holiday - National Number Day! Everyone complains, especially when the Count mentions the day after is National Adding Things Up Day. He then announces the sponsors.


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See also

  • Transylvania Counting Day was later observed in Episode 2301.
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