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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Family | Comedy

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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

Quotes

Kevin: You know, Barth runs a pretty clean place here.
Alasdair: Clean? You call this place clean? Why even the rats wouldn't be caught dead in here!
Christine: Yeah, and even if they did they'd end up in the burger mix anyway.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.75 (2012) 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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I was too young to realize it back then, but this is hilarious...
13 June 2003 | by MulligaSee all my reviews

From the Python-esque opening cartoon to the end credits, "YCDTOT" is easily one of the best sketch comedies ever made. It's faster and more frenetic than "Roundhouse," "All That," or even SNL, and it resorts to current events and pop culture less frequently than other sketch comedies.

A talented young cast is led by Les Lye (arguably the star of the show) in routines satirizing the ins-and-outs of kid life: school buses, cafeterias, arcades. Sometimes it gets even wackier - the Mexican firing squad routines and slime/water/etc. gags are priceless.

See it if you can find it.


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