The Electric Company: When Television Taught Us To Read

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On May 20, 1968, the Children’s Television Workshop was created, with the goal of using television to reach needy kids and provide them with an educational resource. Shortly after its creation, it released its first show, Sesame Street. After 18 months of research, on October 25, 1971, they released The Electric Company which was geared towards elementary school children who had moved on from Sesame Street. Because its audience was elementary children, the humor was more mature, as were the skills the show focused on: reading and grammar. As increased literacy had become a goal for the U.S., it was funded in part by the United States Department of Education Office of Health, Education and Welfare.