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Sesame Street
Big Bird stays up late
Air date February 14, 1985
Season Season 16 (1984-1985)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Production October 29, 1984
Sponsors B, C, 8
Releases HBO Max


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Oscar shows Gordon Slimey's latest act - he programs music into his miniature computer, then tap dances to it.
Film Kids learn how to use a computer at a public school.
(First: Episode 1853)
Animation "The King of Eight"
(First: Episode 0225)
Film A man and children observe the life along the river.
(First: Episode 0409)
Muppets The Amazing Mumford waves his magic wand over a transparent glass cookie jar and makes the jar become full of cookies and then empty (over and over) as an anxious Cookie Monster watches.
(First: Episode 0287)
Film Kids shout "empty" and "full" to describe a subway car.
(First: Episode 0415)

SCENE 2 Snuffy goes walking down the street, singing a song, with the goal of finally being seen by one of the grown-ups. However, no one (Luis, David, Gordon or Susan) notice him, all involved in their own activities. Once he reaches Big Bird at his nest, he and the kids invite Snuffy to go to the park.
Animation Blue, red and yellow ovals play "Old MacDonald."
(First: Episode 2002)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper looks inside a paper bag and laughs and asks his next victim, "Wanna see?" The man says yes, so Harvey puts a letter C on him.
(First: Episode 0294)
Song "Summer Song" - A singer describes what happens in the summertime.
(First: Episode 1304)
Cartoon While fishing one day, a boy catches the letters of the alphabet. Frustrated at not having caught any fish to eat, he decides to use his catch for alphabet soup.
(First: Episode 0004)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Mary's Little Lamb
After an interview with Mary, the lamb follows Kermit.
(First: Episode 1943)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: C for carrot
(First: Episode 0203)
Cast Maria as Chaplin deals with an unruly "Don't Walk / Walk" signal.
(First: Episode 1166)
Letter C toon.jpg
Cartoon A man gets a letter C in the mail.
(First: Episode 0294)
1965 02.jpg
Cast / Celebrity Maria and Bob sit on the stoop of 123 Sesame Street talking with astronaut Sally Ride and her recent NASA mission. Some kids come by, and they're invited to join them in asking some questions about her career and what it's like traveling to space.
(First: Episode 1965)
Film Some kids watch a film of a man working in a greenhouse, and try to guess what his job is.
(First: Episode 0772)
Muppets Kermit the Frog sings "It's Alive."
Cartoon Three chickens eat grain, and become full, fuller and fullest.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0506)
Muppets Lefty the Salesman wants to sell an 8 to Ernie, who ran out of money buying some 9s. Ernie then offers to sell Lefty his 9s.
(First: Episode 0079)
Cartoon 8 cows
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1531)
Muppets / Cast Oscar sings "One of These Things" over a four-way split screen containing Gordon, Bob, David and Slimey, all dressed in tuxedos.
(First: Episode 1904)
Animation Stop-motion: A bunny tries to make a bench with blocks, but needs a chick's help.
(First: Episode 1463)
Muppets Super Grover tries to fix a girl's computer by jumping up and down and shouting "Wubba wubba!", but she soon discovers that the computer is not turned on.
(First: Episode 1971)
Owlbirdcompromise.jpg Cartoon An owl and a bluebird work out a compromise.
(First: Episode 1493)

SCENE 3 Big Bird joins Gordon, Susan and Luis at the stoop at night, hoping he can stay up as late as they do. He learns about shooting stars and full moons and also watches Olivia leave for her disco date. The adults tell him to go back to bed, he assures them he's not tired and wants to learn more about the...*yawn*...shooting moons.
Film I hab a cauld ib by dose.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1170)
Animation Three balls try to match three holes.
(First: Episode 0572)
Muppets At night, one of the heads of the Two-Headed Monster sings his other the "Ugga Wugga Lullabye".
(First: Episode 2014)
Cartoon A determined little boy makes several attempts to fly, and eventually gets his dad to take him on an airplane.
(First: Episode 1871)

SCENE 4 Susan wants Big Bird to go to bed, but he points out all the lighted windows down the block, meaning they're still awake. They subtract the lights as they go out, leaving no more people awake. Big Bird heads back to his nest, as Radar is tired.
Cartoon Little girl and cat (she imagines role reversal)
(First: Episode 0784)
Song "B is for Bubble."
(First: Episode 0008)
cut from the HBO Max version
Cartoon Speech Balloon: B for Bug
(First: Episode 0137)
Bae2.JPG Muppets Ernie and Bert are camping. It's time for them to sleep, but Ernie keeps distracting Bert by pointing out the various sounds that they hear.
(First: Episode 1808)
Cartoon A man tries to get to sleep, but is woken up by a fly, a chicken and a drum-playing rabbit, all of whom call him on the phone after he throws them out.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0257)
Film The camera zooms out on a pepper as kids guess what it is.
(First: Episode 0390)

SCENE 5 A pan down the street shows everyone is asleep, including Big Bird. Susan announces the sponsors.


  • This episode was re-aired in season 18 as Episode 2243. The repeat omitted scene 2, as Snuffy has since been officially revealed to the cast.

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