In America, the 1987 episode "Adoption" was banned due to fears that adopted children would find some of the sketches offensive (despite a very clear warning at the beginning stating that the jokes weren't meant to hurt anyone), as a lot of the sketches depicted adopted kids being used as slave labor and pets, which would rightfully make a lot of American viewers cry out, "Dude, Not Funny!." In Canada, this episode was allowed to air, but the part where Lance Prevert tries to give his adopted kid (Adam) back to the agency, only to learn that "adoption is forever"note even though, with the way Senator Prevert treated Adam, the agency still should have taken him away had the line "You get over here, right away, you damn bureaucrat!" cut to remove "...damn bureaucrat!".
In Canada, the 1984 episode "Divorce" was banned for the same reason America cut the "Adoption" episode (a lot of jokes about a subject matter that many viewers would find inappropriate on a children's show), but returned to circulation for the YTV re-runs.
The Danza: The entire cast of children had the same names as their "characters", with one exception: Darryl Lucas as Barth's (sub-)minimum wage employee, Zilch.
The 1981 series was shot in a similar format to the 1979 live series, running for an hour and featuring musical guests and viewer contests. The Nickelodeon versions of the episodes were edited down to half an hour, preserving only the sketches and link segments.
The 1982 series featured Parody Commercials as a lead-in to the actual commercial breaks; these were cut from Nickelodeon broadcasts when the network switched to advertiser support in 1983.
Three episodes on the American Nickelodeon version had parts censored:
The 1981 episode "Safety First" had two scenes where Barth says "that damn cat." Nickelodeon originally aired the episode with the scenes intact, but when they edited the episodes for commercial time they removed the scenes.
The 1984 episode "Body Parts" was cut to remove a lot of sexual innuendo and scenes that wouldn't fly on American children's TV — one sketch had Alasdair and Ben Schreiner reading a Playboy magazine, another sketch was an "Opposites" sketch where Mr. Schidtler shows his class a porno film, and the last thing cut was Karen Grant's line about how her favorite body part is "what's in the pants" (a wallet). In the new cut of the episode, two dress rehearsal sketches were shown: one where Moose eats a chocolate-covered grasshopper, and another where a boy with a backwards leg goes to the Groucho Marx-esque doctor.
"Fears, Worries, and Anxieties" from 1985 had a sketch where Alasdair is afraid of going to school because there's a bully there who picks on him named "Killer Curtis." At the time this episode aired in America, there really was a serial killer in the news named "Killer Curtis." The Nickelodeon version redubs "Killer Curtis" with "Crusher Willis" (though one can tell it's a redub because the Nickelodeon censors re-used Alasdair Gillis' voice, and Gillis was going through puberty at the time and had a noticeably deeper voice for the redub).
To top it off, Nickelodeon's airing of the 1986 episode "Enemies and Paranoia" in 2004 (as an "Old School Pick") was cut short and replaced with other programming. Why? Because the episode had a lot of jokes about Ronald Reagan as President of the United States and the episode just happened to air shortly after Ronald Reagan's death made the news (why the channel did not opt to just air another episode is anyone's guess).
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show was Nickelodeon's first huge hit in the United States. Many of the cast members have said they were treated like celebrities in the US, causing Beatles-like hysteria wherever they went, but back in Canada they were just normal kids. (The show was not seen on national TV in Canada until the late 80s.)
Klea Scott, a cast member from 1982-1984, went on to star in several American network shows including Brooklyn South.
And Rekha Shah, a minor cast member in 1986 and 1989, starred in the Canadian teen soap opera "Hillside", which was broadcast on Nickelodeon in 1990-1991 as Fifteen.
Hey, It's That Voice!: Vanessa Lindores (cast member from 1982 to 1987) had a bit role as "Julie" on the popular Canadian cartoon series The Raccoons. Les Lye and Abby Hagyard also worked as voice actors for a number of American cartoons that outsourced their voice talents to Canada, such as The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin.
Keep Circulating the Tapes: A DVD release has been imminent since at least 2003, but hasn't come to fruition due to issues with the cast members' royalties.
Missing Episode: For many years, only two episodes from the 1979 season, which aired live in the Ottawa area only, were known to circulate. However, when various YCDTOTV and 1980s Nickelodeon fans contacted producer Roger Price, he revealed that he had a full set of tapes of the 1979 season, several of which are now available on YouTube.
Christine McGlade's father appeared as himself in the 1981 episode "Work, Work, Work". Her sister, Lisa, played a younger version of Christine in the 1982 episode "Cosmetics", while her brother, Michael, appeared as both himself and as a younger version of Ross in the same episode. Lisa McGlade also appeared as an extra in various classroom scenes.
Several sibling pairs appeared in the series: Matthew and Amyas Godfrey (1986-87 and 1986-89, respectively), Roddy and Eugene Contreras (1982 and 1982-85, respectively), Vikram and Sidharth Sahay (1986-87 and 1989, respectively), Jill and Amy Stanley (1989-90), and identical twins Kyle and Korbett Matthews (1984).
Throw It In: Leaving aside the various flubbed lines and Corpsing that made their way into the finished products, there were two notable examples of the performers' offscreen lives being mined for recurring references.
Christine McGlade mentioned during production of the 1979 series that her childhood nickname was "Moose"; writers and producers Geoffrey Darby and Roger Price promptly worked this nickname into the next seven years of scripts.
Lisa Ruddy was late for a read-through of the 1981 episode "Nutrition" after receiving a detention for talking in class. Darby and Price proceeded to re-write the script to include a Running Gag in which Lisa annoys everyone by talking incessantly, and it became one of her defining character traits.
Written By Cast Member: The writers for the 1989-90 episodes included Kevin Ward, a member of the cast at the time, and Adam Reid, a member of the cast from 1984-87 who appeared in the 1989 episode "Punishment" in his capacity as a writer.
The whole idea of dumping green slime on a cast member for saying "I don't know" came from Episode 7 of the 1979 Ottawa-only series. The dungeon master Nasti agreed to free his prisoner, Jim Stechyson (who only appeared in the 1979 series), if he could answer two questions, but if he failed, he would get the green slime. The first question was, "What is the largest lake in Canada," which Jim correctly answered with, "The Great Bear Lake." The second question was, "How many fish are in it," which brought forth the first "I don't know." This became a Running Gag for other "How many fish are in it" questions, and eventually the words themselves instead of just an admission of ignorance became the trigger.note The very first sliming occurred in the series' very first episode; Tim Douglas (another 1979-only cast member) was chained up in the dungeon/detention room by the principal and told not to pull on a chain. He gave in to temptation and triggered a bucket of green slime.
Among the cast members who were never slimed, Marjorie Silcoff appeared in the most episodes, with eight appearances in 1984 and 1985.note A sketch in the 1985 episode "Revenge" in which she would have been slimed was cut before filming. She was, however, soaked with water in three episodes. This fact was mentioned in the "Project 131" special from 2004 featuring Marjorie, Brodie, and Vanessa (with cameos from Alasdair and Justin)... in which, once again, Marjorie escaped without a sliming.note Although she did get water dumped on her for a fourth time.
The 1984 episode "Clubs" was the only episode in the entire run to feature no green slime, water, pies, or any other form of "stage pollution".