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Sesame Street Old School Outlines


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Number 236 features Big Bird, Oscar, Biff, the Count, Sherlock Hemlock, Maria, Luis, David, and Mr. Hooper! Plus, Ernie drinks an imaginary glass of water, Guy Smiley hosts "The Trading Game," and the Anything Muppet women sing an empowering song.

Sesame Street Old School Outline 236

Season 7: The missing grocery list/Biff and Maria’s carpentry contest

Sponsors: B, I, 4

Scene 1: Sherlock Hemlock visits Hooper’s Store for a snack, but David and Mr. Hooper are looking for a missing grocery list. Sherlock finds a blank piece of paper, but David reminds him that the list has words on it. Then Sherlock sees the menu, but Mr. Hooper says the words are small. Then Sherlock points out the newspapers on the newsstand, and both adults think all hope is lost. Finally, Mr. Hooper walks out from behind the counter and David notices that the shopping list is stuck to Mr. Hooper’s shoe. Sherlock Hemlock takes credit for solving the mystery and proudly leaves…without placing his order.

Muppets: Cookie Monster presents the word “FOOD” and eats the letters

Cartoon: Imagination Circles (string animation)

Film: Cold things that begin with I

Muppets: Ernie doesn’t feel special, but Bert shows him that he has special hair, a special nose, and special fingers. Then Ernie points out those traits in the viewer.

Film: The Mad Painter #4

Scene 2: Big Bird and the Count watch the kids make a block tower. The Count counts the blocks as the kids add them to the tower.

Cartoon: Jack and the B-Stalk

Cartoon: B is for Bear, Bicycle, Bump, Branch, and Bees

Muppets: The Count hires Ernie to answer his phone for him

Cast: Maria and David prepare for a ping-pong match, but David doesn’t have the right equipment

Cartoon: B is for Butterfly (speech balloon)

Film: Animal life along the river

Muppets: An Anything Muppet boy watches as a circle around him grows and shrinks

Film: A kid marching band forms a circle

Scene 3: Mr. Hooper, Luis, and Maria overhear farm animal noises from Oscar’s trashcan. They ask the kids to identify each sound (a cow and some chickens). Then they hear Oscar chasing one of his pigs, sending mud and hay all over the place! Mr. Hooper: “Oscar, are you all right?” Oscar: “All right? Who cares? That was the most fun I’ve had in years!”

Muppets: The City Mouse and the Country Mouse (part 1)

Cartoon: I is for Impolite (voices by Gary Owens)

Muppets: The City Mouse and the Country Mouse (part 2)

Cartoon/Song: “Letter I (Beep Beep)”

Cartoon: A circle becomes a clock, balloon, sun, etc.

Muppets: Waiter Grover serves alphabet soup to Mr. Johnson, but several letters are missing. By the time Grover brings in the missing letters, the soup is cold.

Film: Future careers – footage of kids acting out certain jobs, followed by adults with those jobs

Scene 4: Biff makes an offhand comment to Maria, which upsets her. He doesn’t think that her carpentry skills are as good as his. Maria challenges him to a woodworking contest, claiming that her prior experience as a construction worker will help her.

Film: Building a log cabin

Muppets: A group of female Anything Muppets sings, “Women Can Be”

Cartoon: A boy uses a baseball bat to knock several “B” items off a wall (including a basket, a ball, and a bandit)

Muppets: At night, Ernie feels thirsty so he imagines drinking a glass of water. An annoyed Bert tells him to go get a real glass of water. Afterwards, Ernie becomes hungry so he noisily imagines eating a sandwich...and keeps Bert awake.

Scene 5: Luis, David, and Big Bird judge Maria and Biff’s handiwork. While hammering a nail, Biff hits his thumb but Maria deftly completes the task.

Cartoon: A boy and a dog fight over a capital letter I

Cartoon: 30 dots (a square appears)

Scene 6: Maria and Biff show their birdhouses to the judges. Biff has a well-crafted birdhouse, but it falls apart when he slaps the roof out of pride. Biff is forced to concede, and Big Bird asks to keep Maria’s birdhouse for his cousin Woody.

Cartoon: Country Fiddler – Four Big Lions (by Bud Luckey)

Cartoon: Jazz Spies #4

Film: Several people help a man when his car gets stuck in the mud

Muppets: Guy Smiley hosts “The Trading Game” with Sally Screamer and Oscar the Grouch as his contestants

Film: Finding round things in a store window (David provides voiceover)

Cartoon: Sand I/i

Muppets: Super Grover tries to break up a fight between two boys

Cartoon: Three little men climb up three flower stems

Scene 7: Biff sulks over his failure. Maria says that just because he lost the contest, it doesn’t mean that he’s bad at carpentry. She compliments Biff’s skills in order to cheer him up, and offers to go bowling with him. Biff thinks she’ll win, but Maria reveals that she has never gone bowling before and wants to learn from him. Biff happily agrees, and they leave together as David announces the sponsors. SS sign still: David. CTW sign still: Luis and Maria.

Northern Calloway as David
Emilio Delgado as Luis
Will Lee as Mr. Hooper
Sonia Manzano as Maria
Caroll Spinney as Big Bird and Oscar

Frank Oz as Bert, Cookie Monster, Grover, AMs
Jerry Nelson as Biff, Sherlock Hemlock, the Count, Mr. Johnson, AMs
Jim Henson as Ernie, Guy Smiley, AMs


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Most of you know that I've been a regular on this forum since 2012. Starting on Monday, I am taking an extended break from Muppet Central Forum. I don't know when I'll be back, but I will return eventually. I may stop by occasionally to post more Sesame Street Old School Outlines, but even those are getting stale for me. So I need to hit the refresh button, especially after three hectic months of teaching during the pandemic.

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One last outline before my extended break begins! Number 237 features Big Bird, Snuffy, Oscar, SAM the Robot, Bob, Susan, Gordon, and the recurring teenage human cast member Jay Tucker! Plus, Cookie and Herry sing about the letter M, Ernie fixes Beautiful Day Monster's ukulele, and Simon Soundman plays a guessing game with the viewer.

I will return sometime in the future with more outlines, but in the meantime feel free to scroll through the previous ones. Thank you to everyone who has read them over the years, and I hope to see you again soon.


Sesame Street Old School Outline 237

Season 5: Snuffy is afraid of mice/Big Bird’s poem

Sponsors: F, M, 10

Scene 1: Bob sings, “The Word Family Song” with the words cap, map, tap, and nap. At the end, he pretends to fall asleep.

Cartoon: Francis Fairy names several F words

Cartoon: Two heads think of F words

Muppets: Ernie and Bert have a fight over their noisy appliances, and blow a fuse

Film/Song: Henson #10

Scene 2: Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus read a book about animals. They look at a jaguar, a kangaroo, a lion, and a mouse. Snuffy jumps up and down in fear over the mouse, causing the street to shake. Big Bird tries to comfort him by saying it’s only a picture, but Snuffy goes home just as Gordon and Susan arrive to ask Big Bird what the commotion was all about.

Cartoon: A mouse takes a bite of a good-smelling M (animation by Cliff Roberts)

Cartoon: Flying M in space

Muppets/Song: Cookie Monster and Herry Monster sing, “M-M-Monster Meal”

Film: A mandrill

Muppets: Simon Soundman’s guessing game

Scene 3: Bob and Jay head to the park with a baseball and two mitts to play catch. SAM the Robot asks them what they’re doing with those items. Jay explains how to play catch, and SAM wants to learn. Bob gives SAM some short underhanded throws to catch, but SAM doesn’t catch any of them. Then Bob decides to switch roles with SAM, who fires the ball out of his arm like a cannon, causing Bob to crash off-screen. SAM: “So Jay...was that good?” Jay: “Well SAM...let’s just say that the Yankees could really use you!”

Cartoon: Three heads cooperate to see over a tall fence

Cartoon: F is for Flower

Film: Shopping for soup ingredients

Cartoon: F is for Frog and Fly

Cartoon: A cloud blows things with an F-F-F-F sound

Muppets: Grover and Herbert Birdsfoot give a lecture about the “OP” sound

Scene 4: Oscar asks Bob to help him explain the difference between up and down, using an arrow next to his trashcan. Once the task is complete, Oscar asks Bob to hold the arrow downward. Then Oscar ducks into his can and pulls a string, which dumps a box of confetti DOWN on Bob’s head.

Cartoon: A boy drags his sister up and down the stairs

Film: A man walks up the stairs while bouncing a ball. He drops the ball, which bounces down the stairs.

Muppets: Ernie plays the drums while Bert goes out. When Bert knocks on the door to be let in, Ernie imitates his knocking rhythms on the drums, which infuriates Bert.

Film: The Mad Painter #10

Scene 5: Susan, Gordon, and the kids talk about things that they are proud of.

Muppets/Song: Little Jerry and the Monotones perform, “Proud.”

Film: A gymnast demonstrates up and down

Cartoon: M is for Mailbox (speech balloon)

Cartoon: M is for Moo and Milk (music by Larry Rosen & Charles Myers)

Scene 6: Big Bird reads a poem to Susan, Gordon, Jay, and the kids. The poem is called, “I Can.”
I have written this poem to let you know
There are many things I can do all by myself.
I can ride my unicycle to and fro.
I can reach a book high on the shelf!
I can dribble and catch a basketball.
I can say my ABCs.
Whenever I need anything at all,
I can always say thank you and please!
I can bark like a dog and hoot like an owl,
I can count from one to twenty,
And when my tummy starts to growl,
I can feed myself with birdseed a-plenty!
But there’s one last thing that I can do
When I’m sitting in my nest alone…
I take out a pencil, think it through,
And I write out a pretty poem!

Film” Six children go down a slide

Muppets: Ernie, Beautiful Day Monster, and the ukulele (part 1)

Cartoon/Song: Ten Tiny Turtles (by Bud Luckey)

Muppets: Ernie, Beautiful Day Monster, and the ukulele (part 2)

Film: Footage of people and things going DOWN

Cartoon: A boy carries balloons that take him UP into the sky

Cartoon: A man pushes a lazy UP

Film: Footage of pigs

Scene 7: Snuffy returns to Big Bird’s nest to keep reading the book. His mommy helped him get over his fear of mice. When Big Bird resumes with the newt, Snuffy gets scared all over again. Snuffy’s jumping rattles the street, and Big Bird tries to calm him down. Gordon announces the sponsors. SS sign still: Bob and a kid. CTW sign still: the Count and Mr. Hooper.

Loretta Long as Susan
Bob McGrath as Bob
Hal Miller as Gordon
Jay Tucker as Jay
Caroll Spinney as Big Bird and Oscar

Frank Oz as Bert, Cookie Monster, Grover, Beautiful Day Monster, AMs
Jerry Nelson as Mr. Snuffleupagus, SAM the Robot, Herry Monster, Simon Soundman, Herbert Birdsfoot, Little Jerry, AMs
Jim Henson as Ernie, AMs


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I hope one of these outlines has some of my favorite sketches, like "Cracks," "S for Superman," and "Batman & Robin Cross the Street."


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Number 198 features Oscar, Cookie Monster, Prince Charming, Maria, Luis, and Gordon. Plus, Roosevelt Franklin talks about up and down and Ernie and Bert attempt to share snacks.

Sesame Street Old School Outline 198

Season 7: Oscar’s Spanish dictionary/Prince Charming visits

Sponsors: I, Z, 8

Scene 1: Gordon narrates “before” and “after” as Luis and Maria fix a broken chair in sped-up video footage.

Film: Before and after (a man eats a hot dog)

Cartoon: I is for Ink (angry bird)

Muppets: Grover tries to serve Mr. Johnson bacon and eggs, but the customer can’t decide how many of each item he wants

Film: A boy narrates a film of his family feeding sheep in the winter

Cast: Luis and Linda show “before” and “after” in a spoof of circus acts

Cartoon: I’ve Got a Mind – Ball (Spanish version)

Scene 2: Oscar has learned several grouchy phrases from his Spanish dictionary. He wants to find Maria and Luis so that he can insult them in Spanish, but Gordon tells him that they went to the hardware store and they won’t return for a while.

Cartoon: Jazz Spies #8

Muppets: Ernie and Bert – The Sandbox Game (Bert: “I eight the sandbox!” Ernie: “Really? How did it taste?”)

Film: Before and after (kids wait in line at a movie theater)

Scene 3: Maria and Luis return from the hardware store, upset that the store didn’t have what they were looking for. Oscar repeats his grouchy phrases to them, hoping that they will get even angrier. To his surprise, the adults’ sullen moods turn around completely, and they congratulate him on learning those phrases. Oscar becomes extremely upset, and the adults point out that Oscar “es muy enojado ahora.”

Cartoon: Small, smaller, and smallest creatures (turtle, bird, and flea)

Film: A girl picks vegetables in Mrs. Wilson’s garden

Muppets: Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School – Up and Down Lecture

Cartoon: I is for Iron (speech balloon)

Cartoon/Song: “We All Live in a Capital I”

Film: The Mad Painter #8

Muppets/Song: Two monsters (early versions of Cookie and Herry Monster) sing, “Up and Down”

Scene 4: Maria, Luis, and Gordon spot Prince Charming riding backwards on his horse. The adults explain the difference between front and back so that the Prince can ride his horse properly. Once the problem is solved, the Prince commands his horse to go, and then the horse starts walking away backwards!

Film: A dolphin walks backwards on the water (music by Joe Raposo)

Cartoon: Two alpine climbers hike up a letter Z

Cartoon: Kids narrate a letter Z drawing

Film: “The Ball Goes Up, and the Ball Goes Down” (music by Joe Raposo)

Muppets: Two boys look at an upside-down 8

Cartoon: Flying Z in space

Scene 5: Prince Charming and Gordon help the kids sort crowns by size.

Cartoon/Song: “That’s About the Size of It” (by Bud Luckey)

Film: Before and after (a boy gets a haircut)

Muppets: Ernie and Sherlock Hemlock solve the case of the half-eaten apple

Cartoon: Penny Candy Man #8

Film: Cold things that begin with the letter I

Scene 6: Luis and Maria see Cookie Monster tinkering with a giant contraption that spans the entire length of Sesame Street. Cookie demonstrates a Rube Goldberg-esque device involving strings, wire tracks, marbles, a hammer, an electric fan, a sailboat in a tub of water, a feather duster, a watering can, a houseplant, a bowling ball, a hand bell, a battery circuit, a light bulb, a coil spring, a wind-up mouse, a toy car, and a box of cookies. Ultimately, the cookies fall onto a plate, just as Cookie Monster intended: “All that hard work made me hungry! Time to eat!”

Cartoon: The King of Eight (stop-motion animation by Jim Henson)

Muppets: Ernie and Bert share pizza and grape juice

Muppet/Kid Moment: Herry Monster and John-John talk about up and down

Cartoon: A man explains the difference between up and down

Film: A bumblebee

Cartoon: Z is for Zebra and Zoo

Scene 7: The kids play tag in the arbor area as Oscar announces the sponsors. Maria announces them in Spanish afterwards. CTW sign still: Big Bird. SS sign still: Bob.

Linda Bove as Linda
Emilio Delgado as Luis
Sonia Manzano as Maria
Roscoe Orman as Gordon
Caroll Spinney as Oscar

Frank Oz as Cookie Monster, Bert, Grover, Prince Charming, AMs
Jerry Nelson as Sherlock Hemlock, Herry Monster, Mr. Johnson, AMs
Matt Robinson as Roosevelt Franklin (voice only)
Jim Henson as Ernie, AMs
I think for some of the 'before' and 'after' films you mention here (hot dog, haircut, movie theater), the concept w actually 'beginning' and 'end,' IIRC.


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I'M BACK!!! I spent three months away from the forum...but while I was away, I continued to write more SS Old School Outlines. After adding twelve outlines, I'm now up to 250 in total.
Number 238 features Big Bird, Oscar, Sherlock Hemlock, the Count, SAM the Robot, Luis, and David. Plus, Grover tries to fix Kermit's plumbing, Ernie gives Bert a physical, and Prairie Dawn presents a pageant about the four seasons.

Sesame Street Old School Outline 238

Season 10: David and Sherlock follow a trail of crumbs/The Count annoys Oscar

Sponsors: B, D, 2

Insert: Gordon and Olivia sing, “Quiet Is”

Cartoon: Two men talk about the letter D

Muppets: Biff hangs up numbers under Salvador Dada’s paintings

Cartoon: Miss Fortune makes guesses about a dog

Film: Working on a lobster fishing boat

Muppets: Prairie Dawn’s four seasons pageant (featuring Ernie, Bert, Herry Monster, Cookie Monster and Grover)

Cartoon: Typewriter Guy - D is for Daisy

Cartoon: Sand D/d

Film/Song: Henson #2

Scene 1: David tries to figure out who has left a trail of crumbs from Hooper’s Store. Sherlock Hemlock arrives to help solve the mystery. The culprit is not Big Bird as they both assumed, but rather Luis who brought a paper bag of bread crumbs and seeds to the Bird as an afternoon treat. Sherlock concludes that the bag must have had a hole in it. Luis opens the bag and discovers that everything has leaked out...so they all follow the trail back to Hooper’s to get more food.

Cartoon: Small letter b (for baseball and bat)

Cartoon: Country Fiddler - Toucan Two-Step (by Bud Luckey)

Muppets: Sesame Street News Flash - Kermit interviews a princess who is looking for a suitor. None of the suitors fit her description...but Kermit does! She kisses him and turns into a frog!

Film: Two men have a picnic and go out for a boat ride, but a dog starts eating their food while they’re on the water. They cooperate to row back to shore and save one last sandwich to share.

Scene 2: Luis and the kids play a matching game. They identify cutout pictures of Big Bird, Cookie Monster, the Count, and SAM the Robot on a grid and match the pairs side by side.

Cartoon: The Noble Ostrich

Muppets: Ernie gives Bert a physical

Cartoon: A vaudeville act by two SAME people ends when one of them falls off the stage

Scene 3: David plays the same matching game with the kids, but they use different pictures of Ernie and Bert, Oscar the Grouch, Grover, and Sherlock Hemlock.

Cartoon: Same and different visuals

Muppet/Kid Moment: Kermit, Shola, and Fannie talk about giraffes, leading into the next segment…

Film: A herd of giraffes walks through a field

Muppets: Sinister Sam comes to the saloon looking for Big Barney

Film: A kid marching band plays two notes

Cartoon: Jazz Spies #2 (shown in both English and Spanish)

Muppets: Harvey Kneeslapper’s “D” trick

Cartoon: A construction worker gives a tour of a building filled with “D” items

Scene 4: David and SAM the Robot shows big, bigger, and biggest with clocks. After David presents the biggest clock, SAM offers to take it to the movies.

Cartoon: B is for Beard (consonant limerick poem)

Film/Song: B is for Bubble

Muppets: Ernie and Bert watch a movie, but a woman with a tall hat blocks Ernie’s view. After Ernie implements some unsuccessful ideas, Bert tells Ernie to ask the woman to remove her hat. She does so, and unknowingly places it in front of Bert!

Cartoon: Pinball Number Count #2

Cartoon: Big, bigger, and biggest strongmen

Muppets: Grover the plumber comes to Kermit’s house to fix a leak. They figure out whether to use the big, bigger, or biggest wrench. Unfortunately, the repair goes awry and the house floods.

Cartoon/Song: “Daddy Dear”

Cartoon: 30 dots (one dot keeps showing up too early)

Scene 5: The Count greets the viewer and wants to find things to count. He gets an idea and knocks on Oscar’s trash can. Oscar tells him to scram, and disappears into his can. The Count repeats this over and over again, with Oscar getting angrier each time. After the fifth time, Oscar asks why the Count keeps knocking on his can. The Count is counting all the times he knocks on Oscar’s can!

Cartoon: In rhyme, a man lists all the animals who have stolen or ruined his clothing

Film/Song: Doll House #2

Cartoon: B is for Bear, Bicycle, Bump, Branch, and Bees…

Scene 6: The Count has counted 74 knocks on Oscar’s can. Oscar decides to make a break for it so that the Count will stop counting. He closes the lid and runs down the street toward the city dump. But the Count follows in hot pursuit! David announces the sponsors in English, while Luis repeats them in Spanish. SS sign still: Grover. CTW sign still: Bob and Linda.

Northern Calloway as David
Emilio Delgado as Luis
Roscoe Orman as Gordon
Alaina Reed as Olivia
Caroll Spinney as Big Bird and Oscar

Frank Oz as Grover, Bert, Cookie Monster, Harvey Kneeslapper, AMs
Jerry Nelson as the Count, Sherlock Hemlock, SAM the Robot, Herry Monster, Biff, AMs
Fran Brill as Prairie Dawn
Jim Henson as Ernie, Kermit, Sinister Sam, Salvador Dada, AMs