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* PutOnABus: In the third season, Lisa is accepted into a science program that takes her away from the city. She still makes minor appearances, though.


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* {{Retool}}: The third season, to an extent - new animated characters serve as "hosts" for the show, commenting on the plot and segueing to the segment breaks as well as their own shorts.

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* StoppedReadingTooSoon: The lesson taught in one episode is to read words all the way through to prevent yourself from misunderstanding what's being said. The "Pets Home Alone" segment in that episode features the pets making guacamole from a written recipe. When the pet in charge of reading the recipe gets to the part mentioning tomatoes, he somehow stops reading it too soon and thinks Tom the cat is one of the ingredients.


From 2009 to 2011, ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'' received a ReTool on Creator/PBSKids (often referred to as '''''The New Electric Company''''') that introduced a cohesive episode-to-episode plot while still retaining the sketch comedy elements. The new series was based on a group named after/for the show, consisting of four [[KidHero teenagers]] using the power of the "Word Ball" to protect the neighborhood from the Pranksters, a group of small mayhem-loving teenagers. (See the "Characters" link at the top of this page for tropes relating to each character.)

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From 2009 to 2011, ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'' received a ReTool on Creator/PBSKids (often referred to as '''''The ''The New Electric Company''''') Company'') that introduced a cohesive episode-to-episode plot while still retaining the sketch comedy elements. The new series was based on a group named after/for the show, consisting of four [[KidHero teenagers]] using the power of the "Word Ball" to protect the neighborhood from the Pranksters, a group of small mayhem-loving teenagers. (See the "Characters" link at the top of this page for tropes relating to each character.))



* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Skeleckians.

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* AliensSpeakingEnglish: The Skeleckians.



* TheArtifact: The soft-shoe phonetics routine ("Wuh! All! WALL!"), used with much less frequency.

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* TheArtifact: TheArtifact:
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The soft-shoe phonetics routine ("Wuh! All! WALL!"), used with much less frequency.



* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Francine can throw wordballs as her power, but they're [[PaletteSwap PURPLE]].

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* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Francine can throw wordballs as her power, but they're [[PaletteSwap PURPLE]].purple]].



* EvilGloating: Lampshaded in "Prankster Holiday". Turns out, blurting out the evil plan is a really bad habit amongst the Pranksters.

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* EvilGloating: Lampshaded in "Prankster Holiday". Turns out, out that blurting out the evil plan is a really bad habit amongst the Pranksters.



* EvilIsHammy: The Pranksters. Special mention to Manny Spamboni.

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* EvilIsHammy: The Pranksters. Special mention goes to Manny Spamboni.Spamboni.
* FeeFiFauxPas: Annie Scrambler causes Jessica to go through this trope in "The Potato Custom" by scrambling a Skeleckian sentence at the end of her Junior Ambassador speech to say something insultive. The Skeleckians are understandably not amused when Jessica says the sentence, not realizing it's been changed into an insult.



* HalloweenEpisode: [[OppositeDay "Unmuffins."]]
* ICantHearYou: "Count Vacula's a little loud!" "What?! I can't hear you. Count Vacula's a little loud!"
** Bonus point because it had a mute button the whole time.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: The Electric Company, Francine and Lisa's friend Dax in the episode "Lost and Spaced".

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* HalloweenEpisode: [[OppositeDay "Unmuffins."]]
"Unmuffins"]].
* ICantHearYou: "Count Vacula's a little loud!" "What?! I can't hear you. Count Vacula's a little loud!"
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loud!" Bonus point points because it had a mute button the whole time.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: IncredibleShrinkingMan:
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The Electric Company, Francine and Lisa's friend Dax in the episode "Lost and Spaced".



* ParentalAbandonment: None of these parents of all members of the Electric Company were seen except Lisa's mother and Keith’s father. Ruiz sibling’s and Marcus’ parents were never seen and mentioned, Lisa has a mother but her father was never seen, and Keith’s father were seen but not his mother.

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* ParentalAbandonment: ParentalAbandonment[=/=]MissingMom[=/=]DisappearedDad: None of these parents of all members of the Electric Company were seen except Lisa's mother and Keith’s father. Ruiz sibling’s and Marcus’ parents were never seen and mentioned, Lisa has a mother but her father was never seen, and Keith’s father were was seen but not his mother.



* WillNotTellALie: The electric company has a code of conduct which forbids the misuse of the power of words, so, on principle, its members try not to lie.

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* WillNotTellALie: The electric company Electric Company has a code of conduct which forbids the misuse of the power of words, so, on principle, its members try not to lie.lie.
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* WillNotTellALie: In the pilot, Hector explicitly states that the members of the Company do not lie. And yet, they tend to lie sometimes.

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* WillNotTellALie: In The electric company has a code of conduct which forbids the pilot, Hector explicitly states that misuse of the power of words, so, on principle, its members of the Company do try not lie. And yet, they tend to lie sometimes.lie.

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* HiccupHijinks: Jessica gets this in "Skeleckian Hiccups", where she keeps blurting the truth every time she hiccups.


* TheCameo: Many celebrities pop up for a segment, including Creator/JimmyFallon and WhoopiGoldberg.

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* TheCameo: Many celebrities pop up for a segment, including Creator/JimmyFallon and WhoopiGoldberg.Creator/WhoopiGoldberg.


From 2009 to 2011, ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'' received a ReTool on Creator/{{PBS}} Kids (often referred to as '''''The New Electric Company''''') that introduced a cohesive episode-to-episode plot while still retaining the sketch comedy elements. The new series was based on a group named after/for the show, consisting of four [[KidHero teenagers]] using the power of the "Word Ball" to protect the neighborhood from the Pranksters, a group of small mayhem-loving teenagers. (See the "Characters" link at the top of this page for tropes relating to each character.)

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From 2009 to 2011, ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'' received a ReTool on Creator/{{PBS}} Kids Creator/PBSKids (often referred to as '''''The New Electric Company''''') that introduced a cohesive episode-to-episode plot while still retaining the sketch comedy elements. The new series was based on a group named after/for the show, consisting of four [[KidHero teenagers]] using the power of the "Word Ball" to protect the neighborhood from the Pranksters, a group of small mayhem-loving teenagers. (See the "Characters" link at the top of this page for tropes relating to each character.)

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[[caption-width-right:236:"Feel the power, yo, and plug it in!"]]

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From 2009 to 2011, ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'' received a ReTool on Creator/{{PBS}} Kids (often referred to as '''''The New Electric Company''''') that introduced a cohesive episode-to-episode plot while still retaining the sketch comedy elements. The new series was based on a group named after/for the show, consisting of four [[KidHero teenagers]] using the power of the "Word Ball" to protect the neighborhood from the Pranksters, a group of small mayhem-loving teenagers. (See the "Characters" link at the top of this page for tropes relating to each character.)
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* AesopAmnesia: Expect the Pranksters to forget any lesson they learn by the start of the next episode. The Electric Company is guilty of this, too - no matter how many times it's proved you can't trust a Prankster, one of them will get suckered in again.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Skeleckians.
* AmusingAlien: The Skeleckians, with all their bizarre customs.
* ArtShift: The "Prankster Planet" segments feature animated versions of Jessica, Marcus, the Pranksters, and Paul the Gorilla.
* TheArtifact: The soft-shoe phonetics routine ("Wuh! All! WALL!"), used with much less frequency.
** HEY YOU GUYS!
* CallBack: Keith and Marcus have the same reaction to their first word balls.
* TheCameo: Many celebrities pop up for a segment, including Creator/JimmyFallon and WhoopiGoldberg.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Francine can throw wordballs as her power, but they're [[PaletteSwap PURPLE]].
* ComesGreatResponsibility: The whole pilot, especially [[ThePromise the pledge]].
* ContinuityReboot: Almost everything associated with the 1970s version has been thrown out the window, including the cast.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: Just ''look'' at the [[http://www.5minutesforbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/tec-new-logo.jpg logo.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Danny Rebus. He takes offense at a lot of things and retaliates harshly.
* EvilGloating: Lampshaded in "Prankster Holiday". Turns out, blurting out the evil plan is a really bad habit amongst the Pranksters.
* EvilIsPetty: Very, very petty.
* EvilIsHammy: The Pranksters. Special mention to Manny Spamboni.
* GrandTheftMe: Annie Scrambler stealing Lisa's body in "Scrambled Brains".
* HalloweenEpisode: [[OppositeDay "Unmuffins."]]
* ICantHearYou: "Count Vacula's a little loud!" "What?! I can't hear you. Count Vacula's a little loud!"
** Bonus point because it had a mute button the whole time.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: The Electric Company, Francine and Lisa's friend Dax in the episode "Lost and Spaced".
** And again in the episode "The Flube Whisperer", this time with Keith and Manny.
* [[RockBottom It Can't Get Any Worse]]: Used by Hector in "Trouble Afoot".
* JumpedAtTheCall: Marcus ''can't wait'' to join the company.
* LastSecondWordSwap: Combined with GoshDangItToHeck in the season three premiere.
* LocalHangout: The Electric Diner is a rare example of one being used as home base.
* MadScientist: Manuel "Manny" Spamboni is a teenage version.
* MadeOfExplodium: "I'm special agent Jack Bowser. And this place is about to ''explode''!"
* MasterApprenticeChain: Hector → Keith → Marcus.
* MeaningfulName: Annie ''Scrambler'', Danny ''Rebus'' and Gilda "Flip", [[DontExplainTheJoke who uses a flip phone]].
* MythologyGag: "The Slide and Drop" music sequence is done in 1970s-style costumes reminiscent of the original series.
* {{Ninja}}: Silent "E" is called "the ninja of the alphabet".
* OnceAnEpisode: There will be a song in the main storyline, or possibly a rap. Usually tied to the moral of the day.
* ParentalAbandonment: None of these parents of all members of the Electric Company were seen except Lisa's mother and Keith’s father. Ruiz sibling’s and Marcus’ parents were never seen and mentioned, Lisa has a mother but her father was never seen, and Keith’s father were seen but not his mother.
* PetTheDog: Annie and Danny have occasionally done some good deeds (and are literally both dog lovers). Manny and Francine have done it only if personal gain is involved.
* PhotographicMemory: Hector's superpower, in a more literal sense. He can actually call up any image he remembers, then manipulate it.
* PokeThePoodle: The Pranksters' deeds can only be considered evil ''in context''. If Creator/PBSKids took it any further than that, they'd be impressionable.
* RemakeCameo: June Angela had one, but did not say anything.
* ScienceFair: The premise of the episode "Lost and Spaced".
* SpiritualSuccessor: Given the show's timeslot and premise, it can be hard not to think of ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'' if you grew up in the 1990s.
* StatusQuoIsGod: At the end of the Unmuffin story, Danny and Manny eat the unbuns to go back to being pranksters. Jessica says they don't have to, but Danny says they do (with no further explanation).
* SuperSpeedReading: Viewers at home are told to [[InvertedTrope take their time reading]], because a word or sentence might end differently than they expect.
* TheTeaser: Used to set up the conflict of the episode. One member of the company sees something going wrong and rallies the team with "HEY YOU GUYS!" This doubles as a CouchGag.
* {{Timeskip}}: Between seasons 2 and 3.
* TrueCompanions: The four main characters.
* {{Tsundere}}: Annie on occasion; a villainous version.
* VillainSong: There are many, trust us.
* WillNotTellALie: In the pilot, Hector explicitly states that the members of the Company do not lie. And yet, they tend to lie sometimes.

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