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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:
Wonderful! Golden childhood memories... See more (37 total) »

Cast

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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:
Rita Moreno's portrayal of Otto the director was modeled after Otto Preminger.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:
Mel Mounds, the DJ:What time is it?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Goonies (1985)See more »

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8 out of 9 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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