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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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Series cast summary:
...  Andy / ... 780 episodes, 1971-1977
...  Count Dracula / ... 780 episodes, 1971-1977
...  Jennifer of the Jungle / ... 780 episodes, 1971-1977
...  Clam / ... 780 episodes, 1971-1977
...  Carmela / ... 780 episodes, 1971-1977
...  Julie - Member of the Short Circus 780 episodes, 1971-1977
...  Blond-Haired Cartoon Man 780 episodes, 1971-1977
...  Dr. Doolats / ... 650 episodes, 1972-1977
...  Spell Binder 650 episodes, 1972-1977
...  Sylvia / ... 520 episodes, 1973-1977
...  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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For the graduates of "Sesame Street." See more »

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Family | Comedy

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Sesame Workshop

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Release Date:

25 October 1971 (USA)  »

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The Reading Program  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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(780 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Steve Gustafson named his character after drummer Buddy Rich. June Angela named her character after actress Julie Andrews. 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

Blond-Haired Cartoon Man: Stupid! Listen, stupid. I'm standing here, and I feel... stupid!
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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 »

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I remember!
15 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

Reading some of the comments other people have said regarding the "Electric Company" makes me realize that it has been forgotten, and that is a shame! If anyone can tell me more about this "Noggin" cable channel or where to find reruns, it would be much appreciated. I, too, remember the Electric Company, and I watched it fervently from age 7-12. It was a wonderful show that provided the best possible learning environment, by combining education with humor and repetition, and, above all, in small enough doses to aid in memory retention. I think my all-time favorite was "Fargo North, De-Coder." The cast was certainly very talented and very capable, and I have nothing but fond memories of watching this show, while also improving my language skills.


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