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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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)
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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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Over 100 kids appeared on the show during its run. Some remained on the show for a few years while some only appeared in one episode. See more »

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Mr. Shidler: [Lisa is yammering on to Christine about something and he's trying to get her attention] Lisa? Lisa?
[Smacks her desk]
Mr. Shidler: Lisa!
Lisa: [Startled] What?
Mr. Shidler: Lisa please, do not talk with your mouth open.
Lisa: Sir, don't you mean "do not talk with your mouth full"?
Mr. Shidler: No, I mean don't talk with your mouth open.
Lisa: But how else am I supposed to talk?
Mr. Shidler: Exactly!
[the rest of the class applauds]
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You Can't Do That on Television Theme
Performed by The National Press Club and Allied Workers Jazz Band (as The National Press Club and the 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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