History Series / YouCantDoThatOnTelevision

6th Feb '17 6:15:02 PM TheMysteriousH
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* MeaningfulName: Most of Les Lye's characters.



* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: The girls were pied, slimed and drenched just as much as the boys. In one notable instance, Moose got hit not only with green slime, but also, red, yellow and blue slime. Then, she got hit with ''striped'' slime, which combined all four colours at once.

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* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: The girls were pied, slimed and drenched just as much as the boys. In one notable instance, Moose got hit not only with green slime, but also, red, yellow and blue slime. Then, she got hit with ''striped'' slime, which combined all four colours at once. once, followed by water.
6th Feb '17 5:51:48 PM TheMysteriousH
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** The credits for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUDFVcLr1gY the Worst of You Can't Do That On Television]] compilation video has several, as the credits are twice as long as normal.



** Partially because (as she was, for many years, the oldest of the kids) she was taller than almost everyone else.



* DrivesLikeCrazy: Bus driver Snake Eyes (Les Lye). The school bus sketches nearly always ended with Snake Eyes seconds from crashing the bus into something or driving over a cliff.

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* DrivesLikeCrazy: Bus driver Snake Eyes (Les Lye). The school bus sketches nearly always ended with Snake Eyes seconds from before or after crashing the bus into something or driving over a cliff.
6th Feb '17 5:40:38 PM TheMysteriousH
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*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YqDWnlZG6s The Splat picked up on that]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COpCvCYZAWA and sorry]].
28th Jan '17 5:14:16 PM foxley
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* WilliamTelling: One sketch involves all of William Tell's children [[BlackComedy dead with arrows through them and apples lying near them,]] except for one remaining son who's left confused as to how this could have happened. Turns out William Tell [[HiccupHijinks had a case of the hiccups.]]
25th Nov '16 4:40:42 AM LadyJaneGrey
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** One episode had a kid who was an InsufferableGenius who claimed to know everything; one of the others tried to get him soaked during a trivia game by asking him what surrounded Australia. (He was a little too GenreSavvy and named gave the names of each ocean, causing the guy asking to remark he was [[OutGambitted "supposed to say 'water'."]] Ho boy.) Said genius got what was coming to him at the end by claiming [[ThatCameOutWrong "There is nothing about this show that I don't know."]] (But then tried to get the last laugh by saying "water" on purpose to use it as a slime-cleaner; only to be pied by the rest of the cast.)


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** In one episode nobody had been slimed by the third half, and one of the boys was paranoid that it would happen to him; Christine feigns concern and calms him down, causing him to remark that "I don't know why I what I was so worried about!" (Right before - to her delight - it hits him.)
25th Nov '16 4:31:05 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Barth was pretty surprised to get so much business from his back to school special from the same kids who always claimed his food made them sick. (Of course, when he expressed that, they told him it was because they ''wanted'' to get sick so they'd have an excuse to miss school!)
5th Oct '16 11:03:44 PM mlsmithca
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* TheUnreveal: In the link segments from the 1984 episode "Science", Alasdair tries to break down the recipe for green slime. He finally succeeds, and reads the list of ingredients to Christine... just as the end credits begin rolling and [[PlotBasedNoiseCancellation the theme music drowns out his words]]. (Christine's increasingly disgusted expression suggests the ingredients are not pleasant.) TheStinger for the episode involves Ross gleefully announcing that the home audience didn't hear Alasdair read the list - which he then grabs and eats.
1st Oct '16 1:19:30 PM mlsmithca
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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"...

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* DownHereShot: A variant was done in one episode when they spoofed fashions. "Fads and Fashions" from 1982. At the end, two boys (one around 8 Kevin and one teenaged) came Doug come on-set pretending to be naked as the ultimate fashion. The younger boy started asking fashion; the camera only shows Kevin from the waist up and the much shorter Doug from the neck up. An annoyed Doug asks for the camera to pan down because it was only framing his head. The female host so that they can see more of him. Christine quickly calls out "run the credits" as she realizes that panning down would expose a bit more of the older (taller) boy Kevin than would be "safe"...
1st Oct '16 1:13:55 PM mlsmithca
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* BankruptcyBarrel: Ross and Moose end up wearing these during 1981's "Crimes & Vandalism", when their clothes (and most of the set) have been stolen. Moose's still has water and a rubber duck in it.

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Ross and Moose end up wearing these during 1981's "Crimes & Vandalism", when their clothes (and most of the set) have been stolen. Moose's still has water and a rubber duck in it.



* 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.

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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.



*** 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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*** And by extension, ** Andrea Byrne in "Books and Reading" (1987), when she cooks her family a recipe using Barth's new cookbook.



*** 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.

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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.



** 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.

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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 spoof ads for "Shed and Holders" shampoo gag as well as shampoo, "Left Guard" deodorant deodorant, and "Ravon" cosmetics among others.



** "The Not-So-Fair Show" from 1982 had Christine get water dumped on her for saying "Eau de cologne". An amused Alasdair explained that "'eau' is the French word for 'water'"... and got drenched himself. See also the note about "Hobbies" (1984) below.

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** "The Not-So-Fair Show" from 1982 had Christine get water dumped on her for saying "Eau de cologne". An amused Alasdair explained that "'eau' is the French word for 'water'"... and got drenched himself. See also the note about "Hobbies" (1984) below.



* TakeThat: The series took plenty of potshots at other television series, particularly children's series which fell closer to idealism on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, but its favourite target was... [[SelfDeprecation itself.]]
-->'''Christine:''' ''(holding up an Atari 2600 cartridge)'' Now ''this'' is the ultimate video cartridge. It lets you play with your favourite TV programme and do what you've always wanted to do. Like, you could shoot down all those stupid little [[Franchise/TheSmurfs Smurfs]], or you could make the [[Series/TheDukesOfHazzard Dukes of Hazzard]] get into a twenty-car collision, or... you could sink the [[TheLoveBoat Love Boat]]... think of it! You could commit arson- ''(a yellow "THE END" screen appears accompanied by the final chord from Music/TheBeatles' "A Day in the Life")'' ... okay, which one of you guys out there has one of these cartridges?
** 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.

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The series took plenty of potshots at other television series, particularly children's series which fell closer to idealism on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, but its favourite target was... [[SelfDeprecation itself.]]
-->'''Christine:''' --->'''Christine:''' ''(holding up an Atari 2600 cartridge)'' Now ''this'' is the ultimate video cartridge. It lets you play with your favourite TV programme and do what you've always wanted to do. Like, you could shoot down all those stupid little [[Franchise/TheSmurfs Smurfs]], or you could make the [[Series/TheDukesOfHazzard Dukes of Hazzard]] get into a twenty-car collision, or... you could sink the [[TheLoveBoat Love Boat]]... think of it! You could commit arson- ''(a yellow "THE END" screen appears accompanied by the final chord from Music/TheBeatles' "A Day in the Life")'' ... okay, which one of you guys out there has one of these cartridges?
** 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 ''KidStuff'' was airing only in reruns by 1979 (as the last episode had been made in 1976), a fact ''YCDTOTV'' alluded to on occasion.
5th Sep '16 4:29:45 PM GarrulousTiger
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*** There were other episodes in which a character said the trigger words for the slime or water during the introduction to the opposites and was surprised when the slime or water failed to fall until learning that it was the introduction to the opposites. Invariably, the slime or water would fall in spades once the opposites were over. See "Books and Reading" (1987) and "Excess" (1989).

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*** There were other episodes in which a character said the trigger words for the slime or water during the introduction to the opposites and was surprised when the slime or water failed to fall until learning that it was the introduction to the opposites. Invariably, the slime or water would fall in spades once the opposites were over. See "Books and Reading" "City Life" (1987) and "Excess" (1989).
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