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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 »

Also Known As:

You Can't Do That on Television See more »

Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Carleton Productions See more »
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(144 episodes)


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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 »


Blip: Hold it! No food in the arcade.
Alasdair: Blip, this isn't food. It's a Barth Burger.
Blip: No pets either.
Barth: Duh, I heard that.
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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 Strongbad_email.exe (2004) 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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"d'I Heaaard Thaaat!"
6 April 2003 | by midigalSee 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.


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