Hot topic for debate, I know. Unlike the Yo Gabba Gabba post from a while back, this will look at the truly great Sesame Street characters. However, unlike the very inclusive Sesame Street, I will discriminate to consider only Muppets (no humans).
5: Telly Monster - This guy initially had antennae and rotating eyes, but soon dropped that gimmick and became the more recognizable Telly of today who's always a little out of the loop on things. He makes the list primarily because my son knew Telly's name at 15 months, even though I'd gone 35 years without having heard of him! Somehow, of all the Muppets to survive to the current show, the only non-popular one is Telly. Good for you, Telly!
4: Bert & Ernie - Bert & Ernie are best friends who live together and (nowadays) go on dream adventures together. They are fun characters, but they are no without controversy. A big hubbub this past summer was about Bert & Ernie's sexual preference, leading to one of the best press releases of all time, in which Sesame Street stated: "Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits ... they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation."
3: Cookie Monster - Despite the rumors of Cookie turning into Veggie Monster, Cookie Monster still eats cookies, and still holds a special place in our hearts. C is for Cookie, that's good enough for me.
2: Count Von Count - There is a vampire on Sesame Street! How awesome is that! The Count suffers from arithromania (an OCD focused on counting things). He's also one of the few Muppets who has dated a lot (Countess von Backwards, Countess Dahling von Dahling, and Lady Two--three, three lovers, ah, ah, ah), despite puppets not having a sexual orientation. He's also one of the most spoofed characters ever (just google it to see that every grown-up cartoon has taken a swipe at the Count).
1: Grover - Really only existing today as "Super Grover 2.0" (yeah, I know, I'm sad too), he's the most loveable of the Sesame Street gang because of his human qualities--he constantly screws up. We see ourselves in him, and we adore him for it. Plus, he did a great spoof on the famous Old Spice commercial.
So there you have it. Kermit the Frog is not on the list--he's probably the best Muppet of all time, but he hasn't been anything big on Sesame Street for a long time, but if I ever do a Muppet Show list, he'll probably top it. Now that I have a kid and watch this show, I can say Elmo is significantly less annoying than I anticipated, though not enough to make the top 5. I very much wanted to include Abby Cadabby, but I couldn't bump any of these 5 to include her. Comments? Thoughts? Favorite Muppets? Share below.