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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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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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(144 episodes)


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Les Lye is the only cast member who appeared in every single episode. See more »


Alasdair: [Rings the doorbell. Christine opens the door] Hi. I'm here.
Christine: What are you doing here so early? I told you to come after dinner.
Alasdair: Well, that's what I'm after. Dinner.
[Walks in past Christine]
Alasdair: What are you guys having.
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Alternate Versions

After these three scenes were cut, the episode was too short to run in a half hour time slot, so they simply showed more commercials during that episode from then on, plus they added two scenes that were put on the cutting room floor:
  • Lisa tricks Moose into eating a chocolate covered grasshopper.
  • Ben complains to his doctor about his new leg being sewed on backwards, and he can't stop spinning.
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Referenced in Fanboy & Chum Chum: Slime Day/Boog Zapper (2012) 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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Best Show of All Time
22 July 2000 | by North Stars FanSee 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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