Sketches and songs featuring the main human cast members of Sesame Street, taking place away from the street set and often portraying different characters.

Picture Summary / EKA Description
Sea shells
Episode 0005
Gordon encounters a woman who's going to sell sea shells by the sea shore. He assumes she's Sister Susie, but she's actually Penelope Pepperpot.
Subtracting Five People
Episode 0260
Bob, Susan, Mr. Hooper, Big Bird, and Gordon line up limbo and a voiceover asks how many of them there are, how many when they're all mixed up, and how many when each of them are subtracted one by one.
Table Cooperation
Episode 0276
Mr. Hooper, Bob and Brian help Susan set the table. Now that's what I call cooperation.
Same/Different Reflection
Episode 0277
Tom and Bob are their own living reflections in a mirror; the kids, in voiceover, shout same and different.
Coat Hanger
Episode 0282
Bob and Mr. Hooper have a dispute over using a sole coat hanger for their coats. They eventually cooperate and put both their coats on the one hanger.
Adding Chairs
Episode 0288
Mr. Hooper adds 3 chairs as a sportscaster narrates.
Water Cooperation
Episode 0292
Part 1: In limbo, and without dialogue save for a voiceover, Tom, Rafael, Gordon, and Bob all try to get a drink of water from the same tap, but they keep arguing and bumping into each other when they all reach for it at the same time. The result is that no one gets a drink of water.

Part 2: The four men circle the water tap eyeing one another while the voicover wonders what they will do. One of them holds the tap while the other gets a drink. The voiceover declares that some things are easy when you cooperate.

Before and After
Episode 0316
Tom, Bob, Luis, and Susan demonstrate "before and after" with the aid of a club sandwich, a barbershop scene, and a growing plant.
Episode 0326
David, Luis and Linda count in different languages.
Episode 0367
Maria points to kids with same and different sweatshirts. Bob has same and different flower pots. David has same and different radios.
Peoples' Names
Episode 0423
A narrator demonstrates why it's easier to address people by their names. David, Gordon, Susan, Luis, and some kids are lined up in limbo as the voice calls out for a man to raise his hand (David, Gordon, and Luis comply). The voice then asks for a black man to raise his hand (David and Gordon). Finally, the voice asks for the black man wearing a tie to raise his hand, which leaves only Gordon.
Marvelous Maria
Episode 0433
Marvelous Maria rides her trike in 10 circles (then backwards).
Episode 0442
David goes through a series of doors marked "OPEN" (each one smaller than the one before).
Dandy David
Episode 0454
"Dandy David" adds flowers and flower pots.
Round Table
Episode 0468
Maria, David, Bob, and Luis play knights who have their lunch at a round table.
Fractured Letter U
Episode 0468
David and Luis assemble a fractured letter U.
Tool Quickie: Can Opener
Episode 0469
Luis demonstrates how to use a can opener to open a can of spaghetti ... not realizing that it's open on the bottom already.
Tool Quickie: Hammer
Episode 0469
Maria demonstrates how a hammer is used by hammering a nail into a wall to hang up a picture. Then, the wall tips over on her.
Episode 0484
Surgeons Maria, David, Susan and Luis "operate" on a motorcycle.
Episode 0485
Luis, dressed as a magician, demonstrates addition by conjuring up the correct numeral when David and Maria arrive. As each person leaves, Luis switches the numerals to present subtraction.
Sluggo the Great
Episode 0492
"Sluggo the Great" (David) puts on his baseball gear, but isn't sure which body parts to put them on.
Weather Gear
Episode 0497
Luis is dressed for snow, but is stuck at the beach. David dresses for the beach, but finds himself in the snow. They happily switch places.
Counting Sacks
Episode 0505
Maria and David find two sets of sacks, which have incorrect numerical labels.
Captain Under-Wonder
Episode 0508
Captain Under-Wonder (Luis) shows how he goes under an umbrella, a table and the tire swing (the latter by shrinking himself down).
Rainy Day Cooperation
Episode 0514
Luis and David cooperate on a rainy day.
Luis exit
Episode 0407
Luis looks for the exit in a brick room.
Block Tower
Episode 0460
Maria tries to replicate a block tower.
Genie in a Bottle
Episode 0536
David, alone on a desert island, finds a bottle with a genie (Maria) inside it, and wishes for a boat. But Maria keeps mishearing the request and instead gives him a coat and a (live) goat. Finally she gives him a boat ... but it's not the kind of boat he was hoping for.
Episode 0596
Luis tries to open a door marked with a "CERRADO" sign. He gets a running start, when Maria changes the sign to read "ABIERTO." She opens the door and Luis runs right through it, crashing.
David the Daring
Episode 0600
"David the Daring" does his famous forwards and backwards trick.
Before/After Circus
Episode 0670
In a circus routine, Luis the ringmaster demonstrates "before" and "after". Freeze-frame technology allows his assistant, Linda, to show each action as she jumps through a hoop, slips on a banana peel, and gets a bucket of water thrown at her face.
Episode 0680
In the desert, Luis desperately searches for AGUA, but all the pumps are dry.
C - Coconut
Episode 0703
On a desert island, a parched Luis finds a coconut, which has a letter C inside.
Nine People
Episode 0706
No matter how you arrange these nine people (including Maria, Luis and David), they're still nine people.
Train Tunnel
Episode 0746
Bob and Luis put together two halves of a painting of a train tunnel. When they fit the parts together, a train goes through the tunnel and zooms to take up the entire screen, frightening Bob and Luis so much, they take down the tunnel again.
Episode 0757
Big Bird and David try each other's beds but come to the conclusion that for David the bed is the best, for Big Bird his nest is best.
Angry Face
Episode 0778
Bob asks a blank-faced Large Lavender Live Hand Anything Muppet how he feels. The Muppet answers, "I don't feel anything." Bob sticks a nose and angry eyes on the Muppet, who then starts to feel mad. He walks off in a huff, and we hear a crash off-screen. The Muppet comes back and ad-libs, "It's okay, Bob, I just dropped my watch!"
In/Out Restaurant
Episode 0786
Maria trains Bob and David to be waiters in a restaurant by showing them which door to go IN and which to go OUT. She uses a few sung 'jingles' to help them remember which is which. Bob 'catches on,' but David has a hard time doing so.
In, On and Under
Episode 0796
Bob, Maria and David demonstrate in, on and under in their own ways.
Open and Closed
Episode 0810
David tries to close a window and a door, but they open by themselves.
Facial Features
Episode 0840
In limbo, a voice (Maria) instructs Luis (dressed as a yokel) to point out the features of his face. He doesn't do so well and she remarks that he'd forget his head if it wasn't attached. The camera cuts wide as his body walks away without his head.
Addition and Subtraction
Episode 0881
Susan, Bob and Maria give a lesson on addition and subtraction.
Mountain Climbers
Episode 0901
David and Maria cooperate to reach the top of the mountain.
Desert Agua
Episode 0928
Part 1: Maria drags herself across the sands of a limbo desert until she comes to a soda fountain staffed by David. She weakly asks for aqua, but David doesn't understand the word leaving Maria to pantomime various clues that mean water. David interprets that she's asking for a telescope, an umbrella, a muffler, and a rubber duckie to take a bath with. Maria slaps her head in frustration.

Part 2: The props are stacking up as Maria continues to pantomime her plea for water while David guesses that she's asking for slippers, a snorkel, and a fish.

Part 3: David and Maria have been at this for years now, and are showing their old age. Many, many items have piled up as David guesses Maria is asking for a shovel and pail, a live skunk, and a boat. David says he needs a break from 86 years of guessing, and drinks a glass of water. Maria goes crazy over the beverage, so David offers her some. Maria refreshed, David asks to continue guessing what agua means.

Episode 0936
Maria assembles an R, which is broken in several parts.
Episode 0939
Bob, dressed as a clown, sounds out the word ENTER by grouping two doors together.
Here and There
Episode 0944
Grover discovers that "there" can refer to anyplace that you are not, no matter how far away you may be.
Kermit the Hermit
Episode 0974
Explorer Bob makes an enormous trek to find Kermit the Hermit and learn the meaning of life. Kermit's response - "A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O-P-Q-R-S-T-U-V-W-X-Y-Z."
Farmer and the Seed
Episode 1030
"Theater Without Words" presents Linda enacting the story of "The Farmer and the Seed" with some voice-over by Bob.
Table Leg
Episode 1033
Luis comes across a table with only three legs, yet still stands up fine. He searches in his box of junk for a proper leg.
H Assembly
Episode 1056
Bob, Linda and Luis assemble a lowercase h.
The Cursed Prince
Episode 1066
"Fairy Godmonster" Grover reads a story about a cursed prince (played by David), who must be kissed by a local, plumber princess (Maria).
Sign language: ONE WAY
Episode 1066
Linda holds up a "One Way" sign for Damion Brown in front of Big Bird's nest construction doors. Damion reads the word, then learns to sign it.
Sign language: WET PAINT
Episode 1141
Linda signs the words "wet paint" as a boy reads the sign.
Sign language: CLOSED
Episode 1201
Linda signs the word "closed" as a boy reads it.
The Big Blowout
Episode 1204
"Hot Lips Hooper", "Second Wind Susan" and "Great Lungs Gordon" compete in The Big Blowout to see who can blow up a balloon the biggest.
S - Song
Episode 1220
Big Bird conducts a choir of Susan, Mr. Hooper, Gordon and Mr. Macintosh, who say the "S" sound in "SONG."
Open and Closed at Night
Episode 1220
Luis and Gordon debate over keeping the window open or closed while they sleep at night. Gordon eventually keeps the window closed, but smashes the wall around it.
More Mail
Episode 1244
In a two-part skit, Postman David goes to collect some mail from a mailbox, but finds there's more and more each time he opens it. The mailbox is eventually emptied, but how will David get all the mail to the post office? He lets the mail back into the hammerspace-like mailbox, then takes that with him.
Sorting Shapes
Episode 1244
Maria and Gordon sort shapes by type and color.
Between Ballet
Episode 1244
David, Luis and Maria illustrate between while ballet dancing.
Hot Day Cooperation
Episode 1245
Gordon and Olivia try to cooperate under the sun, with voiceover from Bob.
Treasure Hunt
Episode 1297
Captain Nasty (Gordon) commands his pirate crew (Olivia, Bob and Mr. Hooper) to bring him not the big or the bigger, but the biggest treasure chest.
Episode 1299
On stage, Gordon, Luis and Linda say "DANGER" in their own ways. David doesn't listen and take the brunt of some pratfalls that send him off the stage.
Cleaning Cooperation
Episode 1340
Gordon and Luis cooperate to clean up a pile of litter with a dustpan and broom.
Water Glass Alphabet
Episode 1344
Big Bird sings the alphabet while Bob accompanies him on glasses of water.
Closed Door
Episode 1360
David tries demonstrating the word "CLOSED," but the door keeps opening. He stands in front of it, preventing it from opening, as the wall around it topples over.
Apple Tree Cooperation
Episode 1399
Luis and Gordon have a hard time picking apples by themselves, but all it takes is cooperation.
The Flower and the Weather
Episode 1400
Linda appears in another "Theater Without Words" production, about a flower.
The Batter and Ball
Episode 1402
"Theater Without Words" features Linda as a ballplayer.
Episode 0260
Big Bird stands by a door marked "ENTRADA," as Luis and David enter through the door. Maria helps Big Bird understand the word's meaning as the two head inside.
T - Teeth
Episode 1448
Gordon, Maria and Luis show T words as they brush their teeth.
Fish Cooperation
Episode 1449
Gordon, Maria, Luis and Bob explain how they cooperated to catch a fish for eat (a la "This is House That Jack Built").
Jasper Johnson
Episode 1451
Jasper Johnson (David) performs his famous "J" Walk for a roaring crowd.
Captain Cooperation
Episode 1457
Bob and Maria struggle to wash some dishes, when (the very loud and booming) Captain Cooperation (Luis) shows them how cooperation will ease the process.
Jumping Contest
Episode 1497
Maria, David and Olivia compete to see who can jump the farthest.
The Loud and Quiet families
Episode 1514
Gordon plays a game with the viewer - which person belongs in The Quiet Family and in The Loud Family?
Finger Theater
Episode 1517
In "Finger Theater," Linda's fingers act out a story.
Tree Lecture
Episode 1584
Professor David lectures his class on trees. He says they are only good for looking at and leaning against, but they mention other uses for them.
Episode 1613
"Sleeper" (David) tries to wake up in the morning.
Island Friends
Episode 1858
Maria and Luis play castaways on an island, when Bob shows up as a new friend.
Maria conductor
First, Next, Last Concerto
Episode 1899
Maria, dressed as conductor Hubert von Carryoff, instructs David, Luis and Gordon in a performance of "Concerto for Cigar Box, Washtub and Jug". David should play first, Luis should play next, and Gordon should play last.
Signing the Alphabet
Episode 1930
Two Lindas (one with a more playful attitude) recite the alphabet using sign language.
Q - Quilt
Episode 1952
Maria and Linda sew quilts with a Q on them.
Same and Different
Episode 2140
Maria and Linda dress the same, then Linda dresses differently.
Hot and Cold
Episode 2159
Maria is dressed for summer weather, while Linda is dressed for the snow. They switch clothes and scenarios.
The Heartstrongs
Episode 2163
The cast stars in a two-part soap opera spoof about a missing shoelace.
Boxing Gloves
Episode 2234
David the champion is ready for the match, but assistant Luis gives him the wrong match for his boxing glove. Once the right one is placed, he and Gordon face off in a game of marbles.
"Mary Had a Little Lamb"
Episode 2283
David sings "Mary Had a Little Lamb" while Linda signs it.
Rock Music School
Episode 2365
In Rock Music School, Olivia and several Anything Muppets show different ways of singing the word "baby."
The Great Addini
Episode 2376
The Great Addini (Maria) performs her famous bottle-balancing trick with her assistant Bill (David), who is doubtful the stunt will work.
Episode 2490
Gordon and the word "wand."
Episode 2491
Luis and Linda assemble the word COLD, and it snows.
Rain Talk
Episode 2504
Gordon preaches the importance of rain as it starts to do so in his office.
Sign language: WALK
Episode 2572
Linda signs the word "walk" as a boy reads it.
Lifting a Barbell
Episode 2595
Gordon acts out Maria's 13 Step Method of Lifting a Heavy Barbell.
Sign language: CLOSED
Episode 2610
Linda signs the word "closed" as a girl reads it.
Bottle Game
Episode 2727
Carnival barker Mike runs a ball-throwing booth. Maria and Travis decide to try winning a prize by knocking down all the bottles. She tries twice, and knocks some of them down, then she lets Travis try his luck. He not only knocks all the bottles down, but the stand as well! For a prize, he wants the ball, which he obtains by way of reverse footage.
Sign language: EXIT
Episode 2751
Linda signs the word "exit" as a girl reads it.
Episode 2908
Big Bird winds up Linda, who displays the word TOY.
A Word From Your Local Chicken
Episode 2909
"A word from your local chicken" - A nerdy Gordon interprets a chicken's words.
I Have a D!
Episode 2995
Gordon displays his lowercase letter D and states D-words as a downpour leaves him drenched.
The Add'ems Family
Episode 3391
Gordon, Susan, Carlo, Bob, Maria, Luis and Gabi star in a faux-sitcom about a family who loves to add.
Sign language: FRIEND
Episode 3927
Linda shows a girl how to sign the word "friend".
Sign language: DANCE
Episode 3945
Linda shows a girl how to sign the word "dance".
Sign language: SING
Episode 3947
Linda shows a boy how to sign the word "sing".
Sign language: IMAGINE
Episode 3947
Linda shows a boy how to sign the word "imagine".
The Dr. Feel Show
Episode 4073
Bob appears on the Dr. Feel show as Dr. Feel tries to figure out how Bob feels.
The Great Grover
Episode 4141
Chris serves as Grover's assistant for his magic act.
Episode 4150
Gina demonstrates what it's like when it gets windy.


Picture Title / EKA Description
"One of These Things" (Party)
Episode 0513
Maria invites gorillas to her fancy dinner party, and notices that Bob comes with them. She takes the opportunity to use them to play "One of These Things", and points out that Bob doesn't belong because he doesn't have an invitation. Bob is thrown out, and Maria and the gorillas dine on a dinner of bananas.
"One of These Things" (Spies)
Episode 0592
Bob and Maria are spies who meet under a street lamp, and sing "One of These Things."
"Three Whipped Cream Pies on the Wall"
Episode 0666
Maria sings "Three Whipped Cream Pies on the Wall" (which she eventually gets pelted with).
"Knee, Shoulder, Ankle Song"
Episode 0711
David, Maria, Luis and Bob, dressed as scarecrows, sing a song about the knee, the ankle, and the shoulder.
"Gimme Five"
Episode 1137
Gordon, Bob, David and Luis, as the Lovers of Five, sing an ode to the number 5.
Mass Communication
Episode 1401
Susan, Maria and Olivia musically count to 10 as Linda signs each number.
"Tying Your Shoelace"
Episode 1574
"Dandy David" sings about tying shoelaces, as Herry watches.
"Don't Walk"
Episode 1952
Olivia, Susan and Maria sing a disco song about the "Don't Walk" sign.
"You Say Hola and I Say Hola"
Episode 2062
Luis and Maria sing about saying "hola."
"Rainy Day Madrigal"
Episode 2073
Bob, Olivia, and David sing a song about the rain...outside, on a rainy day.
"The Curious Cantata"
Episode 2238
Live at Sesame Hall, Bob, Maria, and Luis sing "The Curious Cantata" about a bird who asks a lot of questions, played by the ever-curious Big Bird.
"One, Two, Three Round"
Episode 2312
Bob, Susan and Luis perform a round about counting to 3.
"Sing Your Synonyms"
Episode 2331
In a museum, Luis and Maria learn about synonyms from the pieces (played by Gordon, Susan, Bob, Telly and Elmo).
"The Word is No"
Episode 2548
Maria, Gina and friends sing about the word "NO."
"Can't Say the Alphabet Enough"
Episode 4154
In a 1960's throwback number, Gabi sings about how she loves her alphabet, backed up by Maria and Gina.

See also