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The Electric Company (Classic) 2 Seasons 1975

Season 1
4.8 out of 5 stars (105) IMDb 8.2/10

"HEY YOUUU GUUUUYSS!" Turn the power of reading back on with the grooviest of the groovy, The Electric Company. Take a ride down memory lane with the 70s show that taught literacy to a generation of kids. Check out Mel Brooks, Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno, Joan Rivers, and Gene Wilder getting hip with the lingo - can ya dig it? Get down with the favorites like Letterman, Easy Reader, a gorilla named Paul, and tons of other sketch comedy, animations, and live action films.

Starring:
Jim Boyd, Morgan Freeman

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Season 1

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1. Episode 1

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

TV-G CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: October 29, 1971
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2. Episode 2

Featuring: Bob and Ray Mind Reader, The Six Dollar and Thirty-Nine Cent Man, and Jennifer of the Jungle

TV-G CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: October 27, 1976
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3. Episode 3

Featuring: Rita and Lorelei, Mel Mounds, and the song: "Sneaver Song"

TV-G CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: November 10, 1971
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4. Episode 4

Featuring: The Giggle Goggle Girls, Fargo North Decoder, and Julia Grown-Up

TV-G CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: November 24, 1971
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5. Episode 5

Featuring: Rita on the Run, Witch in the Kitchen, and Mel Mounds song, "The Sweet Sweet Sway"

TV-G CC Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: November 30, 1976
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6. Episode 6

Featuring: Jack and Jill, Crank and the Skunk, Letterman, and the Diver

TV-G CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: February 23, 1976
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7. Episode 7

Featuring: The Vampire, Cosby and Cosby, and the song: "My Name is Kathy"

TV-G CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: April 18, 1972
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8. Episode 8

Featuring: Green's Green Grapes, Tyler and Lester, and "The -LY Song"

TV-G CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: December 28, 1972
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9. Episode 9

Featuring: Sweet Roll, Man on the Street, and the song "Nobody Loves the Subway"

TV-G CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: April 5, 1973
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10. Episode 10

Featuring: Please Don't Squeze the Charmin, Sweet Roll, Letterman, and the song "One Word After Another"

TV-G CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: October 22, 1973
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11. Episode 11

Featuring: Easy Reader, Letterman, and the song "Candy Candles"

TV-G CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: November 29, 1973
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12. Episode 12

Featuring: Rita on the Run, Letterman, Fargo North Decoder, and The Parrot and the Plumber

TV-G CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: December 11, 1973
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13. Episode 13

Featuring: Paul at the Seashore, Message Man, and "The Blob Song"

TV-G CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: March 8, 1974
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14. Episode 14

Featuring: Haunted House, Mmm, and Letterman

TV-G CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: November 14, 1972
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15. Episode 15

Featuring: The Neatnik, Dracula Mistake Series, and "The Bicycle/Bicycle Song"

TV-G CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: February 14, 1975
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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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The show that taught me to write my name (my parents were mind-boggled! I learned on my own!) also had two academy award winners as regulars! What modern kid's shows have the likes of Rita Moreno and Morgan Freeman in the cast? My five year old son finds it as captivating as I did. It's a fantastic show and doesn't insult children's intelligence like guys singing purple dinosaur suits do.
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My 3½ 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 learned to read from this series and now my son with down syndrome and my four year old is too. I enjoy the humor in it as a mom. Very witty. Stars Morgan Freeman and Bill Cosby, amongst a stellar cast of great actors. Groovy man!
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My 9 year old typically doesn't enjoy watching educational shows. I know it's sad. But I haven't been able to get her interested in learning and she doesn't grasp that learning can be fun. Anyway, she did find this interesting and has watched a few shows and wanted to watch more. I will see how long her interest will last, but for now it's been good.
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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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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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This is a PBS classic I watched as a child. Lots of learning which is still relevant despite the age of the show. When it comes to teaching a child, the oldness of the show doesn't matter. Plus it's fun to watch.
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