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PERFORMER Alan Arkin Larry
  Barbara Dana Phyllis
DEBUT 1970

Larry and Phyllis are a comedy duo who appeared in recurring sketches in season 2 of Sesame Street. Sometimes referred to as "the Cooperation Couple," they replaced Buddy and Jim.

The pair were played by a real-life couple, actor Alan Arkin and his wife Barbara Dana.

Larry and Phyllis were replaced by Wally and Ralph in season 3.


Singing (First: Episode 0131)

Phyllis hears Larry making honking sounds and asks what he is doing. Larry explains that he is singing. Phyllis likes his singing, and then shows Larry what singing she is capable of, which consists of beeping noises. They decide to put their sounds together and cooperate.

Larry and Phyllis penny potatoes
Penny (First: Episode 0133)

Larry and Phyllis retrieve a lucky penny from under a bag of potatoes.

Larry and Phyllis wall picture
Photograph (First: Episode 0135)

Larry and Phyllis argue about which of two photographs to put on the wall, ultimately choosing a third that they both like. They cooperate to hang the picture together.

Suitcases (First: Episode 0139)

Larry and Phyllis cooperate when moving suitcases onto a shelf, one of which is full of bricks.

Dinner Chores (First: Episode 0142)

Larry tells Phyllis that he invited their friend Fred to dinner. Without listening to him any further, Phyllis tries to do multiple chores at once, until she realizes that they have to cooperate in order to spiff up the place. They do so in sped-up tape, then Larry reveals that Fred can't come to dinner tonight.

Larry and Phyllis wrap a present
Present (First: Episode 0145)

Larry and Phyllis cooperate when wrapping a present.

Party Invitations (First: Episode 0150)

Phyllis is making preparations for a party, and Larry offers to help. Phyllis suggests that Larry go out and buy the decorations, but he insists on helping her with the invitations, with less-than-successful results.

Larry Phyllis guitar drums
Rhythm (First: Episode 0154)

Separately, Larry plays a guitar while Phyllis plays drums. Then they play different songs at the same time (Larry plays "Hippopotamus Named Phil" while Phyllis plays "Rhinoceros Took a Bath"), until they cooperate to play "The Girl from Ipanema."

Galoshes (First: Episode 0167)

Larry is getting all bundled up in winter clothing, but he can't seem to get his galoshes on. He enlists the help of Phyllis, and the two of them work together to get the galoshes on Larry's feet.

Television (First: Episode 0181)

Larry and Phyllis cooperate by watching the same show on television.