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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 Andy / ... (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
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 Count Dracula / ... (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
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 Jennifer of the Jungle / ... (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
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 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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25 October 1971 (USA)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The writers and curriculum advisors of the show decided that Spider-Man would never speak on the show because he was drawn without a mouth. 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

Mel Mounds, the DJ: What time is it?
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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 The Love Guru (2008) See more »

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Thanks Electric Company!
14 July 2007 | by (Pearl Harbor, Hawaii) – See all my reviews

I had a huge crush on Julie, the cutie from Short Circus. I think it may have been that she was like me, Asian-American, and I could relate to her (don't know how exactly except for appearance). All I know is that she was quite popular here in Hawaii. So without sounding like an obsessed crazed fan, I will simply say that TEC was a great learning tool for me and my three brothers. As a latchkey kid throughout the 70's, this show was a great distraction from the bigger problems around me. I don't have as great a memory about the show's skits and musical numbers, but I do remember episodes of Spidey, Letterman, and Rita Moreno's "Hey you guyyyyys!". I can't watch a Morgan Freeman film without first seeing Easy Reader. The silhouettes of two of the show's cast members compounding words remains vivid. And T-I-O-N, shun-shun-shun-shun....classic! I have never heard of Noggin, but it sounds like a great network(?) in the same vein as TV Land.


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