Sesame Street
Telly Monster moves to Sesame Street
Air date March 6, 1979
Season Season 10 (1978-1979)
Sponsors M, N, 5
Releases Sesame Street Classics


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN 10th Season Intro Still
SCENE 1 Big Bird welcomes the viewer and tells them about being a baby and how he used to be fed as one. He then introduces a film about it...
Film Baby animals are fed milk.
(First: Episode 0238)
Muppets Ernie & Bert โ€” Bert has a present for his Aunt Matilda, but Ernie thinks that the present is for him, so he makes several guesses about what it is first, then unwraps it.
(First: Episode 0165)
Cartoon "That's About the Size of It"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0279)
Muppets The Count counts "The Song of the Count".
(First: Episode 0469)
Film Kids comment over footage of an eagle's view of different kinds of roads.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0377)
Insert Cookie Monster explains the purpose of a telephone. Then, Maria and Luis tease Cookie by eating the telephone!
(First: Episode 0562)
Cartoon The Story of the Crow and the Pitcher
(First: Episode 0801)

Film Footage of an animal auction, where they auction off animals to dairy farmers and the like.
(First: Episode 0932)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Grover helps Kermit show the number 5 using blocks, but Grover doesn't know how many to get (he can't count to 5). Kermit has him go back and forth bringing one until there is five.
(First: Episode 0476)
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Cartoon Pinball Number Count #5
(First: Episode 0991)
Film A turtle walks slowly.
Music: "Funeral March of a Marionette" by Charles Gounod
(First: Episode 0281)
Cartoon A boy says he has a big surprise in his hand.
(First: Episode 0557)

SCENE 2 While Mr. Hooper tends to business in his store, a strange character zooms in and frantically asks Mr. Hooper to plug him in before rushing out again. Afterward, Mr. Hooper has a delayed reaction as to what just happened. David enters and Mr. Hooper tries to explain what happened to him. They follow the cord outside to find the mystery person.

SCENE 2 cont'd The cord leads them to a TV outside, where the monster is focused on it ("I'm glued.") David and Mr. Hooper try to introduce themselves and find that the monster is making his home right there in the middle of the street, considering that his TV is already there. He reveals himself to be Telly Monster and shows off his spinning, dazed eyes.
This street scene appears on the 40 Years of Sunny Days DVD.
Cartoon A tiny ant pushes the huge N into its place in the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0780)
Muppets "The Ballad of Casey McPhee"
(First: Episode 0516)
Cartoon Nancy the nanny goat nibbles her nails and notices noodles.
Artist: Tee Collins
(First: Episode 0240)
Film There Once Was a Hand series: the right hand plays with a ping-pong ball and tricks the left hand into thinking an egg is one.
(First: Episode 0668)
SCENE 3 David tells Olivia about how odd Telly is, but Olivia thinks otherwise. They try to invite him to play baseball with them four blocks away, but he's unable to -- his cord only reaches three blocks.
Cartoon The IT knows a lot about vacuum cleaners.
(First: Episode 1176)
Celebrity Judy Collins sings "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" with some kids on the shore.
(First: Episode 0971)
Animation Slide puzzle - elephant
(First: Episode 0389)
Muppets Ernie & Bert โ€” Bert tells Ernie to put away his toys, and Ernie devises a system of arranging them. Unfortunately, all the categories he names apply only to his toy fire engine.
(First: Episode 0281)
Animation Sand M/m
(First: Episode 0620)

SCENE 4 Olivia talks about the letters "m" and "n". Barkley shows her a few N words. She goes over to Telly and asks for some M words. He begins listing some shows beginning with M (including M*A*S*H, Masterpiece Theater, Mickey Mouse and "Muppet Show").
Cartoon M for mouse, mud, and mother
(First: Episode 0073)
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Animation George the Farmer is "near" when he's on a barrel; he's "far" when he's on the porch.
(First: Episode 0235)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Prince Charming kisses Sleeping Beauty, intending to wake her up. To his astonishment, she turns into a frog and hops off with Kermit.
(First: Episode 0453)
Cartoon A STOP sign commands a train to stop.
(EKA: Episode 0493)
Film A construction worker yells "Timber" and a tree falls to the ground, but then bounces back up!
(First: Episode 0149)
Cartoon Stop! (Moving Colored STOP signs in fast-motion)
(First: Episode 0776)
Film A construction worker yells "Timber" and a match slowly falls to the ground.
(First: Episode 0149)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper plans to use a hand buzzer when he asks someone to slap him five. Instead, the joker slaps a 5 on his chest.
(First: Episode 0991)
Cartoon A mouse tries looking for his pet, describing to his friend what they did yesterday.
(First: Episode 0764)
Cast Maria, Luis, Bob and David, dressed as scarecrows, sing about the ankle, shoulder and knee.
(First: Episode 0711)
Cartoon 5s go through a space-shredder and produce 5 objects.
(EKA: Episode 0864)
Film Prairie dog
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0283)
Cartoon The Typewriter: N for Nose
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0793)
Animation Rectangle transition
SCENE 5 Big Bird shows an amazing trick: when he takes 6 steps backward, he ends up on the stoop; when he takes 6 steps forward, he's back on the sidewalk. As he continues doing this, Bob announces the sponsors.

CLOSING SIGNS Susan holds up the Sesame Street sign, while Gordon holds up the CTW sign at the end


  • A draft of the script included a few extra scenes with Telly Monster, which weren't included in the broadcast version. These included a scene with Telly eating TV dinners, a scene where David and Olivia put on a play in an attempt to get Telly to ignore the television, and a different closing scene.[1]


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