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

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The Electric Company: Season 6: Episode 32 -- Featuring: Rita on the Run, Witch in the Kitchen, and Mel Mounds song, "The Sweet Sweet Sway"


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Release Date:
25 October 1971 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary »
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 13 of 37)
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)

Series Directed by
Henry Behar (390 episodes, 1972-1975)
Bob Schwarz (260 episodes, 1971-1977)
John Tracy (130 episodes, 1975-1976)
Series Writing credits
Jeremy Stevens (261 episodes, 1972-1977)
Christopher Cerf (260 episodes, 1971-1973)
John Boni (131 episodes, 1972-1977)
Amy Ephron (130 episodes, 1972-1973)
Thad Mumford (1 episode, 1972-1977)
Sara Compton (1 episode, 1977)
Tom Dunsmuir (1 episode, 1977)
Tom Whedon (1 episode, 1977)

Paul Dooley (unknown episodes, 1971-1972)
Elaine Laron (unknown episodes)
Jim Thurman (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
David D. Connell .... executive producer (779 episodes, 1971-1977)
Joan Ganz Cooney .... executive producer (779 episodes, 1971-1977)
Naomi Foner .... producer (260 episodes, 1971-1973)
Andrew B. Ferguson Jr. .... producer (1 episode, 1977)
Samuel Y. Gibbon Jr. .... executive producer (1 episode, 1977)
Edith Zornow .... film producer (1 episode, 1977)

Walt Rauffer .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Wibby Ritchey .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Clark Gesner (779 episodes, 1971-1977)
Joe Raposo (779 episodes, 1971-1977)
Gary William Friedman (389 episodes, 1974-1977)
Dave Conner (259 episodes, 1975-1977)

Tom Lehrer (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Diana Wenman (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
Winston Ferguson (130 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Production Design by
Ron Baldwin (1 episode, 1977)

Bill Bohnert (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Nat Mongioi (1 episode, 1977)
Series Costume Design by
Ramsey Mostoller (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
Series Makeup Department
Mickey Scott .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1977)
Lee Trent .... hair stylist (1 episode, 1977)
Series Production Management
Glenda Jones .... unit manager (1 episode, 1977)
Frieda Lipp .... production supervisor (1 episode, 1977)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Diana Wenman .... associate director (1 episode, 1977)
Series Art Department
Nick Annino .... scenic artist (1 episode, 1977)
Robert Hoppe .... assistant designer (1 episode, 1977)
David Lowry .... scenic artist (1 episode, 1977)
Len Rosolio .... graphics (1 episode, 1977)
Laura Sheiner .... graphics coordinator (1 episode, 1977)

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 .... audio (1 episode, 1977)

Allen B. Rosenstein .... sound (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Lee Harrison III .... Scanimate Inventor (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Clark .... lighting director (1 episode, 1977)
Bryan Keen .... video (1 episode, 1977)
Dick Weiss .... lighting director (1 episode, 1977)
Series Animation Department
Carmen D'Avino .... animator (779 episodes, 1971-1977)
Faith Hubley .... animator (779 episodes, 1971-1977)
John Hubley .... animator (779 episodes, 1971-1977)
Chuck Jones .... animator (519 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 Costume and Wardrobe Department
Grisha Mynova .... wardrobe (2 episodes, 1971-1977)
Series Editorial Department
Conrad Carrano .... editor: video tape (unknown episodes)
John Hutchison .... editor: video tape (unknown episodes)
Patrick McKenna .... editor: video tape (unknown episodes)
Joe O'Dough .... editor: video tape (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Giancarlo Esposito .... singer: theme song (779 episodes, 1971-1977)
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 (1 episode, 1977)
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)
Ralph Mensch .... technical director (1 episode, 1977)
Walt Rauffer .... technical advisor (1 episode, 1977)
Liz Thompson .... choreographer (1 episode, 1977)
Ron Weaver .... director of operations (1 episode, 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)
Charles Raymond .... production stage manager (unknown episodes)
Stanley Spiro .... associate director (unknown episodes)
Rolf Wahl .... video (unknown episodes)
Harriet Wohl .... associate director (unknown episodes)

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28 min (780 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Because sketches from previous seasons were reused in the same way that "Sesame Street" (1969) reused its sketches, the first season was in production for approximately 26 weeks, and this dwindled down to approximately 13 weeks of production for the sixth and final season.See more »
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 »
Mel Mounds, the DJ:Righteous, delighteous, and out-of-sighteous!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Rhoda: The Party (#2.5)" (1975)See more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful! Golden childhood memories..., 27 January 2003
Author: shaadowlove from Denver, CO USA

When I was a child, I remember watching The Electric company with my friends and family. The actors were amazing, and the skits were unforgettable. I adored Morgan Freeman's cowboy sketches! Jim Boyd's character, the inimitable 'Crank', remains my personal favorite to this day. I loved Luis as 'Yankee Doodle'. In all of the historical skits, he looked like he was having as much fun as the viewers! Luis is an amazing talent, and I've been taping all of his movies just to see him in other roles. Rita, Judy, Lee and Hattie were all wonderful, too! Skip Hinnant is also very talented and funny: When he was in a scene portraying a Romeo type character, and Rita was the angry director screaming at him, he muttered "The things I do for art," and then

slammed himself back against the wall when she glared at him! I couldn't stop laughing!!! I also enjoyed him as "Roy the Toy Boy".

My favorite sketches are: "Boris the Boxer" (Jim plays a toothless boxer who has been hit in the head quite a bit, and throws punches when he hears a bell), "Greedy Greg Grabbed The Green Grapes" (Jim again), the "--ing" song (sung by Brenda, who was 'swing-ing' and 'sitt-ing' on a bee that was 'sting-ing' her), "Pandora the Brat" (Rita Moreno), "Nitty Gritty" (Hattie), "The Galloping Saddle" (Morgan and Jim), "Springing From A Sponge", "Yankee Doodle" "The Mad Conductor" ("YAGA! Are you trying to turn me into a little bowl of pasta???" Luis yells at Jim, who can't seem to play the right note on his tuba), "Grouch" (Morgan introduces the sketch, where two cavemen, Jim and Luis, are busy pounding rocks. Luis tries to show Jim something, and he growls: "GRRR!" and then pops Luis on the head with the stone hammer. "OUCH!!!" Luis cries... the scene repeats itself several times before it dawns on them that they have created a new word! Vaudeville music strikes up, and they dance around (with the dazed, confused look that only Jim can effect!) chanting "Grouch! Grouch! Grouch!" LOL!!! I still howl with laughter whenever Jim pulls that face!), and "Skunk In The Trunk", where Jim opens a trunk and discovers "...a pretty little kitty---with BAD BREATH!!!"

As an adult, I still love this show (maybe TOO much!) and I would recommend it to people of any age who like to laugh and have fun. Life is too short to frown all of the time! Let Electric Company "turn you on" and "bring you the power"... of laughter and positive vibes!

I give this show 10/10 stars.

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