History Series / YouCantDoThatOnTelevision

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.]]
30th Oct '15 5:36:07 PM ChrisInMI
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* BlandNameProduct: The series featured many commercial parodies (in fact, fake commercials were a regular part of the show during the 1982 episodes, which were originally aired before Nickelodeon became advertiser-supported); the objects of the parodies were often obvious, but the names were changed just enough to make them lawyer-friendly (for example, Head and Shoulders shampoo was parodied as "Shed and Holders", which cures Alasdair's dandruff by making his hair fall out). Averted in the original, local-only 1979 season, in which commercial products and trademarked objects were referred to by their actual names on several occasions. The [=McDonald's=] characters even visited the show in one episode.

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* BlandNameProduct: The series featured many commercial parodies (in fact, fake commercials were a regular part of the show during the 1982 episodes, which were originally aired before Nickelodeon became advertiser-supported); the objects of the parodies were often obvious, but the names were changed just enough to make them lawyer-friendly (for example, Head and Shoulders shampoo was parodied as "Shed and Holders", which cures Alasdair's dandruff by making his hair fall out).
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Averted in the original, local-only 1979 season, in which commercial products and trademarked objects were referred to by their actual names on several occasions. The [=McDonald's=] characters even visited the show in one episode.episode.
** Another later aversion occurs in 1986's "TV Commercials" episode, in which Doug tests a blindfolded Alasdair to see if he can tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi (which results in both boys ending up drenched for saying the "w" word after Doug switches the cans of soda with a can of spring water).
30th Oct '15 5:33:45 PM ChrisInMI
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*** However, this episode also contains an aversion of both this and the ParodyNames/BlandNameProduct tropes, in a link sketch in which Doug tests a blindfolded Alasdair to see if he can tell the difference between Coca-Cola and Pepsi (and tricks him into getting drenched by switching the soda cans with a can of spring water).
30th Oct '15 5:32:52 PM ChrisInMI
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*** However, this episode also contains an aversion of both this and the ParodyNames/BlandNameProduct tropes, in a link sketch in which Doug tests a blindfolded Alasdair to see if he can tell the difference between Coca-Cola and Pepsi (and tricks him into getting drenched by switching the soda cans with a can of spring water).
30th Oct '15 5:24:46 PM ChrisInMI
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** Although fake commercials weren't a regular part of the show again after 1983, the "TV Commercials" episode in 1986 (an Alanis Morissette episode which was also the first episode after Christine's departure) more than made up for the deficit.

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** Although fake commercials weren't a regular part of the show again after 1983, the "TV Commercials" episode in 1986 (an Alanis Morissette episode which was also the first episode after Christine's departure) more than made up for the deficit. This episode contained the aforementioned "Shed and Holders" shampoo gag as well as "Left Guard" deodorant and "Ravon" cosmetics among others.
30th Oct '15 5:19:58 PM ChrisInMI
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* CueCard: Several episodes feature link set segments in which we see Ross holding up cue cards containing Christine's lines (for example, in "Nutrition" from 1981, she refuses to read the card as written as she knows it will result on her getting milk dumped on her). In some cases, Christine is also shown holding cue cards containing Ross' lines, especially during scenes in which they are arguing about overreliance on cue cards.

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* CueCard: Several episodes feature link set segments in which we see Ross holding up cue cards containing Christine's lines (for example, in "Nutrition" from 1981, she refuses to read the card as written as she knows it will result on her getting milk dumped on her). In some cases, Christine is also shown holding cue cards containing Ross' lines, especially during scenes in which they are arguing about overreliance on cue cards. Despite the cue card gags, all lines on the show were memorized in real life.
** In some cases, unfortunate things slated to happen to Christine (or others) would not be written on the cue cards until AFTER they had happened. For example, Moose is drenched with water in "Culture Junk" (1982) for calling the writers' scripts "lousy" and then complains about how she hadn't said "Water," before the camera cuts to Ross holding up a cue card with a crew member writing the word "Water" on it.


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** Although fake commercials weren't a regular part of the show again after 1983, the "TV Commercials" episode in 1986 (an Alanis Morissette episode which was also the first episode after Christine's departure) more than made up for the deficit.
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