« Last post by mitsguy2001 on April 01, 2017, 08:19:35 PM »
That's really interesting. Did you notice those edits from your own copy of the episodes, or from Tim's screenshots?
Was the closing of the 1969 episodes also edited the way that you described? Or was it just the first 2 weeks of the 1970 season (1066-1075)? I really wonder what was changed. Was there any obvious difference between edited vs unedited endings?
As for 1101: I also really wonder what was changed there. If the wall was still yellow it was probably the 1971-73 version that lacked the wainscoting, but obviously before the walls were painted blue. Just out of curiosity, is your 1101 from when it aired on TV, or is it from a VHS or DVD release? I seem to remember hearing that there were 2 VHS versions, one of which lacked the NOM segment. Maybe the edits were related to that?
Somebody needs to ask somebody at FCI about these edits.
I didn't see it in this thread, but another episode we think may have been edited was Episode 37. The University of Pittsburgh database says that Mr. McFeely smokes in this episode. But Tim said that in his copy of 37, he did not smoke, and that FCI denies that Mr. McFeely ever smoked. But the black and white episodes did not air for long; we think that they last aired in the summer of 1970, and I doubt that attitudes toward smoking in 1970 were that much different than 1968. So I'm guessing that the episode was not edited.
Another possible edit: we've already discussed the edits in 1696. But I've also heard that when that episode aired the Monday after Fred passed away in 2003, the opening and closing were edited to add a tribute to Fred. Did anything have to be removed from the episode to fit it in its timeslot with the tribute added?
A possible theory about edited episodes such as 1101 and 1121: perhaps the removed scenes involved products or songs that FCI no longer had the rights to use?