Sesame Street
The Count's Countdown / Buffy and Sheldon say goodbye to Sesame Street.
Air date May 13, 1977
Season Season 8 (1976-1977)
Directed by Bob Schwarz
Sponsors J, O, 11


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 From the Sesame Street Studios above Hooper's Store, Guy Smiley introduces The Count's Countdown on Radio 123. DJ Count von Count presents their first song, coming at number 12 on the charts...
Cartoon "Ladybugs' Picnic"
(First: Episode 0416)
SCENE 1 cont'd The Count introduces the next song from Tammy Whynot...
Cartoon "It's a Lovely Eleven Morning"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0362)
SCENE 1 cont'd Guy Smiley delivers a commercial about the great number 15. The Count then introduces the next song in the countdown.
Cartoon "Ten Turtles"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0425)
SCENE 1 cont'd The Count gives a numerical weather report.
Cartoon "Martian Beauty" has nine hairs, nine bows, nine eyes, nine nostrils, nine arms, and nine toes.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0316)
SCENE 1 cont'd The Count segues from the last song to the next...
Muppets Five Anything Muppets sing the "Numerical Correspondence Song."
(First: Episode 0735)
SCENE 1 cont'd The Count presents a song that Big Bird wants dedicated to all his Sesame Street friends (including "Mr. Blooper").
Cartoon "Candy Man"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0359)
SCENE 1 cont'd The Count presents the number seven song on the countdown...
Cartoon The Alligator King
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0411)
SCENE 1 cont'd Simon Soundman appears at the window as the Count introduces this week's moldy oldie...
Muppets Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats sing "Count it Higher."
(First: Episode 0553)
SCENE 1 cont'd Simon brings in a friend to witness the Count move onto the number six song this week.
Cartoon Donnie Budd counts six snails, six ships, and six whales.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0324)
SCENE 1 cont'd The Count delivers "Numbers in the News," including breaking stories about the Three Little Pigs, Prairie Dawn discovering her 10 toes and various sports scores.
Cartoon Jazz #5
(First: Episode 0007)
SCENE 1 cont'd The Count now introduces a "cha-cha" tune...
Muppets An Anything Muppet teaches another to count by singing "Beep."
(First: Episode 0768)
SCENE 1 cont'd Up next on The Count's Countdown: some country and western...
Cartoon Donnie Budd counts four lions.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0300)
SCENE 1 cont'd The Count presents an extra song about the number four, this one coming from the musical Two Plus Two...
Muppets Big Bird sings "I Just Adore Four" with The Tarnish Brothers.
(First: Episode 0734)
SCENE 1 cont'd Bert and Ernie appear at the window and try to get the Count's attention as he presents the song coming in at number three...
Cartoon Donnie Budd sings about three trios of animals who live on a fat lady's lap.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0299)
SCENE 1 cont'd The Count is covered in audio tape by now as Grover joins his friends outside, waving wildly. The Count introduces the number two song...
Song "Doll House"
(First: Episode 0131)
SCENE 1 cont'd Cookie Monster, Biff and Sully join the onlookers as the Count finally presents the song that's been number one on the countdown for 327 consecutive weeks...
Muppets The Count counts "The Song of the Count".
(First: Episode 0469)
SCENE 1 cont'd The Count signs off and tells his bats that they now have time to play. He converses with his pets as they disappear from sight, leaving the studio empty.
Film A boy talks about feeding sheep in the winter.
Music: Robert Dennis
(First: Episode 0786)

SCENE 2 Big Bird sees Buffy moving baby Cody around; he's too young to exercise on his own, so she's helping him. She sings a little exercise song to him, then spots Big Bird lying on his back waiting for his turn to get exercise.
Muppets Cookie Monster asks Ernie if he has any cookies. Ernie says that he doesn't have any cookies but an apple and he can't give the apple to him because "an apple a day will keep the doctor away." Later Cookie Monster comes disguised as Doctor Monster and gives Ernie a medical checkup. After the checkup, Ernie asks what he owes Doctor Monster. By sheer coincidence, his bill is one apple.
(First: Episode 0691)
Cartoon Two men hammer a stake into a hole.
(First: Episode 0785)
Muppets / Cast Bob sings "The People in Your Neighborhood" with a butcher and zookeeper.
(First: Episode 0696)
Jenny Jeff Jacket
Cartoon A disobedient jacket illustrating words that begin with the letter J annoys an off-screen narrator, which reveals two kids named Jenny and Jeff inside of it.
(First: Episode 0527)
Muppets Hands count to 11.
(First: Episode 0183)
SCENE 3 Sheldon bids farewell to Big Bird and Herry Monster, as he's heading back home ahead of Buffy and Cody. Herry gives Sheldon a parting gift for Cody - a cement brick.
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit the Frog and Brian demonstrate the parts of the face.
(First: Episode 0126)
You Can Clean Almost Anything
Film You can clean almost anything.
Music: Bach's "Gavotte" performed by the Swingle Singers.
(First: Episode 0001)
SCENE 4 Buffy brings Cody to Big Bird's nest to say goodbye before they leave. Big Bird wishes Buffy could be his best friend too, but he already has one in Mr. Snuffleupagus. He decides to be "sort of" best friends with her instead.
Cartoon Olga y la letra O
(First: Episode 0364)
Maria Chaplin brick exit
Cast Maria as Charlie Chaplin tries to leave through the door marked EXIT, but the sign keeps moving, and a brick wall appears behind each opened door. Finally, she makes her own exit through a hole in the wall.
(First: Episode 0832)
Cartoon A song about a rolling O
Animation by John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0011)
Film Otters in the zoo
(First: Episode 0487)
Cartoon I am crying / estoy llorando (David and Maria voiceover)
(First: Episode 1041)

SCENE 5 Everyone bids farewell to Buffy as she and Cody head off back home. Big Bird gives them a parting gift of his own - a baby bustle for Cody made from his own feathers.
SCENE 5 cont'd As Buffy and Cody head to Gordon's car, everyone sadly goes to Hooper's Store. David muses about going to Hawaii to visit them, but Maria responds, "We'll never go to Hawaii in a million years." Everyone else is much more responsive to the idea and they start figuring out the logistics of such a trip, as Gordon announces the sponsors.


  • The first half of the episode is adapted from the 1975 album, The Count Counts. The dialogue is lip-synced to that of the album, occasionally slowed down in some places (giving the Count a noticeably deeper voice). Part of the Count's intro to "The Song of the Count" and his sign off scene are the only sections that don't use the audio from the album.

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