You Can't Do That on Television

The First Episode

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 2/3/79
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  • Episode Description
  • The main plot for this episode is unknown, but it featured a Panasonic radio as a prize for one of the phone-in competitions, as most of the episodes from this 1979 season. This episode also featured a segment on baton twirling. The episode contains the well-known scene where Ross (before a major costume revamp) teaches Jono Gebert how to do a weather forecast on an actual CJOH news/weather set.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Les Lye

    all adult male characters (1979-1990)

  • Christine McGlade

    herself (1979-1986)

  • Lisa Ruddy

    herself (1979-1985)

  • Kevin Somers

    himself (1979-1981)

  • Tim Douglas

    himself (1979)

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  • Notes (2)

    • The opening animation is completely different from the 1981 and the 1982-90 intros. It features the Parliament Buildings instead of " The Children's Television Sausage Factory" and ends with a pastel shot of Les before being stamped with You Can't Do That on Television.

    • Special Note about the Season 1 episodes: Episodes from this season were one hour long and in a variety show format, as opposed to the 30-minute pre-taped sketch format of seasons 2-10. Also, these episodes were aired live and never re-run, thus info on the plot of many season 1 episodes is unavailable. The masters of the season 1 episodes have long since been destroyed by CJOH productions, and VCRs were not common in 1979, so it looks as if the first season of YCDTOTV is lost forever.

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