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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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)
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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

For the "Letterman" sketches, Gene Wilder, who voiced the heroic title character, and Zero Mostel, who voiced the villainous Spell Binder, were so excited to be working with each other again after The Producers (1967) that they recorded their dialogue together, a rarity in animation. The two would work together in one film during the show's run called Rhinoceros (1974). Wilder was also devastated because of Mostel's death in 1977, soon after the show ended production. See more »

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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 »

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Blond-Haired Cartoon Man: I can't swim. I can't swim. That's true, that's true, I can't swim a stroke. But as far as drowning is concerned you are looking at the king!
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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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Referenced in The Goonies (1985) 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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