Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

The Electric Company

The Electric Company

Spring 2010 Television
Ages: 6 - 9 yrs.
Producer: Sesame Workshop
Network: PBS
The Electric Company, a PBS staple from 1971 to 1977, is being reintroduced to a whole new generation of elementary school-aged kids with just the right balance of cool urban vibe and purposeful educational television. It incorporates rap, hip-hop, web references, animation, and graffiti-inspired graphics to teach phonics and writing that holds kids' interest.

The talented cast of teens offers impressive performance skills and really credible acting. Kudos goes to the show's clever writers for seamlessly weaving educational content into engaging storylines. To help pace the program, and offer even richer educational content, viewers are treated to lots of fun short segment breaks to reinforce overall themes of literacy.

The Electric Company feels like a smart, musical sit-com with built-in academic lessons. Kids are likely to carry new skills back to the classroom - and chances are good that they'll be singing one of the catchy rap tunes along the way.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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