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The kids on the show got paid extra for episodes in which they were doused with water or green slime - $75 for water and $150 for slime.
Christine McGlade had no intention of trying out for the show's cast; she went to the auditions solely to keep a friend company. Producer 'Roger Price' told her she had to audition or leave. She auditioned, and was made the host of the show.
The 1987 "Adoption" episode was never seen in the U.S. again following its original airing, and it never aired in Canada. Among the scenes that led to the banning is the one where Valerie and Lance adopt Doug because it was cheaper than buying a dog. The studio master of this episode has a large label on it reading "DO NOT AIR". By 1987, there were fifteen episodes pulled from the rotation for Nickelodeon: the banned "Adoption" episode, all thirteen 1981 episodes, and the 1982 "Cosmetics" episode. Including Alasdair's "Crusher Wallace, the school bully" and the censored locker monster skits. While telling jokes, one of the kids is eaten alive in front of the cast.
Musician Alanis Morissette was a regular cast member during the 1980s.
Les Lye is the only cast member who appeared in every single episode.
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.
In July of 2004, a reunion episode called "Project 131" was shot in CJOH studios starring five members of the original cast. These included Vanessa Lindores, Brodie Osome, Marjorie Silcoff, Justin Cammy and Alasdair Gillis. This was (and will continue to be) the last production made in CJOH's studio D.
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As it so happened, the series title was previously heard on television in a third season episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961). In 'The Return of Edwin Carp', which aired April 1, 1964, Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam) says "You can't do that on television" after Robert Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) asks "What's the one thing that's never been done 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 the producers thought her hands were too 'elegant looking' for a hard working housewife.
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The actors who were going to get hit with slime/water were usually barefoot in their scenes.
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Whenever someone said "I don't know" they got slime dumped on their head. Whenever someone said "water" they got water dumped on their head.
The man who gets the show's title stamped on his face in the opening sequence is cast member Les Lye.
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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.
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Les Lye taught at the community college in Ottawa. Geoffrey Darby was one of his students.
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The set where Christine McGlade (aka Moose) does the introduction to the show is called "The Link Set".
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The word "wet" got water dumped on a person as well.
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Early episodes featured a more "variety" show style featuring musical guests, call-in segments, contests, and interviews with celebrities. These were all dropped by the time the show moved to Nickelodeon, with the sole focus on the sketch comedy segments.
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Slime and water were not a regular part of the show initially, but were featured almost on every episode when the show moved to Nickelodeon.
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