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March 3rd, 2000

You Can’t Do That on Television!

With all the recent talk about classic 80’s TV shows (both Paul and I have had at least one entry in the last month mentioning them), one that’s been overlooked is Nickelodeon’s You Can’t Do That on Television! I used to be obsessed with this show and had all but forgotten when I saw it as part of a Nickelodeon advertising montage (odd since they haven’t aired the show in years). Here are what I can remember about it:

  • Lisa talked too much.
  • They always ate at Barth’s restaurant, and when they’d talk about him, he’d say “D’Iiiiiii heard that!”
  • Saying “I Don’t Know” would get you green slimed
  • Saying “Water” would get water dumped on your head
  • Moose always got shafted
  • Les Lye played multiple parts (Blip, El Capitan, the nasty old director, the disgusting father — whose name was “Mr. Prevert”, the gross chef…)
  • Vanessa had big glasses.
This show was great — I’d love to see some old episodes again. I think I have some on tape somewhere.

And I found this incredible site. Some things I forgot/didn’t know:

  • The show ran for 20 years!
  • Alanis Morrissette got her start on the show.
  • There’s an actual recipe for slime.
  • Christine (Moose) wore a wig because her hair was “too punk”…
  • An episode dealing with adoption was banned after its first airing
This site is going to kill my weekend… -ram

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

lithiumfx October 16, 2006, 1:27 pm

I found this website, and it has more stuff on it like YCDTOTV. Other show’s I’d long forgotten from the 80’s.

go visit retrojunk, it has every show i swear!!

Mike M November 1, 2008, 5:46 am

hahaha, I remember this show! This web site:

has a few episodes available free over the net. I BARELY even remembered the show a couple of days ago when searching for old nick shows. In fact, I didn’t even remember the NAME of the show when I saw it. I was like “huh, I don;t remember that show.” Then I started watching, and all of my old forgetten child-hood memories started coming back.

I remember my older brother (I am currently 25, he’s 30) would be allowed to stay up and watch this show, but I always had to go to bed. I would sometimes sneek out of my room, go downstairs, and watch that show with him. We would also watch Married with Children as well, which is another show I was “banned” from watching.

BTW: The factory of kids heads, and seeing them get dumped out a faucet into a bus, I remember that always kind of scared me 🙂

paola April 7, 2009, 11:18 am

I had a pet rabbit that i named after Alasdair Gillis (Alasdair Loppy- a lop-eared bunny). The rabbit lived from 1987-1996- long after the show stopped airing.
You could say I was a fan and maybe had a crush! : )

Susan Pappalardo March 28, 2010, 5:46 pm

I was just watching the 2020 Kids Choice Awards and realized that all those kids in the audience wasn’t even born when You Can’t Do That On Television was airing on a fledgling kids network called Nickolodeon! Nick she bring it back for these kids!

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