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Sesame Street
The Countketeers
Air date December 1, 1998
Season Season 30 (1998-1999)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors K, 15
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Big Bird and the Birdketeers welcome the viewer and announce the sponsors. He also mentions they’ll be counting, which cues the Count to show up. He begins counting the Birdketeers. Just when the Count is about to leave, Big Bird gets an idea to make a Countketeers club. The Count loves the idea and the β€œfuture Countketeers” go off to get proper costumes.
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Film What sound does a baby chick make?
(First: Episode 3419)
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Muppets Elmo sings about "The Sound That's in the Air."
(First: Episode 2948)
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Cartoon K is for Karate
(First: Episode 0489)
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Film Kids in a park do karate kicks.
(First: Episode 3430)
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Cartoon K is for kitten.
(First: Episode 0040)
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Animation Cats appear in the clouds as Vivaldi music plays.
(First: Episode 3634)
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SCENE 2 The Countketeers arrive wearing the Count’s cape and dickey. They even have a club song prepared. The Count counts his club members, totaling to four. Telly comes along and sees what fun it is being a Countketeer and becomes a member. The Count adds him to the total.
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Song "Conga Counting Song"
(First: Episode 2778)
cut from the Sprout version
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Cartoon A baby climbs up the stairs all by himself.
(First: Episode 1717)
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SCENE 3 The club looks for things to count when the Count points out the stair case is just waiting to be counted. They send Megan to walk up them as they count each step, which turns out to be the same amount up and down.
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Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "The 39 Stairs"
The library intro is used in this airing
(First: Episode 2342)
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Film A mom takes her son for a walk in the stroller, and he sees all he can see.
(First: Episode 3656)
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SCENE 4 The Count tells the club he must briefly leave to feed his bats and leaves them one duty – to count. They look around for things to count and Telly spots the fruit stand at Hooper’s. They begin counting the apples and oranges as Alan watches.
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Film Farmer McFay is very sleepy because she only slept for 5 hours.
(First: Episode 3215)
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Cartoon An animated number 15 sings "How Hard It Is to Be 15" to a child who is trying to count from 1 to 20, but can't remember 15.
(First: Episode 2743)
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SCENE 5 The Countketeers have just counted one film about 15.
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Animation 15 in space
(First: Episode 3740)
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SCENE 5
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The Countketeers have just counted two films about 15.
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Animation Rubber Stamp #15
(First: Episode 2945)
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SCENE 5
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The Countketeers have just counted three films about 15. They go off to look for other things to count.
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Song "Count Me In"
(First: Episode 3738)
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Muppets The Two-Headed Monster tries to cure itself of hiccups.
(First: Episode 1318)
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Cartoon Wilma Wiggins makes the very best of a very silly situation by hiccoughing her way through an opera.
(First: Episode 2963)
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SCENE 6 The club now arrives at Oscar's trash can where they count the trash can and Oscar. He tells them he’ll count to 10, and when he reaches 10, they should scram. The Countketeers count with him and leave, but assure Oscar they’ll be back later.
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Film A rhythm is made of breaking eggs, door slams, cans dropping, ice, and feet stepping.
(First: Episode 3682)
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Muppets Bert sings about his love for making music from hitting an β€œOatmeal Box”.
(First: Episode 3610)
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Cartoon I've got a mind: squares make a box.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0251)
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Muppets / Celebrity Ernie and Rubber Duckie direct Liam Neeson in a stirring rendition of the alphabet.
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Film Ducks fly and swim (piano music)
(First: Episode 2510)
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Cartoon Jasper and Julius: Jasper describes an apple as he eats it..
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0485)
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Film The letter K dances at the beach.
(First: Episode 3554)
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Cartoon The Pink Panther - K For Karate
(First: Episode 0241)
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Film Ornate Ks fly through the air to a song.
(First: Episode 2945)
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SCENE 7 The Countketeers all gather in Big Bird’s nest area, pooped from counting. The Count arrives back and they tell him they don't feel like counting anymore. The Count doesn't mind, as he believes one should only count when they feel like it and he always feels like counting. They decide to be Birdketeers again and the Count joins them, but ends up counting the feathers on his outfit.
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Muppets Elmo's World: Hats
(First: Episode 3796)
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SCENE 8 Telly, Big Bird and the rest of the Birdketeers sleep as the Count continues to count his feathers (and later, his snores). The sponsors are announced by Alan.

Alterations

Picture Segment Description
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Animation Counting 20 shells
(First: Episode 2994)
This segment replaced the "Conga Counting Song" in the Sprout version.
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Song Lillian sings "Face Facts."
(First: Episode 2760)
This segment replaced the "Conga Counting Song" in the Sprout version.

Notes

  • When this episode was shown on Comcast's on-demand service, the PBS "Viewers Like You" tag is shown, after Big Bird says "Toodle-oo!" at the end of the episode, before cutting to the 2000 Sesame Workshop logo. Usually on Sprout, the funding credits are not shown.


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