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Sesame Street
Big Bird runs for president
Air date December 2, 1975
Season Season 7 (1975-1976)
Sponsors A, P, 3
Releases HBO Max


Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Oscar tries to get rid of three old cans, so he can have more room inside his trash can. Maria, Luis, and David find a good use for them and make offers to take them off his hands. Oscar says his cans are too good for what they want to do with them, and decides to keep them all.
Cartoon Five Purple Konkers
(First: Episode 0775)
cut from the HBO Max version
Muppets Grover is astonished to find that he's multiplied into four Grovers.
(First: Episode 0718)
Animation Stop-motion: A hammer slowly pounds a nail into the ground.
Animation New Ball in Town: Three striped balls encounter a polka-dotted ball.
(First: Episode 0777)
Muppets Ernie opens his lunchbox and finds that half of his chicken salad sandwich is missing. Sherlock Hemlock, the world's greatest detective, investigates this fiendish crime. It turns out that Sherlock himself ate half of Ernie's sandwich.
(First: Episode 0131)
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SCENE 2 Big Bird finds David, Luis and Maria listening to the tail end of a speech by the President of the United States on the radio. Big Bird thinks being President would be great and launches into song ("President Bird"). He then begins planning his campaign as David and Luis carry him around on their shoulders.
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Cartoon A boy talks about his various moods.
Artist: Bob Kurtz
(First: Episode 0772)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird has set up his campaign rally, offering free bags of birdseed to his constituents. The grown-ups approach him and inform him of how difficult being President is. Big Bird thinks he'd do just fine, so the others decide to role-play and imagine he's been elected President. President Bird starts declaring national holidays pertaining to birds, which don't receive much ovation. He then gets bogged down by the many problems his citizens have, from broken bats to dirty streets. He becomes even more frustrated when he learns he can't take a break and go roller skating. Big Bird decides to quit the race, but considers taking it up again when he's older. The grown-ups return to their radio broadcast, where they hear the President is taking his own roller skating break tomorrow.
Muppets Here is Your Life: A loaf of bread is profiled.
(First: Episode 0709)
Animation Arthur and Annie look for the letter A, while a shadowy figure observes all the A words they say.
Features the voice of Jim Thurman
(First: Episode 0781)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Little Things."
(First: Episode 0655)

Muppets Cookie Monster encounters a green napkin. Every time he squeezes the napkin, a new number appears, allowing Cookie to count up to twenty. This creeps him out, but what's even more creepy is when Kermit shows up inside the napkin at the end of the bit -- he's also green, after all.
(First: Episode 0619)
Cartoon "Jazz #3"
(First: Episode 0002)

Film Number Three Ball Film: A red ball follows a rollercoaster-like track through checkpoints (each, a set of three) that are counted in voiceover. At the end, the ball is ground up into a powder.
(First: Episode 0254)
Cartoon A girl demonstrates that she is scary-looking to a sleeping monster.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
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SCENE 4 Maria, David, Luis and the kids sweep up the mess from Big Bird's rally and find some of his campaign buttons, which they use for a game of "One of These Things."
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” On a boring day, Ernie suggests some ideas to Bert, but then Bert has an exciting idea of his own. He shows off his bottlecap collection to Ernie, who remembers that he found a Figgy Fizz bottle cap -- the very one that Bert needed to complete his collection.
(First: Episode 0240)
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Cartoon A man displays his invention, the A-box, which only takes the letter A.
(First: Episode 0781)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Skeleton fish.
(First: Episode 0287)
Cartoon I am dry, he is wet (Shark fishing)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0309)
Song "Three Is My Favorite Number"
(First: Episode 0429)
Muppets / Cast Bob sings "The People in Your Neighborhood" with the cleaner and shoemaker.
(First: Episode 0436)
Animation A saw cuts a piece of wood.
Animation An orange pops out of a basket of fruits and gets "made up" as the face of Carmen, the role in the opera of the same name. While singing "Habanera," the famed aria from the opera, Carmen loses her "face" and can't resume singing until the wig returns.
(First: Episode 0277)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Everything is getting wet, because it's raining and a window is stuck open. But Ernie explains that he can't fix it now because he'd get wet in all that rain. When the rain stops, he explains to Bert that since it's not raining anymore, nothing's getting wet, and there's no reason to fix it.
(First: Episode 0344)
Cartoon A for Acrobats
Song Joe Raposo sings "I'm an Aardvark."
(First: Episode 0425)
Cartoon I am dry, they are wet (Umbrella)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0344)
Cartoon P is for Puddle
(First: Episode 0452)
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Muppets Two Anything Muppets with hair over their eyes recite the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0779)
Cartoon P is for Puppy
(First: Episode 0199)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: A widow bird flies from one tree to another.
(First: Episode 0391)
Cartoon "The Story of A": A witch tells bored kids a story about the letter A involving an ant's apple getting stolen by an archer.
(First: Episode 0130)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Grover and John-John count a penny.
(First: Episode 0438)
cut from the HBO Max version
Animation A puzzle of a turtle is put together.
(First: Episode 0625)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper is looking down and saying "Three sticks!" A man asks "Three sticks where?" Then Harvey says "3 sticks right here!" and sticks a number 3 on the man's head.
(First: Episode 0570)
Cartoon A red man illustrates abierto, while an angry blue man shows cerrado.
(First: Episode 0784)

Film Number Three Ball Film: A red ball follows a rollercoaster-like track through checkpoints (each, a set of three) that are counted in voiceover. At the end, the ball turns into a cherry which is devoured by a girl.
(First: Episode 0744)
Cartoon The Typewriter: A for airplane
(First: Episode 0770)
Cartoon "Jazz #3" (repeat)
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SCENE 5 Oscar returns from the dump and fills his trash can with the spoils. David announces the sponsors.

CLOSING SIGNS Maria and Luis hold up the Sesame Street sign, while David holds up the CTW sign at the end.

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