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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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1977   1976   1975   1974   1973   1972   … See all »
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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(780 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The first 4 seasons were numbered in consecutive order, 1-520. Season 5 was numbered 1A-130A, and season 6, the last season produced, was numbered 1B-130B. A total of 780 episodes were produced, 130 per season, like its sister show, Sesame Street (1969), did until 1998. 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

Buddy - Member of the Short Circus: [speaking to Fargo, after being revealed as his impersonator] Please don't be angry at me Mr. North, I've always admired you and wanted to be a great Decoder someday like you, but I needed a little practice.
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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 Saturday Night Live: Kate Hudson/Radiohead (2000) See more »

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I love it when all the pieces fit!
7 August 2001 | by legaleagle16See all my reviews

I watched every episode of "The Electric Company" with my children. When they got too "old" for the genre, I had occasion to watch it by myself-this led to a lot of teasing, but I thought "Dracula" and "Easy Reader" were just great. Today I was surfing the Children's TV Show Archives, and naturally clicked on "Electric Company." DEJEVU! Morgan Freeman was the actor portraying my favorite (vicariously enjoyed) characters! The first time I saw Morgan Freeman in my adult life was in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." He looked sooo familiar, but I just couldn't place him! What a rush! ...life has come full-circle for me. A fan of this man all my life-and I never realized it! What a treat!


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