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If you were between six and ten years old during the years 1971 through 1985, then there is a good chance you learned to read with help from The Electric Company. Comedy sketches, music, animation and special effects were the tools of this "video" classroom. Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno, Spider-Man Road Runner and others were the teachers.
The Electric Company was a product of its time perennially cool and hip, while never wavering from its educational goals; it was full of wit and energy and made learning to read fun. So, take a trip back in time with Spider-Man, Letterman, J. Arthur Crank, the Short Circus, Jennifer of the Jungle, DJ Mel Mounds, Easy Reader, Paul the Gorilla, Lorelei the Chicken and all the rest with THE BEST OF THE ELECTRIC COMPANY.
DISC 1: #1 (10/25/71); #10 (11/5/71); #14 (11/11/71); #21 (11/22/71); #26 (11/29/71) Special Features: Rita Moreno Remembers: The only female performer to have won an Oscar®, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, Rita looks back on her experiences with The Electric Company.
DISC 2: #109 (3/23/72); #131 (10/23/72); #181 (1/1/73); #285 (11/23/73); #321 (1/14/74) Special Features: Joan Ganz Cooney Then And Now: From 1971 to the present, the founder of The Childrens Television Workshop has never wavered in her commitment to early education.
DISC 3: #379 (4/3/74); #386 (4/15/74); #391 (10/21/74); #437 (12/24/74); #453 (1/15/75) Special Features: "Silent E" Karaoke: Sing along with Tom Lehrers unforgettable and imaginative song. The Creative Team Remembers: Executive producer Sam Gibbon and head writer Tom Whedon reminisce.
DISC 4: #491 (3/10/75); #72A (1/27/76); #110A (3/19/76); #79B (2/3/77); #130B (4/15/77) Special Feature: June Angela Remembers: "Julie" in The Short Circus; June Angela was with the cast for the entire run of the show.
Me and my teen boys absolutely love this! I love that they enjoy watching what I watched when I was little. They love the humor in it. We watch it almost every night. :)Published 1 day ago by Dena Moore
It's so cool to watch this show again. It helped my little one learn to sound out words. It's really cool to see all these now famous actors and actresses in their 20'sPublished 25 days ago by Mother Adams
Really fun memories for me and my 6 month old is very entertained by them.Published 1 month ago by Laura Sibilia
Awesome video for young kids and early readers. I have purchased this twice and will again.Published 6 months ago by shopper mom
Just as fun today as it was when it was airing on PBS. And just as useful for getting English basics across to kids in an unfunny way. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Robin Hobb
I watched The Electric Company growing up in the '70's and loved it..! I ordered Volume 1 a few years ago when it first came out. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alison J. Falcioni
The Best of the Electric Company should have 4 dvd's. I only received 1 and it was in poor condition. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jeannette Yue
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Sorry to say, the Volume 2 DVD set does have an "LY" song, but not the wonderful Tom Lehrer version ("You enter a very dark room/And sittng there in the gloom/Is DRACULA...now how do you say goodbye?/IMMEDIATELY! IMMEDIATELY! IM-ME-DI-ATE-L-Y!") Ya gotta love it. I certainly... Read More
Aug 16, 2007 by G. Cummings | See all 2 posts