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July 11, 2010 / milesandhisfavorites

Sesame Celebration: First Of Many Firsts

To reboot the whole blog miniseries idea, I’m making a new Muppet-themed entry series about that classic kids show Sesame Street.  And what better way to start than the first episode?  Let’s begin the walk down the world’s most beloved street.

The first episode of Sesame Street premiered on November 10, 1969, and was sponsored by the letters W, S and E, and the numbers 2 and 3.  Naturally, it began with an introduction to the people on Sesame Street, being introduced to a little girl named Sally by an early version of Gordon, this one with an afro.

Sally and Gordon Meet Susan

Now, Gordon is a science teacher, which means that he can represent an answer to a preschooler’s curiosity (for instance, an episode of the Slimey To The Moon story arc).  He can take Sally on a tour of Sesame Street due to a cancelled faculty meeting at the school where he teaches.  School has been an important feature in Sesame Street, with many school sketches, such as Roosevelt Franklin.  Several high school graduations have been featured in Sesame Street episodes as well, such as Gina, and the two famed kids Gabi and Miles (!).

The episode continues with meeting Big Bird-a work in progress, compared to the modern version.  He has a tiny head and bears more resemblance to Jim Henson’s original design than what we know and love today.  Then, we hear singing coming from the basement apartment on 123 Sesame Street, which can only mean-

Ernie’s taking a bath!  Did you know that he calls his bathtub Rosie?  That’s because when he gets out, he leaves a ring around Rosie!  Then Bert tells him to get out.  Other people are waiting to use the tub-Solomon Grundy, for instance.  A cartoon then comes around about (who else?) Solomon Grundy, who washes a different part of the left side of his body every day, but at the end of the week, he’s still half dirty!  Poor Solomon Grundy!

You may notice a recurring theme in this episode-hygiene.  Well, one of the sponsors is the letter W, for wash.  Along with wash, there is a cartoon about “Wanda the Witch”, followed by a celebrity segment about how she’s weird.  Another theme is 3, and Jim Henson himself, as well as his son, Brian, make cameos in the Three Song.  If you ask me, Sesame Street has changed overtime, and always will.

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