Sesame Street

Gary-Owens-Voice (GOV) guy comes onscreen, whipping out his lower-case "i" from a briefcase and he has a dialogue with a Rude Off-screen Voice (ROV):

GOV: Hi-ho everyone, I bet you don't know what this is.

ROV: It looks like a small L with a ball on top.

GOV: Well, golly-gee, I never thought of it, but it does look something like an L with a ball on top.

ROV: Not something like, exactly like! You have the mind of a flea!

GOV: Quiet down now. This is the letter I. Many words start with the letter I.

ROV: (rudely mocking him) "Many words start with the letter I!"

GOV: And the one that springs to my mind is -- "Impolite." Now we don't want to be impolite. (pause.) That means being rude, or discourteous, or having no manners.

ROV: (smart-alecky): Tell us all about it, bright boy!

GOV: Excuse me. (He walks off-stage; there comes several seconds of a loud scuffle, the suitcase bounces around. The GOV guy returns.) Try not to be impolite. And thank you for your time.


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