You Can't Do That on Television

CTV (ended 1990)


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This was a sketch comedy show for young adults that was very popular in the 1980s. The series began life as a live variety show in Ottawa, Canada in 1979, which featured comedy sketches, music videos, and call-in contests. After the first season, the series was given a massive retooling and became a videotaped sketch comedy series. Its biggest success came when the series found its way south to the United States and became one of the trademark shows of Nickelodeon, a new cable channel aimed at children, where it aired until 1992. YCDTOTV may be long gone, but one of the shows trademarks, people getting covered in green slime (usually when they said "I don't know?"), has become a Nickelodeon staple.
Chris Nolan

Chris Nolan

Himself (1986)

Marc Baillon

Marc Baillon

Himself (1979)

Rodney Helal

Rodney Helal

Himself (1979-1981)

Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith

Himself (1979)

Abby Hagyard

Abby Hagyard

All Adult Female Parts (1982-1990)

Lisa Ruddy

Lisa Ruddy

Herself (1979-1985)

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  • Nice Children Sketch Show

    1st ep (09)
  • Amazing!

    My brother had a bunch of episodes of You Can't Do That On Television taped on beta machine tapes and I watched them off and on for years back home in Ottawa. It was such a great show! I wish they would bring back You Can't Do That On Television both in reruns and maybe also make a new version of the show with a new cast, I think they would be great airing them back to back. It was a great show for kids that doesn't talk down to them, and the skits are actually funny unlike most kids/preteens comedy shows today which are just annoying, predictable and awful. Bring it back!moreless
  • i love this show i thought i was going to cry when charmed ended but now i got another best buddy yay me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i love this show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! who doesnt i mean really dont u some people dont like it my friend dont i do though !!! !!! !!! !!! !!! ! #1 !!!!!!!

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    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love it heehee i know someone who says this show should be cancelled because she dont belive in witch craft and i think it ant witch craft and i really like the whole power thing i mean really come on who wouldnt want to have magical powers wouldnt that be amazing! would u want some well if u wouldnt i know i would lol !!!moreless
  • Green Slime, Water, and a whole lot more

    I grew up with this show and enjoyed watching it. I especially enjoyed Christine, Lisa, and everyone else getting drenched with water and getting slimed. All the cast members were very good. However, I believe that Christine was the best cast member on the show. Lisa Ruddy was a big motor-mouth. Christine was better known as Moose. Les Lye was the boss of the show and did as well as any adult cast member on the show. I believe this show should rise again with a new generation of cast members. In the event this show is ever released to DVD I would buy it without a doubt.moreless
  • I love this show!

    I used watch this show with my dad and my older sister when I was younger. I think the show is funny. My old friend make a joke about it coming back on the air when I was in middle school. I used to sing the theme song all the time and my family didn't like it. It was funny people get slimed for saying I don't know and water dumped on them because they said. "Water". One of my classmates and I imitated the Firing Squad Scene when I was in elementary school and our teacher told us that We don't say Ready Aim Fire. I watched the show for Nickelodeon's Birthday and during Nick's Old School Picks. One time I asked my mom how come people got slimed for saying "I don't know" and she said that it was all part of the joke.moreless

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Comedy, Kids


80s, Tweens, Sketch