Sesame Street
Big Bird invents the letter Y
Air date April 21, 1976
Season Season 7 (1975-1976)
Sponsors Q, Y, 5
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird shows Maria his latest invention: a letter Y. Maria thinks there's nothing special about it at first, but Big Bird shows her that this letter Y can play the trombone.
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie tells Bert that he has a note for him, but he can't remember where it is. He thinks maybe he put it in the toybox, so he digs through the box, throwing toys everywhere. It's not in the toybox, so Ernie looks in the clothes hamper, scattering clothes all over. He finally finds the note, which tells Bert that it's his turn to clean up the apartment.
(First: Episode 0255)
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Cartoon "I Can Remember": A little girl remembers what to buy at the store (A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of butter) by visualizing her mother giving the instructions.
Artist: Jim Simon
(First: Episode 0408)
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Film A man makes a shadow puppet of a rabbit.
(First: Episode 0614)
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Cartoon Q-quiet! (tree chopping)
(First: Episode 0675)
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Cartoon Ants Carry the Letter Q Up Hill
(First: Episode 0787)
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Muppets A cowboy hears his echo in Spanish for the numbers one to ten.
(First: Episode 0698)
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Film A boy imagines himself and his friends playing in the snow in slow motion.
(First: Episode 0546)
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Cartoon "Presenting -- the bumper jack!"
(EKA: Episode 0537)
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Video Scanimate kids intro
(First: Episode 0798)
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SCENE 2 Bob sits with some disabled kids, and introduces the next segment.
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Film Wheelchair races at the Special Olympics
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Muppets "Five People in My Family"
(First: Episode 0008)
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Cartoon Donnie Budd sings about animals in groups of five on a farm.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0323)
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Film Hamburger bun factory
(First: Episode 0615)
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Cartoon Two men on a park bench turn their radios up louder and louder, each trying to drown the other's out, until they reach a station they can agree on.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 0796)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — Ernie and Bert play tricks on each other in order to sit in the TV chair, until they realize they both fit in it. Herry Monster comes over to trick Ernie and Bert into leaving their chair so that he can sit in it. Ernie and Bert decide that if the chair can hold two, it can hold three as well, so they cram their way into the chair with Herry. When Ernie and Herry realize that they're watching something only Bert would enjoy, they leave Bert alone.
(First: Episode 0207)
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Film Joe Raposo: Swinging Gibbon
(First: Episode 0009)
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Cartoon "Danny knows the alphabet, and is he proud! If you can follow him, then sing out loud!"
(EKA: Episode 0406)
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Cartoon Abierto: Ali Baba arrives a bit late and gets run over by the 40 thieves leaving.
(First: Episode 0467)
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Muppets / Cast The People in Your Neighborhood: Butcher and Zookeeper
(First: Episode 0696)
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Cartoon Hypnotic "Q" Rainbow
(First: Episode 0440)
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Cartoon A duck sings about all the reasons why q should be remembered.
(First: Episode 0789)
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Celebrity Tennis star Arthur Ashe plays slow and fast.
(First: Episode 0781)
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Muppets Roosevelt Franklin leads a counting practice for his Headball team.
(First: Episode 0893)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird plays a "Three of These Things" game with three kids and Mr. Hooper.
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Cartoon Find the camouflaged parrot.
Voice: Paul Dooley
(First: Episode 0516)
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The Tortoise and the Hare: When the race begins, the hare dawdles, since the tortoise is so slow he'll have time to win. Kermit rushes to the finish line so that he can see the results... and is crowned the winner.
(First: Episode 0477)
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Animation 2 houses plus 3 houses equal 5.
(First: Episode 0283)
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Cartoon Magical Herman's number trick
(First: Episode 0773)
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Film Farmer takes care of the baby cows
(First: Episode 0784)
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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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Cartoon A caterpillar escapes a hungry bird by turning into a butterfly.
Artist: Etienne Delessert
(First: Episode 0639)
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Cartoon A monster sees a box that keeps opening and closing, saying "Abierto" and "Cerrado."
(First: Episode 0771)
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Film What do birds eat?
(First: Episode 0495)
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Cartoon The Typewriter: Y for Yo-Yo
(First: Episode 0769)
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Cartoon Y for yawn
(First: Episode 0301)
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Muppets Ernie & BertLefty the Salesman wants to sell Ernie a painting of a tree, which he says is a picture of four elephants. Ernie doesn't see the four elephants, so Lefty offers to show him the elephants if Ernie will buy the picture for a nickel. Lefty points out the elephants, which are actually spaces in the tree's branches. Ernie shells out for the picture. Ernie wants to pull the same trick on Bert, but Bert notices the elephants right away.
(First: Episode 0292)
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Transition Bridge #5 - 4 Corner Bridge C
(First: Episode 0282)
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SCENE 4 Bob helps Oscar try to remember what he forgot.
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentHerry & John-John observe a letter Q.
(First: Episode 0571)
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SCENE 5 Goodbyes.


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