Top 'Sesame Street' Characters Ranked: From Cookie Monster to Big Bird

TheWrap picks the TV muppets from worst to best


Since it launched on PBS in 1969, “Sesame Street” has brought generations of kids much joy with its colorful, relatable Muppets. But some stand out more than others.

13. Abby Cadabby  Who? Exactly.

12. Telly Nobody likes a worrywart, and Telly is the worry-est wart there is.

11. Zoe  Elmo proved to be such a popular character that the show introduced Zoe in 1993 to be his companion. But did we really need another Elmo?

10. Rosita  Rosita is most memorable for being the first regular bilingual character on “Sesame Street,” but not much else.

9. Mr. Snuffleupagus  Everyone had an imaginary friend growing up, but only Big Bird’s proved to be real.

7. Bert and Ernie (tie)  There’s no separating this duo, not even on this list.

6. Grover  Grover doesn’t speak in contractions, which should be annoying, but the character somehow manages to make it endearing.

5. The Count  The world has forgotten scores of pop culture vampires (Edward Cullen of “Twilight,” we’re looking at you) but we’ll always remember The Count.

4. Oscar the Grouch  Oscar the Grouch represents the little bit of misanthropy that exists in all of us.

3. Cookie Monster  Who doesn’t love cookies?

2. Big Bird  Tall, yellow and feathery, Big Bird is probably the most immediately recognizable “Sesame Street” character.

1. Elmo  While Big Bird may be the most recognizable, Elmo is easily the most beloved. 
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