GREAT GRAAAPHICS!!! The Electric Company, 1972

The 1971-1977 PBS production, The Electric Company, could be described as Laugh-In meets Sesame Street.  Aimed at grade school children, the show exemplified the 70’s subculture, and featured sketches and music, sometimes with a dark, deviant adult wink.  The graphics and blackouts for the show exploited the hallucinogenic tone of the “flower children” of the […]

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Great GRAAAPHICS! Love American Style

Television first hit anthology comedy series, Love American Style used blackouts (a la Laugh-In) and sketches about love, sex, and anything else considered racy or taboo in the early 1970’s.  The opening graphics featured orgasmic fireworks, an animated heart, and each week, new guest stars acting out new situations.  The only consistency was the blackout […]

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Great GRAAAPHICS!: Gidget Opening Credits, 1st episode

Opening of William Asher directed Gidget pilot from Screen Gems.  Gidget was one of those one season wonders, perhaps similar to the modern day shows like Freaks and Geeks, Square Pegs, and My So-Called Life.  While staid by today’s television, Gidget broke ground as a teen issue show, focusing on teen heartbreak, parental difficulties, dating […]

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