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Sesame Street
National Try a New Food Day
Air date November 9, 2006
Season Season 37 (2006)
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Sponsors V, 16
Releases Online Streaming


Picture Segment Description

SCENE Alan welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street. Baby Bear sits at the counter of Hooper's Store and asks for a dish of porridge with brown sugar and honey; his usual treat.

At that moment Telly, Monster on the Spot reporter, walks in and announces the day's event: It's National Try a New Food Day on Sesame Street!

SCENE, cont'd Telly inquires what food Baby Bear intends on eating. Although porridge is his usual treat, Alan suggests a new twist by putting strawberries on top. Baby Bear is reluctant, but gives it a try and finds it delicious!

SCENE, cont'd Oscar the Grouch is Telly's next interview subject. Oscar neither cares about the event nor for Telly's food suggestions, but notes that he's never had a cherry on top of his chocolate ice cream with fish, sauerkraut, and marshmallows before. With that in mind he disappears into his trash can, prepares the delicacy, and loves how terrible it tastes.

SCENE, cont'd Back in Hooper's Store, Baby Bear has tested porridge with strawberries, peaches, raspberries, and other fruit as toppings; finding them all delicious. Telly returns, and Baby Bear enthusiastically conveys the news to him.

SCENE, cont'd Afterwards, they take a break. Telly sits down and asks for his usual lunch: a grilled cheese sandwich cut into triangles. Baby Bear inquires what new food Telly intends to eat, suggesting a sandwich cut into squares instead of triangles. Caught off-guard, Telly finds himself nervous and at a loss for words.

SCENE, cont'd Baby Bear takes the microphone and narrates while Telly tastes the square-cut sandwich. To his surprise, it tastes "just as yummy" as his usual sandwich.
Animation In stop-motion, sandwich ingredients square-dance in a ring and arrange themselves into a sandwich, which gets a bite taken out of it in a refrigerator.
(First: Episode 3080)
Cartoon Jasper and Julius: Apple
(First: Episode 0485)

Film Wanda the Word Fairy drives to a market to demonstrate the words of foods, attracting the suspicious gaze of the grocer in the process.
(First: Episode 2652)
Muppets The Letter of the Day Games: Cookie Monster finds three things beginning with the letter V in one minute, to the unfortunate consequence of Prairie Dawn's violin.
Film V for voice, violin, Victrola, etc.
(First: Episode 3399)
Animation Kids pass the letter "V" to each other, naming words that begin with the letter.
Muppets When Telly wants to eat, he says "Let's Eat!" When Rosita wants to eat, she says "Β‘Vamos a comer!"
cut from the online version
Cartoon "You Don't Have to Be a Grizzly" explains that kids and animals can like the same foods.
(First: Episode 3398)
Muppets Broccoli asks Comoria her favorite healthy food, and is flattered by her answer.
Film Jerry Nelson, Roscoe Orman and Fran Brill narrate "Great Moments at the Sink," in which mud-pie champion Sasha Smith washes her hands.
(First: Episode 3665)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie sings "Breakfast is the Best Meal of the Day" with a singing banana, toast with eggs and a bowl of oatmeal about how good breakfast can be. By the end, Bert is hungry and ready for breakfast, but Ernie informs him that it's the middle of the night and not time to eat breakfast yet.
Cartoon "This is the Game Today"
Animation A pattern of yellow and red birds
(First: Episode 4115)

Muppets Global Grover: Grover returns from Egypt with his camel Sidney. In his film, Achmed visits his cousins and works on a farm. Afterward, he prepares to eat the basket of lunch that he brought back...but Sidney ate it all!
(First: Episode 4056)
Muppets The Number of the Day: The Count counts and sings up to 16, accompanied by the Countess and their band of musicians.
(First: Episode 4102)
Film Kid mural painting #16
(First: Episode 3625)
Cartoon Abstract count to 16.
(First: Episode 2822)
Muppets Elmo's World: Food
(First: Episode 3816)
The birthday cake question in the quiz was cut in this episode.
Insert The Adventures of Trash Gordon
Chapter 453
On the Crummy Planet of the Cakes, Trash blows out a birthday cake's candle.
(First: Episode 4102)


  • The Jasper and Julius segment in this episode marks the last time an animated segment from the 1970s aired on the show.
  • An animated "National Try a New Food Day" logo shows clips of Telly interviewing other people trying new foods, including Gabi, Zoe, Elmo, Maria, Cookie Monster, Gordon, Gina and her adopted son Marco.

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