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'Sesame Street' at 45: 5 of the cutest moments

By Lisa Respers France, CNN
updated 11:01 AM EST, Mon November 10, 2014
Sesame Street's original star<strong> Big Bird</strong> has led the show since its first episode in 1969. The eight-foot Muppet often doesn't understand what's going on, but sets the tone for the show by never hesitating to find out. Sesame Street's original star Big Bird has led the show since its first episode in 1969. The eight-foot Muppet often doesn't understand what's going on, but sets the tone for the show by never hesitating to find out.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "Sesame Street" turns 45 on November 10
  • There have been tons of adorable moments in the show
  • Celeb appearances have been a major part of the series

(CNN) -- It's 45 years later but it's still a sunny day, sweeping the clouds away.

"Sesame Street" debuted on November 10, 1969. Since then, it's entertained millions of children and adults. From learning to count to tackling tough issues like racism, Big Bird and the gang have used music and humor to both inform and delight.

Here are five of some of the most adorable moments from the show over the years:

1) Herry and John-John count to 20

Ordinarily a little one might be afraid of a hairy, blue monster. But not when it's Herry the monster who offered an assist to a tyke named John-John as he tackled counting. John-John is also well known for counting backwards with Grover.

A grown up John Williams III later appeared in the 1989 special "Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting."

2) Kermit and Joey sing the alphabet

This one recently made the rounds on the internet and was declared "The Cutest 'Sesame Street' Moment Ever."

Joey is pretty adorable as she inserts "Cookie Monster" into the alphabet song. And who can resist when she and Kermit exchange some "I love yous"?

3) C is for cookie

Two words for you: Cookie Monster.

This one is a classic and we dare you to not sing along. It's good enough for us.

4) Norah Jones and Elmo don't know Y

"Sesame Street" is well known for its celebrity guest appearances and this one was especially precious.

Norah Jones traded on the success of her song "Don't Know Why" to offer this lament for her missing friend, the letter "Y." Add Elmo to the mix and it's ridiculously cute.

5) Elmo and Lupita Nyong'o love the skin they are in

The Academy Award-winning actress stopped by "Sesame Street" to talk skin and all the beautiful shades and colors they come in.

It was a great message clothed in a whole bunch of cute.

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