History Series / SCTV

28th Aug '16 9:15:43 AM Glenn62
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* RunningGag: Ads for upcoming TV programs, movies, and other events always have Thursday at 9:00 p.m. as the show time.
21st Aug '16 12:56:41 PM nombretomado
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How is that? Well, let's run down the original cast: Creator/JohnCandy, Joe Flaherty, Creator/EugeneLevy, Andrea Martin, Creator/CatherineOHara, Creator/HaroldRamis (for seasons one and two), and Dave Thomas[[note]]the same one who voiced the Elliot Ness-esque chief of police Rex Banner on the season eight ''Simpsons'' episode where alcohol gets banned in Springfield after Bart gets drunk at the town's St. Patrick Day parade[[/note]]. Add in latecomers Creator/RickMoranis and Martin Short ([[AndZoidberg and the perennially forgotten feature players Robin Duke and Tony Rosato]], who are now mostly remembered for being overshadowed by EddieMurphy and Joe Piscopo during ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'''s shaky years between 1980 and 1983), and you have a veritable who's who of '70s-'80s Canadian comedy[[note]]Although Flaherty, Martin and Ramis were actually American, they ''were'' working in Canada.[[/note]]. Due to the connections between the Chicago and Toronto branches of the Creator/SecondCity comedy troupe, there was considerable constructive feedback between this show and ''Series/SaturdayNightLive.''

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How is that? Well, let's run down the original cast: Creator/JohnCandy, Joe Flaherty, Creator/EugeneLevy, Andrea Martin, Creator/CatherineOHara, Creator/HaroldRamis (for seasons one and two), and Dave Thomas[[note]]the same one who voiced the Elliot Ness-esque chief of police Rex Banner on the season eight ''Simpsons'' episode where alcohol gets banned in Springfield after Bart gets drunk at the town's St. Patrick Day parade[[/note]]. Add in latecomers Creator/RickMoranis and Martin Short ([[AndZoidberg and the perennially forgotten feature players Robin Duke and Tony Rosato]], who are now mostly remembered for being overshadowed by EddieMurphy Creator/EddieMurphy and Joe Piscopo during ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'''s shaky years between 1980 and 1983), and you have a veritable who's who of '70s-'80s Canadian comedy[[note]]Although Flaherty, Martin and Ramis were actually American, they ''were'' working in Canada.[[/note]]. Due to the connections between the Chicago and Toronto branches of the Creator/SecondCity comedy troupe, there was considerable constructive feedback between this show and ''Series/SaturdayNightLive.''
20th Aug '16 3:48:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* CanadianAccents: Bob and Doug [=McKenzie=], probably the most "Canajun" Canadian accents ever aired, eh?
4th Aug '16 5:58:01 PM themisterfree
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* StonersAreFunny: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIDYuV9vuyc At least once]], Earl Camembert got stoned on the air (as prep for an editorial he was planning about drugs).
4th Aug '16 5:56:26 PM themisterfree
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* TheAlcoholic: Floyd Robertson became this in the final couple of seasons, forcing Earl into the role of straight man.



* OnlySaneMan: The male secretary in "The Millionaire".

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* OnlySaneMan: The male secretary in "The Millionaire". Floyd Robertson served as this for Earl Camembert for most of the run, but the roles were swapped once he fell off the wagon.
21st Jun '16 7:26:49 PM gewunomox
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** "[[NeilYoung Neil Jung]], Psychiatrist".

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** "[[NeilYoung "[[Music/NeilYoung Neil Jung]], Psychiatrist".
24th Apr '16 7:07:13 PM maxwellsilver
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* AndStarring: "And Dave Thomas as The Beaver." Doubly deconstructed: Dave Thomas wasn't any more famous than anybody else in the cast, he was just alphabetically last; also, he did not, in fact, play The Beaver when SCTV did its ''LeaveItToBeaver'' sketch, Creator/JohnCandy did.

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* AndStarring: "And Dave Thomas as The Beaver." Doubly deconstructed: Dave Thomas wasn't any more famous than anybody else in the cast, he was just alphabetically last; also, he did not, in fact, play The Beaver when SCTV did its ''LeaveItToBeaver'' ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' sketch, Creator/JohnCandy did.



* CelebrityStar: Performers like Creator/RobinWilliams and Bill Murray did guest spots as sketch characters. Most guest performers were musicians appearing as themselves on the ShowWithinAShow ''The Fishin' Musician'' and thus engaging in outdoorsy activities with its host. Within recurring sketches like ''The Sammy Maudlin Show'' and ''Farm Film Report'', this concept was frequently spoofed with cast members playing various celebrities or [[{{Expy}} Expies]] thereof.

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* CelebrityStar: Performers like Creator/RobinWilliams and Bill Murray Creator/BillMurray did guest spots as sketch characters. Most guest performers were musicians appearing as themselves on the ShowWithinAShow ''The Fishin' Musician'' and thus engaging in outdoorsy activities with its host. Within recurring sketches like ''The Sammy Maudlin Show'' and ''Farm Film Report'', this concept was frequently spoofed with cast members playing various celebrities or [[{{Expy}} Expies]] thereof.
29th Feb '16 5:48:26 PM Lirodon
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* BreakoutCharacter: When ''SCTV'' moved to Creator/{{CBC}}, the network requested that the program add two minutes of identifiably Canadian content to pad the show due to its shorter commercial breaks. When faced with what they considered to be a bizarre request (given that the show had always been produced by a Canadian cast and crew), the crew created the stereotypically Canadian characters of Bob and Doug. While intended as mere filler, they became the most popular characters of the series. In fact, the show itself lampshades this in "The Great White North Palace." In that episode, Guy Caballero realizes how popular Bob and Doug are, and gives them their own VarietyShow to shore up the flagging network. This is [[ThePeterPrinciple completely outside the brothers' comfort zone]], however, and the show is an instant failure that is so bad that Guy Caballero orders the broadcast halted in the middle of an atrocious sketch with Bob and Doug as the Festrunk Brothers (Two Wild and Crazy Guys).

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* BreakoutCharacter: When ''SCTV'' moved to Creator/{{CBC}}, the network requested that the program add two minutes of identifiably Canadian content to pad the show due to its shorter commercial breaks. When faced with what they considered to be a bizarre request (given that the show had always been produced by a Canadian cast and crew), the crew created the stereotypically Canadian characters of Bob and Doug.Doug to lampoon it. While intended as mere filler, they became the most popular characters of the series. In fact, the show itself lampshades this in "The Great White North Palace." In that episode, Guy Caballero realizes how popular Bob and Doug are, and gives them their own VarietyShow to shore up the flagging network. This is [[ThePeterPrinciple completely outside the brothers' comfort zone]], however, and the show is an instant failure that is so bad that Guy Caballero orders the broadcast halted in the middle of an atrocious sketch with Bob and Doug as the Festrunk Brothers (Two Wild and Crazy Guys).
29th Feb '16 5:47:44 PM Lirodon
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* BreakoutCharacter: Bob and Doug were created to be strictly filler to satisfy, and make fun of, Canadian Content broadcast rules, but they became the most popular characters of the series. In fact, the show itself lampshades this in "The Great White North Palace." In that episode, Guy Caballero realizes how popular Bob and Doug are, and gives them their own VarietyShow to shore up the flagging network. This is [[ThePeterPrinciple completely outside the brothers' comfort zone]], however, and the show is an instant failure that is so bad that Guy Caballero orders the broadcast halted in the middle of an atrocious sketch with Bob and Doug as the Festrunk Brothers (Two Wild and Crazy Guys).

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* BreakoutCharacter: Bob and Doug were created When ''SCTV'' moved to be strictly filler to satisfy, and make fun of, Creator/{{CBC}}, the network requested that the program add two minutes of identifiably Canadian Content broadcast rules, but content to pad the show due to its shorter commercial breaks. When faced with what they considered to be a bizarre request (given that the show had always been produced by a Canadian cast and crew), the crew created the stereotypically Canadian characters of Bob and Doug. While intended as mere filler, they became the most popular characters of the series. In fact, the show itself lampshades this in "The Great White North Palace." In that episode, Guy Caballero realizes how popular Bob and Doug are, and gives them their own VarietyShow to shore up the flagging network. This is [[ThePeterPrinciple completely outside the brothers' comfort zone]], however, and the show is an instant failure that is so bad that Guy Caballero orders the broadcast halted in the middle of an atrocious sketch with Bob and Doug as the Festrunk Brothers (Two Wild and Crazy Guys).
22nd Feb '16 12:48:02 AM Miso
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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The show is set in a town called Melonville, with a location only ever pinned down to the country: the United States of America. American currency is regularly featured when currency is used (despite the show being filmed in Canada for its entire run) and a number of P.O. boxes are located in various American towns. Various gags and lines in the show seem to place Melonville in southern California, somewhere around Los Angeles: Encino is close enough to Melonville for Moe Green to commute from his apartment, the first season news sketches occasionally included a look at celebrity gossip in Hollywood, and Sammy Maudlin's guests repeatedly refer to Hollywood as "this town" (and it's confirmed that Maudlin tapes at SCTV). Bobby Bittman also mentions owning a house in Bel-Air.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The show is set in a town called Melonville, with a location only ever pinned down to the country: the United States of America. American currency is regularly featured when currency is used (despite the show being filmed in Canada for its entire run) and a number of P.O. boxes are located in various American towns. Various gags and lines in the show seem to place Melonville in southern California, somewhere around Los Angeles: Encino is close enough to Melonville for Moe Green to commute from his apartment, the first season news sketches occasionally included a look at celebrity gossip in Hollywood, and Sammy Maudlin's guests repeatedly refer to Hollywood as "this town" (and it's confirmed that Maudlin tapes at SCTV). Bobby Bittman also mentions owning a house in Bel-Air.Bel Air.


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*** Melonville is also in a climate that's cold enough for them to get substantial amounts of snow during the Christmas season, which makes it unlikely that Melonville is anywhere in the southwestern U.S. (including Los Angeles), unless there's a freak snowstorm or they're situated ''very'' high up in the Rockies. The most likely candidate for Melonville's location is somewhere in New England or the upper Midwest... but that still leaves the issue of the references that put it in L.A., which also complicate the fact that it's stressed that San Francisco is south of Melonville ''and'' the fact that they receive snow in the winter.
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