The Electric Company

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The Electric Company
Format Children's television series
Comedy
Starring Morgan Freeman (1971-1977)
Judy Graubart (1971-1977)
Luis Avalos (1972–1977)
Skip Hinnant (1971-1977)
Rita Moreno (1971-1977)
Jim Boyd (1971-1977)
Lee Chamberlin (1971–1973)
Hattie Winston (1973–1977)
Bill Cosby (1971–1973)
Danny Seagren (1974–1977)
Gene Wilder (1972-1977)
Mel Brooks (1972-1977)
Joan Rivers (1972-1977)
Zero Mostel (1972-1977)
June Angela Profanato (credited as June Angela in 1971-1977) (1971-1977 and 2009)
Irene Cara (1971-1972)
Douglas Grant (1971-1973)
Stephen Gustafson (1971-1975)
Melanie Henderson (1971-1977)
Denise Nickerson (1972-1973)
Gregg Burge (1973-1975)
Bayn Johnson (1973-1975)
Todd Graff (1975-1977)
Rejane Maglorie (1975-1977)
Janina Mathews (1975-1977)
Rodney Lewis (1975-1977)
Priscilla Star Diaz (2006 and 2009-2011)
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 931 (TV)
? (Comic Book)
Production
Running time 28 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel PBS (1971-1977/2006/2009-2011/reran in 1977-1985 and 2011-Present)
Noggin (1999-2002)
Original run October 25, 1971 (TV) – 2012 (Comic Book)

The Electric Company was an educational American children's television series. It was produced by the Children's Television Workshop (1971-1977)/Sesame Workshop (2006 and 2009-2011) for PBS in the United States. PBS broadcast 930 episodes over nine seasons from 1971 to 1977, 2006, and 2009 to 2011. CTW (1971-1977)/Sesame Workshop (2006/2009-2011) produced the show at Reeves Teletape Studios (1971-1977)/Kaufman Astoria Studios (2006/2009-2011) Second Stage in Manhattan. Season 1 is released in October 25, 1971-April 25, 1972, season 2 is released in October 25, 1972-April 25, 1973, season 3 is released in October 25, 1973-April 25, 1974, season 4 is released in October 25, 1974-April 25, 1975, season 5 is released in October 25, 1975-April 25, 1976, season 6 is released in October 25, 1976-April 25, 1977, season 7 is released in 2006 and Janaury 19-October 1, 2009, season 8 is released in Janaury 25-May 7, 2010, and season 9 is released in February 7-March 28, 2011. June Angela as Julie (1971-1977 and 2009) was a long-running cast member of the 1971-1977 rock band named The Short Circus. In 2006, the 1977 departed 1975-1977 cast were or was replaced by the 2009-2011 cast playing the Ruiz family and their friends in their gang. In the comic book, season 10 is released in 2012.

Songs[change | change source]

  • Fling Fling)(performed by Winnie and The Short Circus) (season 2, episode ? (197?))
  • Sing Out (performed by The Short Circus) (season 2, episode 130 (1973))
  • Buddy and Kelly (performed by Buddy and Kelly from or in The Short Circus) (season 3, episode 1 (1973))
  • Broccoli (performed by Buddy and Kelly) (season 3, episode 98 (1974))
  • Words (performed by Mark and Valerie the Librarian) (season 4, episode 1 (1974))
  • Knock Knock Rock (performed by The Short Circus) (season 5, episode 35 (1975))

Other Description[change | change source]

The Electric Company used sketch comedy and other devices to create an entertaining program to help children of elementary-school age get better at reading skills. It was meant for children who had "graduated" from CTW's main program, Sesame Street.

Notes (Trivia)[change | change source]

  • The recently departed "And now, the last word." (season 1 (1971-1972)) was replaced and dropped by "Tune in next time, as/when _ _ (censored)." in season 2 (1972-1973).

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