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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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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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Storyline

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

Genres:

Family | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Judy Graubart was the first cast member to appear in the first skit of the first episode. She and Morgan Freeman were the last cast members to appear in the final skit of the final episode. 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

Buddy - Member of the Short Circus: [speaking to Fargo, after being revealed as his impersonator] Please don't be angry at me Mr. North, I've always admired you and wanted to be a great Decoder someday like you, but I needed a little practice.
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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 »

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One of the most educational shows of its day!!!
3 August 2000 | by raysondSee all my reviews

I can remember this show like it was yesterday. When I was in school,everyday after lunch we would go back into the classroom,and our teacher(dear sweet Mrs. Edge)would turn to the station where the show was on(it came on at 12:30 in the afternoon),and she would tell us that their were certain words and sounds like "ch",and "sh" that would be announced on the show,and IT WAS MANDATORY,that we watch the show,cause you'll never know if Mrs. Edge would give us a word to say or used in a sentence,and it came directly from that show.

The Electric Company was that show. It may have been a great show,but it was educational as well. I always looked forward to it coming on everyday. We couldn't wait for Rita Moreno to yell "Hey you Guys!",and we would yell right along,if you wasn't too loud or gotten or Mrs. Edge's last nerve. She was a very good teacher. I can remember some of the characters like Crank, J.J., Sylvia or Jennifer with Paul the Gorilla. Morgan Freeman was everyone's favorite because he could not only entertain the kids,but at the same time teach them about words and phrases,and other lessons of interest(my teacher worship the ground he walked on everytime he was on the air).

Oh yeah,how can I forget other characters like "Letterman",and learning to read from your friendly-neighborhood "Spiderman",and most importantly.....silent "e"....Who can remember the song.... "Who can turn a can into a cane","Who can turn a man into a mane"......and so forth.....

One of the best shows for my childhood. I'm surprised it didn't last very long,but it would be nice if someone did a remake of the show that encourages children to learn more and be entertain at the same time. Great show of the 1970's!!!!


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