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The Electric Company 

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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 Julie - Member of the Short Circus 780 episodes, 1971-1977
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 Spell Binder 650 episodes, 1972-1977
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 Kathy - Member of the Short Circus 520 episodes, 1971-1975
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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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The Reading Program  »

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

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Each episode of the pseudo-soap opera "Love of Chair" ended with the narrator (Ken Roberts) asking the cryptic question "And what about...Naomi?" referring to Naomi Foner-Gyllenhaal, an associate producer of the show during its first two seasons. She is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter (for Running on Empty (1988)), and the mother of actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie Gyllenhaal. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Captain America: Civil War (2016) See more »

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Thank God for Noggin!
7 January 2002 | by See 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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