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The Electric Company was a half-hour television show aimed at children of elementary school age that was designed to be both educational and entertaining. It consisted of sketches, cartoons, and songs, and its large cast included a relatively unknown Morgan Freeman, who played characters such as Vincent the Vegetable Vampire and Easy Reader.

Recurring cartoon segments included The Adventures of Letterman, in which a superhero had to defeat an arch-nemesis who could transform one word into another by changing a single letter, as well as new Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote episodes created especially for the show and a cartoon featuring the Blond-haired Cartoon Man, voiced by Mel Brooks.

Recurring live-action sketches included Spidey

The Electric Company 1970s is a Documentary & Biography series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (41 episodes). The series first aired on October 25, 1971. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.1.

The Electric Company 1970s is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Electric Company 1970s on demand at Amazon online.

Friday 4:30 PM et/pt on PBS
6 Seasons, 41 Episodes
October 25, 1971
Documentary & Biography
Cast: Morgan Freeman
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The Electric Company 1970s Full Episode Guide

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

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