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
Production
Running time 28 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel PBS (1971-1977/reran in 1977-1985)
Noggin (1999-2002)
Original run October 25, 1971 – April 4, 2011

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 15, 1972, season 2 is released in 1972-1973, season 3 is released in 1973-1974, season 4 is released in November 25, 1974-1975, season 5 is released in August 25, 1975-April 15, 1976, season 6 is released in October 25, 1976-April 15, 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 cast were or was replaced by the cast playing the Ruiz family and their friends in their gang

Songs[change | change source]

  • 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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