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.
Christine McGlade had no intention of trying out for the show's cast; she went to the auditions solely to keep a friend company. Producer 'Roger Price' told her she had to audition or leave. She auditioned, and was made the host of the show.
In July of 2004, a reunion episode called "Project 131" was shot in CJOH studios starring five members of the original cast. These included Vanessa Lindores, Brodie Osome, Marjorie Silcoff, Justin Cammy and Alasdair Gillis. This was (and will continue to be) the last production made in CJOH's studio D.
In all of Abby Hagyard's roles (mother, librarian, etc.), she wears gloves. For example, the mother wears yellow latex gloves, and the librarian wears white cotton gloves. Reportedly, this is because the producers thought her hands were too 'elegant looking' for a hard working housewife.
As it so happened, the series title was previously heard on television in a third season episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961). In 'The Return of Edwin Carp', which aired April 1, 1964, Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam) says "You can't do that on television" after Robert Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) asks "What's the one thing that's never been done on television?"
Early episodes featured a more "variety" show style featuring musical guests, call-in segments, contests, and interviews with celebrities. These were all dropped by the time the show moved to Nickelodeon, with the sole focus on the sketch comedy segments.