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Subject: You Can't Do That On Television

Written By: pell on 07/27/02 at 08:14 p.m.

This classic TV show came up in another thread, and I thought this was a good time to let everyone know about an awesome site based on the show.

http://www.ycdtotv.com/

I came across this site a couple of years ago and it is the absolute best fan site of any kind that I have seen on the Web. It has pics, episodes, cast member interviews, article reprints, video tape trading, a message board just as active as this one, and much more!

The people involved even organized a convention this summer, SlimeCon2002, which was held in Ottawa where the show was filmed, and featured many of the classic cast members such as Les Lye (Barth, Ross Ewich), Christine "Moose" McGlade, Alisdair Gillis, Lisa Ruddy, and others. There is even talk of a second convention to be held in 2004 to commerate the 25th anniversary of the show.

If you were a fan of You Can't Do That On Television you should visit the site. You'll be glad you did.

Subject: Re: You Can't Do That On Television

Written By: 80sTrivia on 07/28/02 at 07:28 a.m.

I loved to watch YCDTOT!!! It was so hilarious!!! Great sketches, funny characters and memorable lines. It would be wonderful to see the show on TV again!!! :)

Subject: Re: You Can't Do That On Television

Written By: jamminoldies on 07/28/02 at 11:01 a.m.

I remember when they would always get slimed or dumped with water everytime they would say the word.That was so funny. ;D  -howard-

Subject: Re: You Can't Do That On Television

Written By: pell on 07/28/02 at 12:58 a.m.

My favorite parts of the show were the Opposite Sketches, the Locker Room Sketches with all the bad jokes, and the Firing Squad Sketches where the kids were always finding ways to get out of being executed.

Even though I had a crush on some of the girls, the very talented Les Lye (who played all the grown-up males) was definitely a favorite.

A side note: While I was typing this, it just occurred to me that when Bill Murray said "He slimed me!" in Ghostbusters, that it was probably an intentional reference to "You Can't Do That On Television" which was very popular in America by then. It's funny how some things don't click until years later when you look back on them.

Subject: Re: You Can't Do That On Television

Written By: pell on 07/28/02 at 01:02 p.m.


Quoting:A side note: While I was typing this, it just occurred to me that

when Bill Murray said "He slimed me!" in Ghostbusters,

that it was probably an intentional reference to "You Can't Do That On Television" which was very popular in America by then. It's funny how some things don't click until years later when you look back on them.
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Or was the quote "I've been slimed"? I'm almost embarrassed not to remember.  :-/

Subject: Re: You Can't Do That On Television

Written By: Fett69 on 07/30/02 at 01:54 a.m.

Thanx, pell!!  ;D

Cool site!   Still wish the episodes were on the air somewhere!  

Subject: Re: You Can't Do That On Television

Written By: pell on 07/30/02 at 02:14 p.m.


Quoting:
Thanx, pell!! †;D

Cool site! † Still wish the episodes were on the air somewhere! †
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Youíre welcome, Fett69.

From what I understand, Nickelodeon still holds the American rights to the show, but one of the problems of airing the show again is that they would have to pay royalties to all of those different kids who were in the episodes.

However, I suspect that there is more to it than that, and that there is either some bad blood between the people in charge, or somebody wants more money than somebody else is willing to pay.

However, you can still get episodes on tape from some people if you send them the cost of the tape and the postage. There is a tape-trading section on the www.ydctotv.com Web site's message board. This might be technically illegal (Iím not sure), but as long as no one makes a profit, youíre probably not going to get in any trouble.

Subject: Re: You Can't Do That On Television

Written By: Indy Gent on 07/31/02 at 09:19 p.m.

Thanks, Pell, for getting me hooked on these "kids" again. :-P.S.: Are any of the female members still single? ;D

Subject: Re: You Can't Do That On Television

Written By: pell on 08/01/02 at 11:03 a.m.


Quoting:
Thanks, Pell, for getting me hooked on these "kids" again. :-[

Have you been into the "rip-off" site call T(ony) and V(arina) Television or the other "rip-off" sites? Are these actual shows that come on local TV or just teen-agers having fun with their PCs?
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You're welcome, J.C.

I donít believe Iíve been to the sites youíre talking about, but I am curious and will look them up.

A while back, though, some of the people involved with www.ycdtotv.com put together an online animated series based on You Canít Do That On Television called ďHowíd This Get Online.Ē

I donít think theyíre actively working on it anymore, but you can still watch the episodes at http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/bargoproductions/htgol . Itís fun.

Question for all: Did you like the show, and why or why not?

Subject: Re: You Can't Do That On Television

Written By: pell on 08/01/02 at 04:30 p.m.


Quoting:Question for all: Did you like the show, and why or why not?
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Meaning the show "You Can't Do That On Television", of course...

Subject: Re: You Can't Do That On Television

Written By: Indy Gent on 08/01/02 at 05:07 p.m.

I only watched a few shows because I had sporatic cable subscriptions. †It had its moments. I thought the jokes were, stale but the slapstick more than made up for it. I didn't care much for the later episodes that much, probably because the new cast was more sedate than the old cast. †

Quoting:


Meaning the show "You Can't Do That On Television", of course...
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Subject: Re: You Can't Do That On Television

Written By: pell on 09/19/02 at 08:55 p.m.

Just an interesting note for fans of the show:

I just read in the www.ycdtotv.com message board that applicants for jobs at Nickelodeon Studios have to fill out a questionaire that includes the question "Where did green slime originate?"

The person that gives the questionaire said that 95 percent of applicants answer "Double Dare", a Nickelodeon game show that featured kids making a mess, and "borrowed" the slime idea from "You Can't Do That On Television".

Anyway, I just thought it was cool that the network is acknowledging that "You Can't" is part of its history. From what I understand, for the last ten years or so since the show was cancelled, Nickelodeon has seemed to want to forget the show that made the network so popular.

Maybe we'll see episodes on the air again. Who knows?