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While Sesame Street often featured live-action footage, it was typically interwoven with the Muppet and animated segments. Several early segments took characters into the streets of New York City, such as some Sesame Street News Flash segments, and other sequences shot in Central Park and City Island.

A deliberate attempt to film material out on location was made for the show's 10th anniversary season.[1] Segments took the cast and Muppets (particularly Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Mr. Snuffleupagus, and Barkley) to well known locations such as Chinatown, Lincoln Center, and Central Park.

Filming on location often coincided with a multi-episode story arc in which the cast would travel to a new location such as Hawaii or Puerto Rico. see #Episodes

Shooting on location offered the crew the opportunity to film outdoors in natural light, but several segments produced outside of the studio were also located indoors. Examples include a trip to the Museum of Modern Art, two different series shot in day care centers, and direct-to-video releases taped at a supermarket and one in a hospital.

In season 38, a segment called "What's the Word on the Street?" was the first to use Murray Monster out in the public. He soon become the host of the show, appearing in bumpers between segments, all set in New York City. Murray was deliberately kept off the main street set, according to Joey Mazzarino:

I kinda keep Murray like, who's the guy on Fraggle Rock? Uncle Traveling Matt. Because I feel like he goes out into the real world, and when we put him onto the street, there's just a million characters who can service this.[2]

This guide excludes film inserts shot on location unless they feature the Muppets or regular human cast.

Sketches

Picture Title / First Appearance Description
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Slow motion Big Bird
Episode 0358
Kids narrate a film in which footage is slowed down and sped up. Sequences include kids on a playground, riding a roller coaster, and Big Bird jumping around and being chased in the park.
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Kermit asks Julia about animal sounds
Episode 0536
Kermit interviews Julia, a little girl, about the sounds animals make. When he asks her what sound a frog makes, she replies "Wiggit! Wiggit!" which doesn't amuse Kermit.
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Kermit asks a man about loud and soft
Episode 0546
Kermit asks a man on the street if he can help demonstrate the difference between loud and soft.
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Meet at the bridge
Episode 0567
Maria and David look for each other in the park, but have trouble finding one another. The concepts of above and below are demonstrated.
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Gordon Bicycling
Episode 0927
Gordon rides his bike around the city.
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Oscar Adams
Episode 0932
At City Island, Maria and Bob ask Oscar to take their photo. He tells them to step back further and further until they fall off the dock.
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"Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow"
Episode 0971
Judy Collins and the kids sing "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" at City Island.
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Kermit the Hermit
Episode 0974
Bob plays an explorer named Faversham Svedwick who spends twenty years searching all over the globe for Kermit the Hermit, the Wisest Man in the World. When he finds him, he challenges him to a game of tag.
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"Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday"
Episode 0982
Bob and the kids sing "Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday".
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"The Sun Shines"
Episode 0993
Judy Collins and the cast sing "The Sun Shines" at City Island.
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"Everything Grows"
Episode 0998
Olivia sings "Everything Grows" at the Bronx Zoo.
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"Water Cantata"
Episode 1000
Judy Collins and the cast sing about water at City Island.
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Kermit interviews John-John
Episode 1016
Kermit interviews John-John, asking him to make dog and cat sounds, and making them louder.
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Classroom
Episode 1068
Gordon hangs out in a classroom. He joins the kids and the teacher as they play with an elastic rope and get into different shapes.
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"Bicycling"
Episode 1186
In Central Park, the adults ride bikes while the song "Bicycling" plays.
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The Itinerant Grouch
Episode 1188
Bob is surprised to find Oscar holding a Grouchketeer meeting in Chinatown in an effort to spread grouchiness around the city.
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"Vamos a Tomar"
Episode 1192
Maria strolls through a Hispanic neighborhood of New York City singing "Vamos a Tomar el Fresco."
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Oscar Buys Pizza
Episode 1194
In the rain, Maria goes to get some pizza. Oscar asks her to get him a slice and describes the various toppings he wants. Maria suddenly loses her appetite.
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"Alegria"
Episode 1196
Luis and a street band perform "Alegria."
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"Las Altenitas"
Episode 1196
Luis and a band play "Las Alteñitas" in a city park, as kids come over and dance.
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Pick Up the Wrapper
Episode 1197
Bob finds a Liver and Onion candy bar wrapper dropped on the ground by Oscar, who denies seeing it. Bob picks it up and puts it to Oscar's face until he admits it's his. Bob explains it's not right to throw trash on the ground and he should pick it up, though Oscar is quick to point out Bob's already done that for him.
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Big Bird Plays Red Light
Episode 1198
Big Bird plays Red Light/Green Light with the Kids in front of Engine Company 74.
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Walk/Don't Walk
Episode 1200
Out on the streets of New York City, Big Bird makes sure the kids understand the meaning of the "Walk" and "Don't Walk" signs.
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The Corner Newsstand
Episode 1204
Gordon happens by a newsstand run by Oscar the Grouch (filling in for Sid Sourpuss). The newsstand carries various Grouch reading materials, so Oscar sells Gordon with a magazine with absolutely no grouchy words in it at all - the pages are all blank.
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Band Shell
Episode 1221
Maria accompanies Big Bird to a bandshell in Central Park, where Big Bird wants to get good seats for an upcoming concert. After spending much time figuring out whether to sit near or far from the stage, he finally settles on a spot in the middle of the area...only the concert isn't starting until 8 o'clock the next evening.
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Trash Wagon
Episode 1226
On the streets of New York City, Luis explains to the kids how a garbage truck collects and disposes of trash. He's surprised to see the truck is operated by Oscar, whose rented the truck from "Grouch Rent-a-Heap." Oscar doesn't intend on taking the load to any city dump, but rather to his trash can back on Sesame Street.
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"Street Fever"
Episode 1230
David sings "Street Fever" as he finds rhythms in doing ordinary tasks, such as sweeping and hammering, around the city.
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Bird's Nose
Episode 1246
Big Bird talks about noses and beaks, and what his beak can do. He tells Olivia, "I'm awful sorry about your nose."
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"Jogging"
Episode 1254
The cast, followed by Oscar in his trash can, jog in Central Park.
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Big Bird's Safety Talk
Episode 1256
Big Bird walks down the street, describing the difference between the actual street and sidewalks.
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Memory Trick
Episode 1260
Olivia finds Big Bird repeating "G, G, G" to himself. He explains it's a memory trick to help remember a letter he received from his cousin Esmeralda regarding her 14 newly-hatched eggs - his immediate response was, "Gee!"
This is a remake of a scene from Episode 0539, which was a remake of a scene from Episode 0027.
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Chinatown Dragon
Episode 1261
Big Bird and Bob walk around Chinatown, where Big Bird expresses his fear the many dragons they have around. Bob explains the dragons are just puppets they use for celebrations. Just then, a dragon puppet pops out from a staircase, startling Bob. Big Bird comforts him, telling him it's only a puppet.
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"Oscar's Bill of Gripes"
Episode 1262
Oscar holds a rally outside Central Park (by the USS Maine National Monument) to bring awareness of the Grouches' Bill of Rights, but more commonly referred to as the "Bill of Gripes." He sings about the various things the document protects a Grouch's right to do, such as the right to be miserable all the time or play their broken trumpet at night. His audience, consisting of people and Grouches (along with Gordon and Willy), eventually abandon the cause and leave.
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Finding the Balloons
Episode 1264
In the park, Maria and some kids play with Barkley, telling him whether he's near or far some balloons they've hidden.
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Driving in the city
Episode 1265
On the streets of New York City, Gordon drives Susan to an apartment, where she will be tending to somebody sick.
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Impromptu Concert
Episode 1266
While reading the paper outside the Lincoln Center (near Henry Moore's Reclining Figure), Bob's attention shifts to three musicians. They play the recorder, bassoon, and guitar as Bob vocalizes from their sheet music.
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Hide-and-Seek
Episode 1267
Barkley joins Maria and the kids for a game of hide-and-seek in a New York City park. He's not very good at hiding while Maria counts, so she makes him "it" while she and the others hide. They find Barkley isn't very good seeking either.
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Litter Basket
Episode 1269
While strolling through Central Park, Gordon accidentally lets his sandwich wrapper fall to the ground instead of the litter basket. Oscar emerges from within and explains the importance of not littering, especially because of a deal he made with the local Parks Department - any trash in the can belongs to him. Gordon, Maria and the kids collect more litter for Oscar, who feels as though he's in Heaven.
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Giant Steps
Episode 1276
Luis plays "Giant Steps" with the kids in the park. Oscar can't tolerate hearing them say "May I?" over and over and starts up his own game of "Grouch Steps." Luis and the kids take several steps backwards away from Oscar's can, giving him enough space to be left alone.
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No Standing
Episode 1277
Big Bird waits at a bus stop in the city (with Jon Stone as a bystander). Big Bird sees "No Standing" on the sign and assumes that means he can't stand still. He walks around, then dances (singing "Hava Nagila") before sitting down on the curb. Gordon pulls up in his car and clarifies that "No Standing" means no cars can be parked there. The bus pulls up and honks at Gordon to move.
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Laundry - Handkerchief
Episode 1277
In the city, Big Bird comes across a laundry. He confirms with the owner than any handkerchief can be washed and ironed for just thirty cents. Big Bird presents him with Mr. Snuffleupagus' giant, monogrammed handkerchief.
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"Six of One"
Episode 1278
While shopping in the city, Gordon and Susan sing "Six of One."
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Big Bird calls Snuffy
Episode 1291
Big Bird telephones Mr. Snuffleupagus from Chinatown and describes a dragon puppet right next to him. Snuffy chuckles at the idea and compliments Big Bird's imagination. "Et tu, Snuffy?," he moans.
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"Man's Best Friend"
Episode 1294
Gordon sings "Man's Best Friend," musing about why dogs (like Barkley) are considered as such.
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Big Bird's Lunch
Episode 1296
In a New York City park, Big Bird sits down on a bench with some birdseed lunch. Luis, Bob and Susan pass by and he invites them to have lunch with him, but they all decline for one reason or another. Big Bird then spills his birdseed by accident and is delighted when it attracts a flock of pigeons he can converse with.
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Baseball
Episode 1298
The cast plays baseball with the kids out in the park. Maria invites Oscar to join them, but he claims he has a Grouch game scheduled and heads for the outfield. Bob hits a long-fly ball that lands in Oscar's trash can, which Oscar will return after he and his Grouch pals finish their game inside.
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Dropping Off Gordon
Episode 1298
Susan drops Gordon off at the school where he teaches.
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Dog Day Afternoon
Episode 1301
Olivia and the kids spend an afternoon with Barkley in the park. By the end of it all, he's much too tired to return to Sesame Street. They situate him in the backseat of a Hansom cab as they follow along.
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Big Bird Horseback Riding
Episode 1304
Maria and Luis watch Big Bird ride a horse on the carousel in Central Park.
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Mirror
Episode 1304
Susan and the kids mirror each other's actions.
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Hopscotch
Episode 1307
The kids play hopscotch on the streets of New York City.
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"Picture of You"
Episode 1308
Olivia sings "Picture of You" as she photographs the kids.
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"Win or Lose"
Episode 1308
Olivia and David join the kids in a jog while Olivia sings "Win or Lose".
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O'Leary
Episode 1311
In a New York City Park, the kids play O'Leary.
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Lincoln Center Fountain
Episode 1311
Big Bird drags Bob, Gordon, Susan and Maria to the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center to finally meet Mr. Snuffleupagus, who comes to hear the opera rehearsals every day. However, once he arrives, he becomes blocked by the fountain in the plaza square.
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Filling the Air with Love
Episode 1312
Maria and Olivia visit the bandshell at Lincoln Center, where Olivia admits she likes to imagine being a singer on that very stage. She envisions herself as a famous performer, singing "Filling the Air with Love."
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Hit the Penny
Episode 1312
Out in the plaza of Lincoln Center, Susan and the kids play "Hit the Penny." Big Bird happens upon the game and claims he and Mr. Snuffleupagus play it all the time. However, he misses every shot. He darts off and returns with the penny he and Snuffy usually play with, which is about five-feet big.
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Frankie Four Eyes
Episode 1313
Maria joins the kids' stickball game in the park. Up at bat is a Muppet boy named Frankie, who's afraid of wearing his glasses because the other kids make fun of him. She shows him how important glasses can be and wearing them improves his swing.
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Barkley's Frisbee Dream
Episode 1503
Barkley has a dream where he's sleeping in a field when he hears some kids calling for him to play frisbee with them. One of the kids throws it high up into the air, and in slow motion, Barkley chases it and catches it in mid-air. He feels so happy as the kids play with him in the grass.
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Jump Rope
Episode 1537
Susan and Gordon jump rope with the kids.
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David disco skates
Episode 1559
David struggles to roller-skate down Sesame Street. Big Bird helps him to Hooper's Store and reminds him that "practice makes perfect." David imagines being a great skater: in his fantasy, he roller-skates through Central Park with ease. Back in reality, David skates on his own and falls down, but he doesn't mind.
Music: "What Makes Music?"
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"Without People"
Episode 1570
In a school playground, Big Bird wanders around by himself singing about all the things you can't do without people: singing songs, swinging on swings, and other kinds of special things you can only do with people. At the end of the song, the classroom bell rings and dozens of children rush out to greet Big Bird.
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Gordon jogs
Episode 1727
Gordon goes through a stretching routine in the arbor during the early morning and explains to the camera that he like so get up this early because there's very little traffic and it's a pretty time of the day. He invites the viewer along for a jog, which is set to a spoof of the Chariots of Fire music, and consists of a montage of Gordon running through the city.
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Twister
Episode 1846
Susan and some kids play "Twister" in the park as David sings "Name That Game".
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Barkley and kids in the park
Episode 1855
In the park, Barkley watches some kids line up to demonstrate first and last.
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Barkley looks for Snuffy at the park
Episode 1873
Mr. Snuffleupagus walks in Central Park, being followed by Barkley, who follows his scent.
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"Hand Talk"
Episode 2622
A song about gesticulation. Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Oscar all make appearances in the song.
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"Dancin' Shoes"
Episode 2949
Elmo, Ernie, Bert, and Count von Count dance along with the kids on location.
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"A New Way to Walk"
Episode 3233
The Oinker Sisters sing "A New Way to Walk" in the park, intercut with shots of many celebrities dancing.

Episodes

Episodes where the street stories include scenes shot on location.

Recurring segments

Movies and specials

Sources

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