When you think of the PBS series Sesame Street, characters like Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch and Bert and Ernie may come to mind. But there have been dozens of recurring characters over the show’s more than 40 year run. Here ‘s a look back at some classic, old school Sesame Street residents.
Fat Cat Scat Singers. If you watched Sesame Street back in the day, surely you remember Bip Bippadotta and his nose-less backing Muppets as they sang rhyming words like “fat” and “cat”. The Fat Cat Scat singers consisted of Bip, Green, Fat Blue and Lavender and first appeared on the show in Season 5.
Guy Smiley. Forget Bob Barker! This Muppet-style game show host deemed himself “America’s Favorite Game Show Host”. And he was, enthusiastically hosting shows like “This Is Your Lunch”, “Beat the Time” and “The Remembering Game”. They don’t make ’em like Guy anymore!
Roosevelt Franklin. Fans from the 70’s remember the purple faced, striped shirted Roosevelt Franklin, a cool cat who for some reason attended a school named after him. He also had his own record album out in 1971, called “The Year of Roosevelt Franklin.” If he sounded strangely familiar, keep in mind that this Muppet was voiced by Matt Robinson, who played the original Gordon on the show.
John John. He wasn’t a muppet, but this chubby-cheeked little boy was one of the most recognizable kids that appeared on the show in the early 1970’s. One of his most memorable skits involved the 3 year old John John counting to 20 with furry blue Muppet monster, Herry. All grown up now, John Williams III appeared in 1989 on the show’s 20th anniversary special.
Lefty the Salesman. This somewhat shady salesman was constantly trying to peddle vowels and consonants for the asking price of a nickel. Lefty disappeared from Sesame Street sometime in the 70’s, but was a familiar fixture early on.
Sherlock Hemlock. First appearing on the show in 1970, this confused detective was Sesame Street’s resident mystery solver. While he wasn’t the best detective in the world, he certainly thought he was.
The Amazing Mumford. A-la Peanut butter sandwiches! That was the catchphrase of this inept magician. The purple -faced Mumford tried his best to dazzle the gang with his magic tricks, but the joke was usually on him.
Molly the Mail Lady. This season 3 character delivered packages- and smiles- to the residents of Sesame Street. While Molly disappeared after one short season, Charlotte Rae, the actress that played her, went on to live in sitcom infamy on the NBC series, The Facts of Life.
Grundgetta Grouch. Trashcan dweller Oscar wasn’t always a grouch. His eyes lit up when his girlfriend, Grundgetta, was around. Grundgetta Grouch had a shrill voice and really bad hair, but she held a special place in Oscar’s tiny heart.
Don Music. This frustrated Muppet musician would often bang his head on his piano when he couldn’t come up with a lyric. Dom Music was another Sesame Street character that was unceremoniously dropped from the show (reportedly because kids were turning into head bangers after watching him).
Placido Flamingo. This singing flamingo, who performed at the Nestopolitan Opera, was a spoof of the famous opera singer Placido Domingo. He appeared on Sesame Street in the 1980’s, retiring in 1992.
Mr. Johnson. This fat, blue-faced businessman Muppet was featured as a frequent customer at Charlie’s, the restaurant that Grover worked at. Mr. Johnson would usually lose his temper when Grover would inadvertently screw up his order.
Sully and Biff. This construction worker duo featured the New York accent of Biff and his silent cohort, Sully. Although fans never heard Sully’s voice, he still managed to get his point across and could probably even tell you how to get to Sesame Street.