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"Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?"
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Joan Ganz Cooney of the Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) created this hour-long PBS series in 1969. Initially, it was created as a means of preparing young inner-city children for kindergarten. Instead, it got to everybody and became one of the all-time great educational shows.

The show teaches literacy, counting, simple logic,note  and social skills through a kaleidoscopic mix of puppetry, animation, and short films. In a radical departure for the time, it was designed to deliberately mimic the fast pace and style of TV advertising in order to "sell" learning to kids: An Aesop-friendly story featuring the recurring characters on the Street would be intercut with rapid-fire "commercials" for that day's "sponsors" ("Sesame Street has been brought to you today by the letters A and S, and the number 7...").


The show was—and still is—also revolutionary in having an elite squad of educators and child psychologists pore over every single aspect of every segment in the whole show. Sesame Street has been called a living laboratory, and the show has been constantly tweaked to introduce new curriculum and improve its educational value. The show was completely Retooled in 2002 to respond to new child development research. As per The Other Wiki:

Sesame Street underwent an obvious, dramatic makeover... The new format emphasized rituals and repetition, featured brighter, more cartoon-colorful real-life characters and sets, and more exaggerated, simplistic mannerisms in addressing the screen and seeking viewer interaction. Regular segments...are almost identical from one episode to the next, with only minor story details changing between shows.


The set has expanded and contracted over the years but in classic form is a typical New York cul-de-sac, with a brownstone apartment block, a convenience store, a boarded-off vacant lot, and a big open area at one end used as a playground. This urban setting, multiracial human cast (plus guest stars, including Jesse Jackson and Bill Cosby) and multicolored Muppets added to the hip, inclusive feel.

Although aimed at preschool children, Sesame Street deliberately includes enough mainstream pop culture references to entertain older children and parents as well, the better to encourage family involvement in the learning process. A cameo appearance on the Street quickly became celebrity chic, showcasing such diverse stars as Stevie Wonder, R.E.M., Madeline Kahn, the Star Wars droids, Paul Simon, Mel Gibson and Patrick Stewart. All of this has had the side benefit of the show developing a very strong adult fanbase over the decades, as the original audiences have grown up and introduced the show to their children.

On November 11, 2009, Sesame Street celebrated its 40th anniversary, making it the longest-running and most successful children's show in American TV history. For the sake of education, we hope it stays around for at least 50 more.

The human cast has varied over the years, but for many years the core remained relatively stable: black married couple Susan and Gordon (and later their adopted son Miles), who work as a nurse and a junior-high science teacher, respectively; Puerto Rican college student Maria (until 2015); black student and store clerk David (until 1989); white freelance musician Bob; his deaf librarian girlfriend Linda (until 2003); Hispanic "Fix-It Shop" owner Luis, who later married Maria, and they have a daughter, Gabriella. These characters have gradually been phased out of the show, and currently the main humans on the show, as of 2016, are Nina, Alan and Chris.

When Will Lee — who played crotchety storekeeper with a heart of gold Mr. Hooper — died mid-season in 1983, the show tackled the character's death head-on, with honesty, dignity and respect, in what is still considered a groundbreaking moment in children's programming. His store's ownership has changed hands a number of times—Mr. Hooper left the store to his assistant David, who sold it to black retired firefighter Mr. Handford following his own departure, who handed over ownership to Japanese-American Alan in 1998—but the store retains Mr. Hooper's name to this day.

Various specialized Muppets, created and performed by Jim Henson and his crew, star alongside the humans. The Sesame Muppet characters were initially intended as parts of the "commercial" shorts that would only air on occasion, but they became such a hit that the show was tweaked very early in the season to include them into the core structure. They were developed separately from the rest of the Henson stable and are now the property of Sesame Workshop; with the exception of Kermit the Frog, they only very rarely cross over into the Muppet Show universe. note  Disney's acquisition of the Muppet Show characters in 2004 means even Kermit can't be used in new Sesame Street footage without permission; since then he has made only a single cameo outside of the archives, in a 2009 episode. (Though, interestingly, the film Muppets Most Wanted shows a brief clip of "Sesame Street Kermit" in a montage.)

Since 2016, due to PBS having trouble paying the show's licensing fee, the show airs first on HBO, whose deep pockets even allow increasing the episode count to 35 per season, before airing on PBS a few months later. The show also switched to a half-hour format.

Another noteworthy fact is that Sesame Street is being broadcast in more than 100 countries in the world. Some of these countries even have their own localized adaptations, these adaptations usually create entirely new scenes with their own human and Muppet characters, along with dubbed scenes from the American version which feature only Muppets. Notable adaptations are the German and Dutch versions, which have both run uninterrupted from 1973 and 1976 to this day respectively. The Dutch version, Sesamstraat, even has its own page.

    Memorable Muppets 
  • Kermit the Frog, seen most often in the guise of a trenchcoat-sporting roving reporter, whose "fast-breaking exclusives" on fairy tales and other Street developments tended to run into the same problems as Wally Ballou's;
  • Sweetly naive Big Bird, developmentally age six but physically eight-foot-two, who makes his nest in the vacant lot and is "parented" by the human characters;
  • A giant Hawaiian woolly-mammoth-type... thing named Mr. Snuffleupagus (often just nicknamed Snuffy), Big Bird's not-so-imaginary friend, originally always just out of visual range of the grownups but eventually revealed a decade or so in, out of fears that he was teaching kids they wouldn't be believed if they had something important to tell;
  • Odd Couple roommates Bert and Ernie, the former a seriously uptight fan of pigeons and oatmeal and the latter an imaginative dreamer and prankster;
  • Green and flamboyantly grumpy trash-can resident Oscar the Grouch, designed as a way to gently mock bad attitudesnot, as is sometimes claimed, as a cute'n'fuzzy homeless person;
  • Cookie Monster, the googly-eyed personification of appetite ("Me want COOKIE!! OMNOMNOMNOM!!!") much to the consternation of whoever was currently trying to teach him valuable lessons (counting, sharing etc.) using a plateful;
  • Prairie Dawn, a pretty, prim, sometimes bossy little overachiever, who's gotten a lot more facetime lately thanks to being one of very few major female Muppets in the cast;
  • Count von Count, a vampire (or possibly not, depending on who you ask) who pursues his numerical fetish to the point where his victims would probably be thrilled with requests for their blood instead ("One! One irritated person! Two! Two irritated people! AH AH AH AH AH!");
  • "Lovable, furry old Grover", a blue monster whose endless enthusiasm and good intentions repeatedly run up against a less-than-impressed universe (especially when he puts on a cape and helmet and, er, "flies" as Super-Grover);
  • Various other fuzzy monsters, notably Telly, a neurotic worrywart with a strange enthusiasm for triangles; Herry, an athlete who Does Not Know His Own Strength; the gibberish-talking Two-Headed Monster who sounded out words, and Zoe, a ballet-dancing preschooler added in later years;
  • Abby Cadabby, a pink-and-purple "fairy-in-training" who—despite having a cell phone for a wand—is perpetually wowed by learning basic concepts about the human world ("That's so magical!"). In 2017, she got a monster stepbrother named Rudy.
  • Elmo, a cutesy-voiced red monster with a "psychological age" of three and a half and a distinctive habit of referring to himself in the third person ("Elmo not sure this good idea..."). A later addition to the cast who became Urkel-level ubiquitous after the spinoff "Tickle Me Elmo" toy proved a mega-hit for Christmas 1996. (As a public television broadcast in a country whose government does not fully fund public broadcasting, the show is heavily dependent on merchandising revenues, so...) He was eventually given his own regular 15-minute segment, Elmo's World, soon spun off into a series in its own right outside the US. Whether all this is a good thing or not is the subject of much adult skepticism—to put it kindly—especially among fans of the show's earlier years.
  • Alex, a little boy with blue hair and a hoodie, who has a father in prison. The character was introduced in 2012 after the publication of Little Children, Big Challenge: Incarcerated Parents. The idea of the Alex character is to teach young children why sometimes parents violate the law (a grown up rule) and have to go to jail or prison as their punishment.
  • Julia, a little girl with orange hair and a ragged toy rabbit, who has autism. The character was introduced in storybooks and on the show's digital platforms in 2015, before appearing in live action on the show in the spring of 2017. The idea of the Julia character is to teach young children why sometimes a classmate or someone they might want to be friends with might seem aloof or withdrawn, preoccupied or otherwise exhibit other unusual behaviors, and that their rejection — such as when Big Bird questions why Julia ignored him and didn't seem to like him after being introduced — should not be taken personally. Her introduction gained much mainstream publicity, especially as Stacey Gordon, her puppeteer, has a son with autism. Additionally, her debut episode was considered so important that HBO waived their exclusivity window for it and allowed PBS to simulcast it.note  In April 2019, in honor of Autism Week, several videos featuring her family were made.

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    Sesame Street Media 
Spin-Off series:

Direct to Video series:

Films and Specials:


Please also see the pages for Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey and I Am Big Bird.

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    Tropes Numbers and A 

  • 555:
    • In a 1990s episode Mumford sets up a magic hotline with the phone number 555-555-5555.
    • In a 2004 episode, Snuffy gets a magic ukulele and the phone number to activate it is 1-555-UKE. After accidentally breaking it the number for an emergency repair hotline in 1-555-OOPS.
    • One toaster ad has the number 555-TOAST.
  • Accidental Misnaming:
    • Big Bird always addressed Mr. Hooper as "Mr. Looper". He even got away with "Mr. Pooper" on at least one occasion, in a literal application of...well, you know.
    • Snuffy often called Mr. Hooper's successor Mr. Hanford "Mr. Handfoot".
    • "Hello, Mr. Cunningham—gee, that wasn't even close!"
    • He also called Peter Marshall, host of The Hollywood Squares, "Mr. Marshmallow" whenever he appeared on that show (either a normal episode, or Storybook Squares- a version where kids and parents played and the celebrities played storybook characters or historical figures).
  • Acid Reflux Nightmare: Cookie Monster's cookie-induced nightmare (well known as a notorious Nightmare Fuel moment).
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Bob McGrath has a music degree, as well as an established career which predates Sesame Street's run.
    • Savion Glover, who played Gina's tap dancing friend, Savion, from 1990 to 1995, is a tap dancer in real life, and in fact made many guest appearances on TV shows which would feature him tap dancing, including an episode of fellow CTW program Square One TV.
    • Many of the celebrity appearances have jokes involving these, such as a scene where Jay Leno fills in for "Johnny" as Big Bird plays a game with him.
    • In The Magical Wand Chase, after spinning around in the hot air balloon for a bit, Big Bird says "Spinny!" (which the captions spell as "Spinney"). This is a reference to his actor, Caroll Spinney.
  • Acme Products: The appliance company is called Nologo.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: In the sketch where Ernie and Bert go to the jungle in search of Dr. Livingston just so Ernie can ask one question, Bert is among those laughing when the question turns out to be "What's up, doc?". Keep in mind that Bert is the straight man of the duo, the one who Ernie often drags into partipating in his games and foolishness, who upon finding Dr. Livingston when Ernie briefly reconsidered asking his question Bert frustratingly pointed out how far they had traveled.
  • Adorkable: Bert has some shades of this, because he has unorthodox interests and is serious, two things which are considered "dorky", and he also has his cute moments like his chuckle.
  • Adult Fear: In The Magical Wand Chase, Elmo tries to grab Abby's wand from the hood of their car-shaped hot air balloon. Except he's a young child that is way high up in the sky. He even slips trying to get the wand, and Rosita and Big Bird are utterly terrified as they look on.
  • An Aesop: Many episodes are meant to teach morals to little kids, such as "Don't Get Pushy" which is meant to teach against physical violence.
  • Affectionate Parody:
    • Lots of them, such as "Pre-School Musical". See also Parental Bonus below.
    • In-Universe: Cookie Monster did a sendup of "Elmo's World", called "Cookie World".
  • All or Nothing: At the end of "The Crying Game Show" with host Sonny Friendly, the grand prize turns out to be Friendly's own teddy bear. So, Sonny cries harder than any of the contestants, And thus, he wins the game. And he leaves the poor contestants sobbing all over again when the announcer blurts out that there are no consolation prizes.
  • Aloha, Hawaii!: A multi-episode story arc in 1978 had the main human characters traveling to Hawaii, along with Big Bird and Snuffy. The latter learned that Hawaii happens to be the point of origin for all Snuffleupagi.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Especially among the Muppets. While humans are not rainbow-colored, monsters and other characters represented by puppets come in many colours.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Horatio the elephant has some traits that are associated with stereotypical gay men like wearing a tutu and having a high voice, however, he is never shown to be gay (likely due to Moral Guardians) but not confirmed to be straight either.
  • Ambiguously Jewish:
    • Mr. Hooper. On rare occasions the show would make it more explicit, as when Bob wished him a happy Hanukkah in the Christmas Eve special, or when Big Bird inquired about the different languages the characters could speak and Hooper mentioned that he learned Yiddish as a boy. Actor Will Lee was himself Jewish.
    • The Count may be a Space Jew. (His leitmotif is actually a Roma tune, but it happens to sound identical to Klezmer.) Meanwhile, Oscar the Grouch has Israeli relatives, as seen in "Shalom Sesame", and they don't seem to be Israeli Arabs. Interestingly, in the next incarnation of the franchise in Israel, Oscar’s Expy tries MacGyvering a phone to call him in one sketch. At the end, he pulls it off, only for Oscar to shout in Hebrew (albeit with a thick American accent), ‘Don’t bother me!’
  • Amusing Alien: Some joke scenes involve the Yip-yip aliens trying to figure out Earth things.
  • And Starring:
    • Beginning in Season Two (1970) and continuing to this day, Caroll Spinney receives this billing for Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, since they are (or once were) considered to be the most important Muppet characters on the show, having been conceived specifically for interaction with the live actors on the street.
    • Kevin Clash as Elmo began to receive such billing on a regular basis as well as of 2010, until his departure from the show for, ah, very un-child-friendly reasons.
  • Anti-Christmas Song: Sung by Oscar. He sings a song called "I Hate Christmas", about how he (and Grouches in general) hate Christmas and want to have a more grouch-like holiday.
  • The Artifact:
    • Telly was originally "The Television Monster", an example of a child who watched too much television - the prototype even came complete with wildly spiralling eyes from sitting too close. This characterization has largely died away, leaving only his trademark nervous personality.
    • Cookie Monster's Extreme Omnivorous trait is due to him originally starting out as a generic monster who simply devoured nearly everything he came in contact with. Despite the focus on cookies, his omnivorous tendencies have never been dropped.
    • The famous closing dialogue, "Sesame Street was brought to you today by the letter __ and the number ___," was originally reflective of the idea that the cartoons, songs, etc. between street scenes were commercials. When that format was changed, the dialogue remained through 2016.
  • Ascended Extra: Elmo first showed up as a background Muppet in the early 1970's, and was sometimes referred to as "Baby Monster". It wasn't until 1984 that Kevin Clash gave him his famous voice and identity. A video showing Elmo's evolution can be found here.
  • Aside Glance: Looking at the screen is very common in a show that commonly Breaks The Fourth Wall including the people and Muppets alike. However, the most noted would probably be scenes when a human character is dealing with an annoying or eccentric character (usually a Muppet). Big Bird also looks at the screen when frustrated or sad.
  • Audience Participation Song: Which naturally requires Breaking the Fourth Wall, notably in the famous "One of These Things is Not Like the Other".
  • Awkwardly Placed Bathtub: In the very first episode, Ernie is taking a bath in a tub located right in the middle of the living room, during which he matter-of-factly chats with Bert. Granted, the layout of Ernie and Bert's place had not really been established yet. Later episodes had the tub relocated to an implied separate bathroom, including the classic Rubber Duckie sequence.

    Tropes B 
  • Baby See Baby Do:
    • When the Count sings to Natasha at one point, she copies him at random instances. He believes she is trying to count, but she mainly copies the nouns, such as "kiddy-dats!" after the Count counts the "kitty-cats".
    • Natasha's first words were, "Oh dear" after Snuffy said the phrase when she didn't talk.
    • Inverted once when Humphrey copies Natasha's babbling.
    • In Elmo's potty time, Baby Bear explains that he calls pee "wee-wee" and poop "woo-woo". Curly begins to chant, "Wee wee woo woo!".
    • In one episode, Baby Bear says that his parents are going out to dinner and Curly Bear says, "Dinner!".
    • Once, a girl sings a song, repeating the word "tortellini" to her baby sister in hopes of her learning the word. Eventually, the baby manages to say, "tortellini", although at first, she can only say the "ini" part.
    • When Ernie tried to find similarities between himself and his niece Ernestine, she copied his laugh.
  • Baby's First Words:
    • In the book "Me Cookie", Cookie Monster says his first word ("cookie") around the beginning of the book.
    • Natasha's first words were "Oh, dear". This was because it was what Snuffy said whenever she failed to say a word he wanted her to say.
    • Curly's first word is "Bebo", her nickname for Baby Bear.
  • Bald of Awesome: Gordon, as currently played by Roscoe Orman (the early 1970s Matt Robinson version having had an Afro of Awesome) that was later revealed to be a wig in a skit that talks about rain.
  • Bald, Black Leader Guy: Gordon is bald and black and becoming a leader was necessitated by the events of Follow That Bird.
  • Balloonacy: Several examples, such as the very end of Kermit's What-Happens-Next machine demonstration, and the Light and Heavy Lecture.
  • Balloon-Bursting Bird:
    • One animated segment had a Jerkass asking for a big, bigger, and biggest balloon (popping the first two he's offered); the biggest balloon causes him to fly up into the sky, but it gets popped by an equally big bird soon after.
    • In another insert, balloons shaped like the letters from A to Z were popped by a speeding bird.
    • In yet another animated insert, produced by Cliff Roberts, a bird demonstrated subtraction by popping balloons with its beak.
  • Banana Peel:
    • In one of the "Global Grover" segments from 2004 Grover pours out an entire basket of banana peels from Jordan and calls out the viewer's expectation that he will slips on them but points out that it won't happen (Comedy 101), but in the end he still manages to.
    • Around the same time in one of the recurring "Monster Clubhouse" segments a Muppet shows up at the Clubhouse looking for the "National Slip On The Banana Peel Club".
  • Baths Are Fun: Any number of skits and songs are on the series to promote this, the most well-known being Ernie's ode to his "Rubber Duckie." "Baby Bear's Bath Song" is another major one. Many of them were released on the album Splish, Splash, Bath-time Fun.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: An animated segment features a cat who hates the rain. Meeting a fairy he gets three wishes. His first is for the rain to stop. Eventually everything dries up and he wishes to know what's going on. After finding out he uses his third wish to wish for rain to happen again. Knowing from his experience that the rain is important, this is the lesson he's learned.
    • The climax of Elmo Saves Christmas has Elmo learn this when he sees that Sesame Street is in ruin after one straight year of Christmases.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Averted with the Bear family, of course. It's also played with this "Camp Wannagohome" segment about trees, near the end they spot a wild bear on the tree they were observing and flee in terror, unaware that the bear wants to be a camper too!
  • Bedsheet Ghost: This is Big Bird's disguise in the picture book Who's Afraid of Monsters? It gets a good scare out of everyone until they figure out it's him.
    • In a Bert & Ernie sketch, Ernie dresses as a bedsheet ghost to try and scare Bert. In the end Bert is not the one who's scared.
  • Benevolent Monsters: Sesame Street has long made a point of featuring the cuddliest of monsters, from Elmo to the easily-amused Count, to the ever-hungry Cookie Monster. The worst of the lot is usually Oscar, who's just the Grouch. Indeed, some of the nicest monsters are the toughest, scariest-looking, like Herry and Frazzle. In many of Herry's early appearances, he appears to be mean or frightening, but ends up showing his friendly side (often after he unintentionally scared others off).
  • Big Applesauce: Sesame Street has been shown to be in New York City on maps in both Follow that Bird and the five-part hurricane story arc.
  • Big Blackout: One segment with Ernie & Bert has Ernie waking up in the middle of the night to find it's extra dark, because the streetlights outdoors and the nightlight in the room are out. Bert tells him it's a blackout in progress but Ernie suggests doing things like watching TV, listening to the radio, or playing a record, all of which cannot be done during a blackout since they all need electricity. He decides to call someone to tell them about the blackout and winds up contacting Oscar, angry at being woken in the middle of the night.
  • Big Budget Beefup:
    • 1985's Follow That Bird, which required a bigger, more elaborate street set in Toronto (and in the same studio where Fraggle Rock was shot) to make it look good on the silver screen.
    • 1999's The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, which featured the expansive home region of Oscar, as well as another recreation of the street set in North Carolina.
  • Big Eater:
    • Cookie Monster. In addition to eating just about anything, he is incredibly hard to satiate.
    • The monsters of Monster Clubhouse during snack time, where they are known to have very big snacks.
    • "Never invite a letter M to your house for dinner!"
  • Big, Friendly Dog: Barkley is very affectionate and he goes up to just above Maria's waist.
  • Big "NO!": In the Hunger Games parody, after Cookieniss wins the second Hungry Games only to find out there is going to be a third movie.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Bert and Oscar both have a unibrow.
  • Big Storm Episode: The highlight for S32 (2001) was a week-long arc involving Sesame Street being hit by a hurricane. While damage was minimal, Big Bird's nest was completely destroyed, and his friends and neighbors worked together to help him clean up and build a new and stronger nest to call home. Since then, PBS has aired repeats of this episode in response to particularly destructive hurricanes such as Katrina and Sandy to help children cope with fear and trauma. More recently, parts two through five have been cobbled together into an hour-long special for such occasions.
  • Birth/Death Juxtaposition: The new neighbors' baby was born around the time Mr. Hooper died.
  • Birthday Episode:
    • For Linda, where Bob teaches everyone how to sign "Happy Birthday to You".
    • Big Bird's birthday was the focus of a PBS pledge drive special in 1991.
    • Also Gabi had one that was also a Sick Episode because she had the flu.
    • Rocco once had a "birthday", although as Elmo pointed out, rocks don't actually have birthdays.
    • In one "Ernie and Bert" skit, Ernie sings Happy Birthday to a letter U.
    • In one Season 29 episode Slimey had to celebrate his birthday on the Starship Wiggleprise with the other worm astronauts.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Episode 1839, in which the death of Mr. Hooper was explained to Big Bird. In the final scene, just as Big Bird is hanging up Mr. Hooper's picture as a sign that he's beginning to come to terms with his loss, he meets some new neighbors and their baby.
  • Blessed with Suck: Everything King Minus touches ceases to exist. This includes the princess he wanted to save; he annihilated himself in horror (possibly by accident) after that.
  • Blind Date: The premise of the song "Wet Paint Sign," where two Muppets are arranged for a blind date to meet on a bench on the park, but a "Wet Paint" sign hanging from it prevents them sitting. They each think they'll never meet their date and wind up going off together on their own.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: The movie in which Elmo goes to Grouchland features the Queen of Trash demanding one hundred of these "raspberries" in a set time.
  • Bratty Food Demand: Mr. Johnson is demanding, especially when it comes to food, and often shouts at his servers (usually Grover).
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Sesame Street is the Trope Namer; the leading example for the trope on this show is Super Grover, who wears an S on his chest.
  • The Bus Came Back: As of late 2018/2019, several old characters who were Demoted to Extra or simply disappeared have popped up on the show, or in side projects, with new puppeteers, including Herry Monster (Peter Linz), The Amazing Mumford (John Kennedy) & Roosevelt Franklin (Ryan Dillon) note 
  • Bus Crash (to explain death to children): Mr. Hooper died, after actor Will Lee's death.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Bert is quite unlucky, normally because Ernie unwittingly does something Bert doesn't like.
    • Oscar sometimes has his moments, especially with his pranks backfiring on him.
    • Mr. Johnson is also a Butt Monkey because, due to both his fussiness and, probably a better example, Grover's incompetence, he never gets what he wants.
    • Grover himself is often a victim of slapstick and general bad luck.

    Tropes C 
  • Cacophony Cover Up: In a Bert & Ernie sketch, the group finds a dripping faucet would keep them from sleeping. When he asks Ernie to do something about it Ernie turns on the radio at full blast. When Bert points out that he can no longer hear the faucet but that the radio is a problem Ernie drowns out the radio by tuning on the vacuum cleaner. That leaves Bert to deal with the sounds himself only to be annoyed by Ernie's snoring.
    • There is an even older sketch where Bert gets annoyed by the sound of Ernie's TV show, so he decides to drown it out with a record. When Ernie complains that the record is too loud, he drowns it out with the radio. Bert one-ups even that by turning on a blender to drown out the radio, promptly blowing a fuse.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Big Bird actually did this to freaking Osiris after encountering him in Don't Eat the Pictures, in which BB demands he give a little Egyptian ghost prince he helped get this far another chance on the weighing of the heart.
  • Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: Curly Bear does one (saying she has to 'woo-woo') in "Elmo's Potty Time", enforced as the episode's about toilets and justified as she's a young cub. Earlier in the episode, Grover says that he "has to get to the bathroom pronto". Maria also does a more polite version of this in the episode where Big Bird wants to be a grouch.
  • Canon Discontinuity:
    • Because of the passage of time and as their child audiences grow up, some concepts need to be retaught. One 2006 episode saw Bob introducing his deaf niece to Telly and Elmo and teaching them the concept of deafness, never mind the fact that they had previously known (and in Bob's case, even courted) Linda.
    • A season 35 episode showed a flashback from the 1970s in which teenage Gordon, Bob, and Luis formed a garage band, despite them actually all being grown up when the show began (Luis wasn't even there at the beginning). In the flashback Luis already has the hots for Maria, while in canon they wouldn't fall in love until season 19.
  • Captain Crash: Super Grover. Whenever he comes down from flying, he almost always ends up crash-landing.
  • Captain Ersatz: Sherlock Hemlock, obviously based on a certain other Sherlock, was a green Muppet that sported a detective cape, a magnifying glass, and a (much smarter) puppy sidekick named Watson. He's only made minor appearances since The '80s, though.
  • Cartoon Juggling: This clip uses shower juggling.
  • Catchphrase: Dozens; learning is all about repetition, after all.
    • "Hi! Welcome to Sesame Street!"
    • "That's Hooper, Big Bird, Hooper!" - Mr. Hooper
    • "A la peanut butter sandwiches" - The Amazing Mumford
    • "Ah, hi-ho, Kermit the Frog here for Sesame Street News..." - Kermit the Frog
    • "I'LL NEVER GET IT! NEVER, NEVER, NEVER! (Hits head on piano)" - Don Music
    • "Are we having a nice day, or what?" - Sonny Friendly
    • "Sesame Street was brought to you today by the letter (X) and the number (n)."
    • "Sesame Street is a production of The Children's Television Workshop."
    • For a while from the late 70s to the early 90s, Oscar seemed fond of saying, "Ding-dong! You're wrong!"
    • Bert used to downright insult Ernie by calling him a "meatball".
  • Cats Are Mean: Chip and Dip, twin cats who would often prank Oscar. However, this Muppet/kid moment subverts it and other cats avert it.
  • Chaos Architecture:
    • For the first season, the street was completely straight (as are actual New York City streets) with only a plank fence separating Hooper's Store and 123 - the backdrop usually seen behind the fence in the arbor was behind the construction doors of Big Bird's nest (and there were more doors), and the end of the street is blocked off by an incredibly tall fence (as Big Bird's nest area was actually a construction site). By the second season, the street was curved and gained its familiar arbor area with the garage and tire swing; while no in-universe explanation is given, in Real Life, this was done to give the show a greater range of camera angles, since the straight street (along with being shot on videotape) made the show feel as if it were a televised stage play.
    • Later, the Around the Corner era involved an entire elaborately-designed new section of street past Big Bird's nest. It was also later dismantled (as research showed the large amount of new characters and locations confused kid viewers), and turned into a dead-end alley.
    • From Season 30 (1998-1999) and into The New '10s, Hooper's Store had gradually been updated to a more modern and contemporary convenience store, but for Season 46, the entire exterior has been retroactively redesigned to look as if it has sat and aged for 46 years.
  • Character Blog: The Muppet cast shares one Twitter account.
  • The Character Died with Him: Mr. Hooper was famously killed off in a 1983 episode after his actor Will Lee died earlier that year.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • Big Bird started out as an adult-aged country bumpkin rather than the innocent six-year-old he's become.
    • The Count also acted a bit more like a vampire in his early appearances, moving his hands around as if hypnotizing others as well as walking around with his cape across his face. His laugh was also louder and more sinister as opposed to the softer chuckle of today.
    • Snuffy started out with a rather odd and perpetually sad personality as well as speaking with a rather creepy, echoing, sad voice; he also originally had a pair of rather disturbing yellow and green eyes. It wasn't until when Marty Robinson took over as the character's performer was when, though still sad occasionally, his personality became relatively more cheerful and his voice had a wider range of emotions.
    • Instead of his later and more child-friendly slow-burning frustration, Bert just flat-out insulted Ernie in a few early episodes, calling him a "ding-a-ling" or a "meatball". Actually, there were a lot of characters openly insulting another in those earlier seasons, possibly the result of parental action groups having yet to be invented.
    • Cookie Monster behaved more like a toddler: he interfered with others (though unaware he was doing so), was occasionally fussy when he didn't get his way and was scolded by other characters when he misbehaved. It wasn't until "C is for Cookie" in 1971 that Cookie Monster's personality was firmly established.
  • Character Outlives Actor: Northern Calloway, who played David, left the show in 1989 due to being ravaged by stomach cancer. He died several months later. David was said to have moved to a farm to live with his grandmother. Gordon's sister Olivia moved away, never to be heard from again, when her actress Alaina Reed Hall left the show to play Rose on NBC's 227. She died sometime back in 2010. Both of these actors had been long mainstays who played major characters. You can see David in this clip and Olivia in this clip.
  • Children Are Innocent: The world of "Sesame Street" is carefree, including the kids.
  • Christmas Carolers: In the Elmo's World special, "Happy Holidays", Elmo is repeatedly visited by a quartet of carolers who keep singing, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" - they have lovely singing voices, but screeching and irritating speaking voices.
    • In Elmo Saves Christmas there are Christmas carolers that sing "It's Christmas Again" even doctoring the lyrics as time progresses to different seasons within the special. By the time Christmas has been occurring non-stop for a year they have all lost their voices.
  • Christmas Special:
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Sadly, numerous Muppet characters have gotten the abrupt hook over the years. One, Don Music, the piano player who would bang his head against the piano in frustration, had to be discontinued when kids at home started doing the same thing. Another, Harvey Kneeslapper, was let go because his signature laugh was too much of a strain on Frank Oz's vocal cords. Then there was Roosevelt Franklin, who had to go as he was considered to be a negative cultural stereotype (he was the only African-American Muppet at the time (despite being purple) and was seen mostly in detention after school), however, see The Bus Came Back above. Finally, Professor Hastings, a teacher whose lectures were so dull that he'd put himself to sleep while he was giving them, was discontinued because he was... wait for it... too dull.
    • Virtually all the human characters members as of Season 46 that aren't Alan, Nina and Chris, due to budget cuts with the show's production. Even more newer human characters like Leela have been dropped as a result. Occasionally a veteran cast member may come back for a special segment or episode.
  • Clark Kenting: Parodied by Super-Grover, whose bespectacled alter-ego is "Grover Kent, ace doorknob salesman for ACME Inc."; which leaves the fact that they both just happen to be furry blue monsters wholly unexplained.
  • Classical Movie Vampire: Although Word of God frequently tries to downplay the implications, the Count does sport the high-collared cape, slicked-back hair, fangs, vaguely aristocratic Eastern European accent, affinity for bats and sinister theme music. In one of his earliest appearances, he even shows no reflection in a mirror!
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Most Sesame Muppet characters are wacky to at least some degree, and a few of the humans such as Wally (who's dramatic and stoic at the same time).
  • Clown Car: One of these is used for a counting lesson. A mini hatchback drives up and stops to let out 10 clowns, each counting from 1 to 10.
    • When Ernie took over a game of Journey to Ernie and made it a game of Journey to Big Bird he finds Big Bird hiding in a clown car, even doubting that he could possibly be in there.
  • Clown Car Base: Oscar's trash can, which among many other things contains a pet elephant named Fluffy. And an indoor pool.
  • Clueless Detective: Sherlock Hemlock. Even more so in the early 1990s Mysterious Theater segments, where it was usually his puppy Watson who figured out the case.
  • Clutching Hand Trap: In an episode from the mid-70s, Oscar has his hand stuck in a jar. Throughout the episode, the human adults try many methods of prying his hand out, even by greasing it with lard. Turns out he wanted to look at his rock collection that he kept in the jar. The adults convince him to let go and his hand comes out easily; the adults then pour the rocks into his hand. Immediately after, Luis comes by with an old alarm clock in pieces as a gift to Oscar. Luis puts the pieces in the jar, which Oscar immediately grabs. He finds his hand stuck once again as the closing credits begin.
  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship:
    • Since "The Happy Birthday Song" was copyrighted until 2015 (believe it or not), DVDs that feature a character's birthday removed it. For example, Old School Vol. 2 has a street scene in which Maria brings David a typewriter for his birthday, but before she sings happy birthday to him, the scene fades out.
    • The entire Old School Vol. 3 set falls victim to this, because they couldn't use their own theme song. None of the episodes on the set have their main titles and two episodes that originally featured a special instrumental rendition of the theme song for travel montages have music replacements.
    • Some of the classic clips had to replace the audio tracks because of the music copyright lawsuit (For example: A film insert had a little girl playing catch with her dog originally had Bobby McFerrin's "Simple Pleasures" song on it. The audio track was later removed and replaced with a jazz piece.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: Happens during the hurricane 5-parter.
  • The Collector of the Strange: Bert and bottlecaps/paper clips. Telly and triangles. Ernie tried to collect ice cubes once, but they melted on him.
  • Community-Threatening Construction:
    • It had a special in The '90s that starred Joe Pesci as a Donald Trump expy who wants to tear down Sesame Street and build his new Grump Tower in its spot; the residents of the Street get together in protest.
    • This was recycled in one of Mad TV's many Sesame Street parodies, in which Donald Trump himself (actually Frank Caliendo) becomes new best friends with Gordon, and evicts the residents of the Street so he can build "the most lavish, luxurious, opulent, extravagant Starbucks ever known to man."
  • Commuting on a Bus: Several of the human cast, but most notably Bob and Susan, since season 29. Also happens to the Muppets from time to time, as per Chuck Cunningham Syndrome above usually due to concerns over the character's particular impact on young audiences.
  • Companion Cube: Big Bird's teddy bear, Ernie's rubber duckie, Zoe's pet rock.
  • Content Warnings:
    • On the "Old School" DVDs, prior to the first few episodes: "These early episodes of Sesame Street are intended for grown-ups, and may not meet the needs of today's preschoolers." According to Word of God, this mostly has to do with the fact that the early version of the show is so different from the incarnation familiar to today's toddlers note  it's liable to completely discombobulate them. The significant changes in educational theory since then probably don't help either.
    • Prior to the episode where Big Bird learns about Mr. Hooper's death, parents were thoroughly warned about the content, and encouraged to watch the episode with their children, if at all.
    • Certain online videos, especially those pertaining to military service, start with a suggestion that parents screen them in advance before watching them with their children.
  • Cool Old Guy: Mr. Hooper (until his death), then Bob's Uncle Wally, and more recently Bob himself, have all fit this trope over the course of the show's history due to being elderly and fun to be around.
  • Cousin Oliver: (Unintentionally) Lampshaded in the late 90s and early 2000s, when Baby Bear would occasionally be seen babysitting his baby (as in infant) cousin, who always garnered attention from other residents for how cute he was. Oh, and his name? Cousin Oliver. This was before Curly Bear.
  • Counting to Potato: In this skit, a little girl trolls Kermit as he attempts to recite the alphabet with her. What makes it more adorable is that according to this Jim Henson biography, the girl thought up the joke without prompting, and Henson improvised Kermit's responses on the spot.
    Girl: A, B, C, D, E, F, Cookie Monster!
  • Crazy Consumption:
    • Cookie Monster eats almost any edible item in sight.
    • The "Monster Clubhouse" monsters will often eat a cardboard version of the snack very quickly.
    • During one "Cookie's Crumby Pictures" segment, he dates a girl who gets his appetite for cookies. She proceeds to devour their wedding cake.
  • Creepy Good: In the first season, the Beautiful Day Monster was like this. He had a rather scary appearance, but was generally curious and well-meaning, even though he often ended up (unintentionally) scaring other Muppets away. Several other minor/one-off first season Muppet monsters were like this too.
  • Crossover:
    • Mister Rogers passes through the neighborhood and times a footrace between Big Bird and Snuffy in one 1981 episode. Later that year, Big Bird appeared in turn in an episode of Rogers' show.
    • Big Bird, Oscar, and Grover all made appearances on The Electric Company (1971).
    • The 1974 ABC special Out to Lunch features several of the Sesame Street Muppets along with the main cast of The Electric Company and guest stars Carol Burnett, Barbara Eden, and Elliott Gould.
    • Kermit the Frog became the host and main character of The Muppet Show, of course. Another early Muppet, Rowlf the Dog, appeared with Kermit in the promotional pitch reel for Sesame Street (and made a single cameo appearance in the "Song of 9" from the show's first season) before becoming a Muppet Show regular himself. Big Bird guest-starred in one Muppet Show episode, Ernie and Bert in another. Still another episode had practically all of the Sesame Muppets turn up in one sketch. And then there was A Muppet Family Christmas...
    • One 1980 episode has C-3PO and R2-D2 stop by Sesame Street to deliver a message to Oscar the Grouch; the duo would later return later that year for another episode.
    • A 1996 episode revolves around Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop visiting Big Bird's nest.
    • The early seasons feature inserts with the stars of other popular shows at the time, for example:
    • In one episode, Abelardo from Plaza Sesamo (the Spanish version of the show) visits Sesame Street.
    • In 2 episodes of Season 48, Chamki from Galli Galli Sim Sim (the Indian version of the show) comes to visit.
  • Counting Sheep:
    • In one skit when Ernie has trouble sleeping, he begins to count sheep, progressing to fire engines, and then to a balloon, which bursts with a loud bang. The noises of everything keep Bert awake.
    • In another sketch where the Count is sleeping over at Ernie's and can't sleep, Ernie suggests counting sheep. The Count obliges but winds up being awake all night counting sheep. He feels refreshed but Ernie on the other hand is not.
    • In another sketch The Count has to deal with the sheep quitting their job after being tired of getting counted every night. The Count is given substitutes by the 24-Hour Emergency Counting Service by they ultimately oblige with his plea for sheep by offering the worker in a sheep costume who jumps over the bed again and again.
    • In one sketch Bo Peep is at the Lost & Found for sheep. She asks the clerk at the counter to count the sheep because she's never thought to count how many she has. The clerk counts the sheep and the result is what you expect.
    • In one of the later seasons, the Number of the Day segment features the Count counting sheep. The appearance of an elephant signals the Number of the Day.
    • One of the recurring "Singing Number Guy" segments asks how many sheep will fly over his bed before he falls asleep. The answer is nine.
  • Crying Critters:
    • Big Bird cries occasionally.
    • One animated skit involves a girl trying to figure out why a dog is crying.
    • The song "All I Can Do is Cry" has the Three Little Kittens cry about losing their mittens.
    • Curly Bear's crying was one of the things Baby Bear complained about when she was born.
  • Cultural Translation: The title sequence for Sesame Street's Bangladeshi counterpart, Sisimpur, is similar in style to that of seasons 33 to 37 of the flagship program; it features computer-generated bouncing blocks with Bengali script.
    • The Count's song "The Lambaba" is all about this.

    Tropes D 
  • Dagwood Sandwich: In episode 3718, Telly comes into Hooper's Store for his usual cheese sandwich lunch, but after seeing a different patron eating something different Mr. Hanford tells him you can put anything on a sandwich. Afterwards Telly gets a passion to make the world's first "everything" sandwich.
  • Dance Party Ending: The nineteenth season finale is Luis and Maria's wedding; the episode ends with everyone dancing to a salsa remix of the theme song at the reception in the arbor.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bert or Oscar, normally. Though the writers have infused many of the characters with this trait when the sketch calls for it.
  • Defective Detective: Again, Sherlock Hemlock, along with Colambo.
  • Demoted to Extra: Has happened with numerous cast members and Muppets over the years, but the most notable would have to be Big Bird during the 2000s, being overshadowed by Elmo's skyrocketing popularity since The '90s. It's gotten to the point where Big Bird now basically serves as Elmo and Abby Cadabby's sidekick.
  • Denied Food as Punishment: Oscar's ice cream sundae was taken away by Brian Williams in the Mine-itis episode.
  • Destroyed For Real: Big Bird's nest area in the 5-part hurricane story arc from 2001: the hurricane blew down all of the construction doors surrounding the area, the nest itself was blown apart into a mess of scattered twigs and sticks, the whole area was reduced to a shambles (and even though Oscar and his can were in Bob's apartment as the hurricane blew through, the rest of Oscar's domain was also blown to pieces). It took the adults two days to help clean up the debris as well as put the doors back up, and another two days for them all to help Big Bird build a new nest.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Intentionally done with Vincent Twice, a Muppet parody of Vincent Price that hosted the Mysterious Theater segments and would often repeat his name twice when introducing himself, hence his name. Even Sherlock Helmock does it when in one installment, Vincent Twice turns out to be the culprit of the mystery.
    "I am your host, Vincent Twice Vincent Twice."
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: In the TV Movie Don't Eat the Pictures several of the human cast and Muppets are accidentally locked in the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art overnight. Big Bird's subplot involved him and Snuffleupagus helping the 4000-year-old ghost of an Egyptian boy confront the god Osiris when he refused to let the boy into the afterlife. Repeat: Big Bird confronted a god and told him he was wrong. And won.
  • Digging to China: The Big Bird In China TV-movie special. Oscar and Telly feel left out, so they decide to dig (Oscar makes Telly do all the actual work). As soon as they get there, Oscar decides that "Ehhh, it's not so special!" and immediately turns around to go home.
  • Dinner and a Show: In one insert, Maria is trying to have coffee with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, but they are repeatedly interrupted by an argument among Muppets. Things have to be settled before the women can get back to their coffee.
  • Disease-Prevention Aesop:
    • Two skits are about preventing flu.
    • The song "The Right Way to Sneeze" is about sneezing into your elbow.
    • There is an animated skit called "Don't Be a Snerd When You Sneeze" about covering your mouth and nose while sneezing and coughing.
    • One animated skit shows a talking sun which tells some anthro dogs to sneeze into their arms (even though only one had a cold, the other two were sneezing because of pepper and allergies.)
  • Disney Acid Sequence: Many early episodes had a series of sketches on numbers (1 through 10) that involved a baker who holds in his arms that number of desserts but falls down a flight of stairs, ruining the desserts in question. The sketches started with a very flashy animated intro in which the voices of kids are heard counting up from 1 to 10, then back to 1, and finally up to the featured number in the sketch, in choral voice over, while that number, in animated form, zoomed around the screen.
  • Distant Duet: "One Little Star" from Follow That Bird, except that it's done with three people.
  • Diurnal Nocturnal Animal: Inverted in the “African Animal Alphabet” sketch, which mentions that “C is for cheetah running underneath the moon”. The cheetah is one of the few diurnal cats.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Big Bird and Little Bird. Also, Baby Bear. Cookie Monster also demonstrated a rock named Rock.
  • Don't Try This at Home: In a song Birthday Emotions sung by jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli, one of the children's father holds a birthday cake in one hand while a child blows out the candles. That's why the live-action film for the song is done with jumping through the air.
  • Drink Order:
    • A '70s skit has Ernie tending Hooper's store and presenting Bert with his favorite beverage, "a tall, cool glass of unflavored soda water". He then (after tasting and pronouncing it too dull) starts adding "improvements" that gradually turn the drink into a strawberry ice cream soda, to Bert's great displeasure. In general, Bert loves Figgy Fizz soda, if only for the opportunity it affords him to collect the bottle caps.
    • Big Bird loves him some birdseed milkshakes.
    • Telly loves milk.
    • In an '80s episode, David takes on the responsibility of living up to Mr. Hooper's egg creams, much to Gordon and Telly's interest.
  • Dripping Disturbance: One early Bert and Ernie sketch involves a dripping faucet that keeps Bert awake, so he sends Ernie to take care of the problem. How does Ernie solve the problem? By turning on a radio to play loud music to drown out the dripping. Then, when Bert tells Ernie that he still can't sleep because of the radio music, Ernie turns on a vacuum cleaner to drown out the music.
  • Driven to Suicide: Everything King Minus touches simply ceases to exist, including the damsel he tried to save. His reaction gives new meaning to the phrase "died by his own hand". (Although it may have been an accident, or disappearing might be non-fatal).

    Tropes E 
  • Eagleland Osmosis: It was rumored that in a British primary school, a teacher showed this clip to her class and later asked where milk comes from. Their response? America. This was no fault of the Children's Television Workshop. The CTW, when asked, will help other nations to create their own versions of Sesame Street tailored to the host nation's cultures, concerns, and budget. BBC turned down the CTW's offer, due to the outcry from teachers who were horrified by Sesame Street's content. They also felt CTW's involvement would be insulting, considering the BBC already had 20 years of experience producing children's educational programs.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Early seasons were much slower-paced, and frequently relied on lengthy lectures, making it more in line with competitors such as Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and Captain Kangaroo. note  Also, some segments tended to repeat at least twice, since they acted like TV commercials. They abandoned this around the mid 1970s.
    • Some of the Muppet characters looked and sounded very different, too. Oscar, for example, was orange, and only his head was visible. Big Bird missed most of the feathers on his head, and had the mindset of a dim-witted adult bird rather than a child. Plus, Grover was green. And Ernie and Bert talked with New York accents.
    • Before Elmo gained his own distinct identity, he was an occasional background character. And sometimes he would have a deep or raspy voice.
    • Animated segments outnumbered Muppet segments, too. Also, the characters broke the fourth wall more frequently, addressing their audience as well as introducing and commenting on segments, as if they tied into each other more.
    • In a first season segment where Ernie cleans up the apartment, Ernie points out his paperclip collection. Later on, Bert would be the one who collects paperclips, while Ernie would typically think they are boring.
    • The street set used to look much more authentically New York inner-city back in the old days, with litter and dead leaves covering the sidewalk, grit on the buildings, and the sounds of traffic, car horns, sirens, and whistles heard in the background.
    • The very first version of Snuffy teeters into Accidental Nightmare Fuel.
    • Ernie, Bert, Grover, Cookie Monster and even Kermit the Frog were far more frequently seen on the street with the other characters in the first ten seasons, since Jim Henson and Frank Oz were more readily available, though after The Muppet Show and other subsequent projects took up much of their time, Ernie, Bert, Grover, Cookie and Kermit were then relegated to mostly inserts, as Jim and Frank were then only able to dedicate one week out of each year for such. (Those characters started to make regular appearances in street scenes again in the 1990s and 2000s, following Jim's death and Frank's semi-retirement.)
    • Although always possessing a golden voice, Bob wasn't always a music teacher; in fact, during the show's earliest episodes, he was a shop teacher instead.
    • The first season featured performances of popular (and copyrighted) songs; it was not uncommon to find things like Bob singing "Good Morning Starshine", or the Muppets belting out some tunes of The Beatles. Of course, you won't be seeing these on DVD, which is why YouTube is your best bet.
    • Count von Count was more sinister when he debuted in 1972. Although he wouldn't drink blood or turn into a bat and would still often be out in sunlight, he was much more vampiric, such as possessing hypnotic powers so he could get others to let him count something, and his Signature Laugh was more villainous-sounding, and he wouldn't let anything get in his way of counting. He was significantly toned down and got much friendlier by the end of the 70s, and they gradually phased out rerunning older segments featuring his earlier self (most notably any where he uses his hypnotic powers).
    • The first few Waiter Grover sketches had Grover being the victim of Fat Blue's demands (i.e. missing letters from his alphabet soup, his sandwich order not looking like the picture on the menu, being indecisive about whether to have the soup or the sandwich first), but soon, Grover became more and more inept with his job, giving Fat Blue quite a hard time.
    • There were two letters of the day initially. It was changed to one somewhere around season 3.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In the end of The Princesses and the Stick when the fish (Bob) tells everybody to take turns with the stick.
  • Ear Worm:
    • In-universe; a 1992 episode has everybody on the Street getting obsessed with the "Yip Yip Family" song much to Oscar's annoyance.
    • Another in-universe instance occurs in a 1998 episode, where Big Bird just wants to go about his day, but he can't stop thinking about the song "C is for Cookie".
    • Played with in an episode where Oscar gets the theme in his head. The reason why he dislikes it is because the song is too happy for grouches.
  • Eat the Camera: A not-uncommon means of ending skits, particularly (considering his shtick) featuring Cookie Monster.
  • Election Day Episode: The Season 15 finale sees "No Electioneering" signs plastered all over the street, as Big Bird learns that David and Olivia are off to the voting booths because it's Election Day. David and Olivia explain to Big Bird that people vote for who they want to run in certain offices in the government, so Big Bird and Snuffy decide they want to vote too, but they can't because they're not old enough to register to vote (and because Snuffy was still "imaginary" at the time).
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Baby Bear speaks with an Elmer Fudd lisp, and so does his superhero creation Hero Guy.
  • Embarrassing Damp Sheets: Bedwetting gets its own verse in the song "Accidents Happen".
  • Embarrassment Plot:
    • One episode focuses on Baby Bear being embarrassed about his baby doll because he thinks dolls are for girls.
    • In one "Abby's Flying Fairy School" skit, Blogg is embarrassed when he visits the city of trolls because he is half-troll and half-fairy so he looks like a troll with wings and feels like the odd one out.
  • Emo: Abby's classmate Gonnigan. He's shy and pessimistic, wears a striped hoodie, has a floppy hairstyle, and becomes transparent when he's nervous... which is a lot of the time. ("Where's Gonnigan?" "He's gone again.")
  • Endless Winter: In the film Elmo Saves Christmas, Elmo wishes that every day was Christmas. However, he takes it back after he's shown what would happen if he made that wish.
  • Episode Code Number: Displaying the episode number has become a Couch Gag.
    • 1969-1975: Random animated episode code number sequence (for example a man hits a gong that reads "Sesame Street", The gong breaks down and it reveals the episode code number).
    • 1976-1992: The episode number is superimposed over the start of the opening sequence (its footage often varies.)
    • 1992-1998: The episode number appears the middle of a cloudy sky that starts the "Calypso" opening.
    • 1998-2002: Again, it's superimposed over the start of the opening.
    • 2002-2007: Super Grover flies through the air, crashes, and holds a sign with the number up in a daze.
    • 2007-2009: At one point, it shared a signpost with the Sesame Street sign.
    • 2009-2015: The episode number is written in chalk on a sidewalk.
    • 2016-present: Now, the number flies by on a sign being pulled by an airplane at the start of the opening.
  • Every Episode Ending:
    • Up to three letters of the day and two numbers of the day are reviewed and given sponsor credits. Starting with Season 27 (1995-1996), new episodes generally only had one letter and number of the day. (An exception was Episode 4135, which had two letters of the day.)
    • Up until the end of Season 26 (1994-1995), this was followed by "Sesame Street is a production of the Children's Television Workshop". The funding credits then were shown, which were initially silent, then had a tune known by fans as "Funky Chimes" playing from 1972-92, and finally used an instrumental of the then-current "calypso" version of the theme from 1992-95.
    • In the mid-to-late 90's, every episode ended with a "Coming soon on Sesame Street" bumper, with Big Bird saying "Toodle-oo!" to wrap it up.
  • Escaped Animal Rampage: Ernie tells Bert about his day at the zoo in an early skit. Ernie describes the trip as largely uneventful, even as he also reveals that several animals escaped their cages...
  • Everybody Cries: The contestants (Luke Warn, Ida Normer, and Pierre Blue) on The Sonny Friendly Game Show: The Crying Game Show after the announcer says "There is no consolation prize!"
  • Evil Slinks: Intentionally subverted, in an effort to make things unfairly stereotyped as icky and scary more approachable. Sammy the Snake and his song about the letter S illustrate this nicely.
  • Exposed Eyeballs as Eyes: The eyes of Cookie Monster and Elmo are just eyeballs placed on top of their heads.
  • Expository Theme Tune:
  • Expy: The many co-productions around the world contain their own versions of certain characters.
    • Big Bird. One example is Abelardo Montoya in Plaza Sésamo (Mexico's version), a large green parrot (and officially Big Bird's primo— urm, cousin).They even met once.
    • Co-productions also have their own versions of Oscar, usually another grouch. Sometimes, though, inserts with the original Oscar will be dubbed and used.
    • Elmo is international now, too. His South African equivalent is named Neno.
  • Extreme Omni-Goat: In an interstitial cartoon demonstrating "zero". A complaint was received from the Dairy Goats Association, leading to a follow-up clarifying that dairy goats only eat healthy, sensible foods. See them both, one after the other, here.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Cookie Monster eats anything, as do his family occasionally. Oscar eats some extremely strange food combinations — like sardine ice cream with chocolate sauce — but they are generally at least edible. Narf also eats a helmet at one point.

    Tropes F 
  • Faceless Masses: The anything muppets. The reason that they are called this is because they can be anything as needed, however the most memorable are The Count, The Amazing Mumford, Guy Smiley, Prairie Dawn and of course Forgetful Jones.
  • Fainting: Happens quite a bit with Muppets, especially with Grover.
  • Face Palm: Betty Lou did it when Carl Mericana answered a circle on The Triangle is Right.
  • Fairy Companion: Abby Cadabby, who is a serious point of contention for some fans, as it looks disturbingly like the character was designed by a marketing committee. However, the book "Street Gang" - while quite frankly admitting that that is how Zoe was designed, and how much she was hated by the writers because of it - takes pains to point out that Abby was created in the traditional manner by the show's longest established writer.
  • Fairy Tale Free-for-All: Whenever the show dipped its feet into Fairy Tales, it featured an assortment of fairy tale characters as Muppets. Notable examples include Baby Bear from Goldilocks and the Three Bears along with his parents (and later little sister), or The Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs. There have also been smaller appearances from various Fairy Godmothers, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, and many others.
    • Baby Bear attends Storybook Community School, which seems to be geared toward fairytale characters.
  • The Family for the Whole Family: Lefty the letter-pushing salesman, usually shown sidling up to Ernie: "Psst! Hey, kid - you wanna buy an 'O'?"
  • Fat and Skinny: Ernie and Bert, although Ernie is more broad than fat.
  • Filler:
    • The televised version of Abby in Wonderland was combined with a cover version of "(I Believe in) Little Things" and the street scenes from "The Golden Triangle of Destiny" in order to fill an hour.
    • Also, through the years, various tricks were used to fill the hour. These included the inserting of one of several stock segments - such as the famous "dot bridge" (dots would be placed, one at a time, on the screen, to form a 6-by-5 grid) - to repeating segments to a quick clip of someone (either a mainstream celebrity or cast member) making a comment a la Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. Sometimes, the end theme and "sponsors of the day" was simply started early over a generic street scene, but the camera just pulling away from the action in progress.
  • Filthy Fun:
    • All Grouches (except Felix) enjoy being dirty and hate being clean, so they "wash" with things like mud and cheese. Irvine, Oscar's niece, did want a bath in one episode, but that was seen as an unusual activity that she's only doing because she's a toddler.
    • Slimey the worm likes mud, probably because he's a worm.
  • First Day of School Episode:
    • Abby, and later Baby Bear, had episodes focusing on their having their first day at a school for fairy-tale characters.
    • One episode focused on Elmo's first day of preschool.
    • A book based on the series focused on Grover's first day of school.
    • The Count remembers his first day of school at one point during a Flashback.
  • Fish out of Water:
  • Flanderization: An inevitable side effect of a Long Runner crossed with Loads and Loads of Characters. Some stand out more than others, though: Zoe was originally a little girl monster who enjoyed dancing, among other things, but now she is never seen without her pink tutu. Also, Telly used to be merely fond of triangles instead of obsessed with them like he is now.
  • Fleeting Demographic Rule: See Canon Discontinuity above. Many of the topics involving Elmo now would have been explored by Big Bird thirty years ago.
  • Fly-at-the-Camera Ending: The musical skit "Surprise" has a Pie in the Face ending with the pie flying straight into the face of the viewer.
  • A Foggy Day in London Town: In a News Flash, Kermit has gone to London to report on the London Fog. He is interrupted by the London Frog, a Guardsman carrying the official London Log, and the London Hog. Then the fog clears up, so they all dance the London Clog.
  • Forgetful Jones: Trope Namer. Forgetful Jones is a cowboy who forgets a lot.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: According to Word of God, every Muppet has them except Cookie Monster.
  • Friendly Local Chinatown: In The Magical Wand Chase, the gang ends up in Chinatown where they chase after a bird who has Abby's wand. They later end up in 2 towns filled with people from Mexico and West Africa, respectively.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: The Count is one of the finest examples of this.
  • Funny Foreigner: The Count, of the Transylvanian variety.
  • Furry Confusion: In one skit, teaching about frogs, Kermit is horrified when Bob tells him that frogs do not eat pizza or live in apartments, and is noticeably squeamish when Bob shows him a real bullfrog.

    Tropes G 
  • Gag Haircut: Given by Ernie to Bert in this early skit.
  • Game Show Appearance:
    • Big Bird and Oscar appeared semi-regularly in episodes of the original version of The Hollywood Squares (with Big Bird calling host Peter Marshall 'Mr Marshmallow'), and Elmo has appeared on the revival versions.
    • Kermit appeared with his 'friend' Jim Henson, and Big Bird with his 'friend' Carroll Spinney, on separate episodes of the syndicated version of What's My Line?.
  • Game Show Host: Guy Smiley and Sonny Friendly. Also "Pat Playjacks", in a one-shot Wheel of Fortune parody called Squeal of Fortune, And Gordon in What Happens Next?, And even real person game show hosts like Richard Dawson was the host of a one-shot Family Feud parody called Family Food.
  • Generation Xerox: The 2016 Christmas special Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas shows the street in the 19th Century, where the great-grandfatehrs of Elmo, Cookie, Grover and others are more or less identical to their present-day counterparts (save for some extra mustaches). Though, this is merely a story made up by Elmo's dad.
    • An episode featuring a visit from Gordon's father reveals he used to be a famous singing star. A flashback has him portrayed by Miles, Gordon's son.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • From Oscar's Anti-Christmas Song, in the Christmas Eve special:
      Here comes Santa, girls and boys
      So, who needs that big red noise?
      I'll tell him where to put his toys
      I hate Christmas!
    • This scene with Snuffleupagus and his little sister Alice. She constantly pesters him with the question "why?" to everything poor Snuffleupagus answers. And it leads to this:
      Snuffy: Cause we're her children.
      Alice: Why?
      Snuffy: Oh, why did I start this?
    • The song "On The Subway" includes this lyric at 1:21:
      Old Lady: You could lose your purse and you might lose something worse on the subway...
    • The Count and a Countess are watching their show "Twenty-Something." In the show, Prairie Dawn barges in the Count couple's home to tell them about a great guy she met who is "20-something." The couple is displeased... because she didn't specify whether he was 21, 22, 23... 29.
      Prairie: I just love coming over here. You guys are so supportive. [A beat of uncomfortable silence between Prairie and the Counts, who exchange glances with each other and the viewers]
    • The Les Misérables parody has a lesson about body language. As Cookie Monster's character looks at a woman who's evidently modeled after the prostitute character from the source material, the narrator woefully notes that Cookie Monster "noticed what she was doing to her body."
    • The amount of sexual innuendo in this Desperate Housewives parody is amazing.
    • The "Would You Like to Buy an O" song has Ernie encounter a street dealer. Of illicit vowels, but still.
    • "QUACK YEAH!"
    • This old cartoon segment. @ 0:41..."Don't put a carrot into your...uh...belly button???"
    • This Cookie Monster song, "Eating Cookie", is a parody of "Making Whoopie".
    • Game of Chairs. The skit makes reference to the Red Wedding massacre, child murder, incest and beheadings. Woe betide the parents whose children look up what the show is parodying.
  • "Getting Ready for Bed" Plot:
    • One skit is about Elmo and Abby's bedtimes.
    • One animated skit is about mothers tucking in their children.
    • One skit has Humphrey putting Natasha down for the night and singing a lullaby called "Goodnight Natasha".
    • A book based on the series called "Time for Bed, Elmo!" has Elmo doing various activities such as feeding Dorothy and stroking the cat even though it's bedtime. It ends with him falling asleep when his babysitter makes him count sheep.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Lily the tiger, from the Chinese coproduction Sesame Street: Big Bird Looks at the World. note  While she likes wearing bows and the color pink, she's also an avid martial arts enthusiast.
  • Green Aesop: Once an Episode during seasons 40 and 41. Willie Wimple Anyone? (He's a young boy who's bad to the environment).
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Happens in "Elmo Saves Christmas" after Elmo wishes for it to be Christmas every day. Unlike a true loop, everybody is aware of the repeating timeline and the seasons change from winter to spring, then, summer, and then back to the next winter.
  • Grumpy Bear: While the show is mostly jolly, there are a few grumpy characters, including Oscar the Grouch and grouches in general, Mr. Johnson, and to a lesser extent Bert.

    Tropes H 
  • Hair-Trigger Sound Effect: EVERY time the Count laughs, thunder follows.
  • Hammerspace: Oscar's trash can is often implied to be this (i.e. fits a lot of stuff in it).
  • Hates Being Touched: The Grouches (although they more hate affectionate touching) and Benny Rabbit, who wrote a whole song about 'don't touch me'.
  • Hat of Flight: "Above it all/I love to fly..."
  • Head Desk:
    • Muppet composer Don Music had a habit, when unable to find a rhyme, of slamming his forehead into the keys of his piano in sheer frustration. Which is why you don't see him anymore.
    • An early Ernie and Bert segment from 1969 featured this at the end: Ernie slowly drives Bert nuts by his counting, and then Bert just loses it and bangs his head on a table in the background, and then runs screaming right past the camera and out the door. The ending would usually be cut from reruns due to concerns that kids would imitate Bert's head-banging.
  • Here We Go Again!:
    • The end of the song "I heard my Dog Bark.", the dog barks again.
    • "There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza..."
    • The end of Christmas Eve on Sesame Street.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Bert and Ernie are best male friends, and they're not a couple. Also, Big Bird and Snuffy, and Baby Bear and Telly, but they're kids so they're too young to be couples anyway.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Charlie the Chef (The owner of Charlie's Restaurant)
  • Hidden Depths: A lot of humor is mined from the simple-minded monsters (such as Grover and Cookie) possessing rather advanced vocabulary.
  • Hollywood Autism: Sesame Street has a character named Julia, who has Autism. So much emphasis is placed on her quirks that it stops the show in its tracks. Then the other Muppets begin imitating her...
    • In fairness to the show, they did research and learned up about autism, but even they admitted it's impossible to represent everyone with autism, since it's different for everyone affected. Obviously, people will have their own opinions on a subject like this,, and that's valid, but it's not like the show pulled autism symptoms out of their ass.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Abby's classmate Blogg is the child of a fairy and a troll.
  • How Can Santa Deliver All Those Toys?: Subverted. In Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, Oscar's question is, more accurately, "How can Santa fit down the chimney?" Big Bird nearly freezes waiting up for the answer, and doesn't get one. Elmo Saves Christmas reveals that he has a time-traveling reindeer.
  • The Hyena: Harvey Kneeslapper is very easily-amused and is laughing in nearly all his scenes.

    Tropes I-J 
  • I Call Her "Vera": Or I Call My Bathtub "Rosie", in the very first episode.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Whenever Luis becomes his persona "Señor Zero," he makes this type of excuse to leave, such as needing to feed his undershirts or having left his wallet in the dishwasher.
  • "I Want" Song: The 2018 special When You Wish Upon a Pickle starts off with one of these, as sung by the main cast.
  • Iconic Item:
    • Ernie's rubber duckie.
    • Oscar's trash can. And he's never moved to a plastic container with wheels, either.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Elmo first appears in 1984, 15 years after the premiere.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: In Which a Trope Is Described
  • Inanimate Competitor: In one skit, they have a "Whose Pet is Best?" competition and one contestant is Rocco the rock.
    • One "Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures" skit has a bird competition. Bert enters Bernice, who's one of his pigeons, but Ernie enters his rubber duck.
  • Incendiary Exponent: A campfire in "The Ladybugs' Picnic" gets out of control and has to be put out by the fire department. In the original animation, the fire even burns the Ladybugs' marshmallows to a crisp.
  • Indy Escape: Often done in spoofs of Indiana Jones:
    • Episode 2687: where the gang evades what seemingly appears to be a boulder, but is actually the rare Golden Cabbage of Snuffertity
    • Episode 3135: An Indiana Jones-type explorer engages in one of these throughout the episode, completely unnoticed by anyone.
    • Episode 4161: Telly and Chris are pursued by a giant boulder.
  • Injured Limb Episode:
    • In one episode, known as "Wing in a Sling", Big Bird sprains his wing.
    • Telly spent a few weeks during Season 24 (in 1993) with his arm in a cast after breaking it.
  • Instant Thunder: Typically played straight, especially with Count von Count, but there have been a couple of aversions...
    • In a 1981 Ernie and Bert sketch where Ernie is afraid of a noisy thunderstorm during the night, he decides to quell his fears by imagining the lightning flashes are Olivia taking a picture with her flash camera, and the thunder that comes afterward is the photo subject dropping something.
    • On episode 2061 during season 18 Big Bird winds up frightened by a thunderstorm that hits just as he tries to go to sleep. The first two thunderclaps are instantaneous but after Gordon and Susan teach him that he can tell how far away a thunderstorm is by counting the time between the lightning and thunder every thunderclap afterwards comes a few seconds after the lighting.
    • Episode 4215, "Chicken When it Comes to Thunderstorms," has some chickens that are on Elmo and Abby Caddabby's T-ball team frightened by a thunderstorm with notably realistic lengthy gaps between the lightning and the thunder. This comes into play when Elmo and Abby suggest the chickens cover their eyes so they don't see the lightning, which works, until the thunder afterward freaks them out. Abby tries materializing earmuffs onto the chickens so the thunder doesn't scare them, but they end up still seeing the lightning, so that doesn't help. It's when Leela attempts to comfort the chickens when things begin to work out.
  • Interactive Narrator: Gina serves as one when she told "Little Miss Muffet and the Spider: The Continuing Story"; Miss Muffet has a Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?-type of fear of spiders, and keeps running away screaming loudly from the spider that keeps following her everywhere. It isn't until Miss Muffet comes to Gina for advice, and she tells Miss Muffet that the spider might really be nice, and it turns out the spider just wants to be friends.
  • Internal Homage: One episode involves Celina and the kids who attend her dance studio putting on a live-action production of the Sesame Street short film "The Alligator King."
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: After Elmo wishes for it to be Christmas every day in "Elmo Saves Christmas" Santa gives him a special time-traveling reindeer to take him forward in time and find out what will happen. After a year has passed Elmo sees that his wish was not the most optimal one to make.
  • It's Pronounced "Tro-PAY": During the "Cooking by the Numbers" segments in Season 30 Chef Rutheé insists that her name is pronounced "Ruth-AY" any time the announcer of the segment calls her "Chef Ruth-ee". At the end of the number 9 segment Chef Rutheé freaks out over the overuse of lemons in her recipe and she mispronoucnes her name as "Ruth-ee" leaving the announcer to remind her of the correct "Ruth-AY".
  • Invincible Hero: Sesame Street's Emmy count is off the charts.
  • Iris Out: Used in the 1992-1998 opening. And at the end of the song, Indian U Call.
  • I Will Find You: In the Cecile the Ball song I'm Gonna Get To You.
  • Job Song:
    • "People in Your Neighbourhood" is about several different jobs that people you might meet every day might have.
    • "Do the Doctor" is a song sung by some doctors about a dance based on their profession.

    Tropes K-L 
  • Kangaroo Court: In one episode, Telly is angry with a penguin and thinks about what would happen if he hit the penguin. It's all an Imagine Spot, but he goes to court and an all-penguin jury says he's guilty at the very start of the trial. The judge is the Count, who lengthens Telly's sentence just so he can count years in jail.
  • Kent Brockman News
  • King Kong Copy: In one skit, a large primate is invading a city and the skit talks about various physical sensations (hunger, thirst, being too hot, and having to pee) and shows how the primate deals with them (eating a store that's Shaped Like What It Sells, namely burgers, drinking from the fire hydrant, using a plane's propeller to cool down, and using a giant toilet respectively).
  • Large Ham: Frank Oz is known to ham up his Muppet characters, from regulars like Bert, Grover and Cookie Monster, to minor and one-off characters in the 70s and 80s.
  • The Last Straw:
    • A mouse gets on an already overloaded elevator and it shakes and explodes.
    • A kid yanks the bottom can off a stack, and the whole store collapses.
    • In one of Prairie Dawn's pageants about "heavy" and "light", one character named Monty is struggling to hold up a boulder and another named Merry is holding a feather. Monty eventually drops the boulder onto Prairie's piano, nearly crushing it. Then, Merry places the feather on top, completely crushing it.
  • Left the Background Music On:
    • Whenever the theme music plays, the characters can hear it, and know that it's time to say hello or goodbye to the viewers, which was a plot point for an episode where Oscar was trying to get it out of his head as he found it too happy.
    • In a Sick Episode where Big Bird and Zoe had colds and Telly was delivering messages to/from them, every time he was delivering a message, dynamic music would play, which got slower every time, a fact which he found annoying.
    • In the episode where a penguin takes Telly's cap, chase music plays while he chases the penguin. Halfway through the chase, the penguin chases Telly instead, which prompts Telly to ask that they stop the chase music while they switch places.
  • Leitmotif:
    • During the years when Mr. Snuffleupagus was only seen by Big Bird, Snuffy's entrances and exits were accompanied by one of these.
    • In recent years, the street stories have much more musical score, allowing for more of these to sneak in. Super Grover particularly is often accompanied by his classic theme.
    • Sherlock Hemlock also has his "detective music".
    • The Grand High Triangle Lover has his regal sounding fanfare to signal his entrance and exit.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Played straight ... a recognition game where viewers were asked to identify the odd item out of a group of (typically) four. (For instance, a pair of shoes in three boxes, but a fourth only has one shoe.) Sometimes, played with actions — for instance, children engaged in various physical activities in three boxes, but the fourth is of a child reading.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: In the nearly 50 years of its existence, countless puppets and human characters have appeared on the show.
  • Location Song: "(Can you tell me how to get to) Sesame Street?" - The theme song, which essentially has children asking people, how can they find this street?
  • Long-Runners: 50 years and counting as of 2019.
  • Long-Runner Cast Turnover: With the exception of three performers - Carroll Spinney (Big Bird and Oscar), Bob McGrath (Bob) and Loretta Long (Susan), who have been there since Day 1 in 1969 - the entire cast has turned over since the first episode aired in November 1969. The longest-tenured cast members after them, aside from Muppet performers, are Emilio Delgado (Luis) and Sonia Manzano (Maria) with both first appearing in 1971, and Roscoe Orman (Gordon, who in 1974 became the third actor to play the role); Allison Bartlett O'Reilly (Gina, joining in 1987) the next longest-tenured. Everyone else has come and gone with much shorter runs on the show.
  • Loud of War: An early Bert and Ernie sketch has the duo engaging in one of these when Ernie hogs the TV set, and Bert turns the record player on to drown him out, which leads to Ernie turning the radio on to drown out the record player, then Bert responds by turning a blender on to drown out the radio... all of which leads to a fuse blowing and the power going out in their apartment.

    Tropes M 
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Depending on the era of the show.
    • In the old days, most of the generic, one-shot Anything Muppet characters were performed by either Frank Oz, or Jerry Nelson and Richard Hunt.
    • For a while in the early 2000s, many of the female AMs were performed by Stephanie D'Abruzzo.
    • Presently, almost every female Muppet is performed by Leslie Carrara-Rudolph.
  • Meaningful Name: Gonnigan, Abby's classmate on the Abby's Flaying Fairy School segment. When nervous or upset he turns invisible, and therefore is "gone again".
  • Medium Blending:
    • Abby Cadabby moves from live-action to the computer-generated Flying Fairy School. Similarly, Bert and Ernie have Great Adventures in Stop Motion.
    • The Magical Wand Chase movie combines puppetry with CGI.
  • Melancholy Musical Number:
    • "When Bert's Not Here" is a song by Ernie about how sad he feels when Bert is away.
    • "Sad" is a song by Little Jerry and the Monotones about how sad Little Jerry feels after several bad things, like losing his dime and having a terrible time at school, happen.
    • Another song with the same name was sung by Olivia, who had gone from feeling fine to being sad for seemingly no reason.
    • "Don't Walk" is about a groom who is very sad due to not being able to cross the street to his bride because of the 'don't walk' song.
    • "All I Can Do is Cry" is a song sung by a kitten who's sad due to losing her mitten.
    • "Wandering Through Wonderland" is a song Abby sings as she's lost in a place based on Wonderland from Alice in Wonderland and wants to go back home.
    • "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe" is about some cowboys and cowgirls at a cafe specially designed to cry things out at.
    • "Just Take a Look at 15" is by a singing 15 girl who feels unnoticed.
  • Mistaken for Thief:
    • Zigzagged in one Ernie and Bert skit. Bert observes Ernie sitting with a plate of crumbs and holding a fork and a piece of chocolate cake gone. Logically, Bert thinks Ernie ate the piece of cake, but Ernie makes up a story about a monster eating it, shaking off the crumbs, and putting the fork in Ernie's hand. Bert doesn't believe him and Ernie admits that he did eat the cake, but when Bert leaves, the monster does the exact thing Ernie described with the other piece of cake.
    • At one point, Bert thinks Ernie took his cookies, but really it was Cookie Monster in disguise.
  • Mistakes Are Not the End of the World:
    • In one episode, the Count accidentally counts the same number twice and decides to give up counting and find a new job, lest he make another mistake. However, all the other jobs turn out to involve counting in some way and when Elmo makes the same error and declares that he will give up counting, he decides that accepting errors is better than giving up counting.
    • The song "Accidents Happen" from "Elmo's Potty Time" is about how it's acceptable and normal for kids to have accidents during their potty-training.
    • "Everyone Makes Mistakes" is a song about how everyone makes mistakes, so it's fine if you make them.
    • When Rosita writes the "R" in her name backwards, Big Bird fails to dunk a ball, Zoe and Abby fall over while dancing, Bert forgets the lyrics to a song, Cookie Monster burns some cookies, the Two-Headed Monster fails to drum, and Elmo makes a math error, a woman sings a song called "The Power of Yet", implying that they can't do what they're trying to yet but will be able to in the future.
    • In an animated skit, a girl named Cookie breaks the window and considers lying to her mother that her cat Lucy broke it. However, she then imagines her family making Lucy sleep in Bruno the dog's bed, which he wouldn't like, so he'd scare her away, never to be seen again. Cookie, not wanting Lucy to run away, tells the truth to her mother, who tells her that sometimes accidents just happen, but at least she told the truth and can do better next time.
    • Played with in an episode. Linda breaks Ruthie's pitcher but because she's in a hurry, she didn't see it, and because she's deaf, she didn't hear it. Elmo forgets that Linda is deaf and thinks that she didn't tell Ruthie because she's afraid, so he asks Ruthie what "someone" should do if they broke the pitcher and were afraid to tell. Ruthie thinks that Elmo broke the pitcher and is afraid to tell, so she tells him the story of when she broke her uncle's lamp as a girl. Ruthie's uncle was apparently sad about the lamp, but not mad, because he knew it was an accident. Elmo tries to spread this information to Linda, which leads to everyone finding out the actual truth.
    • Downplayed in one episode. Elmo learns how to roller-blade and people keep telling him that it's OK to fall down, but Elmo seems to already know that.
    • The song "Trying and Trying Again" has such lyrics as "Don't be afraid because you are small, and don't be afraid that you may fall. You can get it after all; it just takes time".
    • The book "Potty Training with Abby" has Abby say that she sometimes either turns the toilet into a pumpkin or wets her pants, but it's normal to make mistakes while potty training.
    • In the book "P is for Potty", Elmo's cousin Albie wets his pants and Elmo and his mother Mae reassure him that it's normal and Elmo used to wet his pants as well.
    • In the book "Everyone Makes Mistakes", Big Bird accidentally knocks over some laundry and tries to lie about it, but then learns that it's fine to make mistakes, but not to lie.
    • In the book "Toilet Time", when the narrator points out that Ernie had accidents as a toddler learning to use the bathroom, then says, "That's OK, Ernie!".
    • Downplayed in the online game "Elmo's Potty Time". Elmo doesn't have an accident, but Louie, his father, tells him that it's OK to have them anyway.
  • Monster-Shaped Mountain: When they visited Hawaii, Big Bird spent a lot of time looking for Mount Snuffleupagus; a mountain shaped like, well, a Snuffleupagus.
  • The Movie: Follow That Bird (1985) and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999).
  • Multi-National Shows: We heartily recommend the documentary The World According to Sesame Street on this subject.
  • Multiple Endings: The 123 red ball sculpture film has two endings.
    • One has the ball being crushed into a powder, while the other sees the balls triggering a machine which places cherries on three ice cream sundaes.
    • A number of films on the letter or number of the day have the same basic theme and format, but are edited to feature a different letter or number. In their full form, most of the counting films go up to 20.
  • Multiple Head Case: The two-headed muppet.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Andrea Bocelli singing a lullaby
  • The Music Meister: A 2010 episode had Elmo take on this role by pure accident - he decided to play with Abby's wand when she left it behind after leaving to do an errand; he accidentally learned the music spell while pretending to be a conductor with it and decided to use it on everyone on the street.
  • Mustache Vandalism: The segment where Muppet cowboys compare a "Wanted" poster of Cookie Monster with the actual Cookie Monster. When their suspicion peaks, Cookie distracts them long enough to draw a mustache on the poster. The cowboys notice the disparity, and apologize for suspecting him. Cookie Monster amiably tips his hat—and lots of stolen cookies tumble out.
  • My Nayme Is: Herry Monster, Merry Monster.
  • Mythology Gag: Season 40 is filled with them, ranging from props with a hidden reference on them to onscreen cameos from some of the performers. Click here for a complete list.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the sketch when the Count sleeps over with Ernie and Bert, Ernie recommends that the Count should count sheep so he can fall asleep. But he ends up enjoying counting them, and when it begins thundering from his counting, a horrified Ernie gives this look.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Oscar's friend Felix is a neat grouch, and Oscar's cousin George is a positive grouch.

    Tropes N 
  • Neat Freak:
    • Bert doesn't like it when Ernie is messy.
    • Unusually for a grouch, Oscar's friend Felix likes to clean.
  • Negative Continuity: In the 35th anniversary special, The Street We Live On, Grover takes Elmo back in time to the Sesame Street before he was born, via a magic time traveling taxi cab. Via flashbacks, Grover takes Elmo to Maria and Luis's wedding, however, Elmo was the ring bearer at the wedding (and was constantly worrying about dropping the rings). In fact, Elmo can be seen in the flashback. Can't really imagine how that got past the writers, producers, editors, etc.
  • Never Say "Die":
    • Averted, with Mr. Hooper's death.
    • The song "One Way" also opens with the line "I'm so lonely, I wish I was dead".
    • As does "On The Subway" ("So hot I could die...").
  • New Year Has Come: The entire prime time special "Sesame Street Stays Up Late!" (retitled on video as "Sesame Street Celebrates Around the World") is all about a New Year's Eve Party.
  • Niche Network: In Elmo's World, Elmo's TV tunes in to these kinds of channels to teach kids.
  • The Nicknamer: Oscar the Grouch is this for almost all of his Sesame Street neighbors; to him, Gordon is "Curly," Big Bird is "Turkey," Maria is "Skinny," Bob is "Bright Eyes," Telly is "Worry Wart," Elmo is "Little Red Menace," among others.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Every one of Oscar the Grouch's schemes to ruin everybody's day backfire, resulting in everyone being happier instead.
  • No Fourth Wall:
    • Often follows the common kids' TV convention in which the viewer is assumed to be "visiting" the show's characters.
    • Episodes of Sesamstrasse (the German version) from 1978-88 — when the show took place in a studio — took it Up to Eleven, where some episodes involved the studio crew helping the characters out.
  • Non-Residential Residence: Oscar the Grouch lives in a trash can.
  • No Peripheral Vision: At the end of "Cookie Disco", when Cookie panics over having no more cookies, there actually is a cookie visible on the wall in front, which he could easily spot. In this case, it's most likely unintentional, as during the early years segments were often done in one take (and it's unknown whether Frank Oz would have spotted it in the monitor when performing in the segment).
  • Nostalgia Filter: Arguably, what some adult fans who object to the modern Retool are looking through.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: The human characters age normally but the Muppets and Monsters will stay the same age. Often times retcons are used when talking about stuff or flashbacking to things that they "should" have been too young for, such as Elmo being at Maria's and Luis' wedding.
  • Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: Absolutely defied.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Mr. Snuffleupagus was one of these for about a decade. This was eventually changed because it infuriated children, seeing Big Bird driven crazy by everyone's disbelief. Also, as per above, it occurred to the writers that perhaps having all the adults disbelieve Big Bird sent a very irresponsible message.
  • Numerological Motif: In 2003, the budget people called for the show to be limited to 25 episodes a year. Lou Berger, the head writer at the time, pointed out that you can't exactly fire a letter of the alphabet, so now they each get one episode a year.

    Tropes O 
  • Obviously Evil: The first and second of the three "Japanese stories" sketches from 1971-72, "The Mystery of the Four Dragons" and "The Unhappy Empire", feature the "evil Prime Minister" of Imperial Japan, voiced by Frank Oz. As if the word "evil" wasn't enough of a clue to his true nature, his bushy eyebrows are permanently furrowed in a contemptuous scowl, and he never misses an opportunity to cackle malevolently.
  • Odd Couple: Bert and Ernie, who live together but sleep in separate beds. It is never really clear whether they are partners, father and son or just friends.
  • Ode to Food:
    • "Food, Food, Food" is sung by Cookie Monster about different types of food.
    • "Healthy Food" is sung by Cookie Monster about eating a balanced diet and different nutritious foods.
    • "The Celery Song" is a song by three kids called the Celery Bunch about how much they like celery.
    • "Breakfast Time" is a song by Cookie Monster about the different weird ways he eats cookies in the morning (boiling them, juicing them, frying them, etc).
    • "C is for Cookie" is another Cookie Monster song, about how he loves cookies so much he doesn't care if 'cookie' is the only word that starts with 'C' that he can think of.
    • Invoked when Elmo uses Abby's wand to make it so nobody can speak, only sing, and makes Baby Bear and Alan sing a song dedicated to porridge.
    • One song is sung by a boy who previously thought he didn't like zucchini about how it's the best food he's ever eaten now that he's tried some.
    • "The First Time Me Eat Cookie" is by Cookie Monster about his first time eating cookies at about age one.
    • "Everyone Likes Ice Cream" is about how liking ice cream is nearly universal despite the fact that everyone is different.
  • Off Screen Crash: The show loves this trope, particularly with Muppet segments.
  • Once a Season:
    • The season premieres are usually the only episodes of the whole season to feature all of the human actors on the show, because they can't afford to do so more often than that. Often, this was used to showcase new and returning actors and establish personalities. note 
    • During much of The '70s and (at least) early-to-mid Eighties, each year the show would have a week's worth of winter-themed episodes. Actually, two weeks: the first week would show snow falling, and the second week the whole street would be covered in snow. This didn't last long, and even now whenever they do Christmas specials there's very little snow cover; as Oscar once explained in an interview, "It used to snow, but it got too expensive."
    • From Seasons 33 to 37, "Do De Rubber Duck" had become an annual treat for viewers. Ditto for "Imagine That".
  • One Episode Fear:
    • In "Afraid of the Bark", Zoe (and allegedly Rocco) develop a fear of dogs and the adults and Elmo help them lose it.
    • In one episode, Elmo has a fear of fire, which he gains (due to Hooper's Store catching fire) and loses (due to visiting the firehouse) on the same episode.
  • One Mario Limit: Good luck finding any character named "Elmo" from after the late 70s. The same goes for Grover, Bert and Ernie to a lesser extent. Oscar is luckily a common enough name to avoid this (especially since there's another famous Oscar in modern pop culture).
  • One Steve Limit:
    • The first three decades featured Little Chrissy, who has also been referred to as just Chrissy and as Chris. Chrissy was also the name of a member of Little Jerry and the Monotones, and both characters were voiced by (and named after) Christopher Cerf, though the Monotone Chrissy wasn't referred to by name often. Another Chris was added to the human cast in season 38, long after the Muppets with this name had stopped appearing on the show.
    • There's Sam the Robot and Sinister Sam, as well as the owner of a store where the Busby Twins frequented, and a boy who appears in the home video Getting Ready to Read.
    • Bad Bart and Bert's brother Bart.
    • A comical example occurred in a sketch where Kermit the Frog goes to pick-up a personalized t-shirt, only to get shirts for Kermit the Forg, Kermit the Gorf, and Kermit the Grof. At first it looks like the shirt maker made a mistake, until customers with those names show up to pick up their shirts.
  • One-Word Vocabulary: In the early 90s, a female construction worker Muppet named Stella was often seen with Biff and Sully, and all she would say was "Yo!"
  • Only Sane Man: Averted to the extreme, as most of the cast acts pretty eccentric at times, thanks partially at least to them attempting to simultaneously teach preschoolers about letters, numbers and other subjects.
  • Only Shop in Town: Hooper's Store is this to the titular street.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Oscar starts acting kind rather than his usual grouchy self in "Oscar the Kind", the rest reacted with surprise.
  • Opening Ballet: Part of the opening sequence of Christmas Eve on Sesame Street involves an ice ballet in which Big Bird learns from a girl how to skate to the song "Feliz Navidad".
  • Our Vampires Are Different:
    • Count von Count. He has a shadow, enjoys being out in sunlight, can't turn into a bat, and doesn't seem to be interested in sucking blood at all. (One early skit did show him having no reflection in a mirror.) Official materials are inconsistent on whether he is even a vampire at all.
    • In the Twilight parody, Cookie Monster plays "Shortbreadward" a "Yumpire" with an insatiable thirst for cookies.
  • Out of Focus: Several characters after Elmo and later Abby Cadabby came to dominate the show. Some longtime characters such as Prairie Dawn, Oscar the Grouch and the Count aren't seen as much as they were in previous years. Saddest of all, Big Bird is only a periodic guest star. This may be an example of Real Life Writes the Plot, as Jerry Nelson (the Count) suffered through several years of declining health before his death in 2012 and as Carroll Spinney has continued to perform as Big Bird and Oscar into his early 80s.
    • Further examples of Real Life Writes the Plot: Even before Jim Henson's death and Frank Oz's semi-retirement, their increasing commitments to outside projects starting in the late 1970's affected how often their respective characters would appear in new material. This particularly affected Ernie, Bert, Grover, Cookie Monster and Kermit the Frog, all of whom went from frequently appearing on the street interacting with the other characters to primarily appearing in pre-filmed inserts, as Jim and Frank were then only able to dedicate one week out of each year for such.
  • Overcomplicated Menu Order: In an early skit, Ernie asks an ice-cream man for a Chocolate, Strawberry, Peach, Vanilla, Banana, Pistachio, Peppermint, Lemon, Orange, Butterscotch ice-cream cone. Amazingly enough, the ice-cream man delivers! ... Except that Ernie is now upset because the cone was prepared upside-down. Watch it here.

    Tropes P-Q 
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: A Running Gag of the 2016 "Smart Cookies" segments is that the villain, the Crumb, is able to get past Cookie Monster with the most minor disguises, such as a mustache or even simply a bow-tie. Because Cookie Monster is comparing him to a digital photo, these elements don't appear, allowing Cookie to be easily fooled.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Invoked In-Universe and played for laughs during the W-ORD News segment with John Oliver and Cookie Monster. One of the top stories is teased by John Oliver as "The word 'crumb' ends with a 'b', but you never hear it. What's it doing back there, and how can you protect yourself?"
  • Parental Bonus: A deliberate part of the show from the beginning. One of the first producers described the plan for the show back in 1969 as "A show that will entertain parents so much, they'll force their kids to watch."
    • If not the actual originator of the concept, then Sesame Street is certainly the most sophisticated. Includes parodies of current celebrities, movies and songs, such as 'Monsterpiece Theater', a Masterpiece Theatre spoof hosted by Alistair Cookie. It's really doubtful that preschoolers would get a Waiting for Godot parody. Or, for that matter, one based around The 39 Steps.
    • They did a parody of Mystery! in the early 90s, called Mysterious Theater with Vincent Twice, a spoof of Vincent Price.
    • Family Feud was parodied in 1981 as Family Food with Richard Dawson as the host.
    • There were 2 Wheel of Fortune parodies. One was Squeal of Fortune with Pat Playjacks and Velma Blank. The other was Dreidel of Fortune with host Jeremy Miller (Not sure who played La Vanna White).
    • Miami Vice was spoofed as Miami Mice.
    • Life Styles Of The Rich And Famous was spoofed as Life Styles of the Big and Little with Dicky Tick. Only 2 skits were made.
    • This Is Your Life was parodied as Here is Your Life with Guy Smiley (and later, Sonny Friendly).
    • Siskel & Ebert was parodied as Sneak Peak Previews with Telly Monster and Oscar the Grouch. Ebert and Siskel was in one of the sketch where they demonstrate the Thumbs Up Thumbs Down ratings.
    • Ask The Manager was parodied as Ask Oscar with host Telly Monster and Oscar the Grouch.
    • Hill Street Blues was parodied as Hill Street Twos.
    • Love Boat was spoofed with Ernie as the captain who loves that boat.
    • ABC-TV's Love in the Afternoon was parodied as WCTW: School in the Afternoon.
    • Days of Our Lives was spoofed as Sounds Of Our Lives.
    • Or Old Spice... starring Grover. ("Anything is possible when you smell like a monster and you know the word 'on'. I am on a horse." "Moo!" "Cow.")
    • They really do work hard to stay current, as also per a parody of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit called "Law & Order: Special Letters Unit".
    • They also did a parody of Boardwalk Empire called "Birdwalk Empire".
    • The Latin American version of this show, Plaza Sesamo, features the recurring sketch "Los Monstruos Tambien Lloran" ("The Monsters Also Cry"), a parody of telenovelas named after a classic Mexican example (Los Ricos Tambien Lloran ["The Rich Also Cry"]) of the form.
    • Five words: Orange is the New Snack.
    • American I
    • Game of Chairs gives us the ultimate one with the references both to the story and um...some of the more grown up aspects (really Robb?) clear and easy to follow for fans of the show and those who only have an inkling of the hard hitting series.
  • Parental Substitute: The original concept behind Gordon and his wife Susan, according to Word of God.
  • Parody Commercial: Used as a second Couch Gag in seasons 43 and 44.
  • Parodied Trope: Early seasons, as noted, parodied many TV advertising tropes of the day. Notably, the Repeating Ad, by using the same films more than once in a given episode.
  • Parodies of Fire: In the Chariots of Fur sketch.
  • Passing the Torch: In So Long, Mr. Hooper, David told Big Bird that Mr. Hooper left the store to him.
  • Person with the Clothing: An animated segment about the letter V features "the villain in the Panama hat" (who even refers to himself as that).
  • Piano Drop: Seen in "Danger" by Little Jerry and the Monotones, and "Danger's No Stranger" by How Now Brown and the Moo Wave.
  • Pie in the Face: The ending of "Surprise", where even the viewer gets pied.
    • The series of skits where Linda signs words that Gordon says out loud right before the word is demonstrated on him. The last word in the skit is "pie" and it ends not with Gordon getting a pie to the face, but rather Linda being on the receiving end.
  • The Pig Pen: Oscar the Grouch (and most grouches) love to get dirty.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Word of God is that Gordon is a teacher (first elementary school, then later high school science); in the first episode he says that he's home early because a teachers meeting was called off. However, because he's only very rarely actually seen in a classroom, and indeed seems to always be available whenever the Street plot of the day requires it, many casual viewers aren't aware of this fact. In fact, Mad TV once lampshaded this in a skit about the recession hitting Sesame Street, and Gordon - now riding an ice cream cart - remarks, "Oh, I lost my job doing whatever it is I did before."
  • Polka-Dot Disease: One episode focuses on Big Bird getting the "Birdy Pox", which is a disease most birds of his species and age get and is characterised by being covered in itchy green dots.
  • Potty Dance: In "Elmo's Potty Time", Baby Bear squirms and Elmo asks if he's dancing. Baby Bear says that, no, he's fidgeting and says he has to go himself.
  • Potty Emergency: Baby Bear Grover and Curly Bear get potty emergencies in "Elmo's Potty Time".
  • Potty Failure: The Elmo's Potty Time special has a whole song about this, called "Accidents Happen".
  • Pretty in Mink: In a Christmas special, one of the (human) women wears a rabbit fur jacket.
  • Prison Episode: Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration (a stand-alone special) tells about how sometimes people violate the law (a "grown up rule") and have to go to jail or prison.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • David. Northern Calloway, who was experiencing mental health and other personal issues in the late 1980s, left the show after the end of Season 20 (he was either fired or resigned, depending on which story one believes), and—since David was still fairly prominent well into 1989—his departure was explained in the premiere episode of Season 21, which aired in November 1989. Gordon receives a postcard and reads it to Elmo, explaining that David had moved to Florida to care for his grandmother and manage her farm. David is still presumed to be alive, as to this day, he has not been mentioned again. Calloway's real life, meanwhile, continued to spiral downhill and in January 1990, he suffered a massive nervous breakdown that killed him.
    • Also Roosevelt Franklin, Harvey Kneeslapper, Simon Soundman, Placido Flamingo, Forgetful Jones, Don Music, Sherlock Hemlock, Sam the Robot... In fact, too many to count, as there have been hundreds of Muppets over the last 48 years, so there is no way around this. Even some of the core 'legacy Muppets', like Herry Monster, are seldom seen on the show today.
      • Actually averted in the cases of Herry & Roosevelt. See The Bus Came Back for more details.

    Tropes R 
  • Raiders of the Lost Parody: The Season 39 premiere "The Golden Triangle of Destiny"; after 'Minnesota Mel' shows up and tells Telly and Chris about said triangle, Mel gets a 'charley horse', so Telly gets his own costume, calls himself 'Texas Telly' and takes his place.
  • Ratings Stunt: The "Around the Corner" era of 1993-1998, in which the Street expanded to include several new and colourful characters and their businesses (notably the Furry Arms Hotel).
  • Really Dead Montage: Mr. Hooper would've gotten one, but the producers decided it would confuse the younger viewers.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The September 11 World Trade Center attack served as the basic underlying framing device for the Season 33 premiere episode, in which Hooper's Store catches fire, much to Elmo's horror. Though, he does get invited to the local fire station, and sees what firefighters do to save people's lives, which helps Elmo with his fears.
  • Real Time: Used sometimes, and occasionally lampshaded.
    Fifteen fingers (with a friend);
    In fifteen seconds, this film will end...
  • Reality Ensues: An early episode has Big Bird run for President of the United States and get elected. Turns out, he has no idea how the office works. Needless to say, he doesn't last very long in the role.
  • Rearrange the Song: This didn't start to become common until The '90s. Starting with Season 24 (1992-1993), the show retired its familiar original theme song of then 23 years in favor of a more upbeat, calypso rendition which lasted up till Season 29; beginning with Season 30, another rendition of the theme song was introduced, which was less distinctive, but still rather upbeat and snappy - it was kept for only three seasons; Seasons 33-37 used yet another arrangement that featured more brass and wind instruments, giving it a bouncier and more child-like sound to it; after that, Seasons 38-45 used a hip-hop/urban-esque arrangement (which itself was modified in Seasons 40 and 42 with more acoustic instruments); for Season 46, the show has went with a shorter retro folk arrangement of the theme.
  • Reminder Failure:
    • In the picture book Don't Forget the Oatmeal!, Bert and Ernie go grocery shopping, with Bert remarking at the beginning that it's particularly important that they remember to get more oatmeal. Bert ties a string around his finger to help him remember. At the supermarket they get distracted by a Cookie Monster rampage, and when they get home they discover that they've bought everything on their list except the oatmeal.
    • A classic animated sketch has a young girl being given directions about what groceries to pick up for her mother. She walks all the way to the store repeating the three items she has to get only to momentarily forget the third when she's actually in the store. After a few second of being puzzled, she does remember the right thing to buy, however.
  • Required Spinoff Crossover: The Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures claymation series features the title duo and a series of new characters. The only short to feature another Sesame regular is "Wizards," which features Elmo in a prominent role.
  • Retcon: It's intentionally invoked in Season 46: as mentioned above (see Chaos Architecture), Hooper's Store has been given a vintage/retro redesign that's much more reminiscent of the original store from The '70s, making it seem as if the store has just set there and aged for 46 years (though the store does now offer free wifi, showing that it still keeps up with the time regardless).
  • Retool: The show has always been described as an "experiment," where new things are tried out each year. Though the majority of the changes through the first three decades were fairly minor (dropping/adding certain characters and segments), major changes to the format have been done since the mid-2000s:
    • In 2002, the show became more structured - daily recurring segments happened in a specific timeline and the street story, originally shown in parts throughout the hour, was condensed into one approx. 10 minute block.
    • In 2009, the show kept a similar format, only now modeled after pre-school programing blocks (such as Nick Jr.) with more long-form segments incorporated into the show.
    • 2016's changes condensed the show to a half-hour format, and shifted the show's focus to a central cast of seven (Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster, Grover, Big Bird, Oscar and Rosita), while the other Muppet characters are downgraded to supporting roles.
  • Rock–Paper–Scissors:
    • A newspaper sold at Hooper's Store featured the headline "Rock Wins! Paper and Scissors are bummed..."
    • In episodes 4145 and 4225, two pigs are shown to be constantly playing this game and keep tying at "Paper." This results in them constantly going...
    "Rock paper scissors SHOOT!" "Paper." "Paper." "TIEEEEEEEE!"
  • Rube Goldberg Device: Kermit's What Happens Next machine. Or at least, it tries to be.

    Tropes S 
  • Same Face, Different Name: Technically, Betty Lou and Prairie Dawn do have the same face (being made from the same pink Anything Muppet), but they are different characters.
  • Safety Worst: In one storyline, Telly breaks his arm after playing tag. Following his recovery he wraps himself up in pillows in order to protect himself, only to realize that this means he can't move and must remove it to have fun.
    • There was an episode in the 90's where Elmo got a boo-boo when playing with Baby Bear and Telly. When Maria tells him not to bump it and it will be just fine, Telly and Baby Bear go overboard protecting him, including eating his lunch for him so he won't hurt his hand by holding the sandwich! Elmo reminds them that he has everything under control and can watch his own hand.
    • In a 2002 episode Baby Bear hurts his nose while playing with Telly and Telly is left unsure how to keep playing with him because he worries that anything they do will hurt his nose again, even just singing the Alphabet.
  • Scandalgate: A crossover between Sesame Street and The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour occurred during a PBS pledge drive in the '80s in which Robert MacNeil covered a presumed cookie theft by Cookie Monster known as "Cookiegate."
  • Second Person Attack:
    • In the Elmo's World episode "Water", a boy is shown squirting a jet of water at the camera with a hose during a montage of kids playing with water.
    • The "Yakity Yakity Yak" animated segment from the early 70s ended with a talkative yak, offended at being called such a thing, going berserk and charging toward the camera, ending with a "shattering" effect as if he crashed into the camera.
  • Seldom-Seen Species:
    • The mid-1990s sketch “African Animal Alphabet” mentions the umber bird (a small stork-like bird), the okapi (a forest-dwelling member of the giraffe family), ibises (another stork-like bird), jerboas (a jumping rodent), kingfishers, warthogs and Xerus (a ground squirrel).
    • Some of the "morphing maps" segments feature some less-seen local wildlife, such as a bilby and a wombat from Australia, and a kinkajou and a capybara from Brazil.
    • One of Elmo’s imagine spots portrays him as an aardvark.
    • One of the songs from the "Sesame Street Creature Feature" segment was about an aardvark.
  • Sequel Hook: From Christmas Eve on Sesame Street: "How do you think the Easter Bunny can hide all those eggs in one night?"
  • Serious Business: Under all the apparent silliness is a deep, deep dedication to their core educational mission, to the point of instantly dropping characters and concepts that might negatively impact young audiences. Sometimes can itself come off as over-the-top funny; as per this early short film wherein the process of getting milk from the cow to a baby's bottle is treated with just slightly less gravity than, say, the Normandy Invasion.
  • "Sesame Street" Cred: The Trope Namer. This is also the most likely show to invert this trope, with characters making appearances on all sorts of shows from Rove Live to Scrubs to The Today Show.
  • Shave and a Haircut: An animated insert where an orange ball plays on a musical staircase.
  • Ship Sinking: In episode 2385 (Gina gets a job at Hooper’s Store), David’s incompetence in handling a situation where Amazing Mumford turns Maria into a root beer float is implied to be the death knell on their longstanding relationship. A few episodes later, Maria begins to formally date Luis, and by the end of the season they are married.
  • Ship Tease: Maria and Luis were being teased as early as 1975, but their relationship was overlooked for a strictly professional one as Maria was in a relationship with David.
  • Shoe Size Angst: : In one episode, Big Bird tries to join "The Good Birds Club", but their pigeon leader won't let him in because his feet are too big. When Big Bird asks Abby if she can magically shrink his feet, she obliges, but he's now unable to keep his balance.
  • Shout-Out: Again, a fundamental part of the Parental Bonus.
    • "Good morning, Mr. Cunningham! Gee, that wasn't even close!"
    • Big Bird's teddy bear is named Radar.
    • Bert composes a letter to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in one skit.
    • Aversion: No matter what you've heard, Bert and Ernie are not named for George Bailey's childhood friends in It's a Wonderful Life (the movie didn't become iconic until well after the characters were created). Henson & co. have been driven crazy by that coincidence for years. This was lampshaded in Elmo Saves Christmas, where Bert and Ernie walk past a TV playing ''It's a Wonderful Life" and are surprised by the line "Bert! Ernie! What's the matter with you two guys? You were here on my wedding night."
    • Game Of Chairs, a parody sketch in which they play musical chairs.
    • When Ernie and Bert went to a jungle to find Dr. Livingston, Ernie asked to Dr. Livingston What's Up Doc?.
    • Right before Big Bird's Fairy Godperson left in a 2006 episode, he gets a call on his wand phone, telling us that there are a couple of kids who want to fly with dragons... He even repeats their Invocation word for word. (Remember, that show was also a Sesame Workshop production, albeit with Sony Pictures Television.)
    • One 1990 episode revolved around Bob's archaeologist brother Minneapolis looking for the Golden Cabbage of Snufertiti. Not only does he bear a striking resemblance to Indiana Jones, the boulder scene is spoofed, and Minnie performs an Indy Hat Roll (minus the "rolling" part).
  • Show Within a Show: Abby's Flying Fairy School; Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures; Elmo's World; Elmo: The Musical. The first two alternate episodes; Elmo gets a dedicated eleven-minute block (shortened to five minutes when the show was cut down to a half-hour.)
  • Shrunk in the Wash: In a 1990's episode Baby Bear gets a new tie from his aunt, but after it blows away in the wind and lands in the mud, he is forced to wash it. This makes it shrink to finger size and leaves him to try and find a solution for the rest of the episode.
  • Sick Episode: There were many episodes that had someone who is sick.
    • Big Bird got pneumon-tweet-itis-carnarion from the direct to video: Sesame Street Home Video visits the Hospital.
    • Everybody got Mine-Itis (a grouch sickness that makes everything the world theirs and refuses to share).
    • Maria once gets a stomach virus and has to go to hospital.
    • Gabi gets the flu once, unfortunately it's on her birthday.
    • Barkley gets sick in one episode, and Mr Mumford manages to get him well, but then he turns invisible.
    • Snuffy gets a tummyache in one episode.
    • Big Bird once gets the Birdy-Pox.
    • Telly gets the Triangle-Sneeze-Itis and has to avoid going near a triangle.
    • Gina is sick off work in one episode, leading her to be jealous of Savion, who's working.
    • Irvine gets the Grouch Flu in one episode, which makes her act un-grouchy.
    • Downplayed in one episode. Cyranose is said to have a cold.
    • In one episode Big Bird and Zoe are both sick while on a scheduled playdate, and Telly acts as an intermediary that allows them to play together anyway.
    • In "Elmo Goes to the Doctor" a slew of characters get various ailments: Elmo gets earache, Baby Bear and the Count have sore throats, a goat has a tummy bug, a cow has a horn ache, a random boy and an elephant both have congestion in their noses, and Bert and a horse have colds. Thankfully, they're all better afterwards.
    • Prairie Dawn gets a cold in a 1997 episode.
  • Signature Laugh
    • Ernie's hissing, machine-gun-like "kh-h-h-h-h..."
    • Bert's bleating "Eh-e-e-e-eh..."
    • The Count's "ONE <insert noun here>, Ah-ha-ha..."
    • Elmo has one of the most distinctive laughs in children's television, as anyone who has ever owned a Tickle-Me-Elmo doll can attest to.
    • The Twiddlebugs have that high-pitched giggle.
    • Zoe's shrill, back-of-the-throat laugh is hard to mistake.
  • The Simple Gesture Wins: From the segment "Alligator King"...
    The king snagged his foot on the royal red rug and crumpled up his nose.
    The seventh son of the Alligator King was a thoughtful little whelp.
    He said, "Daddy, appears to me that you could use a little help."
    Said the Alligator King to his seventh son, "My son, you win the crown,"
    "You didn't bring me diamonds or rubies, but you helped me up when I was down."
  • Singing in the Shower:
    • Ernie sings "Rubber Duckie" in the bathtub.
    • And also the song: "Singing In The Shower" sung by Olivia (In the Shower), Ernie (In the Bathtub), Oscar (In the Mudbath), and Big Bird (In the Birdbath).
  • Sleep Aesop:
    • One episode reveals that the Bear family occasionally need to take all-day naps in lieu of hibernation. Baby Bear doesn't want to take his all-day nap, but then he keeps falling asleep and Gordon tells him that sleep is important for everybody.
    • In one "Teeny Little Super Guy" skit, Teeny Little Super Guy's friend Eugene doesn't want to sleep because he thinks it's boring, so Teeny Little Super Guy tells him that people need to sleep, and that he can entertain himself by making up a story while he waits for himself to fall asleep.
    • One lyric in Ernie and Bert's sleep song is "Sleep, it's what everyone in the world must do. Sleep, every boy and girl. Every pigeon, too."
    • The song "Take a Rest" is about the importance of napping. Oddly enough, it's sung by Bert, Cookie Monster, and Grover, who are adults and Bert is the only one of them who regularly takes naps. Plus, Bert and Cookie Monster have never gotten tired from activity before.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Chess is Gordon's game of choice.
  • Society Marches On: Standards for children's education have changed, and what was a good teaching tool in the 1970s and early 1980s doesn't work for modern kids. The "Old School" DVDs open with a disclaimer saying as much.
  • Song of Many Emotions:
    • "Feelings" is a song sung to little Natasha by Ernie about the different ways of expressing emotions and concludes "But of all these feelings, winter, spring, or fall, I like laughing when I'm happy best of all".
    • "Feeling Good, Feeling Bad" is a song by Ernie and Bert about their changing feelings. First Ernie is happy while Bert is sad, then Bert becomes angry, then apathetic, then happy but Ernie is sad. Like Bert, Ernie goes through anger and apathy but the song ends with both of them happy.
    • "Big Feelings" is about the different emotions Abby has, including sadness, anger, and fear, about her parents' divorce.
    • Downplayed for "Happy and Proud", which is about emotions at a birthday that are all variations on happiness: normal happiness, pride, and love. Sleepiness is also mentioned when the character goes to bed, but that's not an emotion.
    • In "Felines", a mouse observes and sings about four cats that have different emotions. One is happy, one is sad, one is angry and the other one is neutral but then he makes noise and she becomes surprised.
    • "The Island of Emotion" is a song about an island with different areas that align with different emotions: Happy Harbour, Weeping River (sadness), Love Lagoon, and the Woods of Yow (surprise).
    • In "I'm Sad Because I'm Happy", Oscar sings about how he's sad, happy, and mad at the same time, the first two because of the previous emotion and the latter because "it sounds sappy to be happy when you're sad".
    • "A Song About Emotions" is about how the singer expresses all his emotions.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: A passing subway train covers up an, um, unusually grouchy string of words from Oscar the Grouch in Christmas Eve on Sesame Street.
    Oscar: You are, without a doubt, the stupidest [...] bird I've ever met!
  • Space Episode: In a pivotal arc that took up the entire latter half of Season 29, Slimey took a trip to the moon with five other worm astronauts.
  • Speaking Like Totally Teen: In the picture book story "My Babysitter and Me", also published as "I Can Have Fun with My Babysitter!" Zoe has a teenage babysitter named Becki ("My name is Becki, with an 'i'.") who tells her that they're "totally going to have a fun night," later says "Like, thanks" and when leaving tells her father "No problem, dude! Catch you later! Like, this is totally fun!"
  • Speaking Simlish: The Two-Headed Monster, though sometimes he can speak a few English words, other times it's mostly gibberish.
  • The Speechless:
    • The Honkers never spoke at all. They just communicate (and make music) with pressing their nose to sound the horns on their head.
    • The Dingers, counterpartes to the Honkers, only they communicate by dinging bells on their heads.
    • Sully (puppeteered by Richard Hunt) is a silent sidekick of construction worker Biff.
    • Linda (portrayed by Linda Bove) never did speak at all because she is deaf. That is why she uses sign language.
    • Wolfgang is a seal who only speaks through braking noises.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": For a period in the early 1970s, Cookie Monster was actually known as The Cookie Monster.
  • Spiders Are Scary: The show would often feature this, more often than not involving a character learning spiders aren't really scary. A notable instance is this 1989 segment where Gina tells a "continuing story" of Little Miss Muffet. The titular character is initially deathly afraid of spiders, and always screams really loud and runs off, despite the spider actually having a rather cute design, even though she keeps appearing wherever Miss Muffet tries to go. It isn't until Miss Muffet comes to Gina for advice, and she goes to face her fear and learns the spider is nice and just wants to be friends.
  • Spinoff: Sprout's Play with Me Sesame repackages Muppet segments from this show with new material featuring Grover, Prairie Dawn, Bert, and Ernie.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad
    • For a while after Tickle Me Elmo's runaway success, it seemed that more and more of the show was becoming devoted to Elmo, to the point where it was less Sesame Street and more The Elmo Show. Thankfully, though, it was reverted before things got too out of hand, so that now the character focus is much more balanced again.
    • In the late 90s and early 2000s, the show was very Baby Bear-heavy. The character was very prominent during this period, likely due to puppeteer David Rudman having more time to commit to Sesame, to the point that he was almost considered a Scrappy to fans.
    • One could say that Abby Cadabby is this as well. From her first appearance in 2006 to now, she's gotten absolutely tons of screentime, including an entire special called Abby in Wonderland, an Alice in Wonderland parody.
    • Some of the new characters introduced during the "Around the Corner" era of 1993-1998, like the Squirrelles and the Furry Arms Hotel Muppets, were like this at times as well.
  • Stage Magician: The Amazing Mumford is a classic example... save perhaps for the "A la peanut butter sandwiches!" thing.
  • "Staying Alive" Dance Pose: The Sesame Street Fever album cover, which mimics the design of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack album cover with Grover as John Travolta and Ernie, Bert, and Cookie Monster as the Bee Gees.
  • Steal the Surroundings: There was a routine in which Ernie, fed up with Cookie Monster stealing his cookies all the time, acquires a safe in which to put the cookies. Whereupon Cookie comes by, realizes that he cannot open the safe... then eats the safe.
  • Stealth Pun: The Pinball Number Count short on the number 4 is golf-themed.
  • Sting: Lampshaded and put to extensive use in "The Golden Triangle of Destiny".
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Bert is the Straight Man and Ernie is the Wise Guy.
  • String-on-Finger Reminder:
    • A Bert and Ernie sketch has Bert arriving home to find that Ernie has string tied around all ten of his fingers. Pointing at the first finger, Bert asks what the string on that finger is for. Ernie replies that it is to remind that he has a string on the next finger. Bert then asks him what that string is for, and Ernie says it is to remind him he has a string on the next finger. This proceeds through all of Ernie's fingers until they reach the last one. When a very exasperated Bert asks him what that string is for, Ernie says it is to remind him to buy more string.
    • In the picture book Don't Forget the Oatmeal, Ernie writes down a shopping list for his and Bert's trip to the supermarket, but since he forgets to write down "Oatmeal", Bert ties a string around his finger to help him remember. Cookie Monster goes to the supermarket around the same time as Ernie and Bert due it having a big sale on cookies. When Cookie reaches the cookie aisle, he eats every cookie in sight, making a huge mess of the store. Ernie and Bert help Cookie clean up and remind him to pay for the cookies he had broken and eaten, and when they arrive home, Bert still has the string around his finger, realizing that he and Ernie forgot to buy the oatmeal.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Bruno the Trashman is usually a silent character, But he has occasionally spoke (like in the end of Follow that Bird), He even sang with The Trashmen in Put Your Trash In a Can.
  • Sweet Seal:
    • Wolfgang is an excitable seal who communicates through a series of barks. If he so much as hears the word "fish", he is apt to go into a frenzy, so other characters have to avoid saying the word in his presence.
    • There is one song called "Swim Like Sea Lions" that features footage of children swimming along with sea lions.

    Tropes T-U 
  • Take That!:
  • Talk About the Weather: The song "Hace Calor" is about this trope and how it's a good way to break the ice when you're too shy to talk to someone.
  • Talking in Bed: Several Ernie and Bert sketches.
  • Talking Typography: Special mention goes to the letter "V" that can split into the number 11.
  • Telephone Song:
    • In "Telephone Rock", Little Jerry and the Monotones ask the operator to "put some rockin' and rollin' on the telephone." Eventually the operator calls the police on them.
    • Monty in "Watermelons and Cheese" advises the characters how to properly answer the telephone, saying you should't say "watermelons and cheese" (unless you're a watermelon or a cheese).
  • "Test Your Strength" Game: One episode has Cookie Monster try one of these games. The barker reveals in an aside to the viewer that the game is rigged. Because the prize for the game is a cookie, the Cookie Monster wins anyway.
  • Thanksgiving Episode: The gang celebrates Thanksgiving in a Season 48 episode, but not without learning why it is celebrated.
  • Theme Parks: Several, to varying degrees of success. One in Pennsylvania (1980-), one in Texas (1982-1984), Tokyo Sesame Place (1990-2006), and Parque Plaza Sésamo in Monterrey, Mexico. (1995-)
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Bert sings a bit of it in this sketch.
  • Theme Tune Extended: On Friday installments. This actually applied to all CTW productions which aired around the same time, including The Electric Company (1971), 3-2-1 Contact, Square One TV, and Ghostwriter.
  • These Questions Three...
  • Third-Person Person: Elmo says Elmo like referring to himself as Elmo!
  • Those Two Guys: Bert and Ernie.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Telly, Elmo, and Baby Bear; Abby, Rosita, and Zoe.
  • Title Drop: In Follow That Bird.
    Gordon: Let's follow that bird.
    • It also happens in the episode "Fire In Hooper's Store", where Maria says the episode's title as her response to seeing the grease fire.
  • Toilet Training Plot: In "Elmo's Potty Time", Curly Bear gets potty-trained and several other characters talk about potty-training.
  • Totally Radical: Some characters would veer into this during the "Around the Corner" era of 1993-1998.
  • Trademark Favorite Food
    • Cookie Monster's "COOOOO-KIEEEEE!"
    • Big Bird's love of birdseed milkshakes.
    • "A la peanut butter sandwiches!"
    • Baby Bear and porridge.
    • Oatmeal for Bert.
  • Un-Evil Laugh: Ernie's imitation of the Count in one episode includes one; after counting something, Ernie shouts, "Thunder! LIGHTNING!"... followed immediately by his own Signature Laugh.
  • Unsatisfiable Customer: Mr. Johnson, Grover's customer in the "Charlie's Restaurant" skits, is sometimes this.
  • Unsuccessful Pet Adoption: When Big Bird tries to keep a turtle named Seymour, Seymour runs away to the park and Gina says that he probably belongs there.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Baby Bear often tells to Goldilocks to stop helping.

    Tropes V-W 
  • Vacation Episode: In addition to the aforementioned Aloha, Hawaii! storyline, there series a series of episodes where the characters went to Puerto Rico to visit Maria's family. Also, there were one-hour specials like "Big Bird in China" and "Big Bird in Japan".
  • Very Special Episode
    • Episode 1839, where Big Bird learns about death after Mr. Hooper (and Will Lee, who portrayed him) dies.
    • The last week's worth of episodes for Season 32 (2001), in which a hurricane hits Sesame Street, and destroys Big Bird's nest; the week-long story arc featured the Sesame residents working together to help Big Bird recover from his loss, and help him build a new (and stronger) nest.
    • The Season 33 (2002) premiere, Episode 3981, in which Hooper's Store catches fire, was written in response to the September 11 attacks.
    • Episodes associated with Luis and Maria's relationship - from falling in love, to getting married, to the birth of Gabi.
  • Visual Pun: The title sequence with the CG animated blocks was introduced along with the show's block format.
  • Vocal Evolution: Happens with many Muppets that have had the same performer for a long period of time...
    • Compare Jim Henson's Kermit the Frog voice from the early seasons with his Kermit voice from the late 80s; there's a very noticeably difference.
    • When Marty Robinson first took over the role of Telly from Brian Muehl in 1984, he started out imitating Brian's Telly voice before gradually making the role his own.
  • The Von Trope Family: Count von Count.
  • Walkie-Talkie Static: In The Magical Wand Chase, Abby, Elmo, Rosita, Big Bird, Grover, and Cookie Monster imitate the sound of radio static with their walkie-talkies, though Cookie Monster eventually eats his.
  • Washy Watchy: Elmo's Wash and Dry is a bath book from the franchise that shows Elmo doing this at a laundromat.
  • We Interrupt This Program: The "Sesame Street News" segments with Kermit the Frog. The "NEWS FLASH" logo appearing at the start of most of these segments currently serves as the trope page image.
  • Wham Line: "Big Bird... don't you remember we told you? Mr. Hooper died."
  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve: The 1972 Cinderella News Flash taking place at the ball has this happen, naturally. It also occurs in two other segments not relating to the fairy tale...
    • In "The Mystery of the Four Dragons," the Japanese Emperor's Son must find the four dragons hidden in the room they are in before midnight (done with a fairly modern classroom-style Simplex clock, no less!)
    • The "Mysterious Theater" segment "Dial M for Mother" has Sherlock Helmock attempting to wish his mother a happy birthday right before Big Ben strikes midnight. Luckily, his dog Watson finds a London telephone booth, and so Sherlock is able to make the call right before the clock starts chiming.
  • Whip Pan: Typical of Season 40.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Bob and Linda went on dates, but they didn't get married.
  • Words Can Break My Bones: In The Magical Wand Chase, when the bird has Abby's wand, she just wishes what she wants to happen and it comes true (like when she prevents Abby from being able to fly), unlike Abby who has to recite a Magical Incantation.
  • The Worst Seat in the House: One classic segment with Bert and Ernie at a movie theater saw Ernie having to contend with a woman in front of him wearing a really tall hat. Hilarity Ensues.
  • WPUN: An early 90's episode had the all-dog radio station WUFF.
  • Wraparound Background: Seen in the early 80s Muppet song "Let's Go Driving".
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In Cutie and the Beast, the king decides that his daughter Cutie can only marry a prince. Grover, playing a beast, comes in and the king decides to let him marry his daughter (after an ordeal). When storyteller Bob points out that Grover is not a prince, the king says he knows but also knows that in stories like this the beast ends up being a prince. Not only does Grover not turn into a prince, but after getting kissed, Cutie turns into a monster.

    Tropes X-Z 
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol:
    • "A Very Special Sesame Street Christmas" which was the first special to air on commercial broadcast TV and featured Oscar (as usual) in the role of Scrooge.
    • In 2006, a more intentional and modernized adaptation of the story was done with "A Sesame Street Christmas Carol," again with Oscar in the role of Scrooge, and in a way it also doubled as a Clip Show featuring clips from past holiday specials when the different ghosts show Oscar the Christmases of the past and present.
  • Yoko Oh No: Hilariously invoked in an episode from Season 35, in which we flash back to the (decidedly un-canonical) time Gordon, Bob, and Luis formed a garage band in The '70s, and met Maria for the first time. Luis is so smitten that Bob comments, "I hope this girlfriend Maria doesn't break up the band, man."
  • You Monster!: During a "Mine-itis" outbreak (making everyone on the Street refuse to share) Leela and Elmo are incensed to discover Oscar nonchalantly celebrating with an anchovy-and-hot-fudge sundae ice cream.
    Leela: Oh, Oscar! How could you eat at a time like this?!?
    Oscar: With a spoon!
    Leela: You know what, Oscar? You are a grouchy monster! That's who you are!
  • Your Cheating Heart: The Count is actually a very, very mild, yet non-exactly-subtle example of this: he has two girlfriends (Countess Dahling Von Dahling and Countess Von Backwards), and seems to like to charm various different female Celebrity Stars.
  • Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: Telly's hamster Chuckie, thereafter called Chuckie Sue.
  • Zeerust: Someday, Little Children

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