Big Bird was the very first Sesame Street muppet to appear on the show. Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie also appeared in the very first episode. Both Prairie Dawn and Cookie Monster have also been on the show since its inaugural season.Continue Reading
Kermit the Frog has also been on Sesame Street since its first episode. However, Sesame Street does not own the rights to Kermit, which has resulted in Kermit's cameo appearances over the years, as opposed to him being a regular character. Nevertheless, he did have a regular role in various early seasons, such as season one and season three.
Other famous Sesame Street characters with long running tenures include Count von Count, who first appeared in 1972, Slimey the Worm (1970), and Telly, the television monster, (1978). Aloysius Snuffleupagus also joined the cast in the 1970s (1971), although he was originally intended to be Big Bird's imaginary friend and invisible to humans. Sesame Street also introduced Elmo in the 1970s, yet he did not have a speaking role until Kevin Clash created the famous voice in 1985. Grundgetta, Oscar the Grouch's girlfriend, is also a long-running character on the show with her first appearance in 1982.
More recent, but also long-running characters on the show include Grover, Zoe, Baby Bear and Rosita, who each joined the cast in the 1990s.
Sesame Street is the longest running children's show in US television history. It debuted Nov. 10, 1969, and still garners around 850,000 viewers per television episode, according to a report by Fox Business. These figures do not include its YouTube Channel nor other digital formats.Learn more about Art & Literature