You Can't Do That on Television (1979–1990)

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Sketch TV by young amateur actors in true classic Nick-style. But whatever you do, never admit that you don't know or ask for water.

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Series cast summary:
Les Lye ...
 Ross Ewich / ... (143 episodes, 1979-1990)
Abby Hagyard ...
 Valerie Prevort / ... (114 episodes, 1982-1990)
Christine McGlade ...
 Christine / ... (86 episodes, 1979-1986)
Lisa Ruddy ...
 Lisa Ruddy / ... (66 episodes, 1979-1985)
Alasdair Gillis ...
 Alasdair Gillis / ... (63 episodes, 1982-1987)


Sketch TV by young amateur actors in true classic Nick-style. But whatever you do, never admit that you don't know or ask for water.

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3 February 1979 (Canada)  »

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You Can't Do That on Television  »

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In all of Abby Hagyard's roles (mother, librarian, etc.), she wears gloves. For example, the mother wears yellow latex gloves, and the librarian wears white cotton gloves. Reportedly, this is because because the producers thought her hands were too 'elegant looking' for a hard working housewife. See more »


Eugene: Hey Moose?
Christine: What?
Eugene: You know whenever my dad has beer, he never let's me have a glass.
Christine: Well, I should hope not, Eugene. You're a little too young to drink.
Eugene: Goes to show you how much you know. He says I'm old enough to take it from the bottle.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.75 (2012) See more »


You Can't Do That On Television Theme
Performed by the National Press Club and Allied Workers Jazz Band, Ink.
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Memories are made of this
30 January 2001 | by (Queensland, Australia) – See all my reviews

While the first six years of this show are arguably the best, any chance to see any of the reruns is to be seized with both hands. The comedy goes from the brilliant to the bizarre, the feel is fun, and the layout is something worth stealing. There's a whole generation out there who still fight the urge to duck whenever they say the words "I don't know" for fear of green slime falling from above, and many a fond smile can be found when the phrase "Lisa, don't encourage your father" is repeated in a certain tone of voice. When this show was good, it was very, very good.

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