New 'Electric Company': (All together now) HEY YOU GUUUYS!

PBS Kids has posted preview clips of the new version of Sesame Street‘s funkier, more Morgan Freeman-y older cousin, The Electric Company, set to debut in January. Thankfully, they didn’t just go all ’70s-wakka-wakka-funk-retro in an attempt to replicate the original, but instead, use the show’s hip, fast-paced style to create some pretty cool new stuff, like the technological, Matrix-inspired segments featuring beatbox wizard Shock, and the cute/funny, two-dimensional animation bits between The Odd Couple. I always loved The Electric Company when I was a kid (especially Freeman’s DJ Mel Mounds, embedded below), and I think it’s awesome that a new generation of kids will grow up with its quirky brand of edutainment.

So what were your favorite Electric Company bits? You psyched to see the new one? Think it’ll succeed?

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  • Preston

    To me, the 4 to 6 pm hour on PBS in the late 70s was a TV programmers dream lineup for the kids! You couldn’t beat that powerhouse lineup of Sesame Street, Mister Rogers and The Electric Company! It was the “Oprah” of its time for the kids between 1976 and 1979. I liked the Spend-spend-spend skit when Morgan Freeman lashes at his son on spending too much on materialistic things like toys. He didn’t hold up on his son in that skit! The music was so funky and danceable on that show. Or the “Tilt” skit where that group is singing on a moving pinball machine, trying to get away from the ball. It was a fun show–they were more toward prefixes and suffixes of words on that show, such as -tion. The plural parts of single words.

    • Mark

      do you remember the lyrics to the Spend Spend Spend song? I have been trying to find it online for the longest time. I desperately want my daughter to hear it. lol

  • rj472

    I remember Morgan Freeman played Spider Man on the show and when he had his arm in a cast it was funny to see Spider Man with the cast on his arm.

    • Tencake

      Actually, it was part-time Big Bird puppeteer Daniel Seagren, a trained dancer, who played Spider-Man on The Electric Company.

  • EMF

    Is that Irene Cara?

  • swss

    I was a HUGE fan of Easy Reader (another Morgan Freeman character) – man, I loved that show!

  • Marti McKenna

    I loved Easy Reader! And yes, that’s Irene Cara…and Rita Moreno. :)

  • Clay Atlas

    If only that had been around during my formative years.
    http://backorforth.blogspot.com

  • Valsadie

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno, Irene Cara — now that is all Oscar-winning children’s entertainment!

  • Laura

    I also loved spiderman – and the talking heads. That was electric company right? The heads that sounded out words?

  • Rich

    Electric Company was the best thing I ever watched as a kid. Buy the DVD sets… Well worth it!

  • dma69

    Jennifer of the Jungle & Paul the gorilla
    Fargo North, Decoder
    Letterman
    the Blue Beetle
    Easy Reader
    The Director
    J. Arthur Crank
    Spiderman
    Pandora
    The Short Circus
    Now THIS was a show that entertained and educated. Too bad there weren’t more shows like The Electric Company.

  • LYNDA DEARING

    I LOVED THE ELECTRIC COMPANY. HEY YOU GUYS!!!!. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE ORIGINAL SHOW BACK ON PBS. DONT FORGET CARLOS ON THE SHOW!

  • Vegas TLC

    Absolutely my favorite PBS show while growing up in the 70’s. To this day, whenever I see Morgan Freeman and Rita Moreno on screen, I always think of them from this show. And, lastly, I’ll never forget the melodic sounds of “Whimper … and WHINE WHINE WHINE!!!”

  • David D

    “IT’S THE PLUMBER! I’VE COME TO FIX THE SINK!!!”
    And I had a HUGE crush on Judy Graubart.

  • geegee

    Rita Morano as the director. MAKE-UP! Wack!

  • geegee

    Also Morgan Freeman as Easy Reader. Much cooler than Mounds.
    G

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