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  • 2006-02-07T05:00:00Z on PBS
  • 30 mins
  • 2 hours, 0 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy, Children

A production of the Children's Television Workshop, The Electric Company taught phonics and grammar to young viewers through songs and comedic sketches.

4 episodes

Special 1 The Best of the Electric Company

  • 2006-02-07T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A four-disc retrospective package filled with 20 selected episodes and special features from The Electric Company.

A four-disc retrospective package filled with 20 selected episodes and special features from The Electric Company.

The Electric Company's Greatest Hits & Bits is a clip-filled documentary featuring many of the series' most popular segments along with new interviews with cast members such as Jim Boyd, Judy Graubart, Skip Hinnant, Tom Lehrer, Rita Moreno and Joan Rivers, as well as with series creator Joan Ganz Cooney.

If you were between six and ten years old during the years 1971 through 1985, then there is a good chance you learned to read with help from The Electric Company. Comedy sketches, music, animation and special effects were the tools of this "video" classroom. The show was so terrific that it attracted major talent. In addition to stars Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman and Rita Moreno, Joan Rivers, Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel were the characters in "The Adventures Of Letterman." Mel Brooks was the voice of the animated Blond-Haired Cartoon Man. The satirist Tom Lehrer wrote ten songs for the shows. The Electric Company was a product of its time — perennially cool and hip, while never wavering from its educational goals; it was full of wit and energy and made learning to read fun. So, take a trip back in time with Letterman, Easy Reader, J. Arthur Crank, Fargo North, Decoder, the Short Circus, Jennifer of the Jungle, and all the rest with THE BEST OF THE BEST OF THE ELECTRIC COMPANY.™ 5 GREAT EPISODES, INCLUDING SERIES PREMIERE. SPECIAL FEATURES Rita Moreno Remembers Outtakes New Episode Intros by Rita Moreno Trivia

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