History Series / YouCantDoThatOnTelevision

10th Jun '16 2:58:13 PM StFan
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* DownHereShot: A variant was done in one episode when they spoofed fashions. At the end, two boys (one around 8 and one teenaged) came on-set pretending to be naked as the ultimate fashion. The younger boy started asking for the camera to pan down because it was only framing his head. The female host quickly calls out "run the credits" as she realizes that panning down would expose a bit more of the older (taller) boy than would be "safe"...
4th Jun '16 5:37:13 PM GarrulousTiger
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* TakeThat: Other children's TV shows, particularly those believed by Roger Price and Geoffrey Darby to be "educational" or "goody-goody" in image, were rife for targeting.
** During the show's U.S. run, this was usually reserved for PBS programs such as SesameStreet or MisterRogersNeighborhood - in one 1989 episode, Ted (dressed up like a junior [[ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] for some reason has a nightmare about Mister Rogers in which he describes the PBS kids' host as behaving something like a pedophile, and Mrs. Prevert comforts him, telling him that nice men like that don't exist in real life. Then there was the "Big Bird Celebrity Roast" in "Popularity" (1982).
** During the pre-Nickelodeon days, other Canadian children's shows were the typical targets, including RomperRoom, ''Let's Go'' and especially ''KidStuff'' (which was airing only in reruns by 1979 since the last episode had been made in 1976, a fact ''YCDTOTV'' alluded to on occasion). One scene in Episode Two (featuring Cyndi Kennedy as Mom, and remade for the ''Whatever Turns You On'' pilot with Ruth Buzzi as Mom) even took a pot shot at the rest of the Canadian television industry, and particularly the country's public broadcaster:
-->'''Mom:''' Are you watching one of those nasty, violent American programs again?! I thought I told you only to watch good Canadian programs!<br> '''Rodney:''' Aw Mom, Canadian programs are so boring!<br> '''Mom:''' Well, of ''course'' they're boring! The government pays the CBC $500 million a year to be boring so people won't watch too much television!


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** A favorite target during the first local-only season was ''KidStuff'', a Montreal-produced musical variety show on the CTV network which interestingly came on CJOH Saturday mornings right after ''YCDTOTV''. Interestingly, KidStuff was airing only in reruns by 1979 (as the last episode had been made in 1976), a fact ''YCDTOTV'' alluded to on occasion.
** In one early 1979 episode (with one of the older girls playing Mom, and remade for the ''Whatever Turns You On'' pilot with Ruth Buzzi as Mom), even the ''entire Canadian television industry'', and in particular the nation's public broadcasting network, was not above reproach.
---> '''Mom:''' Are you watching one of those nasty, violent American programs again?! I thought I told you only to watch good Canadian programs!\\
'''Rodney:''' Aw, Mom, Canadian programs are so boring!\\
'''Mom:''' Well, of ''course'' they're boring. The government pays the CBC $500 million a year to be boring so people won't watch too much television.
4th Jun '16 5:31:10 PM GarrulousTiger
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** Between ''YCDTOTV'' and ''All That'', there was the Creator/{{SNICK}} series ''Series/{{Roundhouse}}'', which was similar but had a much faster pace, [[NoBudget more reduced production values]], and a ''lot'' more {{Parental Bonus}}es. Unfortunately, this left the show uncertain about who its audience was, and it died out after 4 seasons and 52 episodes.

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** Between ''YCDTOTV'' and ''All That'', there was the Creator/{{SNICK}} series ''Series/{{Roundhouse}}'', which was similar but had a much faster pace, [[NoBudget more reduced production values]], and a ''lot'' more {{Parental Bonus}}es. Unfortunately, this left the show uncertain about who its audience was, and it died out this, combined with the tragic death of a key cast member, contributed to the death of the show after 4 seasons and 52 episodes.episodes.
* TakeThat: Other children's TV shows, particularly those believed by Roger Price and Geoffrey Darby to be "educational" or "goody-goody" in image, were rife for targeting.
** During the show's U.S. run, this was usually reserved for PBS programs such as SesameStreet or MisterRogersNeighborhood - in one 1989 episode, Ted (dressed up like a junior [[ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] for some reason has a nightmare about Mister Rogers in which he describes the PBS kids' host as behaving something like a pedophile, and Mrs. Prevert comforts him, telling him that nice men like that don't exist in real life. Then there was the "Big Bird Celebrity Roast" in "Popularity" (1982).
** During the pre-Nickelodeon days, other Canadian children's shows were the typical targets, including RomperRoom, ''Let's Go'' and especially ''KidStuff'' (which was airing only in reruns by 1979 since the last episode had been made in 1976, a fact ''YCDTOTV'' alluded to on occasion). One scene in Episode Two (featuring Cyndi Kennedy as Mom, and remade for the ''Whatever Turns You On'' pilot with Ruth Buzzi as Mom) even took a pot shot at the rest of the Canadian television industry, and particularly the country's public broadcaster:
-->'''Mom:''' Are you watching one of those nasty, violent American programs again?! I thought I told you only to watch good Canadian programs!<br> '''Rodney:''' Aw Mom, Canadian programs are so boring!<br> '''Mom:''' Well, of ''course'' they're boring! The government pays the CBC $500 million a year to be boring so people won't watch too much television!
4th Jun '16 5:16:17 PM GarrulousTiger
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13th May '16 6:24:25 PM GarrulousTiger
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*** And by extension, Andrea Byrne in "Books and Reading" (1987), when she cooks her family a recipe using Barth's new cookbook.


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*** Averted in one of the very last episodes, "Learning" (1990): Amy makes dinner after receiving cooking lessons from Mom, but as it turns out, she's a much ''better'' cook than Mom, as Chris, Christian and Lance readily admit. And Mrs. Prevert is NOT happy about it, to the point where she lies to Amy that the food turned out badly, takes the food back to the kitchen to be thrown out, and announces she's serving cold bread and cheese for supper.
19th Mar '16 3:01:48 PM squadallahthistle
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** As the Nostalgia Critic pointed out, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjbvYgxAoDA "aboot" is said quite a lot in this show]].
15th Mar '16 3:34:20 PM ObsidianFire
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* GenreSavvy: By the 1982 series, the cast were smart enough to know what would happen if they said "I don't know" or "water" and would try to find ways to sidestep having to use those phrases. They would still slip up at least once an episode, though, and their attempts to dodge slime and water with alternate phrases were not always successful (see TheScottishTrope for several examples).
18th Feb '16 7:41:31 AM Kitch
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* RunningGag: The show literally ''runs'' on them.
** "Who do you think's in the burgers?"
--->'''Barth:''' [[CatchPhrase IIIIII HEARD THAT!]]
** "I don't know" and "Water" count as well.
** The parents saying "don't encourage them", or occasionally, "don't discourage them".
13th Dec '15 8:32:05 PM SirSapphire
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* DoesNotLikeShoes: Christine frequently didn't wear shoes in her link segments.
25th Nov '15 7:39:27 AM LadyJaneGrey
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** In one show, Christine is soaked simply because, as Ross tells her, the cue cards says she was ''suppposed'' to say "water", [[{{Railroading}} even though she did not.]]
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