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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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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)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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. See more »

Quotes

Kevin: Hey Christine. Wutta you doing?
Christine: Kevin? Have you been listening to yourself?
Kevin: No.
Christine: Well you should.
Kevin: It's surfer talk.
Christine: You're not a surfer. You should learn to use good grammar.
Kevin: Wutta am I going to do.
[Kevin groans as a bucket of water is dumped on his head!]
Kevin: Oh come on! I said "what are?"? Not water.
[Kevin groans again]
[...]
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Connections

Spoofed in Robot Chicken: The Black Cherry (2005) 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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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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