Sesame Street

(Monsterpiece Theatre overture plays as we pan in on Cookie Monster seated in his chair wearing his lovely red smoking jacket.)

Cookie Monster: Good evening, and welcome to Monsterpiece Theatre. Me Alistair Cookie. Tonight me proud to present, "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest". Story of number one and his historic flight over cuckoo's nest. Here now, "One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest".

(He picks up what looks like a script in a red school binder and reads to himself as the scene changes to three chickens behind some chicken-wire. They stop pecking in the hay and look up as a number three with little silver wings flies in and hovers above their heads.)

Chicken #1: Oooh, look girls, it's the handsome number three!

Chicken #2: Hey, flying my way?!

(The number three flies away off-screen.)

Chicken #3: Toodle-oo (not sure what she says here)!

(All three chickens look at the camera and go, "Huh?" as the scene changes back to the studio and Cookie says ...)

Cookie Monster: Hey! Hold it, stop! Sorry, that not "One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest". No, that, umm .... (he checks his notes) ... let's see ... yeah, here. That "Three Flew Over Chicken Coop", story of handsome number three. (checks his notes again) Let's see, okay, here, here, here, here now, "One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest".

(Scene changes to two pigs snorting in the mud. One looks up as the sound of something flying towards them is heard off-screen.)

Pig #1: Sid?

Pig #2: Yeah, Henry?

Pig #1: Can a number four fly?

Pig #2: No, Henry.

(A number four with silver wings lands with a plop in the mud beside them.)

Pig #1: I didn't think so.

(As Cookie starts to speak, both pigs look at the camera. The scene changes back to the studio.)

Cookie Monster: Whoa! No good! Me very sorry, that not "One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest"! That ... ummm ... let me see .... (checks his notes) .... that, yeah, here. That "Four Flew Over Pigsty, Land In Mud", very messy story. Now, let's try again or me get new job, oh ho! Here we go, "One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest". Me hope.

(Scene is a tree with one cuckoo bird in a nest.)

Cuckoo Bird: Cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo.

(A number one with silver wings flies swiftly overhead. The bird looks at the camera and says ...)

Cuckoo Bird: CuckOOO!

(Back to the studio.)

Cookie Monster: There you have it, "One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest". Finally! Very beautiful, very moving, very silly. Join me next week for "Rocky 20", story of ... twenty rocks, very heavy stuff. (He tosses the binder over his shoulder.) This Alistair Cookie, good evening. (Cookie sits back, his chin lifted and his hands across his chest as he strikes a pose.)


Premiering in 1969, this educational television show aimed at preschoolers has charmed generations of youngsters ever since. The show - featuring a lovable cast of characters including Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo, Snuffy, Grover and many others - has delighted and educated children and adults alike, with its collection of songs, skits, and celebrity guest appearances. ... Read More