Sesame Street
An artsy day on Sesame Street
Air date April 12, 1989
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by David Korr
Directed by Jon Stone
Production November 2, 1988
Sponsors A, Y, 10


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 In the morning, Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus wake up from their sleepover, and notice Ruby nearby, with a blindfold. They learn that she's conducting another experiment: she wants to see if she'll know when the sun comes up, without seeing it come up. They don't think her experiment will work, because you can't hear, smell, or taste the sun, but they start to feel warm, which means the sun is coming up!
Cartoon A man learns that it's better not to pick the flowers.
(First: Episode 0416)
Film City alphabet (Joe Raposo instrumental with kid voiceover)
(First: Episode 0132)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert is preparing to give his nephew Brad a bath, but Ernie chastises him for not providing any bath toys. He brings so many toys that Bert feels there is no longer room for Brad. So as not to waste the water, Ernie hops into the tub.
(First: Episode 1134)
Cartoon A - acrobat ball
(EKA: Episode 2453)
Film In a gymnasium, a teacher and some kids play catch with a balloon.
(First: Episode 1088)
Muppets Kermit the Frog goes to a T-shirt shop, The Wonderful World of T-Shirts, to pick up another personalized "Kermit the Frog T-Shirt". However, all the shirts have the wrong name (Kermit the Gorf, Kermit the Forg, and Kermit the Grof).
(First: Episode 1494)
Cartoon A boy does an addition problem in his head: 5 + 1 = 6.
(First: Episode 0548)

SCENE 2 Big Bird and Snuffy get ready to put on a Snufflepuppet show, which Hiroshi helps them out with. Snuffy is confused: why does Hiroshi want to help them with their show, if he mostly works with paint? Hiroshi describes the art of puppetry, and shows them a book with pictures of different kinds of puppets (Big Bird even remembers that Mr. Rogers uses puppets on his show). Snuffy asks him to show the pictures to his Snufflepuppet, Gus.
Cartoon The Bellhop must take 10 terriers for a walk.
(First: Episode 2507)
Celebrity Linda Ronstadt sings a special rewritten version of "Y Andalé" with a mariachi band.
(First: Episode 2487)
Film Orangutans playing (piano music)
(First: Episode 2486)

Muppets A series of trailers for school-related dramas are shown on WCTW's "School in the Afternoon" block.
(First: Episode 2223)
Cartoon A bird talks to a girl about what's inside the street. When she questions his credibility, he stammers, "A little worm told me!"
Artist: John Korty
(EKA: Episode 2312)
SCENE 3 The stage is all set up, and Hiroshi, Mr. Macintosh, and some kids wait for the Snufflepuppet show to begin. Big Bird wonders what Hiroshi will contribute to the show, but Hiroshi tells him to wait and see. Gus, the star of the show, jumps 40 times while counting to 40. The show's over, however, so what does Hiroshi do? He leads the audience in throwing confetti in the air.
Film A girl visits the stamp factory to see how stamps are made.
(EKA: Episode 2283)
Muppets "Readers of the Open Range"
(First: Episode 2141)
Cartoon Y for yawn
(First: Episode 0301)
SCENE 4 The kids hang out in the arbor and draw pictures. Telly Monster joins them, but becomes upset that he doesn't have a green crayon to draw green leaves. Hiroshi suggests that maybe the leaves could be a different color, such as the colors the leaves turn as the seasons change. They become enthusiastic while thinking about the limitless possibilities of their art. Telly considers adding his kite into the picture, but then remembers that his kite is green ...
Cartoon A captain and a first mate think they have planned ahead well for their trip at sea, but they forgot to take in the anchor.
(First: Episode 1591)
Film A man takes two kids on a boat ride through the Louisiana bayou.
(First: Episode 2520)
Muppets "I'm Between"
(First: Episode 1233)
Animation Where do the a's fit?
(First: Episode 1586)

SCENE 5 Telly shows Oscar the Grouch the picture he drew, and Oscar actually likes it, because the parts of the picture aren't the color they're supposed to be. Telly decides to give Oscar the picture, but grouches don't take kindly to such nice gestures. Oscar changes his mind about the picture, saying it's too nice, which Telly and Hiroshi take as a compliment.
Cartoon The Typewriter: A for airplane
(First: Episode 0770)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert tells Ernie to make a grocery list, but Ernie can't find anything to write with...except for chocolate pudding. (Bert: "He's improving. Last time, he used spaghetti sauce.")
(First: Episode 1967)
Cartoon The Ringmaster treats us to the balancing feats of ten brown bears.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1336)
Muppets Old West: Sinister Sam announces that someone has bought the last box of crayons, and he wants to know why. It turns out that he just wants a crayon so he can learn how to write the letter Y.
(First: Episode 1288)
Song "School Song"
(First: Episode 0986)
Cartoon The moon listens to everyone say "Good night" in different languages.
(First: Episode 2243)

SCENE 6 Ruby is back in Big Bird's nest area, doing another experiment: will she know when the sun's going down without seeing it? The answer is yes - she feels it get colder and darker. Hiroshi announces the sponsors.

Previous episode: Next episode:
Episode 2592 Episode 2594
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Stream the best stories.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Get Disney+