The Electric Company is an American television series for young children for grades K-8 on PBS, derived from the 1971 series. The series premiered as a four-episode mini-marathon on PBS on January 19, 2009, then became a weekly series with an episode shown each Friday. On September 7, 2009, it became a daily series. Like the original, this version was produced by Sesame Workshop. The Workshop canceled the show after its third season ended. The last new episode with live characters aired on April 4, 2011. Subsequent showings were reruns. The series was sometimes referred to as The New Electric Company to distinguish it from the 1970s series.