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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The set where Christine McGlade (aka Moose) does the introduction to the show is called "The Link Set". See more »

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Mr. Shidler: Now class, as we are going on a field trip, it's most important we know the basics of nature. Can anyone tell me, what are the four natural elements of the universe?
[Lisa raises her hand]
Mr. Shidler: Lisa?
Lisa: Earth.
Mr. Shidler: Right. That's one. Um, Kevin?
Kevin: Uh, air.
Mr. Shidler: That's right. That's two. Uh, Christine?
Christine: Um, fire!
Mr. Shidler: Right. And now, Vanessa. Can you tell me what the fourth element is?
Vanessa: Yeah, but I'm not going to.
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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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"d'I Heaaard Thaaat!"
6 April 2003 | by (NC, USA) – See all my reviews

This show is so off the wall that it's right on target. I really MISS THIS SHOW! When I was a kid, a good dose of "You Can't Do That On Television" and then maybe a little "Out Of Control" could put me in a great mood and could also relieve my Mom of duty for a little while. :)

The silly execution sketches and the diner scenes alone make this show worthy of watching. But there's so much more. Nickelodeon's slime theme derived from the success of this show. But none of the kids nowadays will know this. Why can't they air some of the old good stuff on Nick anymore?... Hey, Nick needs to come up with a channel called "Nick - The First Generation" and then I'll actually purchase cable.

~Jennifer


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