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TV Series
    (January 6, 1973-November 22, 1996)
    Produced by David McCall
    Aired Saturday mornings on ABC
    Originally ran from 1973 to 1985
    Revived with additional episodes from 1193 to 1999
    Additional direct to video episodes produced in 2002 and 2009
    Musical shorts were arranged by Bob Dorough
    Episodes consisted of three-minute educational short cartoon segments
    Original four segments were Multiplication Rock, Grammar Rock, America Rock (history and civics), and Science Rock
    Added the segments 'Computer Rock' (1982-84), 'Money Rock' (about economics; 1994-96) and 'Earth Rock' (about conservation and the environment; 2009)
    Featured vocalists included Bob Dorough, Essra Mohawk, Blossom Dearie, and The Tokens
    McDonald's was counted among its early sponsors.
    'Earth Rock' included a climate change-themed short called ‘Report from the North Pole.'
    In trying to condense complicated parts of history into three-minute shorts for 'History Rock,' inevitably some of the nuances were lost.
    The ‘Computer Rock’ segments became dated within less than a decade; by the early 90s, they had been pulled from reruns.
    It slowly disappeared from the Saturday ABC morning lineup after The Walt Disney Company purchased the network rights (thus came Even Stevens and Lizzie McGuire).
    Inspiration hit producer Dave McCall when he noticed that his son, who was struggling with the multiplication tables, knew the lyrics to contemporary rock hits.
    Episodes very often parodied new releases or movies of the day, such as ‘Grease.’
    Songs ‘I’m Just a Bill’ and ‘Three is a Magic Number’ have remained generational favorites.
    It has enjoyed an extended shelf life thanks to classroom usage.
    The 'I'm Just a Bill' episode has been parodied on Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, The Daily Show, and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
    It won four Emmy awards for Children's Programming (1976; 1978-80).

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