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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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Taglines:

Hey, you guys! See more »

Genres:

Family | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Box Office

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

The tune for the song that Luis Avalos sang about noodles was previously used for a song that Fargo North, Decoder, sang about ketchup in season 3 or season 4. 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

Roberto: [to Jim Boyd's character Lt. Krojak/ re Fargo North, Decoder] Boss, you call this guy an expert? I've seen better heads on warts.
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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

Referenced in Kate Bush: The Single File (1983) See more »

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My favorite childhood show!
6 September 2003 | by lthseldy1See all my reviews

Out of all the educational shows that I can remember as a child, I enjoyed this one the best. The skits that I remember the most are "I Hate To Take A Nap", "Cha-Cha-Cha-Cha Chimney", "Act Your Age", "N'T", All the skits mimicking Johnny Cash, "Randy" and being a horror fan I mostly enjoyed the monster characters. I enjoyed the Short Circus and having a crush on Jessy and Buddy and the songs "Poison", "Knock, Knock, Rock" and "Tilt". I loved this show and I wish that it would come on regularly on TV. I did not have Noggin so I wish that all kids had the opportunity that I had as a kid to enjoy these educational shows that are far more better and "cleaner" than todays children's shows.


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