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Susan plays "One of These Things" in the first episode.

"One of These Things" was a song written by Joe Raposo, Jon Stone and Bruce Hart and regularly used on Sesame Street for sketches where viewers would be shown a group of four items, one of which was different from the other three, and they would have to identify the item which didn't belong. In episode 3824, in which the Dingers plan on having a ding-a-long, the cast sang a variation called "One of These Dings".

A similar game was played to a different song written by Joe Raposo and Jeff Moss in 1970 and called "Three of These Things Belong Together", with variations such as "Two of These Things", "Here Are Some Things That Belong Together", and "Three of These Kids Belong Together". (The last version involved a four-way split screen with three children performing one activity, plus a fourth child "doing his own thing". Sometimes it was called "One of These Kids".) In some instances of the game, kids were encouraged to find more than one different answer, depending on how the things could be categorized.

This game has been used in segments starring William Wegman's dogs, and in animated form, melody only, with footprints. It was also the basis for a game in one "Journey to Ernie" segment. A line of the song is included in the theme for the "This is the Game Today" segments, and some of the games from "This is the Game Today" include this song.



Picture Singer Earliest Known Appearance Subjects Variations
Susan Episode 0001 W and three Twos One of These Things
Susan Episode 0043 Shoe sizes
Susan Episode 0054 Shapes
Susan Episode 0083 Silverware and a clock
Susan, Bob and Grover Episode 0131 Circles
Bob Episode 0158 Fruit Some of These Fruit
Bob Episode 0158 Knick-Knacks Some of This Stuff
Mr. Hooper Episode 0179 Groups of candy Three of These Groups
Kermit the Frog and Susan Episode 0276 Hammer, shoe, pliers, and a saw Three of These Things
Kermit the Frog and Susan Episode 0276 Three birds and a frog
Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus Episode 0298 Three cut-out drawings of Snuffleupaguses and a cup
Grover and Susan Episode 0406 Car and three animals
David Episode 0536 Three starfish and one crab
Bob Episode 0536 Sports Three of These Kids
Bob and Maria Episode 0804 Three triangles and 23 One of These Things
The adults, Gladys the Cow, and the kids Episode 1056 People and a cow One of Us Here
Luis Episode 1149 Basketball and Baseball Three of These Kids
Viewer Episode 2040 Upside-down kids, right side up kids Three of These Kids
Viewer Episode 2358 Three Policeman, one fireman. (all Kids) Three of These Kids
Snuffy and Alice Episode 2477 Brussels Sprouts and Balls One of These Things
Luis Episode 2491 Three kids wearing winter clothes, and one kid not in winter clothes Three of These Kids
Edith Prickley (Andrea Martin) Episode 2617 Boots and Pumps Three of These Things
Sidney Episode 2755 Three cans, one cup One of These Things
Uncle Wally, horses Episode 2786 Uncle Wally and a singing group of horses. One of Us Here is Not Like The Others
Cookie Monster Episode 3008 Number of cookies on each plate One of These Things
Ruthie, Telly Monster, Merry Monster, and The Kids Episode 3164 A roller skate, towel, soap, and a Rubber Duckie. Three of These Things
Telly, Savion, and Kids Episode 3197 A toy rocket ship, a pair of tap-shoes, a toy airplane, and a toy helicopter. Three of These Things
Gina, Kids, Elmo and Baby Bear Episode 3410 A blue ball, a yellow ball, a blue pull-duck, and a blue block. One of These Things
Big Bird and Gordon Episode 3540 The Squirrelles and a rabbit. One of These Things
Elmo and Zoe Episode 3872 A number 1 and three socks. One of These Things
Cookie Monster and Ernie Episode 3943 A hamburger, a cookie, pizza and a fajita Three of These Things
Elmo and viewer Episode 3967 A soccer ball, a jump rope, jacks and Stinky the Stinkweed Three of These Things Belong Here
Big Bird and Cookie Monster Episode 3981 A cookie, a hat, a t-shirt, and a shoe Three of These Things
Big Bird and Snuffy Episode 3992 Oscar, a hat, a mat, and a cat (Little Murray Sparkles) Three of These Things
Maria and Kids Episode 3993 A kangaroo, a rabbit, a fish and a grasshopper Three of These Things
Big Bird, Elmo, Zoe, Luis, Maria, H-Man Episode 4115 A helicopter, a hippopotamus, a ball and a hexagon Sound of H (letter of the day is H)
Oscar the Grouch and Alan Episode 4118 Food scraps and a button Three of These Things
Jay Leno and Big Bird Three triangles and one circle
The Big Bad Wolf, The Three Little Pigs, and Kermit the Frog - Sesame Street News Flash Three pigs and one frog Three of These Things
Luis Three kids holding umbrellas, and one kid not holding an umbrella Three of These Kids
Bob (pretending to be John-John) and John-John (pretending to be Bob)[1]


  • Play-Along Games and Songs (Cookie Monster version)
  • Old School: Volume 1 (in episodes 0001, 0131, 0276, 0406, and 0536)
  • Old School: Volume 2 (in episode 1056)
  • Let's Play Games (kids with umbrellas version) (on bonus CD-ROM)
  • Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days (Cookie Monster version)


  • This song was included in a 2004 Subway commercial, where it was called "One of These Subs".
  • Dave Grohl, from the Foo Fighters, admits that he was influenced by "One of These Things" while writing the song "The Pretender"[1].
  • In the Mindless Self-Indulgence song "Unsociable" you can here the lyrics:"One of these shapes is not like the other holes " which is very similar to the song "One of these things"


  1. Sesame Street Unpaved

External links

  • Lyrics

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