Freeman was a regular on The Electric Company a Sesame Street-style children's sketch show

By Nate Jones
Updated July 17, 2014 08:30 AM
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If you weren’t a child of the ’70s, you may have been unaware of The Electric Company, an educational sketch show that originally aired on PBS from 1971 to 1977.

Aimed at kids who had aged out of Sesame Street, the show starred Hollywood legends Rita Moreno, Morgan Freeman and Bill Cosby (for the first two years, at least). More than 40 years after its premiere, the comedy of The Electric Company still stands up, as this clip of Freeman playing “Vincent the Vegetable Vampire” proves.

The joke is simple – Vincent is a vampire, only instead of sucking blood, he loves eating healthy fruits and veggies. But the future star of The Shawshank Redemption gives the role his all, and Vincent became one of the show’s most popular recurring characters. This clip has lived on YouTube since 2011, but went viral on Wednesday after being posted to Reddit’s Today I Learned page.

Watch the clip above, and then see more highlights of Freeman’s tenure on The Electric Company, helpfully compiled by Mental Floss.