History Series / YouCantDoThatOnTelevision

13th Sep '17 7:25:16 PM GarrulousTiger
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* Retreaux: The 1989 "Time" episode has Ross deciding to change the show from color to black and white format to cut production costs and to make it easier to syndicate alongside classic B&W sitcoms, and the kids are made to wear 1950s-style outfits to match. The episode ends with Christian bungling while fooling around with Ross's equipment, plunging the kids into a silent movie, complete with a 1920s-style arrangement of the theme music and an old-fashioned LaurelAndHardy style pie fight.

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* Retreaux: {{Retreaux}}: The 1989 "Time" episode has Ross deciding to change the show from color to black and white format to cut production costs and to make it easier to syndicate alongside classic B&W sitcoms, and the kids are made to wear 1950s-style outfits to match. The episode ends with Christian bungling while fooling around with Ross's equipment, plunging the kids into a silent movie, complete with a 1920s-style arrangement of the theme music and an old-fashioned LaurelAndHardy style pie fight.
13th Sep '17 7:23:33 PM GarrulousTiger
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* Retreaux: The 1989 "Time" episode has Ross deciding to change the show from color to black and white format to cut production costs and to make it easier to syndicate alongside classic B&W sitcoms, and the kids are made to wear 1950s-style outfits to match. The episode ends with Christian bungling while fooling around with Ross's equipment, plunging the kids into a silent movie, complete with a 1920s-style arrangement of the theme music and an old-fashioned LaurelAndHardy style pie fight.


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** The end of the 1989 "Time" episode features Chris Bickford doing a CharlieChaplin impression after the kids end up in a silent movie.
11th Sep '17 3:17:25 PM GarrulousTiger
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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.

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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. The 1984 "Foreign Countries" episode also featured two kids chowing down on Big Macs while referring to them by name (and passing them off as "French food" and "Italian food" since they bought them at [=McDonald's=] restaurants in France and Italy).
4th Sep '17 5:53:01 PM GarrulousTiger
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* ForeignQueasine: Aside from the [[HaggisIsHorrible haggis]] example, the series featured some other examples of this trope. One is in the 1986 "Poverty and Unemployment" episode in which RichBitch Naida invites Doug and Vanessa over for dinner, and Doug and Vanessa are excited to find out what rich people eat... until Naida tells them what's on the menu, which includes such items as escargots and laverbread (a Welsh delicacy made from seaweed).


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* RichBitch: One-episode wonder Naida Gosselin in 1986's "Poverty and Unemployment" episode, who makes Alasdair, Doug, Vanessa and Robert work as her servants after the kids are all fired from their jobs on the show. For Alasdair, that means ''he'' is the one who gets drenched whenever ''Naida'' says "Water." She finally gets her comeuppance at the end of the show when she is slimed (and this time has to face the consequences of saying "I don't know" herself).
3rd Sep '17 7:36:35 PM Starwames
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** And again in "Fame", where Christine grabs Lisa's bare foot and, despite her begging not to, tickles the hell out of it after Lisa compares her to Lassie.

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** And again in "Fame", where Christine grabs Lisa's bare foot and, despite her begging not to, tickles the hell out of it after Lisa compares her to Lassie.Franchise/{{Lassie}}.
3rd Sep '17 7:34:31 PM Starwames
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* TickleTorture: On the "Medicine" episode, Christine spends the bulk of the episode in a cast, with her bare sole sticking right in the camera. At the very end, Ross, the producer, threatens her foot with a feather duster while she begs him not to. He then tickles her foot, causing her to fall over hysterically into a nearby trash can.
**And again in "Fame", where Christine grabs Lisa's bare foot and, despite her begging not to, tickles the hell out of it after Lisa compares her to Lassie.
31st Aug '17 10:31:32 PM GarrulousTiger
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In August of 2017, it was announced on the website AVClub.com that ''You Can't Do That on Television'' is getting a reboot. A premiere date and network have yet to be announced, but it has been confirmed that Roger Price will be involved with the new series and that it will be made in Ottawa. The new series will be co-produced by Jimmy Fox and Main Event Media.
23rd Aug '17 5:20:15 PM GarrulousTiger
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** ''Anyone'' who was getting slimed or watered was barefoot during the filming of the sketch to avoid damage to the victim's shoes.



* HollywoodPudgy: Christine and Lisa were often the butt of "fat" jokes, as were Jennifer and Rekha in the show's final two seasons, although none of them were particularly fat. Similarly, Alasdair was sometimes the butt of HollywoodThin jokes. This exchange from the 1983 "Medicine" episode covers both extremes:
--> '''Alasdair:''' The doctor said I'm suffering from malnutrition.
--> '''Christine:''' Sounds like a pretty fair verdict to me. To look at you, you'd think there was a famine in this country.
--> '''Alasdair:''' Well, to look at ''you'', you'd think you ''caused'' it!
--> '''Christine:''' ''[slugs Alasdair with the cast on her leg and he falls behind the risers, yelping in pain]''
23rd Aug '17 4:35:31 PM GarrulousTiger
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* TheCastShowoff: Averted with AlanisMorissette, who never sang on the show although her coworkers were aware of her musical talents. Roger Price has said that he feared the hassles of dealing with record companies, agents, etc. that would have resulted had he let Alanis sing on the show and had she become a star as a result, as he had faced those issues with several of his actors back in England.



** The same episode features a reluctant Kevin Somers as the Don't Bee, whose entrances are always accompanied by the battle cry, "Nobody expects the Don't Bee!"

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** The same episode features a reluctant Kevin Somers as the Don't Bee, whose entrances are always accompanied by the battle cry, "Nobody expects the Don't Bee!"Bee!" This doubles as a combination shout-out and TakeThat to RomperRoom.


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** One episode of the original 1979 season had Kevin Schenk starring as "Rene Sitard," a parody of Quebecois pop star Rene Simard. (Simard was managed by Rene Angelil, who would later manage, and marry, CelineDion.)
20th Aug '17 10:13:46 PM GarrulousTiger
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* CallBack: Eagle-eyed viewers will notice many iconic props and outfits reused. For example, in 1982's "Not-So-Fair Show," Natalie Radmore is wearing a dress identical to the one worn by Lisa Ruddy in the 1979 "St. Patrick's Day" episode (the dresses were bought in bulk because of the number of times Lisa was to be slimed in that episode and because there wasn't time to wash the dress after each sliming). And some of the number and letter props from 1979's Episode Two showed up again eleven years later in one of the series' final episode, 1990's "Learning."

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* CallBack: Eagle-eyed viewers will notice many iconic props and outfits reused. For example, in 1982's "Not-So-Fair Show," Natalie Radmore is wearing a dress identical to the one worn by Lisa Ruddy in the 1979 "St. Patrick's Day" episode (the dresses were bought in bulk because of the number of times Lisa was to be slimed in that episode and because there wasn't time to wash the dress after each sliming). And some of the number and letter props from 1979's Episode Two showed up again eleven years later in one of the series' final episode, episodes, 1990's "Learning."



** In another scene, one girl (Cyndi) talked about her first crush being "a frog." Thinking Cyndi was using the offensive slang term, Christine scolded her. It turned out Cyndi was talking about an ACTUAL frog, which she then had to dissect for school, but didn't feel bad about it because she said, "Frogs aren't human." Upon hearing this, Marc came up and announced (referring to the Quebecois separatist movement), "Any more of that, and we WILL separate!"

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** In another scene, one girl (Cyndi) talked about her first crush being "a frog." Thinking Cyndi was using the offensive slang term, Christine scolded her. It turned out Cyndi was talking about an ACTUAL frog, which she then had to dissect for school, but didn't feel bad about it because she said, "Frogs aren't human." Upon hearing this, Marc came up and announced (referring to the Quebecois separatist independence movement), "Any more of that, and we WILL separate!"


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* TheCastShowoff: Averted with AlanisMorissette, who never sang on the show although her coworkers were aware of her musical talents. Roger Price has said that he feared the hassles of dealing with record companies, agents, etc. that would have resulted had he let Alanis sing on the show and had she become a star as a result, as he had faced those issues with several of his actors back in England.
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