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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25 October 1971 (USA)  »

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

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Trivia

Steve Gustafson named his character after famous drummer Buddy Rich, and June Angela named her character after famous actress Julie Andrews. 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

Fargo North, Decoder: When it comes to decoding, I am the greatest!
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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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My favorite childhood show!
6 September 2003 | by (Norfolk, VA) – See 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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