Welcome to the You Can't Do That on Television
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This was a sketch comedy show for young adults that was very popular in the 1980s. It started in 1979 as a (partially) live, local show in Ottawa, Canada, with comedy, music videos (or musical guests), and local, phone in-contests. After two seasons (the latter of which was later edited into the new format when shown nationally and internationally), the show's format changed to a half hour sketch comedy. It retained this format for the rest of it's 11 year run. This show had a huge impact. It was picked up in 1981 by the fledgeling US network Nickelodeon, which had only gone national a year earlier. This was the network's first big show and made the network what it is today. YCDTOTV became one of the most popular kids shows of the decade and featured a rotating cast of very talented actors and actresses. It was a very funny program that featured alot of humor that was not only aimed at kids, but at adults as well. The show gave us many great catch phrases, and memorable characters as Barth, Senator Prevert, Snake Eyes, El Capitan, and Ross. Also came the mysterious green slime that was dropped on anyone who said "I don't know" and the water that was dropped on anyone who said "water."
YCDTOTV Broadcast History:
1979-1981 - CJOH TV, Ottawa, Ontario
1981-1990 - CTV (in Canada), Nickelodeon (in USA)
YCDTOTV Re-Run History:
In Canada, the YTV kids network aired reruns throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.
In the USA, Nickelodeon continued to air reruns of YCDTOTV until January 23, 1994. It has not been aired in the USA since then, except for 3 episodes that aired as part of Nick's 20th anniversary marathon.
You Can't Do That on Television conventions:
2002- SlimeCon. Featured cast reunion, a prop/costume/set museum, a marathon of great episodes, a tour of CJOH studios, and tours of the sites around Ottawa used in YCDTOTV. These bus tours were led by some of the cast members themselves. There were also games and a raffle to be slimed on stage.
143 color episodes, 1 video release, 1 reunion episode
CJOH-tv, Carleton Productions
Spin Offs: Whatever Turns You On