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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 1, 1973
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
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  • Summary: Release history:
    The soundtrack to Multiplication Rock was released on LP (Capitol 11174) in 1973 and on CD (Capitol 91253) in 1989. The discs are in stereo, but missing some foley from the broadcast versions.
    (see also reissues and covers)

    Filmstrips and 16mm films of Multiplication
    Rock, Grammar Rock, America Rock and Science Rock (hereafter The Big Four) were available to schools and libraries from Xerox Films. The film prints (and possibly the filmstrips) came with teachers' aides which included lyrics, questions for students and activities.

    In 1987 The Big Four were released by Golden Book Video on four VHS tapes. Cloris Leachman and "a group of young friends" sang and danced to new between-segment songs not produced by the original team. The tapes were missing The Good Eleven, Little Twelvetoes, and Three-Ring Government and America Rock was renamed History Rock. The videos were re-released on VHS (Aug. 8, 1995) and laserdisc (Dec. 13, 1995) by Capital Cities/ABC Video Publishers, restoring the missing segments and removing Ms. Leachman and friends.

    CD-ROMs and at least two music folios were released in 1996.

    Released Apr. 9, 1996 School House Rock! Rocks featured new versions of SHR songs performed by contemporary rock stars.

    School House Rock, the Box Set was released June 18, 1996 and featured 41 songs on 4 CDs. Disc 1 featured the stereo versions of Multiplication Rock plus a bonus track, My Hero, Zero by The Lemonheads. Discs 2-4 featured mono versions of the songs (probably directly from film) except The Preamble which is in stereo, and Verb which has an extremely small amount of separation. Episodes made in the 1990s were made in stereo and are presented in stereo in the box. The four discs were released separately, minus The Lemonheads track, on Apr. 1, 1997.

    Another tribute album, School House Rocks the Vote was released Aug. 18, 1998. It featured various artists covering School House Rock songs. Among the artists were Grady Tate singing Messin' with My Bill of Rights!, I'm Just a Bill by Joan Osborne and South Park's Isaac Hayes, and The Campaign Trail by Bob Dorough.

    A sampler CD, The Best of School House Rock was released Nov. 3, 1998, featuring songs by the original artists.

    I Got Six was named Best Picture of 1973 by ASIF-East, a chapter of the International Animated Film Association. Multiplication Rock received honors from Action for Children's Television. Bob Dorough received an Grammy nomination in 1974 for the Multiplication Rock LP, probably for Best Recording for Children (the winner was Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too). Most impressive was SHR's 4 Emmys, beating out shows like Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

    Each discipline has been given its own season. Years of first airing are listed below as original airdates are likely lost forever.
    1973 Multiplication Rock (season 1)
    (premiered 06-Jan-73)
    1973-1977 Grammar Rock (season 2)
    (premiered 08-Sep-73)
    1975-1979 America Rock (season 3)
    1978-1979 Science Rock (season 4)
    (premiered 11-Mar-78)
    1983-1984 Scooter Computer & Mr. Chips (season 5)
    (premiered 08-Jan-83)
    (last show 31-Aug-85)
    1995-1996 Money Rock (season 6)

    Years of first broadcast for each episode are given in the production code field.

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  • Genre(s): Animation, Kids
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