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You Can't Do That on Television 

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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Cast

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 / ... 67 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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Family | Comedy

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1979 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

You Can't Do That on TV See more »

Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Carleton Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(144 episodes)

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Color
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Trivia

Musician Alanis Morissette was a regular cast member during the 1980s. See more »

Quotes

Lisa: [Sitting on her bed, talking sympathetically to her sleeping bag] Look, there's a lot of worse things you could be, other then a sleeping bag. Like, you could be a pillow, or even a pin cushion.
Alasdair: [Comes in the bedroom and sees her] Uh, Lisa, what are you doing?
Lisa: Well, trying to cheer up this sleeping bag.
Alasdair: Well, why would you want to cheer up the sleeping bag?
Lisa: Well, because my dad says it's a down sleeping bag.
Alasdair: A 'down' sleeping bag, Vanessa?
[Starts to leave]
Alasdair: You need help. A lot of help.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

After 1983, Nickelodeon started airing commercials, and so all episodes of "YCDTOTV" made before 1983 had to be cut by about 4 minutes for every airing after 1983. See more »

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Spin-off Whatever Turns You On (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

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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I was too young to realize it back then, but this is hilarious...
13 June 2003 | by MulligaSee all my reviews

From the Python-esque opening cartoon to the end credits, "YCDTOT" is easily one of the best sketch comedies ever made. It's faster and more frenetic than "Roundhouse," "All That," or even SNL, and it resorts to current events and pop culture less frequently than other sketch comedies.

A talented young cast is led by Les Lye (arguably the star of the show) in routines satirizing the ins-and-outs of kid life: school buses, cafeterias, arcades. Sometimes it gets even wackier - the Mexican firing squad routines and slime/water/etc. gags are priceless.

See it if you can find it.


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