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Our 'Sesame Street' feature brought to you by the number 5

When it begins its 40th season on Tuesday, Sesame Street, the home of lovable monsters, friendly neighbors and Big Bird, will welcome a new slew of guest stars to the famous street.

Expect to see Jimmy Fallon, Christina Applegate, Tiki Barber and Paul Rudd stop in to share some wit and wisdom with a new generation of young fans.

But what of all the celebs who came before? Some big names have mixed it up with the Street residents.

Here are some memorable actors and musicians who have dropped in. And five others who should have gotten off at a different subway stop.

Top 5 musicians

Lena Horne: Grover cozies up to the singing legend as she helps the blue monster get over being shy.

R.E.M: Who can forget Michael Stipe and crew singing Furry Happy Monsters with a monster subbing for the B-52s' Kate Pierson?

Billy Joel: As deaf Oscar winner Marlee Matlin signs, Joel sings a version of Just the Way You Are to Oscar the Grouch.

Stevie Wonder: Grover is awfully lucky as Wonder gives him a lesson in skat.

Trisha Yearwood: Along with Herry Monster, Baby Bear and the ubiquitous Grover, Yearwood sings about lost love in I'm Talking Love.

Top 5 actors

Henry Winkler: The only letter the Fonz could say? "Aaaaaaaaa," of course.

Julia Roberts: Why would Elmo try to scare Roberts? Because she's demonstrating fear.

Christopher Reeve: Ernie introduces his good friends Chris and Rubber Duckie as they all say the alphabet. Reeve pointed out that Duckie's A sounded just like his Z.

Cuba Gooding Jr.: He's not talking about "kwan" with Jerry Maguire here. The Oscar winner heatedly discusses the word "angry."

Laurence Fishburne: No Ike Turner or Morpheus here. Fishburne gets "help" from Rosita and Telly to teach kids how to brush their teeth.

Top 5 think-again guests

Cheech Marin: "Dave's not here!" But the once drug-friendly comedian was.

James Gandolfini: We're not sure which monster Tony Soprano had whacked.

Sarah Jessica Parker: "Remember, kiddies, to tell your parents to watch Sex and the City tonight."

Fran Drescher: We'd have rather seen her Beautician and the Beast co-star Timothy Dalton!

Chris Brown: 'Nuff said.

Top 5 prime-time TV shows

World Series Game 4 (Fox)

World Series Game 1 (Fox)

World Series Game 2 (Fox)

World Series Pre-Game, Game 4 (Fox)

Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

Source: Nielsen Media Research for week ending Nov. 1

Top 5 Yahoo search terms in Tampa Bay area

World Series

Black Friday

Michael Jackson This Is It


Lady Gaga

Source: Yahoo, for seven-day period ending Nov. 5

Top 5 songs on iTunes

Fireflies — Owl City

Russian Roulette — Rihanna

Replay — Iyaz

Favorite Girl — Justin Bieber

3 — Britney Spears

Source: iTunes Music Store

Weekend movies Dollar amounts in millions

A Christmas Carol, $31

 Michael Jackson's This Is It , $14

The Men Who Stare at Goats, $13.3

The Fourth Kind, $12.5

Paranormal Activity, $8.6


Our 'Sesame Street' feature brought to you by the number 5 11/08/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 9, 2009 8:36am]
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