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On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, both human and puppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games and songs.
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Series cast summary:
 Big Bird / ... (254 episodes, 1969-2014)
 Bert / ... (257 episodes, 1969-2014)
 Two-Headed Monster / ... (238 episodes, 1970-2013)
 Ernie / ... (225 episodes, 1969-2005)
 Maria / ... (197 episodes, 1971-2014)
Martin P. Robinson ...
 Telly Monster / ... (189 episodes, 1982-2015)
Bob McGrath ...
 Bob / ... (176 episodes, 1969-2014)
 Elmo / ... (176 episodes, 1982-2014)
 Gordon / ... (173 episodes, 1974-2014)
 Luis / ... (156 episodes, 1971-2014)
 Two-Headed Monster / ... (146 episodes, 1974-1998)
Loretta Long ...
 Susan / ... (128 episodes, 1969-2012)
Fran Brill ...
 Prairie Dawn / ... (120 episodes, 1970-2015)
 Cookie Monster / ... (114 episodes, 1986-2015)


The setting is in a small street in a city where children and furry puppet monsters learn about numbers, the alphabet and other pre-school subjects taught in commercial spots, songs and games. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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21 July 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sesame Street Unpaved  »

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Hooper's Store had gone through a few redesigns over the years: from 1969-1998, the building was green with its trademark yellow and black checkered design below the window looking out front with an old-fashioned Bell Telephone System logo on the left side, and a green- and white-striped awning overlooking the front window, various murals have been painted on the building throughout those years. Later in 1998, when Alan took over, the entire front of the building was repainted a bright blue color and a new red vinyl awning stretching over the front window, and also around the corner of the building to a new side window (that was added that same year) with white letters reading "Hooper's Store" on both sides (no murals on the side of the store now due to the new side window, and the checkered design was dropped). In 2002, the building was repainted again, this time it was repainted with in a pale orange color. Starting in season 39, Hooper's got a complete overhaul, interior, and exterior. It was more "modernized" to keep up with the modern children. It got a new exterior color (back to blue) and a new tan and red striped awning. The Bell Telephone System sign is not hanging off of the left side, but it is hanging on the brick wall above awning that faces the arbor. The interior is no longer an old-time soda shop, yet more of a convenience store. It is clad with refrigeration, and magazines and newspapers on a special shelf. The interior is now a light green and the "first dollar" of the business is hanging on the wall. See more »


In a lot of times you can see the strings of the puppets that are being used by the puppeteers. See more »


Gordon Robinson: What are you guys doing?
Abby Cadabby: We are drawing about the house we live in.
Gordon Robinson: Cool, Le me see it.
[Looks at Rosita's house]
Gordon Robinson: Wow!
Rosita: That is my Casa! And this is my mother!
Elmo: And this is my apartment where I live on.
Gordon Robinson: That's cool, And what do you got here, Abby?
Abby Cadabby: Well, This is my house, And this is my other house.
Elmo: [Confused] Hey, Wait a minute. What do Abby mean her other house?
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Crazy Credits

The episodes that originally aired on a Friday somewhere between 1969 and 2000 had an additional message in the funding credits saying "Recorded at Reeves Teletape III" until 1987. Starting around the 18th season of the show, the message then said, "Facilities by Unitel Video, Inc." See more »


Referenced in King of the Hill: It's Not Easy Being Green (2001) See more »


Performed by Rick Moranis and Bert
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Lost Roots
28 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though I am 33 years old, I have still found myself drawn to watch a minute or two of Sesame Street now and then. My daughter is 10 years old so her days of Elmo are long over but I find it a little sad that they have changed so much on the show. I remember watching the show every time it came on. My daughter loved it too. It seems too commercialized now and the characters have changed so much that you don't feel a connection to them the way that I did as a child. There was a feeling of being a part of "the family" even if you weren't actually there with them. I don't think that kids have changed so much that they wouldn't like it just the way that it use to be. I think what has changed is the junk that is on T.V. now days. Unfortunately, I suppose, poor old Sesame Street just couldn't compete with all that, and ended up having to make a few minor sacrifices here and there to draw the attention of the kids. I wish that for my Grand children's sake, though, they could find a way to go back to the Sesame Street that I remember and also be able to incorporate some of the new things.

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