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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 23, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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  • Summary: The 1970s children's show returns for a new generation.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Kids
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Whitney Pastorek
    83
    Though the hip 'n' urban vibe seems overly calculated--did studies show that 8-year-olds respond to beatboxing white dudes?--and the cast is aggressively up with people, you gotta love new characters.
  2. Reviewed by: Valerie Kellogg
    83
    With a visual sensibility that mimics a video game, Web browser and iPhone, as well as a hearty online presence with a social-networking bent, the new Electric Company seems to deliver.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    80
    Today’s children will certainly find it watchable and will have better language skills after spending time with it. They just aren’t likely to still be holding it in their hearts 35 years from now.
  4. Reviewed by: Joan Anderman
    70
    Appealing to a super-sophisticated generation of kids is likely to be the biggest challenge for Sesame Workshop, which is producing The Electric Company for PBS.
  5. Like everything else in the world, the show is faster, louder and busier, which would not necessarily seem to be the best environment for learning.
  6. Reviewed by: Monica Hesse
    70
    New technology is good. The latest educational research is good. This new crew is a superhero team we could support--even if we don't quite understand how Wordball solves crimes. None of that was ever what the original "Electric Company" was about, though.
  7. The only problem here is that once in a while the producers and cast get so enthusiastic about their production numbers, their words become almost unintelligible.

See all 8 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    My sons all love this show. The use of hiphop is an inspired addition to the Electric Company tradition and underscores the important interplay between the written word and the spoken word. I also loved the original, and it was right for its time. The new version is right for our time and for our kids today. Expand
  2. LissiL
    May 27, 2009
    10
    This is my daughter's favorite favorite tv show. She has learned vocab, phonics, and even how to use some punctuation. The characters are lovable and easy to relate to. The graphics are just out of this world! Expand
  3. Sep 23, 2011
    5
    While the new Electric Company gets an A for Effort (why not an E?), the show misses the mark. The characters have the appeal of an after-school program for older kids but with subject matter suitable for kindergarteners. This show is simultaneously so close and so far from that mark. Expand
  4. InfraMan
    Apr 1, 2009
    2
    This show is an abomination. The only thing going for it is the title. My kids love the original, this stuff makes us all cringe.