Sesame Street
The Best Friends Pageant
Air date January 8, 1999
Season Season 30 (1998-1999)
Written by Annie Evans
Directed by Ted May
Sponsors U, 17
Syndication 123 Sesame Street
PBS Sprout
Releases HBO Max


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird welcomes the viewer and is approached by Snuffy to play tag. Big Bird offers to be "it", an act Snuffy appreciates. They start singing a song about being best friends, joined by other pairs of friends (Miles and Gabi, Telly and Baby Bear, Gordon and Susan, and a Dinger and Honker).
As Big Bird and Snuffy play tag down the street, Prairie Dawn gets inspired by all the friends around her and Maria and decides to make a show about them.
Cartoon The word "LOVE" in various situations.
(First: Episode 3569)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets Muppet and Kid Moments: Grover and Karlena talk about the word "love" on a sign.
(First: Episode 2392)
SCENE 2 Telly and Baby Bear read a poster Prairie has made, asking for any best friends for her show. When she asks what they'd like to do in the show, they argue over what kind of act they'll do and storm off.
Song "My Friend U"
(First: Episode 3705)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets The Martians discover a "U."
(First: Episode 3387)
Cartoon U knocks on the door of P's apartment. When she answers the door, they go UP.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3658)
SCENE 3 Prairie approaches Miles and Gabi, who'd like to be in her show. They recall a time when they ran a lemonade stand together, but start arguing over who made their lemonade too sweet. Oscar appears, adoring the sounds of fighting. Prairie again finds herself one pair short.

Cartoon "Four Friends" - a reggae song about a group of animals who wash a car together. (re-recorded version)
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 2242)
Prairie appears over the end of the cartoon, calling out to the animals to be in her show.
Muppets Ernie and Bert: "That's What Friends Are For": Ernie sings to Bert about friends being tolerant of each other's differences, while Bert just wants to sleep.
(First: Episode 1814)
SCENE 4 Prairie laments her woes to Maria, stating all the friends are arguing, even the Honker and Dinger (though she can't understand about what) and Big Bird and Snuffy, who argue over who's "it." Maria tells her that as the director, she should get them to cooperate.
Cartoon Noodles & Nedd make the bed.
Artist: John R. Dilworth
(First: Episode 3697)
Film A karate team punches out the alphabet.
(First: Episode 3421)
cut from the Noggin version
SCENE 5 Prairie tries to tell the arguing friends to cooperate, but they're too caught up in their feuds to listen.
Animation 17 derby hats drop onto a balloon head.
(First: Episode 2820)
cut from the Noggin version
Film Kid mural painting #17
(First: Episode 3639)
cut from the Noggin version
Animation Ornate 17s swing by.
(First: Episode 3319)
cut from the Noggin version
SCENE 6 Oscar tells the friends to keep arguing, so as to keep Prairie's pageant cancelled. They all get upset; they never wanted the show to get cancelled and feel bad about how they've hurt Prairie. They all decide to compromise and get along. Telly thanks a disappointed Oscar for being such a good friend.
Song "Dressed Up" (remake)
(First: Episode 3399)
Muppets Ernie's Show and Tell
Ernie's friend Alexa surprises him with a bag of jewels.
SCENE 7 The friends all find Prairie and show her that they're all cooperating now and beg her to put her show back on. Prairie un-cancels her pageant and rushes them all to rehearsal.
Cartoon A boy needs a letter U to complete the word UP. (new sound effects added)
(First: Episode 0416)
Celebrity Melissa Etheridge sings "Like the Way U Does."
(First: Episode 3529)
cut from the Noggin version
Film The letter U dances at the beach.
(First: Episode 3529)
cut from the Noggin version
Animation Amelia likes to pretend she can fly.
(First: Episode 2902)

SCENE 8 Prairie's show gets underway. Baby Bear paints Telly as he bounces on his pogo stick (until they collide), Miles and Gabi make lemonade, Big Bird and Snuffy take turns during tag and the Honker and Dinger resolve a conflict. Everyone cheers for the best friends!
Muppets Elmo's World: Jackets
(First: Episode 3806)
SCENE 9 Prairie announces the sponsors while the Earth shakes from Big Bird and Snuffy's game of tag.


Picture Segment Description
Muppets Elmo's World: Transportation
(First: Episode 3840)
This segment replaced Elmo's World: Jackets during summer reruns.


  • Following this episode, the show no longer repeats the same Elmo's World episode in all five episodes of the week.

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