Sesame Street (1969– )

Episode #1.1 

Gordon introduces Sesame Street's residents - both Muppet and human; Cookie Monster disrupts Kermit the Frog's lecture on the letter "W"; and Carol Burnett is the first celebrity guest. ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Carol Burnett ... Herself
James Catusi James Catusi ... Jim
Brian Henson ... Boy with Three Peas
Jim Henson ... Ernie / Sam the Snake / Soldier / Juggler (on-camera) / The Baker / Father (Pumpkin) / Uncle (Fat Blue) / Kermit the Frog (voice)
Will Lee ... Mr. Harold Hooper
Loretta Long Loretta Long ... Susan Robinson / Mother (Purple) - singing
Brandon Maggart ... Buddy
Bob McGrath Bob McGrath ... Bob / Boy (Green) - singing
Frank Oz ... Bert / Cookie Monster / Girl (Reddish-Magenta) / Boy (Green) (voice)
Joe Raposo Joe Raposo ... Singer 'A Little Bit At the Beginning' (DVD version) (voice)
Holly Robinson Peete ... Sally
Matt Robinson Matt Robinson ... Gordon Robinson
Jada Rowland Jada Rowland ... Jennie
Grace Slick ... Singer 'Jazz #2' (voice)
Caroll Spinney ... Big Bird / Oscar the Grouch / Mother (Purple) (voice) (as Carroll Spinney)


Gordon introduces Sesame Street's residents - both Muppet and human; Cookie Monster disrupts Kermit the Frog's lecture on the letter "W"; and Carol Burnett is the first celebrity guest. Also: It's the debut of the song/game "One of These Things (Is Not Like the Other)." Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

10 November 1969 (USA) See more »

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(DVD) | (original)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jim Henson provided the voice of the baker in the "Song of 2/3" segments, as well as all the other number song videos to soon follow. The actor playing him on screen is stuntman Alex Stevens. See more »


During the scene with Ernie in the tub, we can see Jim Henson's arm operating him, as well as Frank Oz's arm (plus his head and black-rimmed glasses) operating Bert. See more »

Alternate Versions

Because of rights issues, the DVD version of this episode was altered from the version originally broadcast. After the Solomon Grundy animation, a film that features a girl washing herself and explaining about things that need washing and cleaning up (Getting Clean with Water) has Western classical music performed by the Swingle Singers on its soundtrack, but the rights to that group's recordings are controlled by the Universal Music Group and could not be secured for the DVD release. In its place, the film with famous Joe Raposo song "Good Things Growin' Better Every Day (A Little Bit at the Beginning)" (also known as "Beginnings") is shown instead after Sally is introduced to Oscar, which is shorter than the film it replaced and, therefore, that version of the episode has a shorter running time. The sketch featuring Gordon and the Anything Muppets ends right before the scene from the original version where they performed "Consider Yourself" from Oliver!. Also, a graphic with a 2006 copyright notice attributed to Sesame Workshop and the ownership of Kermit the Frog and the word "Muppet" attributed to Muppets Holding Company LLC, a wholly owned entity of the Walt Disney Company, is added to the funding segment at the end of the episode. Lastly, the then-current NET ending logo with music by Eric Siday that ended the original broadcast was replaced by the 1971 PBS ending logo. See more »


Featured in Sesame Street Unpaved (1999) See more »


Jazz #2
Written by Denny Zeitlin
Performed by Grace Slick
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