Sesame Street
Linda gets a closed-captioning decoder
Air date February 13, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors H, U, 19


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Linda is angry because her television at the Fix-It Shop isn't ready. She just got a new closed-caption decoder, which would enable her to understand television for the first time, but she can't use it. Maria explains to Telly why it helps, by imitating what TV sounds like for Linda with and without closed captioning. Telly leaves to try to borrow Oscar's television for Linda.
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Muppets "Ladies and gentlemen, the Starlight Hotel takes great pride in presenting the world's favorite six-year-old entertainer, Miss Prairie Dawn!" Prairie sings "All By Myself" with a backup group of monsters.
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Muppets Ernie & BertBert wants to know why there is a cookie lying on the table. Ernie explains that he put it there to remind himself.
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Cartoon Geronimo 10-0: instead of a parachute, she is carried to the ground by four birds.
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SCENE 2 While Bob balances in strange positions to get the signal, Oscar tunes into the NO channel on Grouch Television, on which a Grouch keeps saying "No." They turn on the captioning machine. Maria suggests that Linda wants to watch something that she would enjoy. Finally, Bob gives up balancing, so Telly starts looking for another set.
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SCENE 3 Maria and Linda talk about watching "Edge of Tomorrow," Maria's favorite soap opera. Telly excitedly asks them to come outside to see what the Count has brought: 20 televisions! Unfortunately, each one is broken and they're only for counting. Finally, Big Bird announces that they can use Snuffy's TV.
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SCENE 4 Using the decoder, they watch a re-filmed version of Joe Raposo's song "Starfish." Then Linda recites the song in sign language. Next, they watch a Sesame Street News Flash.
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The segment starts on the TV in SCENE 4, and is shown with closed captioning.
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SCENE 5 Linda and Maria watch and discuss the soap opera "Edge of Tomorrow." Snuffy decides he'll let Linda borrow his TV for the rest of the day, even if he has to miss Mister Rogers.
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SCENE 6 Oscar has a closed-captioning decoder for Irvine to help her learn to read. After learning from the NO channel for a while, they switch to the PHOOEY channel. Bob announces the sponsors.


  • The closed-captioning on the TV sets were done by the National Captioning Institute Inc. which has been closed captioning Sesame Street since 1980.

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