!!1971
* EditedForSyndication: Reruns on Creator/{{Noggin}} cut episode number cards, previews of the next day's episode, and some 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.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: This led to Sesame Workshop making this show available to fans. Before, it resisted putting anything on DVD while fan sites who uploaded clips were forced to take them down when threatened with "cease and desist" letters. The Workshop expressed surprise at the response to the release of the first DVD that a Volume 2 was later issued. Out of the 780 episodes aired, only 40 have come to DVD, and another 29 to [=iTunes=].
* NamesTheSame: Cast member Jim Boyd is ''not'' the same person as Jimmy Boyd, the original singer of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus".
* OldShame: For Morgan Freeman, who may still be best-remembered among the [=GenX=] set for this show, and who refuses to talk about 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.
* {{Recut}}: One of the DVD sets cuts some sketches from some episodes, and puts other sketches in to make up for lost time.
* 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.

!!2009
* 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.
* 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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