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The Electric Company (Classic) 2 Seasons 1971

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Season 1
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(82) IMDb 8.2/10

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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Season 1

Product Details

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
Producers David D. Connell, Joan Ganz Cooney, Naomi Foner
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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7 of 7 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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5 of 6 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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5 of 6 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NDB 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By techmeister on June 19, 2014
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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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I was born in 1984, so that was later when I got into Sesame Street. But when I learned about that show, and this one on Noggin, a TV channel that now goes by the names Nick Jr which airs during day, and Nick Mom which airs during night, I only saw brief clips of it.

There are only 15 random episodes for this 1st season, but I liked it when I learned that Bill Cosby of Fat Albert fame, Little Bill, and the man behind "The Cosby Show" was in this. I never knew this was something else to involve him.

I also liked when they had one of the "Road Runner" segments, because I learned on Wikipedia that Chuck Jones, the man who made the Road Runner cartoons in the first place, starting with "The Fast & The Furryous" made these segments to relive those glory days. The only down side I had with that is that they only had one where the Coyote, the guy who chases that bird, read a sign that said down, and that episode was the only one in this series I was able to watch.

I liked the cartoon bird that was in there too. The bird named Loreli. BTW, my apologies if I spelled that name wrong.

I'm watching the second season as I am typing this, and I just learned that the last random episode of THAT season is said to have another Road Runner segment. Weather that segment is the same as the one in this season is the same, or if it's a different one, I do not know. But I will once I watch it.

All in all, I kinda' liked this. The reboot series is on PBS, but I've yet to watch that one. I'll let ya know how season 2 turns out, but I hope to see more episodes of this show, and more of those Road Runner Segments to boot as well.

5 stars, and a 7.8 out of 10 for the Electric Company (the original classic) Volume 1.

"read" your hearts out, Between the Lions".
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If you have children who are learning to read or to read better, you must watch a couple of episodes of The Electric Company with them. At first, it is weird-because it is unlike any other show ever. It takes a couple of episodes to get the rhythm and flow of the show, its odd mix of regular characters, and even believe what you are seeing. You will find yourself and your children wandering around repeating songs about the rules of speech, spelling, and sentences. Life lessons (honesty, fairness, dependability, all the things you are trying to teach your children) are taught by action and deed, not words. Yes, there are some pranks, jokes, and tricks, but none as alarming as every night's sitcom drool. As you get used to Electric Company, you will find these less irritating. In the meantime, your children are loving it! If Dr. Seuss taught your children the first steps to reading, The Electric Company will follow his steps talking them to higher levels not just in reading, but all the associated things and life lessons our children need.

The music may be dated to a kid that is glued into every whim of day to day fashion, but it is very enjoyable and the more they hear it, the more they will like it. Our children rocked to The Electric Company when they were growing up and now our Grandchildren are rocking to it as well. Add this Grandpa and spouse to the group and you have 3 generations of fans. All three generations just love to watch the show for its entertainment and all remember its lessons, often in the whimsical songs that are beautifully worked into the flow of the show. It has sight gags and other "cartoon humor" where the damage done in a joke is often gone as the next scene rolls.
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