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[[Image:1090-05b.jpg|thumb|300px| Oscar's trash can goes through airport security on the way to Hawaii in Episode 1090.]]
 
[[Image:1090-05b.jpg|thumb|300px| Oscar's trash can goes through airport security on the way to Hawaii in Episode 1090.]]
 
[[Image:15_oscar_david_fluffy.jpg‎ |thumb|300px|A herd of Oscar's pet elephants.]]
 
[[Image:15_oscar_david_fluffy.jpg‎ |thumb|300px|A herd of Oscar's pet elephants.]]
[[Image:InsideOscarCan.jpg|thumb|300px|The interior as seen in ''The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland''.]]
 
 
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'''Oscar's trash can''' is the private domain of [[Oscar the Grouch]] on ''[[Sesame Street]]''. It was previously situated between the [[123 Sesame Street]] stoop and [[Big Bird's nest]], and as of [[Season 46 (2016)|season 46]], sits within a recycling trash zone in front of 123 Sesame Street. Like ''[[Doctor Who]]''’s TARDIS, the classic clown cars or [[Peanuts|Snoopy's doghouse]], Oscar's trash can is considerably deeper than one would initially suspect. The seemingly bottomless domain houses a variety of diverse [[Grouches|Grouch]] amenities and luxuries which are never seen.
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'''Oscar's trash can''' is the private domain of [[Oscar the Grouch]] on ''[[Sesame Street]]''. For forty-five years, it was situated between the [[123 Sesame Street]] stoop and [[Big Bird's nest]] at 123¼ Sesame Street.<ref>the address is seen on his mail in [[Episode 0295]]</ref> As of [[Season 46 (2016)|season 46]], it sits within a recycling trash zone in front of 123 Sesame Street. Like ''[[Doctor Who]]''’s TARDIS, the classic clown cars, or [[Peanuts|Snoopy's doghouse]], Oscar's trash can is considerably deeper than one would initially suspect. The seemingly bottomless domain houses a variety of diverse [[Grouches|Grouch]] amenities and luxuries which are mostly never seen.
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
Oscar the Grouch was originally planned by Jim Henson and Jon Stone to live in a manhole<ref>''[[Street Gang]]''</ref><ref>''[[Jim Henson: The Biography]]''</ref> or in a pile of trash in a gutter. This was changed to a trash can, in part because "the studio had no trapdoors that would allow a puppeteer to work from under the floor".<ref>''[[The Wisdom of Big Bird]]''</ref>
 
Oscar the Grouch was originally planned by Jim Henson and Jon Stone to live in a manhole<ref>''[[Street Gang]]''</ref><ref>''[[Jim Henson: The Biography]]''</ref> or in a pile of trash in a gutter. This was changed to a trash can, in part because "the studio had no trapdoors that would allow a puppeteer to work from under the floor".<ref>''[[The Wisdom of Big Bird]]''</ref>
   
In the earliest episodes of [[Season 1 (1969-1970)|the first season]], the trash can was atop a big blue crate adjacent to a wooden crate at right, with a few more trash cans around; later on in the season until 1974, the base and the crate were replaced, the latter by a trunk, with a trash pail on top of another crate at left. In 1974, and until 2015, the perch was redesigned, with a big burlap crate replacing the trunk and a barrel as the base, and the rest of the area consisting of more crates, a garbage pail and a trash bag (though the pervious look was re-instated for ''[[Christmas Eve on Sesame Street]]'' in 1978).
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In the earliest episodes of [[Season 1 (1969-1970)|the first season]], the trash can was atop a big blue crate adjacent to a wooden crate at right, with a few more trash cans around; later on in the season until 1974, the base and the crate were replaced, the latter by a trunk, with a trash pail on top of another crate at left. In 1974, and until 2015, the perch was redesigned, with a big burlap crate replacing the trunk and a barrel as the base, and the rest of the area consisting of more crates, a garbage pail and a trash bag (though the previous look was re-instated for ''[[Christmas Eve on Sesame Street]]'' in 1978).
   
In [[Episode 0799|one 1975 episode]], Oscar installed an [[Olympic Games|Olympic-size]] swimming pool inside his trash can.
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In [[Episode 0799]], Oscar installed an [[Olympic Games|Olympic-size]] swimming pool inside his trash can.
   
The 1989 book ''[[What's in Oscar's Trash Can? and Other Good-Night Stories]]'' mentions the swimming pool as well as an ice-skating rink (which, on the series, has been used by [[Peggy Fleming]]) and a bowling alley. According to ''[[Sesame Street Unpaved (book)|Sesame Street Unpaved]]'' other items include a piano, art gallery and hearth and a train set ("Grouch Central Station"). A 1970 article in ''Look Magazine'' also notes a pastry kitchen and a rococo staircase.<ref>Baer, Betty; "The Secrets of Sesame Street". ''Look Magazine'', September 22, 1970</ref> In the ''[[Elmo's World]]'' installment ''[[Elmo's World: Farms|Farms]]'' Oscar gives [[Elmo]] a tour of his farm (shown in darkness with only the pair's eyes visible). As established on various occasions, the trash can also has a back door.
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The 1989 book ''[[What's in Oscar's Trash Can? and Other Good-Night Stories]]'' mentions the swimming pool as well as an ice-skating rink (which, on the series, has been used by [[Peggy Fleming]]) and a bowling alley. According to ''[[Sesame Street Unpaved (book)|Sesame Street Unpaved]]'' other items include a piano, art gallery and hearth and a train set ("Grouch Central Station"). A 1970 article in ''Look Magazine'' also notes a pastry kitchen and a rococo staircase.<ref>Baer, Betty; "The Secrets of Sesame Street". ''Look Magazine'', September 22, 1970</ref> In the ''[[Elmo's World]]'' installment ''[[Elmo's World: Farms|Farms]]'' Oscar gives [[Elmo]] a tour of his farm (shown in darkness with only the pair's eyes visible). As established on various occasions, the trash can also has a back door. [[Episode 1159]] established that a door in Oscar's can leads straight to the basement of 123 Sesame Street.
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In [[Episode 1413]], Oscar builds a tunnel system from his trash can to the one in the [[Fix-It Shop]], which he would be seen in from time to time for a few years (including [[Episode 1647]]).
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In [[Episode 2089]], Oscar tells a fabricated story of the day he moved to Sesame Street. In his version, the space next to the 123 stoop was empty until he settled down. He first tried living in a tent made from newspapers, then a metal wastebasket. Finally, [[Bob]] replaces all the trash cans on the block with brand new ones and Oscar moves into one of the used ones intended to be be thrown out.
   
 
Oscar shares his trash can with [[Oscar's pets|many pets]]. This diverse menagerie includes goats, a horse, elephants (notably [[Fluffy]]), a dolphin, and his favorite pet, his beloved pet worm [[Slimey]]. His niece [[Irvine]], and his girlfriend [[Grundgetta]], and his [[Mrs. Grouch|mother]] and other Grouch friends and relatives are frequent visitors.
 
Oscar shares his trash can with [[Oscar's pets|many pets]]. This diverse menagerie includes goats, a horse, elephants (notably [[Fluffy]]), a dolphin, and his favorite pet, his beloved pet worm [[Slimey]]. His niece [[Irvine]], and his girlfriend [[Grundgetta]], and his [[Mrs. Grouch|mother]] and other Grouch friends and relatives are frequent visitors.
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For the most part, very few of the "nice" residents of [[Sesame Street (location)|Sesame Street]] dare venture into the bowels of the municipal waste container. In an appearance on ''[[Jimmy Kimmel Live]]'', [[Jimmy Kimmel|Kimmel]] asked [[Grover]] if he has ever been in Oscar's trash can. Grover said, "No. No, no, no. I can not go anywhere ten feet within that thing." Kimmel asked, "Is anyone besides -- are Grouches only allowed in the trash can?" Grover responded, "Well, no, anybody is allowed, but... Who would want to go in there? Huh?"
 
For the most part, very few of the "nice" residents of [[Sesame Street (location)|Sesame Street]] dare venture into the bowels of the municipal waste container. In an appearance on ''[[Jimmy Kimmel Live]]'', [[Jimmy Kimmel|Kimmel]] asked [[Grover]] if he has ever been in Oscar's trash can. Grover said, "No. No, no, no. I can not go anywhere ten feet within that thing." Kimmel asked, "Is anyone besides -- are Grouches only allowed in the trash can?" Grover responded, "Well, no, anybody is allowed, but... Who would want to go in there? Huh?"
   
Key exceptions have occurred over the years, however. While [[Big Bird]] was helping get ready for Miles' arrival on Sesame Street a lonely [[Mr. Snuffleupagus|Snuffy]] entered to play catch with Fluffy in [[Episode 2122|a season 17 episode]]. [[Wanda Cousteau]] sought refuge in the trash can in [[Episode 3161|a season 25 episode]] as a hiding place from the hungry [[Wolfgang the Seal|Wolfgang]]. When [[Gina]] is studying to become a vet in [[Episode 3787|a season 30 episode]], she goes down into the trash can through the back door and successfully removes a splinter from Fluffy's foot with some elephants' tweezers. In a [[Season 19 (1987-1988)|season 19]] insert, [[Linda]] sat in the trash can when filling in for an "[[Ask Oscar]]" segment. In a [[Season 12 (1980-1981)|season 12]] segment (found in ''[[40 Years of Sunny Days]]'') in which Oscar and [[Bruno the Trashman|Bruno]] go to the Cha-Cha Palace, the various humans (and [[Barkley]]) arrive from inside the trash can as well. [[Episode 1541|In at least one other episode that season]], Buffy spends the night in the Grime Room in Oscar's can.
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Key exceptions have occurred over the years, however. While [[Big Bird]] was helping get ready for Miles' arrival on Sesame Street a lonely [[Mr. Snuffleupagus|Snuffy]] entered to play catch with Fluffy in [[Episode 2122|a season 17 episode]]. [[Wanda Cousteau]] sought refuge in the trash can in [[Episode 3161|a season 25 episode]] as a hiding place from the hungry [[Wolfgang the Seal|Wolfgang]]. When [[Gina]] is studying to become a vet in [[Episode 3787|a season 30 episode]], she goes down into the trash can through the back door and successfully removes a splinter from Fluffy's foot with some elephants' tweezers. In a [[Season 19 (1987-1988)|season 19]] insert, [[Linda]] sat in the trash can when filling in for an "[[Ask Oscar]]" segment. When [[Buffy]] visited during [[Season 12 (1980-1981)|season 12]], she and [[Cody]] stayed in Oscar's can (in the Grime Room, according to [[Episode 1541]]). In [[Episode 1553|one episode]] during Buffy's stay, Oscar turned his can into a Grouchaway Inn when [[Mr. Hooper]], [[David]], and [[Barkley]] (who was supposed to spend the night with David) both left their keys inside [[Hooper's Store]] after locking up.
   
 
The inside of Oscar's trash can was depicted on-camera for the first time in ''[[The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland]]''. Oscar has a door in his trash can to take people to [[Grouchland USA]]. Elmo enters in search of his [[Blanket|blanket]] and later a rescue party follows suit, including Big Bird, [[Gordon]], [[Maria]], [[Telly Monster|Telly]], [[Cookie Monster]] and [[Zoe]]. Big Bird in particular has a hard time fitting inside the trash can's narrow opening.
 
The inside of Oscar's trash can was depicted on-camera for the first time in ''[[The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland]]''. Oscar has a door in his trash can to take people to [[Grouchland USA]]. Elmo enters in search of his [[Blanket|blanket]] and later a rescue party follows suit, including Big Bird, [[Gordon]], [[Maria]], [[Telly Monster|Telly]], [[Cookie Monster]] and [[Zoe]]. Big Bird in particular has a hard time fitting inside the trash can's narrow opening.
   
The inside of Oscar's trash can was later shown in [[Episode 3997|a season 33 episode]], though this time, the inside was a lot more like the normal inside of a trash can.
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The inside of Oscar's trash can was later shown in [[Episode 3997]], though this time, the inside was a lot more like the normal inside of a trash can.
   
In addition to being able to store a wide variety of items in his trash can, Oscar has also put holes into the bottom and has been able to walk with his legs outside of the bottom. He first walked like this in [[Episode 0276|the season three premiere]]. He has continued to travel like this for many years, though he has also frequently been seen outside of the trash can. Outside of the show Oscar has traveled with his legs sticking out of the bottom in ''Christmas Eve on Sesame Street'', the ''[[Sesame Street Live]]'' stage shows and ''[[Don't Eat the Pictures]]''. This feature was also utilized in the opening dancer number in ''[[Julie on Sesame Street]]'', where a series of dancing trash cans with fuzzy grouch legs danced with [[Julie Andrews]].
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In addition to being able to store a wide variety of items in his trash can, Oscar has also put holes into the bottom and has been able to walk with his legs outside of the bottom. He first walked like this in [[Episode 0276|the season three premiere]]. He has continued to travel like this for many years, though he has also frequently been seen outside of the trash can. Outside of the show Oscar has traveled with his legs sticking out of the bottom in ''Christmas Eve on Sesame Street'', the ''[[Sesame Street Live]]'' stage shows and ''[[Don't Eat the Pictures]]''. This feature was also utilized in the opening dance number in ''[[Julie on Sesame Street]]'', where a series of dancing trash cans with fuzzy grouch legs danced with [[Julie Andrews]].
   
In [[Season 46 (2016)|season 46]], Oscar's trash can changed locations for the first time in the show's history, moving into a dumpster unit with a recycling bin in the low wall outside of [[123 Sesame Street]] under [[Elmo's apartment]]. Oscar now also has the ability to pop from multiple trashcans and receptacles around the street. Designer [[David Gallo]] explains:
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In [[Season 46 (2016)|season 46]], Oscar's trash can changed locations for the first time in the show's history, moving into a dumpster unit with a recycling bin in the low wall outside of [[123 Sesame Street]] under [[Elmo's apartment]]. During the season, Oscar had the ability to pop from multiple trashcans and receptacles around the street. Designer [[David Gallo]] explains:
   
 
{{quote|We wanted to make him much more central. So not only is he in this fancy-schmany recycling trash zone, he’s now on the corner. He’s pretty much dead-center so he can see what’s going on.<ref>[http://mashable.com/2015/05/10/new-sesame-street-set/ Inside the new 'Sesame Street' set: M is for Makeover], [[Mashable]].com. May 11, 2015.</ref>}}
 
{{quote|We wanted to make him much more central. So not only is he in this fancy-schmany recycling trash zone, he’s now on the corner. He’s pretty much dead-center so he can see what’s going on.<ref>[http://mashable.com/2015/05/10/new-sesame-street-set/ Inside the new 'Sesame Street' set: M is for Makeover], [[Mashable]].com. May 11, 2015.</ref>}}
   
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Oscar-PaperBasket.jpg|Starting in season 46, Oscar can appear from a trash can in front of Hooper's Store...
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Oscar-PaperBasket.jpg|During season 46, Oscar could appear from a trash can in front of Hooper's Store...
 
Oscar-Compost.jpg|...and a compost bin in the [[Community Garden|community garden]].
 
Oscar-Compost.jpg|...and a compost bin in the [[Community Garden|community garden]].
 
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==Visitors==
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==Interior==
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Image:Oscarcaninsideart.png|From a 1977 issue of [[Sesame Street Magazine]], illustrated by Caroll Spinney.
image:Peteralexanderosctrashcan.png|[[Peter Alexander]]<br>''[[Peter Alexander präsentiert Spezialitäten]]''
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Image:InteriorCanJMathieu.jpg|As seen in the book, [[Grouches Are Green]], illustrated by [[Joe Mathieu]]
File:ErnestTrashCan.jpg|[[Ernest the Grouch]]<br>[[Episode 0954]]
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Oscar-diagram.jpg|As depicted in ''[[The Sesame Street Book & Record]]''.
2107e.jpg|Bernie the piano tuner<br>[[Episode 2107]]
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Image:InsideOscarCan.jpg|As seen in ''[[The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland]]''.
File:IrvineTrashCan.jpg|[[Irvine]]<br>[[Episode 2243]]
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Image:Streetmissioninsidecan1.png|Detective Grover dives into Oscar's can in the [[PortAventura]] dark ride ''[[Street Mission]]''.
File:IrvineBlanketTrashCan.jpg|Irvine<br>[[Episode 3384]]
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File:AskOscar.Linda.jpg|[[Linda]]<br>[[Episode 2401]]
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Image:InteriorCanMovieBased.jpg|As seen in the book, ''[[What Makes You Giggle?]]'', illustrated by [[Tom Brannon]].
File:PFTrashCan.jpg|[[Placido Flamingo]]<br>[[Episode 2496]]
 
File:MrsGrouchTrashCan.jpg|[[Mrs. Grouch]]<br>[[Episode 2915]]
 
File:MrsGrouchTrashCan-3.jpg|Mrs. Grouch<br>[[Episode 2982]]
 
File:3054b.jpg|Mrs. Grouch<br>[[Episode 3054]]
 
File:MrsGrouchTrashCan-2.jpg|Mrs. Grouch<br>[[Episode 3141]]
 
File:LuisTrashCan.jpg|[[Luis]]<br>[[Episode 3271]]
 
File:OsvaldoTrashCan.jpg|[[Osvaldo, el Gruñón]]<br>[[Episode 2003]]
 
2122g.jpg|[[Mr. Snuffleupagus|Snuffy]]<br>[[Episode 2122]]
 
3960p.jpg|Snuffy<br>[[Episode 3806]]
 
Snuffy fluffy oscar can.jpg|[[Mr. Snuffleupagus|Snuffy]]<br>{{youtube|YLlxXVfxZ28}}
 
File:2909e.jpg|[[Goldilocks]]<br>[[Episode 2909]]
 
File:2927f.jpg|A baby [[Dingers|Dinger]] and [[Henrietta Honker]]<br>[[Episode 2927]]
 
3037c.jpg|[[Sonny Friendly]]<br>[[Episode 3037]]
 
File:SavionTrashCan.jpg|[[Savion]]<br>[[Episode 3059]]
 
File:2107g.jpg|Grundgetta<br>[[Episode 2107]]
 
File:2326lastscene.jpg|Grundgetta<br>[[Episode 2326]]
 
3103b.jpg|[[Grundgetta]]<br>[[Episode 3103]]
 
3121g.jpg|[[Grundgetta]]<br>[[Episode 3121]]
 
File:GrundgettaAisforAsthma.jpg|Grundgetta<br>''[[A is for Asthma]]''
 
3161l.jpg|[[Wanda Cousteau]]<br>[[Episode 3161]]
 
File:WolfgangTrashCan.jpg|[[Wolfgang the Seal]]<br>[[Episode 3161]]
 
File:2642streetstory1.jpg|Wolfgang<br>[[Episode 2642]]
 
3727d.jpg|[[Ruthie]]<br>[[Episode 3727]]
 
3787g.jpg|[[Gina]]<br>[[Episode 3787]]
 
File:3891e.jpg|[[Felix the Grouch]]<br>[[Episode 3891]]
 
File:MariaTrashCan.jpg|[[Maria]]<br>[[Episode 1448]]
 
MrHTrashCan.jpg|[[Mr. Hooper]]<br>[[Episode 1448]]
 
BuffyCody.jpg|[[Olivia]], [[David]], [[Mr. Hooper]], [[Buffy]], Cody, and [[Barkley]]<br>[[40 Years of Sunny Days#Season_12|a Season 12 episode]]
 
3049g.jpg|[[Baby Natasha|Natasha]] and [[Maria]]<br>[[Episode 3049]]
 
File:2073w.jpg|Telly<br>[[Episode 2073]]
 
File:TellyTrashCan.jpg|Telly<br>[[Episode 3648]]
 
File:3830d.jpg|Telly and [[The Amazing Mumford]]<br>[[Episode 3830]]
 
Episode4188.jpg|[[Telly Monster|Telly]]<br>[[Episode 4188]]
 
2852c.jpg|[[Elmo]]<br>[[Episode 2852]]
 
File:ElmoEyesTrashCan.jpg|Elmo<br>[[Elmo's World: Farms]]
 
4064f.jpg|Elmo and [[Zoe]]<br>[[Episode 4064]]
 
File:ElmoAsOscar.jpg|Elmo<br>''[[A Magical Halloween Adventure]]''
 
File:4710h.png|Elmo<br>[[Episode 4710]]
 
Elmo in can grouchland.jpg|Elmo<br>''[[The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland]]''
 
OscarsTrashCan-Elmo.jpg|Elmo<br>publicity photo
 
File:BBTrashCan.jpg|[[Big Bird]]<br>''The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland''
 
4079m.jpg|[[Miles]] and his band<br>[[Episode 4079]]
 
4409g.png|[[Leela]]<br>[[Episode 4409]]
 
Darkeyes 4173.jpg|[[Abby Cadabby]]<br>[[Episode 4173]]
 
noimage-landscape.png|an octopus<br>[[Episode 0335]]
 
noimage-landscape.png|Bob<br>[[Episode 0671]]
 
noimage-landscape.png|Maria<br>[[Episode 0700]]
 
noimage-landscape.png|[[Biff]]<br>[[Episode 1015]]
 
noimage-landscape.png|[[Mr. Snuffleupagus|Snuffy]] and seven kids<br>[[Episode 1017]]
 
noimage-landscape.png|[[Harriet]]<br>[[Episode 1263]]
 
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===Behind the scenes===
 
Oscar's trash can is a favorite photo op for celebrities and other visitors to the set.
 
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GeneB-Can.jpg|[[Gene Barretta]]
 
TomBergeron-Trashcan-(2012-11-15).jpg|[[Tom Bergeron]]
 
Steve Burns Instagram Nov 1, 2013.jpg|[[Steve Burns]]
 
Alton-brown-trashcan.jpg|[[Alton Brown]]
 
Nick_Carter_Oscar's_trash_can.jpg|[[Nick Carter]]
 
SesameStreet-AndersonCooper-Oscar-(2006-11-01).jpg|[[Anderson Cooper]]
 
Oscar's trash can, Stephanie D'Abruzzo.jpg|[[Stephanie D'Abruzzo]]
 
alicia-durand.jpg|Alicia Durand, Sesame Workshop Publicist
 
Irvingsesstreet.jpg|[[Julius Erving]]
 
Grausman-OscarsCan.jpg|[[Deborah Grausman]]
 
Seth.Green.jpg|[[Seth Green]]
 
Tim Gunn - Oscar's trash can.jpg|[[Tim Gunn]]
 
Evangeline Lilly and Oscar.jpg|[[Evangeline Lilly]]
 
Pentatonix-OscarTheGrouch&AviKaplan-(2013-04-25).png|Avi Kaplan ([[Pentatonix]])
 
KellanLutz.jpg|[[Kellan Lutz]]
 
Oscar-JanelleMonae-Trashcan-(2013-12-12).jpg|[[Janelle Monáe]]
 
Rachael ray.jpg|[[Rachael Ray]]
 
Sesame_Family_Robinson_Ripley_in_Oscar's_can.jpg|[[Annie Evans]] and [[Martin P. Robinson]]'s daughter Ripley<ref>(shooting for [[Episode 4231]]) Annie Evans, "[http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/blog/-/blogs/season-41-of-sesame-street Season 41 of Sesame Street]", ''[[Sesame Family Robinson]]'', 26 September 2010.</ref>
 
Mike-Rowe.jpg|[[Mike Rowe]]
 
1D-Can.png|[[One Direction|Harry Styles]]
 
Kelly_Vrooman_oscar_trashcan.jpg|[[Sunny Side Up|Kelly Vrooman]]
 
lininthetrash.jpg|[[Lin-Manuel Miranda]]
 
Salenger-Oscar2.jpg|Meredith Salenger
 
MicucciCan.jpg|[[Kate Micucci]]
 
SS-ZL-47 (8).jpg|[[Zachary Levi]]
 
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==Signs==
 
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Wetpaint1.jpg|[[Episode 0158]]
 
OscarGordon0297.JPG|[[Episode 0297]]
 
0600d.png|[[Episode 0600]]
 
Oscar not my birthday.jpg|[[Episode 1565]]
 
1926a.jpg|[[Episode 1926]]
 
2331a.jpg|[[Episode 2331]]
 
OscarsCasa.jpg|{{first|2489}}
 
DangerWormCrosing.jpg|[[Episode 2567]]
 
2852b.jpg|[[Episode 2852]]
 
3077e.jpg|[[Episode 2927]]
 
3121g.jpg|[[Episode 3121]]
 
OscarRosie.jpg|[[Episode 3190]]
 
3759k.jpg|[[Episode 3759]]
 
3767k.jpg|[[Episode 3767]]
 
RobMcNeil-Oscar.jpg|
 
noimage-landscape.png|"CAUTION", etc<br>[[Episode 0092]]
 
noimage-landscape.png|"NO"<br>[[Episode 0664]]
 
noimage-landscape.png|"NO"<br>[[Episode 1306]]
 
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;Merchandise and promos
 
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OscarsRottenBirthday.jpg|''[[Oscar's Rotten Birthday]]''
 
American toy 1982 chest oscar trash can 1.jpg|[[Sesame Street toy chest]]
 
Oscarminican.jpg|Mini trash can with pedal (Sony Creative Products Japan, 1990s)
 
Ilovetrash.png
 
 
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==Inventory==
 
==Inventory==
 
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[[Image:Oscar-diagram.jpg|thumb|200px|As depicted in ''[[The Sesame Street Book & Record]]''.]]
 
[[Image:Oscarcaninsideart.png|thumb|200px|The interior of the can, as seen in an issue of ''Sesame Street Magazine'' from 1977, illustrated by Caroll Spinney.]]
 
 
* stereo set — [[Episode 0812]]
 
* stereo set — [[Episode 0812]]
 
* toy boat, "The Queen Muddy" — [[Episode 3831]]
 
* toy boat, "The Queen Muddy" — [[Episode 3831]]
 
* vacuum — [[Episode 0871]]
 
* vacuum — [[Episode 0871]]
 
* lighting — [[Episode 0666]]
 
* lighting — [[Episode 0666]]
* pool — referenced on many occasions and in books, including [[Episode 0799]] and "[[What's in Oscar's Trash Can? and Other Good-Night Stories|What's in Oscar's Trash Can?]]"; its splash is seen in ''[[Lead Away!]]''
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* pool — referenced on many occasions and in books, including [[Episode 0799]] and "[[What's in Oscar's Trash Can? and Other Good-Night Stories|What's in Oscar's Trash Can?]]"; its splash is seen in [[Episode 1618]], [[Episode 1625|1625]], [[Episode 2122|2122]], [[Episode 2642|2642]], [[Episode 3037|3037]], [[Episode 3181|3181]], [[Episode 3897|3897]], [[Episode 4037|4037]], and ''[[Lead Away!]]''
* trampoline — [[Episode 4173]]
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* trampoline — [[Episode 0700]], [[Episode 2852|2852]], [[Episode 3648|3648]], [[Episode 4064|4064]], and [[Episode 4173|4173]]
 
* staircase, pig pen, China cabinet — [[Episode 3049]]
 
* staircase, pig pen, China cabinet — [[Episode 3049]]
 
* piano — [[Episode 2107]] and others
 
* piano — [[Episode 2107]] and others
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* There is a foot pedal on the set piece which helps lift the lid up, but, as of 2011, [[Caroll Spinney]] has not used the foot pedal in 41 years.<ref>Martin P. Robinson, "Inside Oscar's Trash Can", ''[[Sesame Family Robinson]]'', 11 April 2011.</ref>
 
* There is a foot pedal on the set piece which helps lift the lid up, but, as of 2011, [[Caroll Spinney]] has not used the foot pedal in 41 years.<ref>Martin P. Robinson, "Inside Oscar's Trash Can", ''[[Sesame Family Robinson]]'', 11 April 2011.</ref>
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==See also==
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* [[Oscar walking with his trash can]]
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* [[Oscar's signs]]
   
 
==Sources==
 
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Revision as of 19:52, February 13, 2020

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The trash can's location as of season 46

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Oscar takes his trash can for a walk for the first time in Episode 0276.

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Oscar's trash can goes through airport security on the way to Hawaii in Episode 1090.

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A herd of Oscar's pet elephants.

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Oscar's trash can is the private domain of Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street. For forty-five years, it was situated between the 123 Sesame Street stoop and Big Bird's nest at 123¼ Sesame Street.[1] As of season 46, it sits within a recycling trash zone in front of 123 Sesame Street. Like Doctor Who’s TARDIS, the classic clown cars, or Snoopy's doghouse, Oscar's trash can is considerably deeper than one would initially suspect. The seemingly bottomless domain houses a variety of diverse Grouch amenities and luxuries which are mostly never seen.

History

Oscar the Grouch was originally planned by Jim Henson and Jon Stone to live in a manhole[2][3] or in a pile of trash in a gutter. This was changed to a trash can, in part because "the studio had no trapdoors that would allow a puppeteer to work from under the floor".[4]

In the earliest episodes of the first season, the trash can was atop a big blue crate adjacent to a wooden crate at right, with a few more trash cans around; later on in the season until 1974, the base and the crate were replaced, the latter by a trunk, with a trash pail on top of another crate at left. In 1974, and until 2015, the perch was redesigned, with a big burlap crate replacing the trunk and a barrel as the base, and the rest of the area consisting of more crates, a garbage pail and a trash bag (though the previous look was re-instated for Christmas Eve on Sesame Street in 1978).

In Episode 0799, Oscar installed an Olympic-size swimming pool inside his trash can.

The 1989 book What's in Oscar's Trash Can? and Other Good-Night Stories mentions the swimming pool as well as an ice-skating rink (which, on the series, has been used by Peggy Fleming) and a bowling alley. According to Sesame Street Unpaved other items include a piano, art gallery and hearth and a train set ("Grouch Central Station"). A 1970 article in Look Magazine also notes a pastry kitchen and a rococo staircase.[5] In the Elmo's World installment Farms Oscar gives Elmo a tour of his farm (shown in darkness with only the pair's eyes visible). As established on various occasions, the trash can also has a back door. Episode 1159 established that a door in Oscar's can leads straight to the basement of 123 Sesame Street.

In Episode 1413, Oscar builds a tunnel system from his trash can to the one in the Fix-It Shop, which he would be seen in from time to time for a few years (including Episode 1647).

In Episode 2089, Oscar tells a fabricated story of the day he moved to Sesame Street. In his version, the space next to the 123 stoop was empty until he settled down. He first tried living in a tent made from newspapers, then a metal wastebasket. Finally, Bob replaces all the trash cans on the block with brand new ones and Oscar moves into one of the used ones intended to be be thrown out.

Oscar shares his trash can with many pets. This diverse menagerie includes goats, a horse, elephants (notably Fluffy), a dolphin, and his favorite pet, his beloved pet worm Slimey. His niece Irvine, and his girlfriend Grundgetta, and his mother and other Grouch friends and relatives are frequent visitors.

For the most part, very few of the "nice" residents of Sesame Street dare venture into the bowels of the municipal waste container. In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel asked Grover if he has ever been in Oscar's trash can. Grover said, "No. No, no, no. I can not go anywhere ten feet within that thing." Kimmel asked, "Is anyone besides -- are Grouches only allowed in the trash can?" Grover responded, "Well, no, anybody is allowed, but... Who would want to go in there? Huh?"

Key exceptions have occurred over the years, however. While Big Bird was helping get ready for Miles' arrival on Sesame Street a lonely Snuffy entered to play catch with Fluffy in a season 17 episode. Wanda Cousteau sought refuge in the trash can in a season 25 episode as a hiding place from the hungry Wolfgang. When Gina is studying to become a vet in a season 30 episode, she goes down into the trash can through the back door and successfully removes a splinter from Fluffy's foot with some elephants' tweezers. In a season 19 insert, Linda sat in the trash can when filling in for an "Ask Oscar" segment. When Buffy visited during season 12, she and Cody stayed in Oscar's can (in the Grime Room, according to Episode 1541). In one episode during Buffy's stay, Oscar turned his can into a Grouchaway Inn when Mr. Hooper, David, and Barkley (who was supposed to spend the night with David) both left their keys inside Hooper's Store after locking up.

The inside of Oscar's trash can was depicted on-camera for the first time in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. Oscar has a door in his trash can to take people to Grouchland USA. Elmo enters in search of his blanket and later a rescue party follows suit, including Big Bird, Gordon, Maria, Telly, Cookie Monster and Zoe. Big Bird in particular has a hard time fitting inside the trash can's narrow opening.

The inside of Oscar's trash can was later shown in Episode 3997, though this time, the inside was a lot more like the normal inside of a trash can.

In addition to being able to store a wide variety of items in his trash can, Oscar has also put holes into the bottom and has been able to walk with his legs outside of the bottom. He first walked like this in the season three premiere. He has continued to travel like this for many years, though he has also frequently been seen outside of the trash can. Outside of the show Oscar has traveled with his legs sticking out of the bottom in Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, the Sesame Street Live stage shows and Don't Eat the Pictures. This feature was also utilized in the opening dance number in Julie on Sesame Street, where a series of dancing trash cans with fuzzy grouch legs danced with Julie Andrews.

In season 46, Oscar's trash can changed locations for the first time in the show's history, moving into a dumpster unit with a recycling bin in the low wall outside of 123 Sesame Street under Elmo's apartment. During the season, Oscar had the ability to pop from multiple trashcans and receptacles around the street. Designer David Gallo explains:

We wanted to make him much more central. So not only is he in this fancy-schmany recycling trash zone, he’s now on the corner. He’s pretty much dead-center so he can see what’s going on.[6]

Interior

Inventory

Notes

  • There is a foot pedal on the set piece which helps lift the lid up, but, as of 2011, Caroll Spinney has not used the foot pedal in 41 years.[7]

See also

Sources

  1. the address is seen on his mail in Episode 0295
  2. Street Gang
  3. Jim Henson: The Biography
  4. The Wisdom of Big Bird
  5. Baer, Betty; "The Secrets of Sesame Street". Look Magazine, September 22, 1970
  6. Inside the new 'Sesame Street' set: M is for Makeover, Mashable.com. May 11, 2015.
  7. Martin P. Robinson, "Inside Oscar's Trash Can", Sesame Family Robinson, 11 April 2011.
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