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YMMV / The Electric Company (1971)

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  • Accidental Innuendo: "Billy Lick a Lolly", especially after Molly gives a lollipop to Lilly and the song says that "Molly gave to Lilly just what Billy gave to Molly."
  • Ear Worm: Maybe too many to list here.
    • Each time the theme song was re-vamped, it seemed to add a new ear-wormy line to the tune.
      • From the very start, there was "We're gonna turn it on! We're gonna bring you the power!"
      • In Seasons 3 and 4, they added "We're gonna open the book, and read every word we can see!"
      • And for Seasons 5 and 6, there was the new introduction, "Movin' out in a new way! Movin' out in a new way!"
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    • "Spider-Man, where are you comin' from? Spider-Man, nobody knows who you are!"
    • "Unbutton your heart, unzip your lip, and tell me that you lo-ove me!"
    • "They are the little marks that use their influence to help a sentence make more sense!"
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • The Short Circus have a song called "We Love Chow", in which they put on fat suits and sing about how much fun they have overeating.
    • J. Arthur Crank refers to Spider-Man as a "funny book" a number of times in the show, evidently unaware how more mature the comic would become as time progressed.
    • The skit "Spidey Meets the Yeti" where a woman's demand on Spider-Man that she will stop reading his comics if he failed to stop the title Yeti became less hilarious after the negative reception of Spider-Man comics, such as The Clone Saga and One More Day.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The Adventures of Letterman short had a villain, the Spellbinder, whose primary mission was to wreak havoc by changing letters of words into new words, causing humorous situations ... for the most part. However, there were several episodes that, while when aired in 1974-1976 might have been seen as funny, would have such situations classed as terrorism today. These include Spellbinder changing "plane" into "plant" (by changing the "e") and causing it to fall toward the earth, and removing the "b" in bridge to create a "ridge" and a way for a high-speed passenger train to fall into the crevice; both incidents put the lives of dozens of people, including children, in jeopardy. These segments would be banned from television after Sept. 11, 2001.
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    • Just the idea of Bill Cosby and Morgan Freeman both being on this show considering the recent sexual abuse/misconduct scandals that have brought them down.
    • "Spidey Meets Silly Willy", 'No one would expect a clown to rob them!' with how ironic clowns have completely overwhelmed the unironic ones in popular culture and the 'scary clown' craze that happened, this scheme doesn't feel as plausible like it used to.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Nowadays, knowing that at least once it was Morgan Freeman in the Spider-Man suit is even funnier since in the Ultimate Marvel universe there really is a black Spider-Man.
    • J. Arthur Crank, especially in the first season as an offscreen character, sounds a lot like Peter Griffin.
    • The thought of head writer Tom Whedon penning at least some of Spider-Man's segments feels almost prophetic when recalling that his son, Joss Whedon, would grow up to write some Marvel comics and movies (nothing starring Spider-Man, unfortunately).
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  • Hollywood Homely: Played for Laughs regarding the Wicked Stepmother. One sketch implies that when she asked her Magic Mirror who the most beautiful woman in the world is, the mirror told her that she failed to break the top 72. Since the Wicked Stepmother is essentially Rita Moreno with a giant dress and wig, many viewers might disagree with this ranking.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Some people watch it only for Spider-Man.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The song "Poison" averts Never Say "Die" to get its point across, then shows the Short Circus dropping to the ground and disappearing.
    • One segment showed the text "thin" and "fat". "Thin" squeezes, well, thin, while "fat"...nearly overtakes the entire screen. It can be really frightening if you're not expecting it.
    • The Galloping Saddle was meant to be over-the-top ridiculous, but it's just eerie enough (especially with the primitive chroma-key effects) to be unnerving.
    • The monolith cartoons definitely qualified for some. In-universe, too, as characters were visibly freaked out by the crumbling monolith and the voice. "Scram" is the most hostile to the characters; "alk" is flat-out the longest.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Yes, Morgan Freeman was one of the original cast members (and yes, it is weird to see him this young).
    • Skip Hinnant would later lend his voice to a role that's about as far from an elementary schoolers' show as possible. That role? Fritz the Cat!
  • Values Dissonance:
    • The Punctuation Brothers sketch begins with three grown men entering a little girl's bedroom through her window. After they give the girl a lesson in using different punctuation marks, the girl's mother finds the men in the bedroom. Instead of calling the police, she expresses thanks to the brothers for helping the girl with her homework. It's implied that the Punctuation Brothers often break into children's houses.
    • “The Adventures Of Letterman”: The plane/plant and bridge/ridge segments, described above.

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