The first Sesame Street Puppet ever


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What was the world's first Sesame Street puppet?

Today the infamous children’s program, Sesame Street, has dozens of characters ranging from puppets to adults and children that interact with them. However, when producers and creator, Jim Henson, wanted to test it out on families in 1969, there were just a handful of characters and most of these were actual people. Puppets were secondary to the plot and there were only two that appeared in the pilot episode. Because they both appear on-screen at the same time, it’s impossible to give the title of “First Sesame Street Puppet Character’ to only one puppet. The first two characters to appear on-screen in Sesame Street were Bert and Ernie.

Bert and Ernie were quickly sketched out by Jim Henson, who originally did want the puppets to be the focus of the show and also did not have the puppets talk to or otherwise engage with the adults and children on the show. During the test run, Bert and Ernie were the only part of the show that people liked so the original concept was changed to not only have puppets become the main focus but also have them talk to and play with other adults and children. Don Sahlin built the famous duo and also built their characters around what they looked like physically. He once described Ernie as being an orange and Bert a banana.

Ernie and Bert made their debut in the pilot episode of Sesame Street which aired on aired on November 10, 1969 in a skit titled Ernie calls his bathub 'Rosie'.

In 1970 the first show aired and an entire cast made out of puppets was introduced. The original puppets for Sesame Street created were: Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, Fat Blue (who is also sometimes called Mr. Johnson), Grover, Guy Smiley, Herry Monster, Kermit the Frog, Little Bird, Miguel, Sherlock Hemlock, and The Two-Headed Monster.

When the puppets were originally created, they were meant to each represent a childhood phase that children experience so that kids would relate to the show and want to watch the program.


Ernie Calls His Bathub 'Rosie'


The first Sesame Street Puppet ever

The first Sesame Street Puppet ever

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