Sesame Street
Barbershop Sesame Street Quartet
Air date December 25, 1980
Season Season 12 (1980-1981)
Sponsors B, D, 3
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Oscar asks Susan why he's not feeling so well, especially in his stomach. She learns he hasn't eaten anything all day and recommends having a meal. Oscar thinks about having sardines with chocolate sauce and now Susan is the one with the sick feeling in her stomach.
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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)
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Muppets Grover, Herry Monster, and Billy rearrange themselves in different ways and count to three, until they get exhausted and faint.
(First: Episode 0186)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Families."
(First: Episode 0454)
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Cartoon (song) 3 butterflies, 3 presents, 3 pennants, 3 pieces of meat in the mulligan stew, 3 lines in a triangle, 3 lamps in a traffic light.
(First: Episode 0927)
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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)
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Cartoon "That's About the Size of It"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0279)
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SCENE 2 Luis repairs Deena's old, worn doll. She finds it unfortunate that Luis doesn't have any toys of his own around the Fix-It Shop and lets him keep her doll.
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Cartoon Workmen construct a D building, filled with everything that begins with D.
(First: Episode 0406)
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Film Marching band forms a square
(First: Episode 0514)
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Film Squares are shown in close-up.
(First: Episode 0420)
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Cartoon "The Noble Ostrich", a segment about the day-to-day activities of ostriches. Includes an animated appearance by Big Bird.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0998)
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Muppets Three polyester-clad Anything Muppets sing "Disco D."
(First: Episode 1148)
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Cartoon Consonant Sound Limerick: D—Dog
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1149)
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Film Saxophone factory
(First: Episode 1446)
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Muppets Juanita looks for "YO", asking, "¿Esto es yo?" Nope, it's a toy car, and a tomato, and a mirror. Looking in the mirror, she finds herself. "¡Hola, yo!" she cries.
(First: Episode 0454)
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Film A little horse gets near and far from the camera.
(First: Episode 0279)
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Cartoon A boy and girl fight over the word YO. Luckily, he has a spare.
(First: Episode 0486)
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Insert "Professor" Fred the Wonder Horse tries to teach the kids about body parts, but sticks to parts only horses have.
(First: Episode 1038)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "There's a Bird On Me."
(First: Episode 0416)
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Cartoon A scientist adds legs, feet, then knees to his robot and tells it to walk, but it dances out of shot instead (as does the scientist).
(First: Episode 1119)
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Film George the Farmer uses barrels to count to ten.
(First: Episode 0293)
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Muppets Ernie (playing Robin Hood) auditions Anything Muppets to be his Merry Men. After screening two individuals who don't meet the requirements, Harvey Kneeslapper is sent in laughing. Ernie thinks he's found a merry man and hires him immediately, but following a string of incessant jokes, decides he's too merry after all and fires him.
(First: Episode 0480)
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Cartoon A girl has trouble closing her suitcase after she's packed it, but has help from her four-legged friend.
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Film A young baboon sits on the back of their parent as they cross the plain.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0299)
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SCENE 3 Big Bird is starting a "Big Wagon" service and hangs a sign at the bus stop while he waits for potential passengers. Maria arrives to take the bus, but Big Bird goads her into riding in his wagon instead. However, his wagon route only goes as far as Hooper's Store - he's not allowed to cross the street by himself (it's also his lunch break).
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Muppets In the woods, a nature-loving baritone (Jim Henson) sings "Ah, For the Joys of the Countryside" about how much he loves the country, without noticing that his surroundings are being converted into a city.
(First: Episode 1008)
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Cartoon Three cannonball men switch spotlights as they dance.
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Muppets Benny and his boss have been waiting for Lefty for a long time. Benny wonders how they will know when it's Lefty at the door, so he reminds him that Lefty will knock three times - their secret knock to enter their hideout. Lefty forgets the number, and has to be hinted from his boss what the number of knocks are to gain access, finally giving the correct amount. When they let him in, the boss reprimands him for his poor memory, and warns him that he'll be in big trouble if he forgets again. To test his memory, the boss and Benny lock themselves out, telling him not to let them in until they give the secret knock. Despite the boss' warning, Lefty forgets once again, and finally having enough, he fearfully runs out the back door, leaving the other two stranded outside yelling, "Let us in!" as they angrily pound on the door trying to get in.
(First: Episode 0722)
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Cartoon Three owls blink.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
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SCENE 4 Big Bird introduces Bob, Maria, Luis and Gordon, who form the barbershop Sesame Street Quartet. They musically count the four of them, as they each are subtracted one by one for various reasons. Big Bird sings a final verse all by himself.
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Cartoon At the beach, the Bee Bee and the Barker family greet each other while saying their names that begin with the letter B.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0627)
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Film Trees are very nice places, for animals and for people.
(First: Episode 0455)
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Cartoon Big Daniel Boone looks for a bear.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0627)
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Dr. Nobel Price invents "foot snuggies" (socks).
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Cartoon Small b is a boy with a belly who walks a small d, a dog with a belly turned around.
Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1186)
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Cartoon Dot Bridge #3: Last dot shows up early
(First: Episode 0001)
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SCENE 5 Big Bird tells Gordon to find a pair of red socks and hints that they could be on, in or under something. Gordon looks all over and can't find these socks. Big Bird points out that Gordon's been wearing them the entire time. Gordon announces the sponsors as Big Bird cracks up.


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