Sesame Street
Worm circus
Air date January 30, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors C, 11
Releases Paley Center Archive

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Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN Ruthie and Telly introduce today's sponsors and Ruthie adds they'll be visiting the worm circus that's in town in the park. She points toward a small tent behind the wall.
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SCENE 1 Oscar, Slimey and Lexine have joined the others as they crouch down to watch the circus from the tent openings. An announcer (Jim Martin) welcomes the crowd to the Wiggling Bros. Circus "Little Big Top" and introduces the first act - Eely Kinevil, who will fire himself from a cannon and land on someone's head. Oscar volunteers Telly, who's too scared to watch. The crowd counts backwards from 10 and Eely is launched from his cannon and lands right on Telly. The crowd goes wild, but Oscar isn't impressed; he thinks Slimey could do better.
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Cartoon A woman visits a car dealer, looking for a small car. She will only take a car small enough to fit her clowns.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3079)
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Song "You're Important"
(First: Episode 3396)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentSamantha sings The Alphabet Song while Grover dances.
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Cartoon A Zerkel named Dan demonstrates -an words.
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 3515)
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Film A boy named Anthony and his parents are trapeze artists in a circus. David Larible, a clown from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, appears in some scenes.
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Animation Counting up to 11 (African masks)
(First: Episode 3151)
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SCENE 2 The next act is the trapeze artist the Flying Wigglenda, who will leap from their trapeze and spin in the air 11 times. Telly is again too afraid to watch, but Wigglenda performs the act flawlessly. Oscar still thinks Slimey could do better.
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Animation Clown Honking #11
(First: Episode 3196)
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Film A gymnastics team practices tricks for the circus.
(First: Episode 2889)
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Cartoon A seal and a bear fight over a circus ball, but learn to cooperate.
Artist: Frank Gresham
(First: Episode 3282)
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Film Wegman's dogs: "Jack Be Nimble"
(First: Episode 3526)
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Song "Above and Below" (Christopher Cerf)
(First: Episode 2839)
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Muppets Baby Bear shows Big Bird his favorite painting at the Museum of Modern Art, "The Sleeping Gypsy". By imagining the sounds coming from the painting, they can almost hear them.
(First: Episode 3529)
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Cartoon A boy finds a set of doors with animals that make the wrong sound, and swaps the doors to correct them.
(First: Episode 2711)
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Film "C" for Circle
(First: Episode 3313)
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Muppets "C Drives Me Crazy"
(First: Episode 3339)
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Cartoon C's are found on a city street.
(First: Episode 3366)
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SCENE 3 Up next is Rifka, the tightrope walker. She makes it across the rope with ease, though Telly misses the act again by covering his eyes.
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Cartoon A boy narrates a poem about how he met Eleanor, the monster under his bed.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2773)
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Song "Dancin' Shoes"
(First: Episode 2949)
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Cartoon Babies and doggies pattern: What comes next?
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3039)
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Muppets Superbaby
Ingrid and Humphrey are in a dilemma: they need a baby to drink from their huge bottle of milk. Superbaby drops by, and solves their problem.
(First: Episode 3474)
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Film Chundo, one of Wegman's dogs, drinks milk from a glass.
(First: Episode 3545)
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Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk dance to Aaron Copland's "Hoedown" with some ribbon twirlers.
Part 1
(First: Episode 3542)
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Cartoon / Film Gordon narrates "The Maestro Plays," a story featuring adverbs.
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Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk dance to Aaron Copland's "Hoedown" with some kids.
Part 2
(First: Episode 3542)
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SCENE 4 Telly vows to watch the next act, though Oscar is unimpressed with the entire circus so far, not finding any act scary or interesting. Next up is the bravest worm in the universe, Sigfried Roy, who tames wild fish. In the tank, he gets the 3 fish to sit down and beg and puts his head in their mouths. Telly actually witnesses the act and loves it! Oscar heckles it and the announcer decides it's time for him to put his worm where his mouth is; if Slimey's so good, he'll be performing next! Oscar is afraid Slimey might get hurt and moans, "Me and my big mouth..."
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Cartoon The Magnificent Splasho demonstrates before & after
(First: Episode 0694)
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Song Kevin Clash sings "Skin."
(First: Episode 2749)
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Cartoon A girl talks about her skin.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2611)
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Muppets In Search of Fish - Wolfgang the Seal tries to look for fish at the New York Aquarium.
(First: Episode 3528)
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Cartoon A fan reveals the letter C.
(First: Episode 2746)
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Celebrity "C is for Cookie" with Marilyn Horne.
(First: Episode 3189)
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Animation A cowboy sings about C words that are found in the Old West.
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Animation Two frogs demonstrate up and down.
(First: Episode 3225)
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Song "You Can Get Right Up": a song about getting active to cheer up.
(First: Episode 3142)
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SCENE 5 Slimey's ready to perform, his act consisting of combined elements from all the previous acts. Oscar and the crowd go wild as the announcer reiterates today's amazing sponsors.
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COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Zoe and her duplicate find out what's different about them.


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