History Series / SCTV

25th Jul '17 8:53:19 AM Rockduded
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* CrossesTheLineTwice: Johnny LaRue suddenly waking up and blurting out "You couldn't tell she was 11, I swear!"
25th Jul '17 8:52:49 AM Rockduded
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* CrossesTheLineTwice: Johnny LaRue suddenly waking up and blurting out "You couldn't tell she was 11, I swear!"
5th Apr '17 12:47:03 PM Aleal
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**In the final season, children's show host Happy Marsden, whose show "Happy Hour" actually takes place at a bar (and who drinks heavily throughout); he treats the bartender as a member of the cast (who always reminds him of last call). A promo shot shows Happy with his eyes closed, seemingly blacked out.
30th Mar '17 11:58:59 PM PaulA
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** Goes beyond even that- the cast would sometimes play impressionists playing famous actors in movies (think Frank Caliendo's bit as Robin Williams as all the characters in ''TheWizardOfOz'').

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** Goes beyond even that- the cast would sometimes play impressionists playing famous actors in movies (think Frank Caliendo's bit as Robin Williams Creator/RobinWilliams as all the characters in ''TheWizardOfOz'').''Film/TheWizardOfOz'').
24th Mar '17 7:01:57 AM bombadil211
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* ShowWithinAShow

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* ShowWithinAShowShowWithinAShow: The show's central concept is that SCTV is a local TV station and that each episode represents a day of programming for that station with the sketches being the shows SCTV broadcasts throughout the day.
24th Mar '17 6:39:55 AM bombadil211
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* LaughTrack: The show never taped before an audience, so most episodes used a sprinkling of very polite canned laughter. According to Dave Thomas, the man responsible for adding the laugh track was a sound technician notable for his lack of any discernible sense of humor, so not only was the existence of the laugh track annoying in itself, it was also poorly executed.

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* LaughTrack: The show never taped before was originally intended to air without a laugh track or studio audience but, according to Creator/EugeneLevy, everyone realized that the first episode seemed odd without any accompanying laughter. They then tried shooting it with an audience, audience but discovered that the audience laughter was throwing off their timing and they were having to heighten their performances to play to the crowd, which was something they didn't want so most episodes used a sprinkling of very polite they resorted to using canned laughter. According to Dave Thomas, the man responsible for adding the laugh track was a sound technician notable for his lack of any discernible sense of humor, so not only was the existence of the laugh track annoying in itself, it was also poorly executed.
12th Mar '17 10:55:01 AM nombretomado
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** Officer Friendly's segment was a very specific one, a parody of MisterRogersNeighborhood. Like the other show, it featured interviews with special guests and cartoon segments. Unlike Mr. Rogers, however, Officer Friendly was a real police officer, and his guests were in jail. When they didn't want to talk to him right away, he'd smile, and introduce the cartoon. [[ViolenceDiscretionShot After the cartoon ended, the guest had bruises and cut lips, and whimpered]], but were much more forthcoming.

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** Officer Friendly's segment was a very specific one, a parody of MisterRogersNeighborhood.''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood''. Like the other show, it featured interviews with special guests and cartoon segments. Unlike Mr. Rogers, however, Officer Friendly was a real police officer, and his guests were in jail. When they didn't want to talk to him right away, he'd smile, and introduce the cartoon. [[ViolenceDiscretionShot After the cartoon ended, the guest had bruises and cut lips, and whimpered]], but were much more forthcoming.
7th Mar '17 8:44:50 AM themisterfree
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The show started with a thirty-minute format on the Creator/GlobalTelevisionNetwork, which ran from 1976-1979. After that, the show was picked up by Creator/{{CBC}} and expanded to an hour. During this era, the show's most popular characters, Bob and Doug [=McKenzie=], debuted. The show was expanded to ninety minutes in 1981 when Creator/{{NBC}} picked it up as late-night programming (this version was known as ''SCTV Network 90''). During this stretch of the run, coupled with the fact that it was neither live nor taped before a live audience, it was able to push the boundaries of traditional sketch comedy. It won 15 Emmys over its network lifespan. A final season of 45-minute episodes aired on Superchannel in Canada and Creator/{{Cinemax}} in the U.S. (as ''SCTV Channel'') over 1983-84.

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The show started with a thirty-minute format on the Creator/GlobalTelevisionNetwork, which ran from 1976-1979. After that, the show was picked up by Creator/{{CBC}} and expanded to an hour. During this era, the show's most popular characters, Bob and Doug [=McKenzie=], debuted. It also aired in US syndication. The show was expanded to ninety minutes in 1981 when Creator/{{NBC}} picked it up as late-night programming (this version was known as ''SCTV Network 90''). During this stretch of the run, coupled with the fact that it was neither live nor taped before a live audience, it was able to push the boundaries of traditional sketch comedy. It won 15 Emmys over its network lifespan. A final season of 45-minute episodes aired on Superchannel in Canada and Creator/{{Cinemax}} in the U.S. (as ''SCTV Channel'') over 1983-84.
9th Nov '16 2:15:08 PM nombretomado
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* YouSayTomato: JohnCandy and Creator/EugeneLevy as Yosh and Stan Schmenge each pronounced their last name slightly different (which was part of the joke). Candy pronounced it "''Shmen''-gee", while Levy's pronunciation sounded more like "''Schman''-gee."

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* YouSayTomato: JohnCandy Creator/JohnCandy and Creator/EugeneLevy as Yosh and Stan Schmenge each pronounced their last name slightly different (which was part of the joke). Candy pronounced it "''Shmen''-gee", while Levy's pronunciation sounded more like "''Schman''-gee."
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.
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