The Electric Grandmother

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The Electric Grandmother
Directed byNoel Black
Screenplay by
Based on"I Sing the Body Electric"
by Ray Bradbury
CinematographyMike Fash
Edited byDennis M. O'Connor
Music byJohn Morris
Distributed byNBC
Coronet Video
Release date
  • January 17, 1982 (1982-01-17) (USA)
Running time
60 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

The Electric Grandmother is a television movie that originally aired January 17, 1982, on NBC as a 60-minute Project Peacock special,[1] based on the 1969 science fiction short story "I Sing the Body Electric" by Ray Bradbury. It stars Maureen Stapleton and Edward Herrmann and was directed by Noel Black. Bradbury's story was originally written as a teleplay in 1962 as "I Sing the Body Electric", an episode of The Twilight Zone. The film was distributed on VHS by Coronet Video.


A widower purchases an android built in the form of a grandmother as a surrogate to his three children, Tom, Timothy and Agatha. The two boys accept the gynoid grandmother but Agatha does not until she saves her life. When the children have grown up, and no longer need her, the grandmother returns to the factory where she was built and spends time with other electric grandmothers no longer needed. She is recalled to service to help the elderly Tom, Timothy and Agatha.



The Electric Grandmother received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Children's Program,[2] and won a Peabody Award.[3] It has been recognized by Chicago International Children's Film Festival, International Film Festival for Children and Youth, American Film Festival and the Southern California Motion Picture Council.[citation needed] Additionally, 10-year-old actress Tara Kennedy[4] was nominated for a Young Artist Award in the category Best Young Actress in a Movie Made for Television.[2]


"Devotees of science fiction of any age, in school classes or public library programs, will find it a fascinating interpretation of Bradbury's fiction." — School Library Journal[5]

References in popular culture[edit]

Washington DC musical duo The Electric Grandmother took their name from the film.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ a b "The Electric Grandmother". AllRovi. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "The Electric Grandmother (1982) (TV) - Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  3. ^ "Peabody Award | George Foster Peabody Awards". Peabody Awards. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Tara Kennedy - IMDb". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  5. ^ Buchanan, Gerald (September 1982). "Literature & Drama". School Library Journal. 29 (1): 55.
  6. ^ "The Electric Grandmother - Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  7. ^ "The Electric Grandmother - All Music". AllMusic. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  8. ^ "The Electric Grandmother - Pop Matters". Retrieved April 23, 2021.

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