Kids love monsters, so the only surprising thing about Sesame Street‘s introducing a Lugosi-esque vampire to teach counting was that it took them four seasons to get around to it. Because of his Dracula inspiration, the Count has always been one of my favorite Muppets. I love his castle, his Countmobile, the way he laughs maniacally after finishing a numeric sequence, and I especially love “The Batty Bat.”
Sadly, we lost Jerry Nelson this year, who performed the Count from his first appearance. Matt Vogel is the current Count.