Seat Happens


The words 'Love of Chair' in yellow over scene of young man in baseball cap sitting on a chair in a small, empty room

A few years ago I was thrilled to find a DVD compilation of childhood favorite The Electric Company. You can read a bit about it — and in particular its crossovers with predecessor Sesame Street — on the Muppet Wiki, as well as in more depth on Wiki-pedia.

I have fond memories of the show, from Rita Moreno's familiar opening shout to the animated Adventures of Letterman shorts to Morgan Freeman as Easy Reader to Skip Hinnant in Fargo North, Decoder, to — of course — the strangely silent Spider-Man
(on which more another time). What surprised me when I popped in the DVD was how much was unfamiliar, including the delightfully absurd soap-opera parody Love of Chair. The first episode of the serial is up on YouTube, albeit bootlegged; just when you think it's started running on fumes about two-thirds of the way through, it finishes with a couple of laugh-out-loud moments. Some interesting but spoilery trivia follows in the comments section below.



Updated and revised February 2019
Screencap © 1971 Children's Television Workshop.



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3 comments:


  1. I didn't want to bring this up in the post because you really had to hear "What about Naomi?" out of the blue in the video, but... It turns out that the mysterious Naomi was named for Naomi Foner, a producer on the series who went on to become an Oscar-nominated screenwriter as well as the mother of actors Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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  3. I wish I'd been old enough (sorry, guys) to watch the original, but I only saw any of it thanks to Blam. Hey, guy! More blogging, please! PS: My verification word is "glormoog"!!!

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