The Best of The Electric Company

1971 NR 4 discs

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The Best of The Electric Company

1971 NR 4 discs
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A high-voltage combination of sketch comedy, songs and animation, this 1970s Emmy Award-winning children's series teaches kids basic reading and grammar skills and stars three outta-sight teachers: Morgan Freeman, Bill Cosby and Rita Moreno. This collection of episodes includes the best skits, hits and 'toons from the show, featuring favorite characters such as Spiderman, Road Runner, Letterman, Easy Reader, Spell Binder and J. Arthur Crank.
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 5+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 5+
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Reviews

age 5+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this classic '70s educational show is still a lot of fun, if a bit dated. For instance, some of the words that kids are taught (like "reducing exercises") don't really translate today. And in our PC culture, the word "gag" -- while admittedly chock-full of "g" sounds, feels like an odd one to use (accompanied by a human demonstration no less) in this context. It's also worth noting that the show doesn't transfer very well, digitially, to today's HD TVs. Dramatic effects created by having actors work in front of a black screen become fuzzy and hard to watch, as do many of the show's signature "electric" word bursts. If you have an old TV hooked up to a DVD player, that's the way to go.

Sexual Content

Occasional borderline innuendo -- for example, Gloria the Glowworm finds Glen to "make her glow."

Violence

Not applicable

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

The show focuses on teaching kids to read. The cast is quite diverse, and overall there's very little to worry about, though some of the behavior/standards are a bit dated (a cast member smokes a cigar, women tend toward the giggly, etc.).

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Bill Cosby smokes a cigar as part of a Groucho Marx reference (something that wouldn't really have been frowned upon in the early '70s).

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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