|Schoolhouse Rock was a series of three-minute Saturday morning lessons on math, grammar, civics, and science that ran from 1973-1985 on ABC television. Undoubtedly the most famous installment was "Conjunction Junction," but "Three is Magic" was the very first one, debuting in 1973. The theory was that putting multiplication facts to music would make them easier for kids to learn. Sesame Street was itself just a year old at the time, and the concept of short, repeated educational segments was gaining steam. ABC ran the segments five or six times each Saturday morning between their regular shows. Segments were produced for the multiplication tables for all the numbers from 0 to 12, with the exception of 1 and 10 (presumably, no music was necessary for these two!).
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