Sesame Street
The Big Zero Game
Air date May 10, 1988
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Written by Belinda Ward
Sponsors C, E, 11


Picture Segment Description
Insert Everyone gathers around Oscar's trash can to tell him, "Don't Sing This Song."
Cartoon A hand draws a farm backdrop for the animals.
(First: Episode 0925)
Muppets An Anything Muppet girl shows the viewers that the number 11 is the same right side up and upside down. (Spanish soundtrack)
(First: Episode 0362)
Film A boy narrates a film about how cheese is made.
(First: Episode 1124)
Cartoon E for elephant, eat, eagle, everybody, empty, and egg.
Voice: Casey Kasem
(First: Episode 0002)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster tries on different pairs of shoes, but can't agree on one pair. They end up agreeing to wear shoe boxes instead.
(First: Episode 2142)
Cartoon Two balls follow an arrow down a hole.
(First: Episode 2035)

SCENE 1 Big Bird shows a group of "future first-graders" how to stand in line, and why it is important. Mr. Snuffleupagus doesn't get the concept at first, but Big Bird shows him which direction to face. Big Bird then leads everyone outside, but Snuffy has trouble fitting through the door ...
This is a remake of a scene from Episode 1734.
Cartoon A man circles the number 1, draws a line to the number 2, follows the arrows to the number 3 (and crosses out), underlines the number, draws a door, and goes through it.
(First: Episode 2067)
Muppets A Muppet inchworm and a bug sing "The Inch Worm" in a field of flowers.
(First: Episode 0168)
Film The sign CLOSED spins around.
(First: Episode 0955)
Cartoon Gloria, a rambunctious little girl, sings the alphabet song while an adult gives her instructions.
(First: Episode 0010)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — At the movies, a lady with a tall hat sits in front of Ernie and Bert. She block's Ernie's view, so he asks her if she'd mind taking it off. When she places the hat on the seat next to her, Bert's view is now obstructed.
(First: Episode 0538)
Cartoon C for canary (role reversal)
(First: Episode 0703)
Film Squares are shown in close-up.
(First: Episode 0420)
Celebrity Loretta Lynn sings "Songs Are For Singing" to some kids.
(First: Episode 2010)
Cartoon The Carrot
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1132)
Muppets Forgetful Jones, Clementine and Buster are in the dark because Forgetful forgot to turn something on. It's not the water, the electric fan, or the radio ... it's the light!
(First: Episode 1690)
Cartoon The Ringmaster displays 11 purple pooches.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1347)

Film A boy narrates a film of what happens when it changes from fall to winter.
(First: Episode 2459)
SCENE 2 Oscar invites Telly Monster to play "The Big Zero Game" - he has to guess how many pennies are in the pail. The answer, needless to say, is zero. He wins the "Big Zero Prize" which is the amount of pennies in the pail - zero! (Grouch games are different.)
Cartoon A boy counts down to 0 as he eats his soup.
(First: Episode 2283)
Muppets "The Rhymies at Sea" - Larry, Mary and Barry sail on a ship, which sinks.
(First: Episode 1149)
Film A baby messes around (literally) with a chocolate cookie, as Cookie Monster (in voice-over) wishes it were for him.
(First: Episode 0407)
Cartoon A bird transforms into a plane, a car, a cat, a fish, a submarine, Submarine Man, and back to a bird.
Artist: Vince Collins
(First: Episode 1616)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentThe Count and Ingrid count to 20 in Spanish.
(First: Episode 0477)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Frog Struggle Song."
(First: Episode 0492)
Cartoon Three scribbles exercise.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 1579)

SCENE 3 Bob is about to read the story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" to some kids, when Meryl Sheep intervenes and insist they hear her version of the story instead, "Goldilocks and the Three Bahs." In her version, the main character, a sheep, visits a pasture with some sheep who are too loud, followed by one with sheep who are too quiet, and finally, one that has just the right amount of noise (and blonde hair).
Cartoon C is for Cowboy
(First: Episode 0703)
Cast Maria as Chaplin obeys the word HOP, then switches it to STOP.
(EKA: Episode 1982)
Cartoon A boy tries to guess what a voice belongs to by asking it questions, and wins a ride on a giraffe.
(First: Episode 0795)
Film A boy takes dance lessons at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
(First: Episode 1716)
Cartoon E for Erase
(First: Episode 0486)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie realizes that Bert's not home and that he can do whatever he wants. He acts out a typical scenario in which he plays the radio loud and Bert tells him to turn it down ... but it doesn't feel the same without Bert around.
(First: Episode 1949)
Cartoon An army of ants gets to the bakery, only to find that it's closed.
(First: Episode 2088)

SCENE 4 Someone left a gift for Telly, and he's curious about it, but he's worried that it could be too big to fit in his home. Luis tells him to open it, and inside is a monster doll - but who could it be from? Telly thinks it could be a Martian or a whale, but according to the card, it's from his Grandpa Monster. Telly plays with his doll, as Bob announces the sponsors.

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