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The Best Of The Electric Company - Volume 2
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An impressive cast (such as Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno and many others) embodied characters and enlivened skits the whole world knows and loves: Easy Reader, Fargo North Decoder, Jennifer of the Jungle, J. Arthur Crank, Paul The Gorilla, The Adventures of Letterman, Love of Chair, The Short Circus, Spider-Man, and much more!
Watch carefully or you'll miss quick-as-a wink cameos from the likes of I Dream of Jeannies Barbara Eden (150), Bonanzas Lorne Green (223), and All in the Familys Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton (166). Other notables to contribute their talents include Tom Lehrer, author of the "Silent E" song, Mel Brooks, voice behind "Blond-Haired Cartoon Man," and Producers pals Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel, voices behind The Adventures of Letterman (with Joan Rivers as narrator and Mostel as the evil Spell Binder). The Electric Company set its sights on children aged 7-10, but there's plenty of fast-paced fun here for younger kids and adults, too. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
- "Remember The Electric Company" featurette
- New episode intros
- Bill Cosby on The Dick Cavett Show segment
- "Play All Songs" feature
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And while they certainly enjoy the comedy and the music, it's very clear that the lessons have been sinking in; just a few nights ago, my 6-year-old wowed us with a demonstration of "dinner" vs. "diner." She has similarly learned to handle punctuation, silent E, and common letter combinations, long before these subjects were introduced in school. I'm generally quite skeptical of claims regarding "educational television," but the Electric Company demonstrates that it can work.
The inclusion of some classic bits, including Julia Grownup and the LY song, is greatly appreciated. And of course, we're enjoying Letterman and (the surprisingly small number of episodes with) Spiderman.
For most of my family, the second set of DVDs means that we now have 40 fabulous episodes to choose from, rather than just 20. But for me, as someone who grew up with this show, it was nice to see interviews with many of the cast members. And yes, it was a bit surprising to see how they've aged -- but I'm also 30 years older than I was in the 70s, so it's only fair! The documentary about teachers' use of the show was a bit long and dry, but still a worthwhile addition.
Even without the extras, this DVD set would be well worth the price. Your kids will learn to read, and they'll laugh and sing as they do so. I can't recommend The Electric Company highly enough; buy it, and you'll see what I mean.
PS...I wish the new Electric Company series would take lot more cues from the original series. It pales in comparison to the original.
Now with Vol 2...I am GLAD that they have a separate songs sections...My *OLD* kids LOVE the songs...Sweet Sweet Sway, Boom, Knock Knock Rock, and Whimper and Whine are their fivs...while the Greedy Greg segment and The Short Circus and Rita Moreno song about the E on the End is my favorite.
Sometimes we bring the first graders up to watch with us....THEY REALLY get enthralled in it!
Bring on the next volume!
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Children's Television Workshop (Sesame Workshop) produced 780 episodes of The Electric Company on PBS (which is 130 episodes per season) should do the following DVDs:
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This program still delivers even after all these years. My 4 year old is so engaged and even is using phonics to read. I am so excited.Published 4 months ago by Sharon R. Jones
My kids love the Electric Company, and they learn SO MUCH about reading in a super fun way, like I did when I was a kid. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Fred
I remember watching this show when I was in the third grade and learning from it so I purchased this set as an aide in teaching my 6 and 7 year old how to pronounce and read words... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Melvin Taylor
We already had the first volume; this is more of the same, which is to say that it's just as good & just a welcome. Read morePublished on June 23, 2014 by F. J. PRISCO
My 7 year old granddaughter is a HUGE fan of Volume 1 and was not at all disappointed with Volume 2. Thank you.Published on June 7, 2014 by Junior