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The Best Of The Electric Company - Volume 2
The Best Of The Electric Company - Volume 2
Actors: Jim Boyd, Morgan Freeman, Judy Graubart, Skip Hinnant, Rita Moreno
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television
UR     2006     10hr 30min

With roots in the Motown Sound, Broadway and "The Carol Burnett Show", The Electric Company became a cultural phenomenon in the ?70s as the wildly popular educational television show with big laughs and an even bigger mess...  more »


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Actors: Jim Boyd, Morgan Freeman, Judy Graubart, Skip Hinnant, Rita Moreno
Creators: Andrew B. Ferguson Jr., Elaine Laron, Jim Thurman, Paul Dooley, Sara Compton, Thad Mumford, Tom Dunsmuir, Tom Whedon
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television
Sub-Genres: Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks, Comedy, Family Films, Comedy, Kids & Family, Classic TV
Studio: Shout Factory Theatr
Format: DVD - Color - Best of,Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/14/2006
Original Release Date: 10/25/1971
Theatrical Release Date: 10/25/1971
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 10hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 12
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Better than anything you'll find on TV today for kids
Andrew Woodward | Salem, VA United States | 11/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's amazing how well this show has held up. I never missed it growing up and am so thankful that unedited episodes are available on DVD. If there is a volume 3 (I think there will be since volume 1 suprisingly sold well, and vol. 2 will do likewise), there should be a Friday episode from season 4 so we can see the production credits. They haven't been seen since their original airing so it will be worth it. Also, more season 1 Friday shows with the now classic Love of Chair segment over the credits. Apparently, the boy (Skip Hennat), does different things over the credits (including falling asleep!!). I will stick by that this show (and Sesame Street) are FAR better than any show you will find for kids. From Barney to Bob the Builder to Spongebob; these shows are idiotic and I would rather die than show these shows to kids. Shows produced by CTW are the ONLY shows that I would recommend to kids. I have learned though that some of the episodes have been slightly altered (particularly some of the Spidey segments) but that shouldn't stray people away from this set."
If you have young children, then you should buy this for the
Reuven M. Lerner | Skokie, IL | 11/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If your children are learning to read, then you owe it to them to buy one or both both DVD sets of the Electric Company. It's hard to exaggerate how much my daughters (ages 4 and 6) enjoy watching these episodes, or how much they have learned as a result. When volume 2 arrived at my home last week, my girls were screaming and jumping up and down with excitement.

And while they certainly enjoy the comedy and the music, it's very clear that the lessons have been sinking in; just a few nights ago, my 6-year-old wowed us with a demonstration of "dinner" vs. "diner." She has similarly learned to handle punctuation, silent E, and common letter combinations, long before these subjects were introduced in school. I'm generally quite skeptical of claims regarding "educational television," but the Electric Company demonstrates that it can work.

The inclusion of some classic bits, including Julia Grownup and the LY song, is greatly appreciated. And of course, we're enjoying Letterman and (the surprisingly small number of episodes with) Spiderman.

For most of my family, the second set of DVDs means that we now have 40 fabulous episodes to choose from, rather than just 20. But for me, as someone who grew up with this show, it was nice to see interviews with many of the cast members. And yes, it was a bit surprising to see how they've aged -- but I'm also 30 years older than I was in the 70s, so it's only fair! The documentary about teachers' use of the show was a bit long and dry, but still a worthwhile addition.

Even without the extras, this DVD set would be well worth the price. Your kids will learn to read, and they'll laugh and sing as they do so. I can't recommend The Electric Company highly enough; buy it, and you'll see what I mean."
So great to see these again!
WonderWoman | 06/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"These episodes of The Electric Company not only conjure up wonderfully nostalgic feelings in me, but they are wildly educational for my 5 year-old son. He loves them! What a wonderful series that was way before it's time!"
The Best of the Electric Company Volume 2
K. Kelly | Indiana, USA | 02/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a GREAT product. There is quite a bit of repetition from Vol. 1, but that's the nature of the show and despite that, the new sketches and songs Vol. 2 contains make it well worth the money. Also, all the regulars from the cast show up to do commentary and remember, and that was really great to see!!!"