The Electric Company (1971–1977)

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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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Series cast summary:
Jim Boyd ...
 Andy / ... (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
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 Count Dracula / ... (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
Judy Graubart ...
 Jennifer of the Jungle / ... (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
Skip Hinnant ...
 Clam / ... (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
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 Carmela / ... (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
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 Julie - Member of the Short Circus (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
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 Blond-Haired Cartoon Man (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
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 Dr. Doolats / ... (650 episodes, 1972-1977)
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 Spell Binder (650 episodes, 1972-1977)
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 Sylvia / ... (520 episodes, 1973-1977)
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 Kathy - Member of the Short Circus (520 episodes, 1971-1975)
Steve Gustafson ...
 Buddy - Member of the Short Circus (520 episodes, 1971-1975)
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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For the graduates of "Sesame Street." See more »

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Family | Comedy

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25 October 1971 (USA)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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(780 episodes)

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Trivia

The character of Spider-Man was provided free of charge from Marvel Comics. To commemorate the partnership between Marvel Comics and the Children's Television Workshop, Marvel Comics published a special series called "Spidey Super Stories" that featured easy-to-read adventures of Spider-Man that, on occasion, featured members of the Short Circus. A shortened version of the comic that featured only characters from the Marvel Universe appeared in the Electric Company's spin-off magazine. 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

Narrator of 'The Adventures of Letterman': Faster than a rolling "O"! Stronger than silent "E"! Able to leap capital "T" in a single bound! It's a word, it's a plan, it's Letterman!
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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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I remember!
15 August 2000 | by (Columbia, South Carolina) – See all my reviews

Reading some of the comments other people have said regarding the "Electric Company" makes me realize that it has been forgotten, and that is a shame! If anyone can tell me more about this "Noggin" cable channel or where to find reruns, it would be much appreciated. I, too, remember the Electric Company, and I watched it fervently from age 7-12. It was a wonderful show that provided the best possible learning environment, by combining education with humor and repetition, and, above all, in small enough doses to aid in memory retention. I think my all-time favorite was "Fargo North, De-Coder." The cast was certainly very talented and very capable, and I have nothing but fond memories of watching this show, while also improving my language skills.


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