The Most Popular Characters in ‘Sesame Street’s’ History

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7. Grover

The “cute, furry little monster,” as Grover refers to himself, is famous for going on fun imaginary adventures, a trait he and many kids probably share. Another of Grover’s distinguishable characteristics is the fact that he speaks without contractions. The muppet made his debut on the show in 1970. He is often sentimental and sad. His insecure and melancholy character has made him very popular perhaps because many people can identify with wanting to be loved and accepted by everyone.

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6. Ernie

It’s hard to think of Ernie without Bert, but they are two separate characters on the show — and it looks like more people like Ernie. Aside from the friends’ sexual orientation, which has recently become a hot topic — they don’t have one, according to “Sesame Street” — Ernie is known for being a naive trouble-maker who loves bubble baths and to play various games. Ernie has been the star of the show since its first episode in 1969.

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5. Big Bird

Playing Big Bird is a tough job. The puppet is 8 feet 2 inches tall, which means that the puppeteer operating him has to have his arms up the entire time in order to control the bird’s head. Big Bird, who is always very curious and likes to be included in all activities, is one of the most recognizable characters in the show’s history. His friendly and wondering-about-the-world persona has helped pave the way for diversity. The same person, Caroll Spinney, played Big Bird since the show’s first episode in 1969 until his retirement in 2018.

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4. Count von Count

Count von Count, or the Count, as most people refer to him, is a vampire and possibly a distant relative of the famous Count Dracula, with a mysterious history — but he is very friendly. He is obsessed with numbers, but his absolute favorite one is the very seemingly random 34,969, which is really 187 squared. And the reason for 187? It’s the total number of points one can accumulate laying Scrabble. But 187 is also a police code for murder. So the reasons for his favorite number are still a mystery. The Count has been with the crew since 1972, when he was counting blocks with Bert and Ernie.

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3. Elmo

Believe it or not, but Elmo — who is always very energetic, positive, and wants to be part of everything — was not only not a member of the “Sesame Street” squad since the very beginning. He he first appeared in 1980, during season 11, as a minor background character and thus had many people perform him. The furry red high-pitched muppet has grown in popularity so much that he even has his own segments “Elmo’s World” and “Elmo the Musical.” Soon, the tiny monster, who is just 3½ years old, will have his own late-night talk show and chat with celebrities.