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The Electric Company 

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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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
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 Steve Gustafson ...  Buddy - Member of the Short Circus 520 episodes, 1971-1975
Danny Seagren Danny Seagren ...  Spider-Man 390 episodes, 1974-1977
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Storyline

"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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Taglines:

Hey, you guys! See more »

Genres:

Family | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Sesame Workshop

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Reading Program See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(780 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Each episode of "Love of Chair" ended with the narrator, Ken Roberts, asking "And what about Naomi?" He's referring to Naomi Foner, 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

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.
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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 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.146 (2010) See more »

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Thanks Electric Company!
14 July 2007 | by Mike L. (navrm-1)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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