This day, 40 years since Sesame Street's first airing, I think of the hour or so we four spent, most days, watching Muppet characters and their human partners portray a world that was not free of problems, but was one nonetheless where hope abounded and tolerance prevailed.
I'm pretty sure Grover was our most favorite and I recall that the male half of our family admired Bert quite a bit.
Some images of all this:
We also came to like Elmo, who has proved himself to be one of the most photogenic muppets and, like Big Bird, one of Sesame Street's most visible ambassadors. For example: