Sneak Peek Previews was a Sesame Street segment in which Oscar the Grouch and Telly Monster sat in a movie theater and reviewed films. Telly gave the films a number of "wows" (or "yays") while Oscar gave them "phooeys" and vice versa. Telly would usually end up sitting in a broken chair, causing him to spill his popcorn all over the place.

Originally, the films up for review were existing live action or animation inserts. Starting in season 20, the segments instead featured original pieces starring various Anything Muppets spoofing notable films.

The segment was inspired by the television show Sneak Previews hosted by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. On that show, Siskel and Ebert reviewed movies and gave them "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" ratings.

The format of these sketches was used in the video Sing Yourself Sillier at the Movies, as well as some compilation screenings shown during the "Sesame Street: The First Generation" exhibition in 1989.


Picture Segment / EKA Description
Steel Drum
(First: Episode 1919)
Telly and Oscar watch a film about the making of a steel drum.
Five Dancers
(First: Episode 1948)
Oscar and Telly review the musical film, "Subtraction Five Dancers." The show is bookended by scenes with Luis and a Grouch in the Fix-It Shop.
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Song of Ten
(First: Episode 1963)
Ernie and Bert watch "Sneak Peek Previews," where Oscar and Telly review the "Song of Ten." After the review, Ernie, inspired by the baker from the skit, holds ten cakes, which are glued together. Oscar and Telly then give their opinions on Ernie's prank.
Ostrich Ballet
(First: Episode 1964)
Oscar and Telly watch a film clip of ostriches set to ballet music. The bookends are Olivia and Maria watching Slimey watch the show on his tiny TV.
(First: Episode 2469)
Telly and Oscar have a dispute over who will be first and last to take their seats. After screening a cartoon about drawing a face, they argue some more over who will be the first and last to leave. Telly ends up falling and spilling his popcorn, allowing Oscar to have the last laugh.
Some, More, Most
(First: Episode 2575)
Telly and Oscar watch a cartoon about three guys with various lengths of hair. Back in the theatre, Oscar demonstrates the same concept with Telly's bucket of popcorn.
The Last Emperor
(First: Episode 2607)
The duo watches The Last Emperor, where monster emperors show first and last.
The Seventh Seal
(First: Episode 2701)
A hooded figure waits on a deserted beach for the seventh seal, his pet.
Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down
(First: Episode 2791)
Special guests Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel appear to demonstrate their rating system to Oscar and Telly.
Fiddler on the Roof
(First: Episode 3393)
Oscar and Telly watch an all Grouch interpretation of Fiddler on the Roof.
The Big Pig Film
Season 19[1]
Season 20[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 personal communication between Sesame Workshop and Scott Hanson

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