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Trivia / The Electric Company (1971)

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  • Edited for Syndication: Reruns on Noggin cut episode number cards, previews of the next day's episode, and some sketches.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Both Gene Wilder (Letterman) and Zero Mostel (Spellbinder) previously appeared together in The Producers, and they also starred together in Rhinoceros while The Electric Company was in production. In fact, the two actors were so excited to be working together again, that they actually recorded their dialogue together, as opposed to the standard method of recording their lines separately, with a script feeder reading the other voice actors' lines.
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  • 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.
  • The Merch: 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 PBS told the Children's Television Workshop they could only have the funds to produce Sesame Street 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 
  • 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".
    • The Blue Beetle on the show might be a superhero, but he is most definitely not the DC Blue Beetle.
  • 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. Freeman has since lightened up about the series.
    • 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.
  • Recursive Adaptation: 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 heroes or villains (and occasionally a character like Easy Reader or Fargo North from the TV show) showing up. Also, in the SSS universe Thanos the Titan uses a helicopter with his name on it to tool around New York City.
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  • 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.
    • One filmed piece featured the classic early '70s Walt Frazier/Bill Bradley/Dave DeBusschere-led lineup of the New York Knicks.

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