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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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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


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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Release Date:

3 February 1979 (Canada) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Carleton Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


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. See more »


[repeated lines]
Executioner: Ready! Aim!
Jono: Wait a minute! Wait a minute! Stop the execution!
Executioner: What is it this time?
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Alternate Versions

The 1985 "Fears, Worries, and Anxieties" episode had to be modified in one scene. The scene had Alasdair, Mom, and Dad talking about a bully at school called "Killer Curtis". When it was discovered that there actually WAS a murderer named Killer Curtis in the U.S., they decided that the bully's name should be changed, so the words "killer Curtis" were changed to "Crusher Willis". This was done very badly because between the time that the episode was shot, and when they made the recording, Alasdair's voice had changed. See more »


Referenced in NewsRadio: The Song Remains the Same (1996) See more »


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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Probably the funniest kids show of all time.
11 April 2000 | by OverjoyedSee all my reviews

Growing up in the mid to late 1980s, one of my favorite shows was 'You Cant Do That On Television'. It had such wacky stuff. Like every episode would have these Opposites sketches, where they would do everything exactly different then we would in real life (A kid gets caught reading a Book under a Playboy and the teacher makes him look at the Playboy instead).

Of course the slime is what took this show from OK to great. Every episode at least a dozen kids would get slimed. And it never got old.

I think they quit making the show in 1989, but reruns aired as late as 1993. I wouldn't mind being able to watch 4 or 5 old episodes. But due to it not being on the air. Tough.

I would never want to eat at that restaurant. Barf puts the burgers under his armpits.

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