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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Darryll Lucas (who played Barth's helper Zilch) was the only kid who did not play himself on the show. All the other kids played themselves. Darryll Lucas's father was head of marketing at CJOH-TV. See more »

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Valarie: [Lisa and Valerie are standing in the kitchen. To Lisa, holding out her hand] Gloves?
Lisa: [Pulls them out of a lower cupboard and hands them to her] Gloves.
Valarie: [Putting on gloves] Sieve?
Lisa: [Pulls sieve out of same place, and hands it to her] Sieve.
Valarie: Foil?
Lisa: [Pulls out a box of aluminum foil] Foil.
Valarie: Not that foil.
[She puts it down, then pulls out a fencing foil]
Valarie: Ah, foil.
[Takes it in her right hand, while she holds the sieve over her face like a fencing mask]
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You Can't Do That On Television Theme
Performed by the National Press Club and Allied Workers Jazz Band, Ink.
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Best Show of All Time
22 July 2000 | by (Minneapolis Minnesota) – See all my reviews

I used to love this show, especially as a kid growing up in the early to mid 80's. I can still remember the characters names. My favorite scene on the show was where there would be a kid in detention and the principal would make the kid copy a dictionary that was like 3 feet thick, while another kid would be chained to the wall. That skit always made me laugh. I even remember the little catch phrases they used like "Sometimes it's so easy, I'm ashamed of myself" and other ones like "Blue skies, Barthy burgers, girls!" I also used to love the bus driver they had "Snake Eyes" who used to always crash into phony brick walls, and the chef they had named "Barth" who used to always make the kids throw up with rancid food. I never understood why they always ate there though. Every skit on the show had it's own unique sense of humor. Another interesting note is that every male character on the show was played by that guy "Ross" The all time best episodes were the ones that featured both "Moose" and "Lisa". Moose used to always make fun of Lisa because she was overweight. My favorite episode was the "Video Game" episode because at the end they showed Pac-Man eating the cast members. I even have episodes on tape somewhere in my house. I ought to look for them some time


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