BW’s Top 5 Sesame Street Characters + Their Stories

Celebrate Sesame Street Day!

Chances are, you’ve heard of a show called Sesame Street. One of the longest running children’s programs, Sesame Street broadcasts in more than 140 countries and has won 100+ Emmy Awards since its debut in 1969. In honor of Sesame Street Day (the first episode premiered 42 years ago today!), let’s take a look at BW’s top five Sesame Street characters and their stories.

1. Big Bird

Standing at 8’2, the iconic Big Bird is Sesame Street. Sweet and inquisitive, Big Bird encourages children to learn by asking questions and to make friends by being themselves. He has appeared in several feature-length films, including a personal favorite, Follow That Bird. BW’s favorite aspect of Big Bird is his elaborate suit of feathers – over 4,000 grade A & B dyed turkey feathers, hand glued and replaced every two weeks.

Featured in: Big Bird’s Big Book, Big Bird’s Mother Goose

2. Count von Count

Responsible for reinforcing the basic arithmetic skills of millions of children, The Count is one of the most recognizable characters on Sesame Street. He adds up everything he encounters, including bats, snowflakes, and fellow muppet friends. While he sports fangs, a cape, and a similar accent to Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, The Count has never been confirmed as a vampire. As far as we’re concerned, the Count is just a friendly arithmomaniac with a slightly menacing laugh.

Featured in: Count with the Count, The Day the Count Stopped Counting

3. Bert

The more sensible half of the Bert & Ernie duo, Bert enjoys the simple things in life, namely eating oatmeal, watching pigeons, and collecting office supplies. As Bert does not seem to have any type of gainful employment, his days are filled mostly by reading (about pigeons) and trying to talk roommate Ernie out of his crazy schemes.


Featured in: The Ernie and Bert Book, Ernie and Bert’s New Kitten

4. Snuffleupagus

Once thought imaginary, Aloysius Snuffleupagus is the cabbage-loving best friend of Big Bird. Mammoth and lumbering, Snuffy and his wooly relatives have numerous adventures with Sesame Street’s inhabitants. Initially only children and other muppets could see Snuffleupagus (grown-ups did not believe Big Bird when he told them about the existence of the Snuffleupagus), but in 1985 Snuffy became real when writers worried that the adults’ skepticism would discourage children from sharing serious issues with their parents.

Featured in: The Day Snuffy Had the Sniffles, Meet Mr. Snuffle-upagus

5. Slimey the Worm

BW’s favorite character on Sesame Street (and the one he most relates to) is Slimey the Worm. Slimey is Oscar the Grouch’s pet & best friend. He loves reading, listening to bedtime stories (especially Trash Gordon), and traveling in space as an astronaut for the wormship Wiggleprise.

Featured in: B is for Books, Slimey in Space

Who is your favorite Sesame Street character/human/skit/memory?

— Kate (and BW)

2 thoughts on “BW’s Top 5 Sesame Street Characters + Their Stories

  1. My favorite memory of Sesame Street: Watching my daughter totally mesmerized by her daily encounter with the lovable characters on the show. I really think she absorbed a lot of learning from Sesame Street, and I believe the show reinforced the ideals of compassion, honesty and justice that my husband and I have tried to pass on to our children.Mu daughter also had some sort of electronic toy on which you placed books about Sesame Street and into which was inserted a cassette tape. (I think is was called a See & Say.) I believe that lots of listening whilst following along with the words in the books helped my daughter develop a deep passion for reading and an ease with words that helped form her into a very talented writer of whom I am VERY proud.

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