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The Electric Company - Shout! Factory issues 'Best of The Electric Company Volume 2' Press Release

Posted by Gord Lacey
8/23/2006
 
The Best Of The Electric Company: Volume Two

Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop 'Turn It On' with a Second DVD Set of PBS' Emmy® Award-Winning* Classic Children's Show

Starring Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno, Mel Brooks, And Joan Rivers, With Guests Carol Burnett, Barbara Eden, Victor Borges And More!

Four-DVD Set Debuts November 14th Wired With Bonus Material

LOS ANGELES, CA - "Hey you guuuuuuys!" Plug-in more award-winning edutainment with The Best Of The Electric Company: Volume Two, 20 of the show's best-loved episodes available for the first time on a four-DVD set, coming November 14th from Shout! Factory. The wildly popular 1970s-era, Emmy award-winning children's television series was created by the non-profit Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) with an ensemble cast including Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Joan Rivers and Zero Mostel, and featuring cameo appearances by Carol Burnett, Barbara Eden, Victor Borges and others. With its roots in the Motown Sound, Broadway and The Carol Burnett Show, The Electric Company became a cultural phenomenon of the '70s, teaching children basic reading and grammar skills, with an emphasis on fun. The four-disc set features 20 of the best episodes available for the first time on disc, with new cast interviews, a 1975 documentary, cast member Bill Cosby's appearance on The Dick Cavett Show, and more, all for the suggested list price of $39.98. As with all Sesame Workshop products, proceeds from the sales of the DVDs will help fund their educational projects around the world.

Originally targeted toward children aged six to ten, The Electric Company aimed to teach basic reading and grammar skills to its young viewers through sketch comedy, songs and animation. Viewers will fondly remember live action and animated skits such as "The Adventures of Letterman" and "Love of Chair," as well as the original music (several songs, such as "Silent E," were written by satirist Tom Leher). The Best Of The Electric Company: Volume Two includes all the recurring, best-loved personalities, such as Easy Reader, Spider-Man, Fargo North Decoder, Jennifer of the Jungle, J. Arthur Crank, and more.

*Emmy, Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming - Entertainment/Fictional, "Electric Company," 1973

DVD Contents:

DISC ONE:

Episode # 12 - Original Broadcast Date: November 9, 1971
Features: THE FLORIST: LOOMING VIOLETS, "SHOO SHOO SUNSHINE" song, ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A DOG animation, WILD GUESS: WHO WEARS A GLASS SLIPPER?, LOVE OF CHAIR and EASY READER'S BIRTHDAY PARTY

Episode # 73 - Original Broadcast Date: February 2, 1972
Features: MILT THE STILT, THE DIRECTOR: ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL, FARGO NORTH DECODER: WATCH OUT FOR FALLING ROCKS, "JELLY BELLY" song, JULIA GROWNUP, "YOU CAN MAKE UP A WORD" song and J. ARTHUR CRANK: BLIXIT

Episode # 150 - Original Broadcast Date: November 17, 1972
Features: MONA & HAROLD LOOK FOR AN APARTMENT, "THE SWEET SWEET SWAY" song, EASY READER: A WALL FULL OF WORDS, "I'M A ROOTIN' TOOTIN' COWBOY" song and WANTED: ROBIN HOOD OF SHERWOOD FOREST

Episode # 166 - Original Broadcast Date: December 11, 1972
Features: A VERY SHORT BOOK: SEE SALLY'S KNEE, ARCHIE & EDITH with Carrol O'Connor & Jean Stapleton, "A PITCHER WE KNOW" song, "SILENT E" song, Wilt Chamberlain, and VICTOR BORGE: PUNCTUATION

Episode # 197 - Original Broadcast Date: January 23, 1973
Features: WAX MUSEUM, THE ATHLETIC ATHLETE, A CUP OF COFFEE AND A SWEET ROLL animation, ELEPHANT SNEEZE animation, I'VE COME TO ROBE YOU, HUMPTY DUMPTY animation and THE ADVENTURES OF LETTERMAN: WOMAN BITES BEAR

Special Features:
Play All Songs
Remembering The Electric Compan: Ensemble members Luis Avalos, Jim Boyd, Skip Hinnant Judy Graubart and Hattie Winston reminisce about the show.

DISC TWO:

Episode # 223 - Original Broadcast Date: February 28, 1973
Features: Gary Owens, BIG BAD BABY BLOCKS, Dean Martin, GOLDILOCKS, ROBBER AND THE LADY, "MY BROKEN DOWN BRONCO BRUCE" song, MEL MOUNDS, "YOU OUGHTTA TRY TWO" song and LETTERMAN: HANDS FULL

Episode # 227 - Original Broadcast Date: March 6, 1973
Features: MESSAGE MAN: BEWARE OF DOG, NORMAN NEAT MAN ON THE STREET, "LY" song, TAKE A STRIDE skating film and song, "PUNCTUATION" song and LOVE OF CHAIR

Episode # 230 - Original Broadcast Date: March 9, 1973
Features: TAXI, T-TOWEL animation with Mel Brooks, I'VE GOT A SECRET SOUND game show, MAD SCIENTIST AND MONSTER, A VERY SHORT BOOK: HUMPTY DUMPTY, J. ARTHUR CRANK and LOVE OF CHAIR

Episode # 232 - Original Broadcast Date: March 13, 1973
MILLIE THE HELPER: FLYING SCHOOL, CINDERELLA, JULIA GROWN-UP: SCRAMBLED EGGS, FARGO: YOUR DINER IS BITER and LOVE OF CHAIR

Episode # 253 - Original Broadcast Date: April 11, 1973
Features: GORGEOUS GIDGET, SLIP OF THE LIP game show, "WHIMPER AND WHINE" song, CINDERELLA AND THE GLASS SLIPPER, HAUNTED HOUSE: I SMELL DANGER, "DANGEROUS DAN" song and EASY READER

Special Features:
Play All Songs
The Electric Company Documentary: A 1975 look at the effect of the show on children learning to read..

DISC THREE:

Episode # 322 - Original Broadcast Date: January 29, 1974
Features: "THE KID'S A HOT SHOT" song, DO NOT BOTHER THIS GIANT PERSON, FIRST DAY AS A POLICE WOMAN, MEL MOUNDS, EASY READER: AT THE JUNK STORE and films, and LETTERMAN: WHAT A DRAGON

Episode # 375 - Original Broadcast Date: March 29, 1974
Features: EARLY GIBBONS, LESTER HESTER JESTER VEST, CUSTOMS INSPECTOR, PAINT STORE: TRAIN PAINT, BLUE BEETLE, "PULL/PUSH/UP/NEXT CAR" song, A VERY SHORT BOOK: TOM SAWYER, and HAUNTED HOUSE: YES, YET, YELL

Episode # 502 - Original Broadcast Date: March 25, 1975
Features: THE USED NEWS, EASY READER: GRAB BAG, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED CLOWN, "GREEN GREMLINS" song, VAUDEVILLE: I'M TAKING MY CASE TO COURT, WATCH YOUR HAT AND COAT, "THERE'S A HOLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA" song and LETTERMAN: THE CORNIEST CONCERT

Episode # 27A - Original Broadcast Date: November 25, 1975
Features: "YANKEE DOODLE" song, VALLEY FORGE, SPIDEY MEETS THE YETI, MAD SCIENTIST, A VERY SHORT BOOK: CINDERELLA and "I WOULD DIE FOR A PIECE OF YOUR PIE" song

Episode # 35A - Original Broadcast Date: December 5, 1975
Features: BURGLAR WITH CLOCK MASK, LETTERMAN: IN A PICKLE, "KNOCK KNOCK ROCK" song, and A VERY SHORT BOOK: THE OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A SHOE

Special Features:
Play All Songs
Bill Cosby on "The Dick Cavett Show" (1971)

DISC FOUR:

Episode # 57A - Original Broadcast Date: January 6, 1976
Features: WHERE WORDS COME FROM: GROUCH, A VERY SHORT BOOK: HANSEL & GRETEL, LETTERMAN: THE WIGGED OUT LADY and "NITTY GRITTY" song

Episode # 60A - Original Broadcast Date: January 9, 1976
Features: SILHOUETTES: PR-INT, JENNIFER OF THE JUNGLE, THE CORSICAN TWINS, LETTERMAN: HAVING A BALL and THE MOVIE SET: IS THIS THE BUS STOP?

Episode # 77A - Original Broadcast Date: February 3, 1976
Features: "BIG BAD BEN" song, LETTERMAN: SILVER THREADS AMONG THE BOLD, "THE STORY OF BORIS THE BOXER" song, ROY THE TOY BOY, THIS IS MR. SMITH'S HAT animation, KING HOWARD THE HUNGRY, "RIGHT ON" song, and "I FEEL LIGHT AS THE AIR" song

Episode # 105A - Original Broadcast Date: March 12, 1976
Features: JULIA GROWNUP: BAKE IT U-SELF, RUB-A-DUB-DUB, A VERY SHORT BOOK: OLD MOTHER HUBBARD, "PETE'S PICKLE" song, "MY BROTHER'S MOTHER IS MY MOTHER TOO" song and MR. VINTON'S PANTS.

Episode # 122A - Original Broadcast Date: October 6, 1975
Features: MAD SCIENTIST AND IGOR, LETTERMAN: SMALL TALK, SPIDEY MEETS THE PRANKSTER, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED CLOWN, JUNKERS CEREAL, SILHOUETTES and BREAKSTONE THE MAGICIAN

Special Features:
Play All Songs

THE BEST OF THE ELECTRIC COMPANY - 4 DVD SET
Catalog Number: 82666310141
Price: $39.98 SRP
Release Date: November 14, 2006
Audio: 2.0 Stereo

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