Re-Run Theater pays tribute to one of our National Treasures: The
Children’s Television Worskshop and other forms of Educational TV.
It’s the third in our TV KNOWS BEST series…BACK TO SCHOOL EDITION!
although school is back in session, and the days are getting shorter
and colder, that doesn’t mean learning can’t be fun for everyone in the
family. That’s why geniuses like Jim Henson, Bill Cosby and Fred Rogers
realized that if a giant bird or a counting vampire or Spider Man were
teaching kids about grammar, math and the basic mechanics of the real
world, children would be far more interested in paying attention. Take
it all and make a catchy tune out of it and suddenly an educational
jingle gets stuck in a young child’s mind: They know that three is a
magic number, that TION is pronounced ‘shun’ and even get an inkling of
how the political process works.
So here it is: Another mad cap
marathon of some of our favorite songs and moments from the last 30
years of Educational Television…naturally we’ll be sticking mostly with
the 70s and 80s as is our style…clips from SESAME STREET, SCHOOLHOUSE
ROCK, MR. ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD, the Canadian life lessons program INSIDE
OUT and the rarely seen, incredibly whacky PRYOR’S PLACE (yes, Richard
Pryor had a short lived kids show) and of course plenty from our
personal favorite: THE ELECTRIC COMPANY starring Morgan Freeman, Rita
Moreno, Bill Cosby, the voices of Gene Wilder and our beloved recently
departed Joan Rivers.
So let’s turn on the power, find our way to
Sesame Street and the Land of Make Believe, unpack our Adjectives and
shout out loud this fundamental, undeniable truth: KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!