Morgan Freeman Teaches Kids to Read from The Electric Company in 1971


The Electric Company was an educational American children’s television series that was produced by the Children’s Television Workshop (now called Sesame Workshop) for PBS in the United States. PBS broadcast 780 episodes over the course of its six seasons from October 25, 1971 to April 15, 1977. After it ceased production that year, the program continued in reruns from 1977 to 1985, the result of a decision made in 1975 to produce two final seasons for perpetual use. CTW produced the show at Teletape Studios Second Stage in Manhattan, the first home of Sesame Street.

From one of the early seasons, Morgan Freeman (Easy Reader, the Smooth hipster who loved reading) and Rita Moreno (who also played “Phyllis and the Pharaohs,” the 1950s-style doo-wop group, with her singing lead and the male adult cast on backup) get their song on.