Friday Videos love Classic Children’s TV

First: Elmo and Robert DeNiro. Look, I’m a cabbage!

Then, thanks to JamiSings, it’s time for… Easy Reader.

How badass of a book trailer would it be to have a book showcased on that big screen and have the two of them talking about it? Word.



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    Oh my LORD. “Easy Reader” could have been a spoof flashback straight out of Arrested Development. Also, why did she have matches? ALSO, is that screen the world’s first chat room?

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    quichepup says:

    The dueling Elmos were kind of surreal this early in the morning though I had no problem with the DeNiro dog or cabbage.

    Easy Reader! This brings back memories! I loved Electric Company back in the day.

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    Sandy says:

    If you’d like another funny take on Sesame Street, go to YouTube and search for “Censored Count Song.”  It’s a different take on the Count’s counting song.  Thanks for sharing these!  :)

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    JamiSings says:

    *giggles* Got to love Morgan Freeman as Easy Reader!

    My favorite Muppet/Actor interview is Kermit The Frog & Vincent Price.

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    Lynn M says:

    Very weird! The other night we saw Morgan Freeman on TV and I told my son that he will always remind me of watching The Electric Company as a kid. I’d totally forgotten Easy Reader, though. Mostly I remember Spider-Man.

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    Jen says:

    Holy crap… That IS Morgan Freeman!! Right on!


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    JamiSings says:

    If you think Easy Reader is awesome you should look up Morgan Freeman as Dracula on TEC! Especially when he’s singing about how he loves to take a bath in a casket!

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    Sam says:

    I loved the electric company back then! The new version just isn’t the same.

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    That’s Morgan Freeman? Srsly??

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    Rainbow jen says:

    Have you seen this outtake of when Ricky Gervais was on Sesame Street? It cracks me up every time:

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    meganb says:

    @ Rainbow jen—completely hilarious.  Totally love it when Ricky Gervais tells Elmo what they can’t talk about.

    And to everyone else, thx for telling me it was Morgan Freeman.  I kept watching Easy Reader thinking, “Hey!  That’s…that’s…Whatshisname!”

    Yeah, that beat the new ETC all to hell.  Except my kids seem to think the opposite.  The weird thing is, I keep thinking we’re so much more liberal now than when I was a kid, but I watched that clip and it had some sexual overtones that you just don’t get in the new ETC.  God, I hope I’m not raising prudes.  I might have to do something about that.

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    JamiSings says:

    @Megan – Oh if you want TEC sexual overtones I suggest you watch the Happy Birthday Miss Jones animation!

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    darlynne says:

    I love everything Elmo. The electronic Elmo who giggles and falls down gets me every time.

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    JamiSings says:

    For those interested, here’s Morgan as Dracula taking a bath. Morgan is shirtless and covered in bubbles!

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    Liz says:

    i’m a little to young to have seen the Electric Company, but my mom told me some stuff about it, including the Morgan Freeman was on there.

    I absolutely loved the Elmo and Deniro skit.  When I was younger, Ernie was my favorite, but Elmo has surpassed him in the last 10 years.

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    Teri C says:

    Oh man Morgan Freeman, my daughter is always watching the new electric company on PBS, but this was hilarious, thanx.

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    JamiSings says:

    More Morgan Freeman Easy Reader goodness!

    Can you dig it?

    I mean, yes, he played others besides Easy Reader and Dracula. But that was his main staple. He also took over for Bill Cosby as a mad scientist type. But before that, he played the mad scientist’s Igor type.

    All to teach kids how to read. Kids that would one day read romance novels and post on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.


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    Awww, love these… Thanks.

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    PK the Bookeemonster says:

    Ah, I loved Electric Company.  Children’s television in the 70s was so insane. H&R Puffinstuff. Also loved School House Rock.  Mm Mm Mm.

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    teshara says:

    I remember this in first run. :: facepalm ::

    Childrens TV needs more stoners telling them to read…

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    E! says:

    Electric Company is always awesome but I strongly dislike Elmo. Elmo’s self-centered attitude with his own mini-show all about him and his world, along with the ego-centric mindset required to constantly refer to yourself in the 3rd person is the exact opposite of the lessons children of that age should be learning. Maybe I’m over thinking it but children that age are naturally self-centered, so yeah, kids relate to him but it doesn’t make him a good roll model.

    Anyway, if you love Sesame Street, Jim Henson, and a good True Hollywood Story you absolutely owe it to yourself to read this:

    It is hilarious.

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