The History of Sesame Street Characters

Who Are the Most Popular Animated Characters on Sesame Street?



Many people love the popular children's television program Sesame Street, which began as an American version of the British version of The Great Night. The original series focused on the everyday life of a child in the city of New York. It featured the adventures of Jim, Sally, Brian, Kevin, and puppets (and of course Marge, if you remember watching that show). However, in recent years, it has grown into a whole franchise with books, movies, and even video games.




The show became hugely popular in the United States and was revived in 2020 for a third season, with a different cast of characters each year. In recent years, it has been made into movies and has been featured in many theatrical productions. Many of these shows have featured large numbers of famous actors and actresses, many of whom you may recognize from your own list of friends and family members. In some cases, these characters have crossed over to the Big Bird books and TV programs, where they have become beloved characters themselves.


There are several main characters in the modern incarnation of Sesame Street. We have the Big Bird, the first-ever African American character on the show. He is a pet store owner who loves to sing but hates to shop. He appears wearing a blue suit and a large beak in each episode and often joins the other humans and animals in amusing acts and games. Bert, the friendly parrot, is another regular visitor and works at the bird shop.


In addition to these regulars, there are many new additions to the cast. In this instance, Cookie Monster has gained a longer vocabulary and has learned to speak in more than one language. Many other characters also possess unique personalities, and, as with Cookie Monster, they all sing different songs and engage in different activities. Throughout the first year of his existence on the show, several different characters had short stints in the spotlight, and some of them left the program after the first few episodes. However, since then, most of these recurring characters have remained in regular appearances.




We have Big Bird, the openly gay penguin who lives with the Muppets in a secluded apartment block. The friendly neighborhood parrot often performs a series of jokes and has a wonderful singing voice. His best friend is the blue monster, whom he first introduced on the show. The two human characters have an interesting relationship, but their relationship has been complicated because they are openly gay.


The most famous of all the characters, and probably the most recognized, is Elmo. A happy-go-lucky blue and red dinosaur, Elmo is always seen in character, always singing, and always acting as if he is the cookie Monster's real-life counterpart. He has a large variety of friends, some of which are portrayed as vegetables. When he is not acting as someone else on 
Sesame Street, Elmo is found sleeping in a pillow. He represents the idealized younger age of children who enjoy learning through fun and laughter.


Of course, we have also got Mr. Poopy, the lovable but cranky dog from Sesame Street who represents everything nice. This character is often depicted holding a "poop bag," which contains dirty diapers. In a later episode, it is revealed that Elmo has long since been taking advantage of the people around him for money by stealing their cookies. His friends include the happy mouse, representing the role of good role models for children, and the smiling dog, which represents Sesame Street's own dog, Abby Cadabra.




Bert and Ernie represent the idealized parents and older brother/sister relationship. They are shown to be healthy and happy, but they are not as innocent as the other two. Bert is portrayed as being rude and bossy, and Ernie is shown as being naive and crazy. When these cartoon characters were created for the television show, they soon became one of the most popular animated characters of all time.