Immediately, Immediately, Immediate-ly

January 23, 2009 @ 12:26 pm | Filed under: ,

As my husband is wont to say, God bless YouTube. One of the girls was confused about whether or not to drop the silent e in “unfortunately.” I know how I resolved that question at her age, and I went a-googling to see if I could find a certain video clip.

And sure enough, faster than a rolling O, there it was.

Of course you know we spent the next hour watching more Electric Company clips, with the girls cracking up at my terrier-like 70s-child excitement. The lolly song! And that other lollipop song, the creepy one. Hey, you guys! Silent E! The uberfunky TION song, which I now realize may have been the genesis of my environmentalist streak. (Rewatching it, I’m rather shocked by the garmentlessness of the crowd at the end of the song. I guess the Age of Aquarius touched kiddie TV too.)

Look, there’s Morgan Freeman with a broken leg singing “There’s a Hole at the Bottom of the Sea.” Frankly, I always thought the gang was a little hard on the gorilla.

Rose and Bean liked Letterman best, and who can blame them?

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  1. MelanieB says:

    I read in the paper yesterday that an all-new Electric Company will debut tonight on our local PBS station.

  2. Theresa says:

    Oh, my! No wonder I am so warped! But I sure can spell, by goLLy!

  3. Mama Squirrel says:

    Crayons likes The Punctuation Brothers skit with Rita Moreno. We’ve used Letterman segments too.

  4. Deb says:

    We tried to watch the new version of Electric Company but it just didn’t live up to the original. We have the DVD set of the Best of Electric Company and I figure that counts for grammar and phonics for the little ones, right?

  5. Gaynor says:

    Oh my goodness – how did I learn to read or spell without these?! They are fab! I don’t think we had them in the UK, or maybe I just missed them, but from now on I shall make sure that my children are not so deprived – thanks for sharing!

  6. says:

    Thank you so much for this post. My children were entranced by these clips. We don’t have a TV–I think perhaps my children are a little starved for this sort of thing. I would never have thought of looking for the Electric Company on youtube. I will also look for the DVD the other commenter mentioned.

  7. Anna says:

    We watched “The Mathematics of Love” this week, because Rachel was asking about Roman Numerals. Fun stuff!

  8. Jeanne says:

    You. Are. Responsible. For. My. Latest. Earworm!

    And I never even WATCHED the Electric Company before this! One UTube viewing and for 24 hours I’ve been hearing Immediately, Immediately, Immediate-L-Y!

  9. Penny in VT says:

    FYI – the old Electric Company series is available from NetFlix, we l:)ve them!

    I saw the new version last week. Let’s just say I’m enough of a curmudgeon to say tsk tsk. The old ones were so much better!

    (in my opinion, not so very humble at all!)