The Electric Company (Classic) 2 Seasons 1971

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1. Episode 1 TV-G CC

Featuring: Easy Reader, J. Arthur Crank, and the song: "I Love You -ING"

Starring:
Jim Boyd, Lee Chamberlin
Runtime:
29 minutes
Original air date:
October 29, 1971

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Genres Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Bob Schwarz
Starring Jim Boyd, Lee Chamberlin
Supporting actors Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman, Judy Graubart, Skip Hinnant, Rita Moreno, June Angela, Irene Cara, Douglas Grant, Melanie Henderson, Steve Gustafson, Ken Roberts, Mel Brooks
Network Sesame Workshop
Executive Producer David D. Connell
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Many big names you will notice!
tami
I used to watch this when i was really young..was similar to sesame street...just look at the stars-to-be like Morgan Freeman & Bill Cosby..wow!!!
Ned
It is among the best teaching TV ever produced, in my humble opinion, and in the opinion of my children, and grandchildren.
S. Cliff

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 8, 2014
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When my oldest son was little, I watched an episode of the Electric Company that is currently running on TV. I was so disappointed. The current episodes are nothing like the "classic" episodes. The new versions are meant for the pre-teen set. These "classic" episodes are the ones I remember, for small children learning how to spell and sound words out -- the episodes where they push a 'c' and an 'at' together -- and then say "cat." Awesome show - glad Amazon Prime is carrying the old-fashioned "classic" version. My littlest one loves it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lori Dye on July 14, 2011
Morgan Freeman plays the role of a cop and shows his range by also making an appearance as a pretty convincing hippy. Bill Cosby plays himself as he helps some kids sort out sentences that are missing some letters (except he made it too easy - it was always the letters "st" so the pattern was pretty obvious). Bill Cosby also does a bit where he corrects the grammar and punctuation of a few sentences transcribed by a cartoon bird. Very educational. Overall, the theme of this episode features the phonetic sound "op" with frequent use of words like stop, cop and mop. It also takes it up a notch by throwing that silent letter e at the end and showing how mop changes to mope. Don't worry, they break it down for you pretty well and soon you'll be adding the silent e to all kinds of words just to see what happens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adr75 on June 20, 2013
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My 3˝ year old daughter loves this show (that I used to watch in the 70s). It features singing kids, goofy adults (including Rita Moreno and Morgan Freeman) and cute cartoons, with an emphasis on learning how to read.

What I like about the 70s version of the Electric Company and Sesame Street is back then, they didn't feel the need to overwhelm children's attention span. Today's versions have such rapid cuts and abundance of special effects, I wonder if they are competing with ADHD or causing it. But if your kid has not yet been desensitized to television and you want to start them off slow, this is a good choice, but not recommended for children under 3. If your child is two, I recommend Kipper.

However, the video quality could use improvement: it looks like something off a VHS tape.
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I remember watching this as a child, and was happy to find it available to share with my children. While the newer episodes may be more "hip" and current, I find the classic episodes a bit more educational. I streamed an episode for my soon to be 6 year old, and she was excited to watch the next one. With all of the non-educational offerings and cartoons, very excited to have this as a supplemental teaching tool for my children. Morgan Freeman was just as entertaining then as he is now. Highly recommended!
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Thank God for that show, it realy helped a sea of slow children to understand the elementry of lerning so thay cought up in school and felt hole like every body els".
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By Nieish Brown on May 15, 2014
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My daughter loves the old school shows because they actually taught something. The minute the show started she was hooked.
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By Kristin Pedemonti on May 8, 2014
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We used to watch this in elementary school! Loved seeing Rita Moreno, Bill Cosby and Morgan Freeman teaching us phonetics and how to read to totally groovy beats. Bring on the bellbottoms and afros. For today's kids it will most likely be too slowly paced, but for those of us craving nostalgia, awesome.
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By Striving4Excellence on April 16, 2014
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1973 it is fun to watch the style that so of lived through.
This is an educational program that I watch with my child. The repetition is good.
It is a fairly low key show so there is not a lot of excitement.
We enjoy it.
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