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Top 10 Muppets from Sesame Street

VO: Rebecca Brayton
They’ve been bringing us sunny days since 1969: that’s when "Sesame Street" debuted and started teaching kids the alphabet, how to count and more in a fun way. In honor of the birthday of Caroll Spinney, who plays Big Bird on "Sesame Street," on December 26th, 1933, counts down our picks for the top 10 Muppets from "Sesame Street." For this list, we’ve disqualified those Muppets who star on "The Muppet Show," live down in "Fraggle Rock" or anywhere else Muppets congregate, unless they were regulars on "Sesame Street." Special thanks to our users Rob Welch, SuperJNG18, DonovanTPS and Hugh Fraser for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Top 10 Muppets from Sesame Street

They’ve been bringing us sunny days since 1969. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Muppets, from “Sesame Street.”

For this list, we’ve disqualified those Muppets who star on “The Muppet Show,” live down in “Fraggle Rock” or anywhere else Muppets congregate, unless they were regulars on “Sesame Street.”

#10: Telly Monster

Originally known as the Television Monster because of his obsession with the boob-tube, this pink Muppet with the bulbous orange nose and the antennae on his head evolved into a character that worries about everything. He may be a bit neurotic – paranoid even – but with a little encouragement, he’s as enthusiastic as the next Muppet. Especially if what he’s doing involves triangles.

#9: Snuffleupagus

Going by the full name Aloysius Snuffleupagus, this woolly mammoth-like Muppet requires two muppeteers to make his way around Sesame Street. For his first few years on the show, no adult knew Snuffy existed – they all thought he was Big Bird’s imaginary friend. However he’s since been revealed to all, and dropped his glum demeanor; so today he’s a cheerful, fuzzy friend – but he’s as shy and forgetful as ever.

#8: Grover

Known for his helpful and persistent nature, and unique speaking style, this Frank Oz original is never too busy to try a new job or interact with celebrities. Also known as Fuzzyface, the Hairy One or even SuperGrover, he’s a “cute, little furry monster” that first debuted in prototype form on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He’s since joined his “Sesame Street” buddies in teaching kids all sorts of things.

#7: Abby Cadabby

This Sesame Street local is the street’s resident fairy, well, almost – and she’s got the wings and wand to prove it. Abby debuted during the show’s 37th season in 2006, in an effort to add more representation for both different cultures and females. And the little pink Muppet fit right in, making friends with both the new and old “Sesame Street” personalities and turning everything she can into a pumpkin.

#6: Count von Count

He’s the resident math whiz of “Sesame Street.” So obsessed with counting he’ll count anything he can think of – often to the annoyance of others – the Count is a clear parody of Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, complete with the over-exaggerated accent. Inexplicably followed around by thunder and lightning everywhere he goes, the Count is Jerry Nelson’s longest-running and perhaps most popular character – in large part because of his laugh.

#5: Oscar the Grouch

Performed by the voice of Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, this Grouch can only be described as miserable. That is, unless there’s trash around. Originally orange, Oscar lives in a trashcan between Ernie & Bert’s place and Big Bird’s nest, with hordes and hordes of garbage. Alongside his worm Slimey and Bruno the Trashman, Oscar is grouchy to the core. And if you don’t like it, you’d better scram.

#4: Bert & Ernie

One likes rubber-duckies; one likes pigeons. One’s naïve; one’s a stick-in-the-mud. But Bert & Ernie are the perfect twosome. Living together at 123 Sesame Street, this pair of pals has been a fixture of the neighborhood since the beginning, and their relationship apparently mimics that of their original performers, Frank Oz and Jim Henson.

#3: Cookie Monster

He’s got the biggest appetite of any Muppet. Before his days on “Sesame Street,” this Frank Oz creation spent time in commercials and IBM training videos; but eventually he became the blue, cookie-munching monster we all know and love. This sometimes-host of Monsterpiece Theater is also famous for his googly eyes, simple speaking style, and total lack of willpower – as well as a catchphrase you won’t soon forget.

#2: Elmo

Though he started as a background character, this perpetual three-and-a-half-year-old exploded with life in 1984 thanks to muppeteer Kevin Clash. Soon, Elmo became a star – and a franchise unto himself. His likes include riding his trike and being tickled, while his dislikes are, well, not much – he’s pretty upbeat. But it’s his child-like voice that speaks only in the third-person, and his infectious laugh that make him unforgettable.

Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Sherlock Hemlock
- Kermit the Frog
- Herry Monster
- Guy Smiley

#1: Big Bird

He eclipses every character on “Sesame Street,” both figuratively and literally. The big yellow heart and soul of the show, our 8-foot-2, birdseed-loving feathered friend is a perma-six-year-old who’s got talents galore and is always fascinated by the world around him. Debuting in the first ever episode of the show, Big Bird has helped children ask questions, come to terms with death, and learn the alphabet.

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