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DVD Series of every Sesame Street episode ever made

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by ssetta, Apr 27, 2003.

  1. Mark The Shark

    Mark The Shark New Member

    Sorry to drag up an old thread...

    I used to get amused (but now only get annoyed) by people insisting that "Sesame Workshop has to release every Sesame Street episode ever made and every Electric Company episode ever made right now, right? And you agree with me, right? Well, don't you?" as if they want to *fight* me over it. (For the record: Yes, I'd like to have as much of this stuff as I can get my hands on...but I am *grateful* to have what I have now, and I never thought in a million years I'd ever get my hands on *any* of the early episodes from my youth. So I appreciate it.) But in reading the above remarks, it reminded me of Johnny Carson's website, where they do much the same thing as what is described above. You can look up specific "Tonight Show" airdates on a database, or search for certain guests who appeared. There is a long description about how thousands of tapes are stored underground in some sort of cooled environment, and there is no guarantee about what condition a specific master tape is in, or whether a certain show even still exists in the archives. They'll custom-make the tape for you (the last time I checked the site, it was tape, and I don't think they were selling DVDs then, but who knows) and they warn that these shows are complete as aired with commercials, that there is no express or implied license for their use, and that they are copy-protected. They say it could take a long time to get them to you depending on what research is involved in tracking the tape down, and they ask to list alternate choices, etc. and tehy'll get back to you to verify that the show you want is actually in their archives. I don't remember what this all costs, but as I recall, I think it was over $100 for a single episode, and that was on VHS. This is probably the only way they could make the Johnny Carson shows available...licensing all the guests, music, commercials, etc., would be absolutely cost-prohibitive, and I guess doing it this way circumvents a lot of those licensing issues, since they aren't being released to the general public.

    So that would be really cool...I don't know if Sesame Workshop has ever or would ever consider something like that (and I have no control over whether they would do it or not), but I thought it was interesting.

    Here's the site:

    http://www.johnnycarson.com/carson/search/
  2. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf New Member

    Isn’t it great that the archive of past posts in these forums go back such a long time? You can come up with some pretty valuable information from just doing a standard search. Here’s what I found on this topic:

    (Originally posted by “sstvideo” on 3/4/2003.) :


    So there you have it – the “official” reason Sesame Street Unpaved has been dropped from Noggin’s programming slot. As best I can tell from sstvideo’s other posts, it sounds likely to me that she is either affiated with Sesame Workshop, or Noggin or PBS in some way, in which case we can safely assume this bit of information comes from a reliable source.
  3. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf New Member


    I am in total agreement.

    And I don’t understand this: When Noggin *was* showing Sesame Street Unpaved, fans were complaining: “They’re showing the same 67 episodes over and over again! They need to show MORE!” But it soon became apparent that not only were “they” not going to do this, but in fact were slowly phasing out Unpaved altogether, what was the reaction? These same fans started jumping up and down, kicking and screaming, writing letters and emails, phoning Noggin employees, circulating petitions…just about everything short of forming a lynch mob to try and get it to stay on. Why all the fuss to save something if you weren’t satisfied with it in the first place?

    :confused:
  4. ssetta

    ssetta Active Member

    Well, it's not that we weren't satisfied with it. I mean, I kind of liked the shows they picked, but I think they could have added more as well. But I think their rights expired as of January 2004.
  5. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Active Member


    I agree w/ Ssetta. I mean they could of shown others other then showing the same ones over and over. I remember seeing it for the first time and when I would record I would either get the same ones. So when they would get over w/ one set of episodes why not show others. Its over now and will never get to see old ones until they bring them to DVD and Videos.
  6. ssetta

    ssetta Active Member

    That's IF they bring them to DVD or videos, which I don't think they will. :cry:
  7. Ryan

    Ryan New Member

    Oh, really? You don't think it will happen? Never would have guessed. :rolleyes:
  8. BeamlovesBob

    BeamlovesBob New Member

    If only we could choose/vote on the Best of Season episodes that would be my favorite choice, but it's been so long since I've seen many of them that I would definitely need to see the full list of episodes with descriptions before I did voting.

    They wouldn't lose money making these because I would DEFINITELY buy them...

    I have almost no old episodes since I missed out on taping off Noggin before those disappeared :mad:
  9. MJTaylor

    MJTaylor Member

    I personnally would love to see complete DVD sets of every Sesame Street season, but I guess it is un-feasable. Maybe a better idea is to have just the first appreance of every segment and have it cut from all the other episodes, but in the set have a book or something that tells you what other episodes that the segment i.e. The Allegator King, was used in.
  10. zanimum

    zanimum New Member

    Actually 6 hours of footage can go on a DVD, minimum. I've heard of DVDs with 8 hours, and I'm sure there are ways of compressing it down further.

    But with 6 episodes per disc, that's 666 discs (presuming only 4000 episodes). At just $9.98 per disc, which is likely a little low, that's $6653 for the set. More realistic is $19.95 per disc, which brings us to $13300. That still would be cheap for such a specialized collection of television episodes.

    Collect them all? I don't think many would.
  11. Dantecat

    Dantecat Active Member

    Well,I'll Collect Them All That's Been Ever Made! :flirt:
  12. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    Ah, the mark of the devil. I knew Elmo was evil.
  13. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf New Member

    But that's not what I meant, sseta. What I meant was it became obvious that Noggin WASN'T going to add anymore shows to the 67 they were already airing, but people STILL complained and petitioned to save Unpaved anyway even though they weren't going to add anymore and their viewers had already seen the same 67 shows over and over again. My point was, what was the point of starting a petition to save SSUnpaved if you knew they weren't going to add anymore shows AND you had already seen the ones they did air over and over again?
  14. jobedo

    jobedo Member

    with blu-ray DVD they can now put 21gig on single layer disk and almost 40 gig on double layer disk and they will be out this year and now some scientist clames they can trick a cd into holding 10 times as much data in my ten years on the computers they have gone 10 meg hardrives to 250 gig hardrives so who knows maybe someday they will all be on one disk ,would'nt want that baby to get scratched
    jo
  15. furryfella

    furryfella New Member

    I would Love too see SS ON dvd Eeven seeing the Old 70's stuff would Be nice


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