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Sesame Street: Old School, Volume 1 is a 2006 three-disc DVD set collecting episodes and skits from the first five seasons of Sesame Street (1969-1974). Old School is marketed as a nostalgia set, aimed at teenagers and adults who remember the series from their childhood.
The three discs contain the season premieres of each of the first five seasons of the show (episodes 0001, 0131, 0276, 0406 and 0536), plus an additional 54 bonus sketches grouped by season. The total running time is over seven hours. A 16-page booklet is also included. The set contains four slight alterations to the episodes because of rights issues. In three of the cases, Sesame Workshop added replacement material in place of the cut material in order to compensate for them.
Each of the complete episodes is preceded by a newly produced animated segment in which a character named Bob begins to introduce the episode and is interrupted by an off-screen, elderly-sounding character telling him to stop talking and show the episode. Prior to the start of Episode 0001, the animated character reads a disclaimer for parents that received criticism upon release.
- Bein' Green (First: Episode 0087)
- Rubber Duckie (First: Episode 0136)
- Counting With James Earl Jones (First: Episode 0005)
- ABC-DEF-GHI (First: Episode 0096)
- I Love Trash (First: Episode 0095)
- Alphabet With Jackie Robinson (First: Episode 0054)
- Batman Crosses The Street (First: Episode 0090)
- Swinging Gibbon (First: Episode 0009)
- Big Bird Meets Little Bird (First: Episode 0028)
- Alphabet with Lou Rawls (First: Episode 0043)
- I've Got Two (First: Episode 0152)
- Alphabet Soup (First: Episode 0004) (Sound effects added)
- Season 1 Credit Crawl
- Sesame Street Pitch Reel (Version 2)
- Easter Eggs: original drawings and behind-the-scenes photos
- C Is For Cookie (First: Episode 0372)
- Ladybug Picnic (First: Episode 0416)
- Martians' Telephone (First: Episode 0398)
- Mumford's Magic Trick (First: Episode 0407)
- Alligator King (First: Episode 0411)
- J Friends (First: Episode 0339)
- A Special Day (First: Episode 0352)
- I Am Somebody (First: Episode 0402)
- Would You Like To Buy An O? (First: Episode 0364)
- Harvey Kneeslapper (First: Episode 0283)
- Breathing Song (First: Episode 0347)
- I In The Sky (First: Episode 0368)
- My Favorite Letter: P (First: Episode 0322)
- My Martian Beauty (First: Episode 0316)
- Mad Painter (First: Episode 0343)
- Season 3 Credit Crawl
- Kermit News: Rapunzel (First: Episode 0409)
- Bread, Milk And Butter (First: Episode 0408)
- Lost Paper Clips (First: Episode 0443)
- Witches Cooperate (First: Episode 0407)
- Song Of The Count (First: Episode 0469)
- Bert’s Bust (First: Episode 0463)
- First / Last With Beetle Bailey (First: Episode 0666)
- Season 4 Credit Crawl
- At The Movies (First: Episode 0538)
- Nasty Dan & Johnny Cash (First: Episode 0558)
- Prairie Dawn's Pageant (First: Episode 0578)
- Going To The Zoo (First: Episode 0603)
- Jazz Alphabet (First: Episode 0615)
- Hamburger Bun Factory (First: Episode 0615)
- Madrigal Alphabet (First: Episode 0615)
- Three Wishes (First: Episode 0634)
- Telephone Booth (First: Episode 0647)
- Season 5 Credit Crawl
- Episode 0001 -- A film using Johann Sebastian Bach's "Gavotte" performed by the Swingle Singers has been removed and Joe Raposo's "A Little Bit" has been inserted before the S clay animation.
- Episode 0001 -- "Consider Yourself" has been removed from the segment with Gordon and the Anything Muppets, leaving the scene otherwise intact.
- Episodes 0001 and 0131 -- The original NET and PBS logos are not seen at the end of these episodes; the 1971 PBS logo is shown instead.
- Episode 0536 -- A scene where Big Bird and Krystal play "store" has been replaced with Grover and Big Bird demonstrating the number 2.
- Episode 0536 -- Stevie Wonder's "123 Sesame Street" has been cut and replaced with Grover and Big Bird signing off.
- All episodes -- The original copyright screens have been replaced with a 2006 Sesame Workshop copyright notice and a note that Kermit and the word “Muppet” belong to Muppets Holding Company LLC.
- The ending of "Lost Paperclips" is missing.
- The pre-title sequence to the Super Grover segment is cut.
- Season 1 Credit Crawl -- The mention of the book read during the episode, said by Jennie, is omitted.
- Despite being listed on the packaging, in several pre-release press statements, and appearing in the trailer "Pinball Number Count" is not included on the set. The pinball cartoon was made for Season 8, and appears in two episodes on the second Old School set.
- The clips for "Rubber Duckie" and "I've Got Two", though both Season 1 songs, are from the second season, as evident by the red-nosed Ernie puppet and the green staircase belonging to the garage behind Susan and Bob. (The first season did not have this set piece, as seen in "ABC-DEF-GHI".)
- Some of the "Classic Cuts" segments are given incorrect dates:
- The (now defunct) online site for the DVD featured extended versions of "Super Grover: Telephone Booth" and "Lost Paper Clips with Bert and John-John" not shown on the DVD.
- "Mah Na Mah Na" originally appeared in the online trailer, but was soon removed; the segment does not appear on the DVD.
- The DVD menus and booklet descriptions for episodes 0276 and 0406 feature incorrect air dates for the shows.
The new introductions featuring animated character Bob received criticism from the press, particularly the one attached to Episode 0001 which states that "these early Sesame Street episodes are intended for grownups and may not suit the needs of today's preschool child".
Fox News aired a piece in which Shepard Smith suggested that the episodes were bad for children. In a contradictory statement, Smith paraphrased the disclaimer that the shows might not be appropriate for today's pre-schoolers, immediately followed by an interpretation that they were in fact inappropriate.
Appearing at the 2010 Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Free-Range Kids movement founder Lenore Skenazy used the disclaimer as evidence of the changing times and criticized Sesame Workshop's refusal to endorse their archival product from 37 years prior. Skenazy cited a Sesame Workshop lawyer who admitted that there had been a lot of internal discussion about the disclaimer before the DVD's release, and the reluctance to suggest that present-day children should go outside without adult supervision.
Writing for The New York Times Magazine, Virginia Heffernan detailed some of the dated material in the episodes in response to the disclaimer. She also spoke with then-executive producer Carol-Lynn Parente who commented specifically on Cookie Monster eating a pipe in the Monsterpiece Theater segments and the unlikelihood that a character like Oscar the Grouch might be created in a modern environment.
- NY Times Times Magazine "Sweeping the Clouds Away" by Virginia Heffernan, Nov. 18, 2007
- Muppet Central Review (10/17/06)