History Trivia / TheElectricCompany

26th Mar '16 2:39:19 PM Prfnoff
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** While Bill Cosby and Rita Moreno would already have been household names by 1971, Skip Hinnant would have had some "Hey, it's that guy!" factor courtesy of his turn as Schroeder in the original off-Broadway run and cast recording of ''You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown''.[[note]] His older brother Bill played Snoopy in the same production.[[/note]]
** Among members of the Short Circus, 1970s audiences would likely have recognised Denise Nickerson as Alison from her role as Violet Beauregarde in ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory''.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Though the voice actors in the animated segments were uncredited, they included a number of familiar names.
** Creator/MelBrooks voiced many animated segments, usually fronted by a blond-haired man.
** ''The Adventures of Letterman'' were narrated by Joan Rivers, while Letterman was played by Creator/GeneWilder and the Spellbinder by Zero Mostel. In a departure from the usual practice for voice acting, Wilder and Mostel recorded their lines at the same time as each other, as they were happy to have an excuse to work together.



* HeyItsThatGuy: If you watched the episode "Broken" of the series Series/{{House}} first, you recognize Lin-Manuel Miranda (aka rapper of "Silent E Is a Ninja") as [[Creator/HughLaurie House]]'s Bipolar I rehab roommate Juan "Alvie" Alvarez. He also rapped and beatboxed there.
12th Feb '16 2:02:35 PM Berrenta
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* TheMerch: The series' aversion of this is what ultimately led to production closing down after six seasons, even though it was still drawing big audiences at the time. When Creator/{{PBS}} told the Children's Television Workshop they could only have the funds to produce ''Series/SesameStreet'' or ''The Electric Company'' but not both, they chose the merchandising cash fountain that was ''Sesame Street'' (''Electric Company'' merchandise being limited to a monthly magazine and a short-lived Fargo North, Decoder board game by Milton Bradley), and re-ran the last two seasons of ''The Electric Company'' until 1985.[[note]] The magazine ran until 1987, when it was re-named ''Kid City''.[[/note]]
20th Mar '15 5:58:24 PM allium
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* RecursiveAdaptation: The "Spidey Super Stories" comic book series was adapted from the skits of the same name. It was aimed toward introducing younger readers to the Marvel Comics Universe, with one or more notable MCU heroes or villains (and occasionally a character like Easy Reader or Fargo North from the TV show) showing up. Also, in the SSS universe [[MemeticMutation Thanos the Titan uses a helicopter with his name on it to tool around New York City]].
13th Nov '14 9:41:36 PM intersection786
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
** In illustrating the "fr" consonant blend, the word "A''fr''o" was sometimes used.
** The BigApplesauce video montage for the sing-along segments were a pastiche of New York scenes from the period.
8th Nov '14 9:53:19 PM mlsmithca
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* EditedForSyndication: Reruns on Creator/{{Noggin}} cut episode number cards, previews of the next day's episode, and some sketches.

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* EditedForSyndication: Reruns on Creator/{{Noggin}} cut episode number cards, previews of the next day's episode, and some sketches. sketches.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** While Bill Cosby and Rita Moreno would already have been household names by 1971, Skip Hinnant would have had some "Hey, it's that guy!" factor courtesy of his turn as Schroeder in the original off-Broadway run and cast recording of ''You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown''.[[note]] His older brother Bill played Snoopy in the same production.[[/note]]
** Among members of the Short Circus, 1970s audiences would likely have recognised Denise Nickerson as Alison from her role as Violet Beauregarde in ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory''.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Though the voice actors in the animated segments were uncredited, they included a number of familiar names.
** Creator/MelBrooks voiced many animated segments, usually fronted by a blond-haired man.
** ''The Adventures of Letterman'' were narrated by Joan Rivers, while Letterman was played by Creator/GeneWilder and the Spellbinder by Zero Mostel. In a departure from the usual practice for voice acting, Wilder and Mostel recorded their lines at the same time as each other, as they were happy to have an excuse to work together.
2nd Sep '14 11:45:15 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* EditedForSyndication: Reruns on {{Noggin}} cut episode number cards, previews of the next day's episode, and some sketches.

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* EditedForSyndication: Reruns on {{Noggin}} Creator/{{Noggin}} cut episode number cards, previews of the next day's episode, and some sketches.
22nd Jun '14 3:45:02 PM Ezclee4050
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* NamesTheSame: Cast member Jim Boyd is ''not'' the same person as Jimmy Boyd, the original singer of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus".
29th Apr '14 3:53:16 PM LongLiveHumour
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* HeyItsThatGuy: If you watched the episode "Broken" of the series Series/{{House}} first, you recognize Lin-Manuel Miranda (aka rapper of "Silent E Is a Ninja") as [[HughLaurie House]]'s Bipolar I rehab roommate Juan "Alvie" Alvarez. He also rapped and beatboxed there.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: If you watched the episode "Broken" of the series Series/{{House}} first, you recognize Lin-Manuel Miranda (aka rapper of "Silent E Is a Ninja") as [[HughLaurie [[Creator/HughLaurie House]]'s Bipolar I rehab roommate Juan "Alvie" Alvarez. He also rapped and beatboxed there.
20th Apr '14 10:29:27 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* OldShame: Don't ask MorganFreeman about playing Easy Reader. He doesn't want to talk about it.

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* OldShame: Don't ask MorganFreeman about playing Easy Reader. He doesn't want For Morgan Freeman, who may still be best-remembered among the [=GenX=] set for this show, and who refuses to talk about it.it.
** Contrast Bill Cosby and Rita Moreno, both of whom remember the show fondly, though they both had more benevolent reasons for participating than "IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney"; Cosby chose to use his time on the show as credit toward his doctorate in education, and Moreno had a young daughter who was part of the first generation of ''Series/SesameStreet'' viewers, and was so impressed that she agreed to join ''The Electric Company''.
** Freeman has [[http://www.eonline.com/news/501230/rita-moreno-drops-f-bomb-cozies-up-to-morgan-freeman-while-accepting-lifetime-achievement-honor-at-sag-awards lightened up about it]] in his golden years.
11th Jan '14 9:17:48 AM jgrif57003
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* RecyledScript: "Tip It Or Dip It" and "Friends or Aunts" both have the Pranksters cheating against a member of the Electric Company on a game show, and in both the audience is just a recording.

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* RecyledScript: RecycledScript: "Tip It Or Dip It" and "Friends or Aunts" both have the Pranksters cheating against a member of the Electric Company on a game show, and in both the audience is just a recording.
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