Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Electric Company - Hey You Guys!


I loved the Electric Company. Hey You Guys!
I wasn't the best student. I studied and always did my homework, however school was forever a struggle for me. In first grade, my teacher instructed my mom to have me tune into The Electric Company. The teacher believed it would help improve my grades.

Although I did enjoy watching The Electric Company on PBS throughout my younger years, I'm not sure if it had any positive impact on my grades. I loved the music, the interesting characters and the lessons behind it all. It's crazy to look back now and realize what an incredible cast made up The Electric Company! The talent ranged from Gene Wilder to Bill Cosby to Morgan Freeman. WOW! At age 6, I had no idea. 

The Electric Company, produced by the Children's Television Workshop (they did Sesame Street) ran for only six seasons from 1971-1977, but aired in repeats until about 1985. Gothamist reported that new episodes were in the works for kids of the '70s to share with their kids. Everything old is always new again :)

Check out these video clips to get a better idea of what the show was like back in the day. 







9 comments:

Sabrina said...

I remember hearing about this show although by the time I was born it was already off the air; I don't remember ever actually watching it either. The show apparently is back on PBS as of 2009.

http://pbskids.org/electriccompany/#/Home/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Electric_Company_%282009_TV_series%29

Pat Tillett said...

Although I never saw it, and didn't have kids yet, I never saw it!

Riot Kitty said...

I saw the re-runs and loved them.

Christina said...

I was too young to watch this show (wow, I never get to say that anymore!). I had no idea that's where "Hey you guys" came from. The new version is on every afternoon on PBS. I should check it out.

miratemplen said...

I do remember this! :D Although vaguely. I guess it was the reruns I caught since it was already off the air before I was born.

Ms. A said...

That was a blast from the past! My oldest used to watch this one. Lots of familiar faces from there.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

This was one of my all-time favorite shows, and the song is so upbeat. I also had no idea of the talent on the crew.

xoRobyn

Arts in the Family said...

I watched it regularly back then. It was a great show and is available on dvd. The new version which my kids and I watch is a little different form the original. I seem to recall the old show had a lot of comedy sketches and animation. The new show has some of that but it is mostly about characters that have super spelling/grammer powers. It's still fun but this old timer likes the original better.

Alberto Ramirez

b-chica said...

I guess I watched the reruns, because I was 2 went they stopped making it. I don't remember it as much as 3-2-1 Contact, but I think they ran one after the other on my local PBS affiliate.

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