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"The Electric Company" (1971) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1971-1977

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The Electric Company -- Featuring: The Neatnik, Dracula Mistake Series, and "The Bicycle/Bicycle Song"
The Electric Company: Season 6: Episode 32 -- Featuring: Rita on the Run, Witch in the Kitchen, and Mel Mounds' song, "The Sweet Sweet Sway."
The Electric Company: Season 5: Episode 91 -- Featuring: Jack and Jill, Crank and the Skunk, Letterman, and the Diver
The Electric Company: Season 4: Episode 85 -- Featuring: Haunted House, Mmm, and Letterman.
The Electric Company: Season 3: Episode 36 -- Featuring: Letterman and Preston's Prize Pretzels, the letter ‘R’ and ‘ar.’

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Writers:
Paul Dooley (head writer) (1971-1972)
Elaine Laron
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Release Date:
25 October 1971 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Hey, you guys! See more »
Plot:
A comedy variety show that teaches basic phonetic and grammar concepts using live-action sketches, cartoons, songs, and Spider-Man episodes. Full summary »
Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The one Electric Company I owe! See more (37 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 13 of 35)
Jim Boyd ... Andy / ... (780 episodes, 1971-1977)

Morgan Freeman ... Count Dracula / ... (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
Judy Graubart ... Jennifer of the Jungle / ... (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
Skip Hinnant ... Clam / ... (780 episodes, 1971-1977)

Rita Moreno ... Carmela / ... (780 episodes, 1971-1977)

June Angela ... Julie - Member of the Short Circus (780 episodes, 1971-1977)

Mel Brooks ... Blond-Haired Cartoon Man (780 episodes, 1971-1977)

Luis Avalos ... Dr. Doolats / ... (650 episodes, 1972-1977)

Zero Mostel ... Spell Binder (650 episodes, 1972-1977)

Hattie Winston ... Sylvia / ... (520 episodes, 1973-1977)

Melanie Henderson ... 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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Series Directed by
Henry Behar (390 episodes, 1972-1975)
Bob Schwarz (260 episodes, 1971-1977)
John Tracy (130 episodes, 1975-1976)
 
Series Writing credits
Christopher Cerf (260 episodes, 1971-1973)
Jeremy Stevens (260 episodes, 1972-1974)
John Boni (130 episodes, 1972-1973)
Amy Ephron (130 episodes, 1972-1973)

Paul Dooley (unknown episodes, 1971-1972)
Thad Mumford (unknown episodes, 1972-1977)
Sara Compton (unknown episodes)
Tom Dunsmuir (unknown episodes)
Elaine Laron (unknown episodes)
Jim Thurman (unknown episodes)
Tom Whedon (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
David D. Connell .... executive producer (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
Joan Ganz Cooney .... executive producer (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
Naomi Foner .... producer (260 episodes, 1971-1973)

Andrew B. Ferguson Jr. .... producer (unknown episodes)
Samuel Y. Gibbon Jr. .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Walt Rauffer .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Wibby Ritchey .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Edith Zornow .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Clark Gesner (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
Joe Raposo (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
Gary William Friedman (390 episodes, 1974-1977)
Dave Conner (260 episodes, 1975-1977)

Tom Lehrer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Diana Wenman (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Ron Baldwin (unknown episodes)
Bill Bohnert (unknown episodes)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Nat Mongioi (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
Ramsey Mostoller (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
 
Series Art Department
David Lowry .... scenic artist (unknown episodes)
John Sherman .... scenic artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Dick Maitland .... sound effects (650 episodes, 1972-1977)
Bernard Fambrough .... sound effects (130 episodes, 1971-1972)
Barbara Wood .... sound effects (130 episodes, 1974-1975)
Nancy Tafoya .... sound effects (130 episodes, 1976-1977)

Art Rosalin .... sound (unknown episodes)
Allen B. Rosenstein .... sound (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Lee Harrison III .... Scanimate Inventor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Len Rosolio .... graphics (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Weiss .... lighting director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Animation Department
Carmen D'Avino .... animator (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
Faith Hubley .... animator (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
John Hubley .... animator (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
Chuck Jones .... animator (520 episodes, 1973-1977)
Lois Fortune .... animation coordinator (260 episodes, 1973-1975)

R.O. Blechman .... animator: specific segments (unknown episodes)
Robert Breer .... animator (unknown episodes)
Helena Fierlinger .... animator: specific segments (unknown episodes)
Paul Fierlinger .... animator: specific segments (unknown episodes)
Gerald McDermott .... animator: specific segments (unknown episodes)
Cliff Roberts .... animator: specific segments (unknown episodes)
Jim Simon .... animator: specific segments (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Conrad Carrano .... editor: video tape (unknown episodes)
John Hutchison .... editor: video tape (unknown episodes)
Patrick McKenna .... editor: video tape (unknown episodes)
Jerry Newman .... editor: video tape (unknown episodes)
Joe O'Dough .... editor: video tape (unknown episodes)
Ben Wilder .... editor: video tape (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Joe Raposo .... musical director (390 episodes, 1971-1974)
Dave Conner .... musical director (260 episodes, 1975-1977)
Gary William Friedman .... musical director (130 episodes, 1974-1975)

Danny Epstein .... music coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Vivian Horner .... director of research (650 episodes, 1971-1976)
Lois Fortune .... production assistant / stage manager (520 episodes, 1971-1977)
Sandy Kavanaugh .... curriculum coordinator / production assistant (390 episodes, 1974-1977)

Will Vinton .... claymation director (unknown episodes, 1976-1977)
Patricia Birch .... choreographer (unknown episodes)
Alfred Broderick .... stage manager (unknown episodes)
Michael Dutton .... stage manager (unknown episodes)
Richard Forrest .... associate director (unknown episodes)
Brooks Fountain .... stage manager (unknown episodes)
Phillip Griddle .... technical director (unknown episodes)
Jerry Keller .... video (unknown episodes)
Ralph Mensch .... technical director (unknown episodes)
Walt Rauffer .... technical advisor (unknown episodes)
Charles Raymond .... production stage manager (unknown episodes)
Stanley Spiro .... associate director (unknown episodes)
Liz Thompson .... choreographer (unknown episodes)
Rolf Wahl .... video (unknown episodes)
Ron Weaver .... director of operations (unknown episodes)
Harriet Wohl .... associate director (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
28 min (780 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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:
Crew or equipment visible: 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:
The Wall:[referring to Spider-Man] He's so dumb he's trying to eat a hot dog with no mouth.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Love Guru (2008)See more »

FAQ

Who sings/plays the theme song?
What are the lyrics of the theme song?
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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The one Electric Company I owe!, 6 March 2003
Author: grendelkhan from Xanadu

Three TV shows mean more to me than any others. The first was Mr Rogers' Neighborhood; the second, Sesame Street; and the third, The Electric Company. Mr Rogers taught me to be kind, that I was special, and that makebelive was a wonderful thing. Sesame Street taught me letters and numbers, how to count, how to spot similarities and differences, and that frogs conducted the best interviews. The Electric Company taught me how to sound out words and phrases, the basics of grammar; and, ultimately, how to read. My mother once told me that she didn't know I could read until I was riding in the car reading road signs out loud. This was before I was in school and was one of the reasons my parents dismissed the school's idea that I should wait a year to start, since my birthday was in mid-November. Thanks to this show and Sesame Street, I could read better than most of my classmates.

I haven't seen this show since the 70's, so I only have vague memories. I remember Morgan Freeman as Easy Reader, Rita Moreno shouting "Hey You Guyyyyyyyysssss". I remember the parts where two silhouetted people would sound out syllables. I remember Letterman (before Dave) and Spider-Man. Mostly, I remember a sense of fun.

When I read stories about what's wrong with education, I know the answer is simple (aside from money and parents and communities who care). School was rarely as fun as this. If education is fun, children will soak it up like a sponge. This show, and Sesame Street and Mr Rogers were fun.

I'm turned on, I have the power. Hey you guyyyyyyyyssss! Thanks.

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