Sesame Street
Big Bird stays up late
(repeat of 2029)
Air date December 10, 1986
Season Season 18 (1986-1987)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Sponsors B, C, 8


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Oscar shows Gordon Slimey's latest act - he programs music into his miniature computer, then tap dances to it.
Cartoon With one mighty blow of his baseball bat, a boy knocks several B items (including a basket, bandit, and ball) off of a wall.
Voice: Casey Kasem
(First: Episode 0237)
Film Kids learn how to use a computer at a public school.
(First: Episode 1853)
Animation Sand B/b
(First: Episode 0627)
Muppets Wearing oven mitts, Telly places an H and an OT together to make the word HOT.
(First: Episode 1536)
Cartoon Es un perro
(First: Episode 1969)
Film How a steel drum is made
(First: Episode 0828)
Cartoon A shoemaker shows how he measures (human) feet with his ruler.
(First: Episode 0618)
Celebrity Carly Simon sings "Be With Me" with Telly and some kids.
(First: Episode 2039)
1095o Cartoon C is for Cowboy
(First: Episode 0703)
Muppets Cookie Monster tells his little cousin monster to get him something special that starts with the letter C. He hopes she'll bring him a cookie, but she brings a carrot, a cucumber, a cauliflower, and an ear of corn. Finally, she realizes that cousin also starts with C, and assumes he was referring to her.
(First: Episode 1319)
Animation Blue, red and yellow ovals play "Old MacDonald."
(EKA: Episode 2002)

Cast Bob, Maria and David demonstrate in, on and under in their own ways.
(EKA: Episode 0796)
Cartoon 8 Bats
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1552)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie gets Bert to participate in a rhyming game, but ends the game just as Bert is starting to enjoy it.
(First: Episode 0798)
Film A group of kids dance.
(First: Episode 0409)

Insert While Oscar tends to his hungry elephants, Maria reads a crying Irvine the story of "The Princess and the Mattress." In the story, a lonely Grouch prince (Oscar) is tired of arguing with himself and wants a wife. To find the Grouchiest girl in the land, he creates a test - he covers a soft mattress with bricks and since Grouches hate soft things, the perfect girl will be able to notice the soft mattress underneath. A princess arrives (Grundgetta) and heads to the bed for a rest, noticing the soft mattress. The two argue happily ever after.
(First: Episode 1723)
Cartoon Fisherman Jones demonstrates in, on and under with the help of a big fishy.
(First: Episode 0370)
Muppets The Count sings about "The First Day of School".
(First: Episode 1736)
Cartoon Howard Coolsell finds out about exercise.
(First: Episode 1631)
Film In stop-motion, a boy makes landscapes out of sand and water.
(First: Episode 2039)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: Grover is sitting on a hill, which moves to the sound of music.
(First: Episode 1829)
Cartoon A man counts 40 stars at night.

SCENE 2 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.
Cartoon An owl and a bluebird work out a compromise.
(First: Episode 1493)
Muppets At night, Ernie sings "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon."
(First: Episode 1910)
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)

SCENE 3 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 "Five Bears in the Bed" get subtracted as they fall off the bed.
(First: Episode 1231)
Film The Mad Painter #8
(First: Episode 0326)
Muppets Kermit the Frog performs "Disco Frog."
(First: Episode 1407)
Animation 2 houses plus 3 houses equal 5.
(First: Episode 0283)
Superguy beaters
Animation Teeny Little Super Guy finds his friend Jane giving up on learning to ride the egg beater. He tells her that it takes time and practice to learn things, and gives Jane some training beaters to help her keep her balance.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(EKA: Episode 1972)
Song "Starfish"
(First: Episode 0280)
Cartoon The moon listens to everyone say "Good night" in different languages.

SCENE 4 A pan down the street shows everyone is asleep, including Big Bird. Susan announces the sponsors.

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