Sesame Street
Big Bird goes to school
Air date November 24, 1980
(season premiere)
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Written by Tony Geiss
Production October 17, 1980
Sponsors E, F, 8
Syndication Sesame Street Unpaved
Releases Old School: Volume 3
HBO Max

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird wishes he could go to school like Kathy. She says it's visitors' day at school and he can come along, but it's too much of a surprise for him. He talks it over with Mr. Hooper and Maria, who quickly fill a school bag, and goes to meet Kathy at the bus stop.
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Song "School Song"
(First: Episode 0986)
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Muppets Anything Muppets (including Farley) shout "E!"
(First: Episode 0408)
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Cartoon E Imagination
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0001)
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Cast Olivia sings "Sing" while Linda signs.
(First: Episode 1330)
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Film A film of camels eating.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0388)
cut from the Noggin version
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Muppets The Two-Headed Monster says RUN!
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: E for egg
A cow hatches a chick, which says "Moo."
(First: Episode 0002)
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Film Exploring on the ocean rocks
(First: Episode 1414)
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Cartoon The Typewriter: E-Ear
(First: Episode 0807)
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SCENE 2 Big Bird arrives at school, although Mrs. Merkel, the teacher, is a little hesitant at first. Big Bird tries to figure out how to fit in a school desk. Mrs. Merkel gives him a stool to sit on.
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Song "The Ball Goes Up, The Ball Goes Down"
(First: Episode 0773)
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Muppets A shark sings about his "Perfectly Pearl-White Teeth."
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SCENE 3 Big Bird learns to raise his hand.
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Cartoon Eight legs on an octopus
Owe Gustafson
cut from the DVD version
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie and Bert decide to use both Bert's canvas and Ernie's paints to paint a picture of something. Bert wants to paint a bowl of oatmeal, but Ernie wants to paint a purple monster. Finally, they decide to paint a purple monster eating a bowl of oatmeal.
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Cartoon A moving truck takes the number 8.
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SCENE 4 Big Bird counts to ten, but the rest of the class can count to twenty.
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Film Blocks form a ramp and a tunnel.
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Celebrity Telly Monster and Itzhak Perlman play Beethoven together -- Telly on the tuba, and Perlman on the violin.
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Film Wild geese (to madrigal music)
(First: Episode 0935)
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SCENE 5 Big Bird wants to know what to do during recess.
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Muppets Game Show: Mystery Mix-up Game
(First: Episode 0834)
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Film / Cast Gordon rides his bike around the city.
(First: Episode 0927)
cut from the Noggin version
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Cartoon F - finished
(First: Episode 0128)
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SCENE 6 Big Bird looks at the alphabet written on the wall, and sings "ABC-DEF-GHI" (First season soundtrack is used here).
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Cartoon F stands for flower, forest, fox, frog and fantastic.
(First: Episode 1102)
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Muppets Forgetful Jones and Buster the Horse brush each other's teeth.
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Cartoon Toothpaste March
Artist: Ray Favata
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SCENE 7 Worried about how to introduce himself to the other children, Big Bird sings "What's Your Name" as he rehearses with a garbage can. The kids invite him to play jacks.
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Cartoon A father explains to his son why it is important to wear a seat belt when riding in a car.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
cut from the Noggin version
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Film Mad Painter #8
(First: Episode 0326)
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SCENE 8 School is over, and it's time for Big Bird to go home. Mrs. Merkel explains that he can't take his desk home with him.
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Film A saxophone is made in a factory, while a solo saxophone underscores the process.
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Cartoon Olga the lonesome robot
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SCENE 9 Big Bird arrives home from school, and tells Maria about his day. Mr. Hooper announces the sponsors.
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CLOSING SIGNS Barkley is seen with the Sesame Street sign while Deena holds up the CTW sign.

Alterations

Picture Segment Description
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Cartoon The Ringmaster #8
(First: Episode 1291)
On the DVD version of this episode, the eight octopus legs segment is cut and replaced with this one.

Notes

  • This is the first season premiere to not be sponsored by the number 2.

Cast


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