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Trivia: The Electric Company

1971

  • Edited for Syndication: Reruns on Noggin cut episode number cards, previews of the next day's episode, and some sketches.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • 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 
    • Among members of the Short Circus, 1970s audiences would likely have recognised Denise Nickerson as Alison from her role as Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Though the voice actors in the animated segments were uncredited, they included a number of familiar names.
    • Mel Brooks 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 Gene Wilder 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.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: 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.
  • Name's the Same: Cast member Jim Boyd is not the same person as Jimmy Boyd, the original singer of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus".
  • Old Shame: 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 "I Was Young and Needed the Money"; 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 Sesame Street viewers, and was so impressed that she agreed to join The Electric Company.
    • Freeman has 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.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • In illustrating the "fr" consonant blend, the word "Afro" was sometimes used.
    • The Big Applesauce video montage for the sing-along segments were a pastiche of New York scenes from the period.

2009

  • Hey, It's That Guy!: If you watched the episode "Broken" of the series House first, you recognize Lin-Manuel Miranda (aka rapper of "Silent E Is a Ninja") as House's Bipolar I rehab roommate Juan "Alvie" Alvarez. He also rapped and beatboxed there.
  • Recycled Script: "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.