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The Electric Company 

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A comedy variety show that teaches basic phonetic and grammar concepts using live-action sketches, cartoons, songs, and Spider-Man episodes.
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6   5   4   3   2   1  
1977   1976   1975   1974   1973   1972   … See all »
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Jim Boyd ...  Andy / ... 780 episodes, 1971-1977
Morgan Freeman ...  Count Dracula / ... 780 episodes, 1971-1977
Judy Graubart ...  Jennifer of the Jungle / ... 780 episodes, 1971-1977
Skip Hinnant ...  Clam / ... 780 episodes, 1971-1977
Rita Moreno ...  Carmela / ... 780 episodes, 1971-1977
June Angela ...  Julie - Member of the Short Circus 780 episodes, 1971-1977
Mel Brooks ...  Blond-Haired Cartoon Man 780 episodes, 1971-1977
Luis Avalos ...  Dr. Doolats / ... 650 episodes, 1972-1977
Zero Mostel ...  Spell Binder 650 episodes, 1972-1977
Hattie Winston ...  Sylvia / ... 520 episodes, 1973-1977
Melanie Henderson ...  Kathy - Member of the Short Circus 520 episodes, 1971-1975
Steve Gustafson Steve Gustafson ...  Buddy - Member of the Short Circus 520 episodes, 1971-1975
Danny Seagren Danny Seagren ...  Spider-Man 390 episodes, 1974-1977
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"The Electric Company," aimed at children ages 7 to 10, was designed to teach basic reading concepts to its young viewers. Skits featuring the show's regulars, cartoons, vignettes, and regular features revolved around sound clusters (such as -ly, sh-, oo-) and punctuation marks. On occasion, a fun song was played with the audience challenged to supply the lyrics during the second sing-through. Through the years, different features were added including "Love of Chair" (1971-1973, a spoof of "Love of Life"), "The Adventures of Letterman" (added in 1972), cartoon segments featuring Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner (1973), and Spider-Man (1974). Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

For the graduates of "Sesame Street." See more »

Genres:

Family | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Because sketches from previous seasons were reused in the same way that Sesame Street (1969) reused its sketches, the first season was in production for approximately 26 weeks, and this dwindled down to approximately 13 weeks of production for the sixth and final season. See more »

Goofs

During the song "Apostrophe S" (sung by Lee Chamberlin), after Lee sings "the hat is Jim's and that's that", a white-sleeved arm appears briefly at the bottom right of the screen. See more »

Quotes

The Wall: [referring to Spider-Man] He's so dumb he's trying to eat a hot dog with no mouth.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of every episode is a disclaimer read aloud by one of the cast members stating, "The Electric Company gets its power from the Children's Television Workshop". See more »

Connections

Spin-off Out to Lunch (1974) See more »

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Thank God for Noggin!
7 January 2002 | by 14jadeSee all my reviews

Although I love its great predecessor, "Sesame Street," this show was a lot more beneficial to me as a child because I learned to read at an early age. I have been told that the reason the show ceased was because of production costs, but I still think it holds value today as a teaching tool. I think "Electric Company" was one of the best educational shows PBS ever produced. The clothing and hair may be retro, but the songs (by Tom Lehrer and also the late, great Joe Raposo, a truly talented composer for both "Electric Company" and "Sesame Street," as well as the composer of the infamous "Three's Company" theme, "Come and Knock on Our Door") are timeless. "T-I-O-N," "N'T," the "If" song, "L-Y," and "I Like Fish Food" are my top five "Electric Company" songs. Noggin has done a great service by airing the reruns of all six seasons (not the final two seasons as PBS did in the 1980s). Thanks, Nickelodeon (even if you are a subsidiary of Viacom)!


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Official Sites:

Sesame Workshop

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Reading Program See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(780 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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