You Can't Do That on Television (partially lost Canadian TV series; 1979-1990)

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The show's title card.

Status: Partially Lost

You Can't Do That On Television was a Canadian sketch comedy that first aired on CTV on February 3rd, 1979 and then premiered in the United States on Nickelodeon on January 2nd, 1982 until it's end on May 25th, 1990 for 144 episodes and two specials. It was created by British producer Roger Price (who previously created the children's sci-fi series The Tomorrow People) and the show was the fourth iteration of the format that first debuted on the British sketch comedy series You Must Be Joking! (also created by Price).

The show mainly features comedy sketches performed by a mostly preteen cast that relate to the episodes topic. The show would also feature the use of green slime and water dumped on the cast, the slime would go onto be a Nickelodeon trademark and continues to be the channel's trademark to this day. The cast would sometimes feature future rock musician Alanis Morissette, filmmaker Patrick Mills, and The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady.

The show would become a ratings success in Canada and would later score even bigger ratings once the show started airing on Nickelodeon. After the show's end, the latter would rerun the show until early 1994 and would air one episode, 1986's "Enemies & Paranoia" as part of the channel's "Old School Pick" in 2004 but was pulled halfway through the airing. Similar to what happened to an episode of The TNT Show in 2009, the episode contain jokes on then president Ronald Reagan and Reagan's death made headlines during the episode's airing and was replaced with an episode of The Fairly Oddparents[1]. The show would briefly be reran in 2015 on the TeenNick block "The Splat" before disappearing from the air altogether. A reboot of the show was announced in 2017 with Price involved[2] but was canned two years later due to rights disputes[3].

While the show is well remembered for the time it aired on Nickelodeon, episodes are hard to come by, and many of the masters for the episodes are rumored to have been destroyed.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Notes
1 Live! Found
2 A CJOH Shoestring Production Found
3 Nickel and Dime Found
4 Peanuts Found
5 Repeat Found
6 Ottawa Director Found
7 St. Patrick's Day Found
8 Backstage Found
9 A Staff Privvy/Executive Washrooms Production Found
10 Boring Found
11 Straitjackets Found
12 Local Show Found
13 Sore Foot Found
14 End of the Line Found

Season 2[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Notes
15 Work Found (Subscription Required) Available on Paramount +
16 Transportation Found (Subscription Required) Available on Paramount +
17 Strike Now Found (Subscription Required) Available on Paramount +
18 Dating Found (Subscription Required) Available on Paramount +
19 Fitness Found (Subscription Required) Available on Paramount +
20 Safety First Found (Subscription Required) Available on Paramount +
21 Sexual Equality Found (Subscription Required) Available on Paramount +
22 Personal Hygiene Found (Subscription Required) Available on Paramount +
23 Smoking Found (Subscription Required) Available on Paramount +
24 Crime and Vandalism Found (Subscription Required) Available on Paramount +
25 Drugs Found (Subscription Required) Available on Paramount +
26 Nutrition Found (Subscription Required) Available on Paramount +
27 Peer Pressure Found (Subscription Required) Available on Paramount +

Season 3[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Notes
28 Cosmetics Found (Subscription Required) Available on Paramount +
29 Addictions Found
30 Popularity Found
31 Fads and Fashion Found
32 Vacations Found
33 Rip-Offs Found
34 Bullying Found
35 Culture Junk Found
36 Television Found
37 Sports Found
38 Heroes Found
39 The Not-So-Fair-Show Found
40 Growing Up Found

Season 4[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Notes
41 Media Found
42 Pets Found
43 Medicine Found
44 Rules & Regulations Found
45 Future World Found
46 Nature Found
47 Cooking Found
48 Inequality: Kids vs. Adults Found
49 Rumors Found
50 Classical Music Found
51 Manners Found
52 Fame Found
53 Priorites Found

Season 5[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Notes
54 Courage Found
55 Friends Found
56 Ambition Found
57 Hobbies Found
58 ESP, Magic and Astrology Found
59 Literature Found
60 Clubs Found
61 Foreign Countries Found
62 Marketing Found
63 History Found
64 Body Parts Found
65 Technology Found
66 Moving Found
67 Halloween Found
68 Christmas Found
69 Holidays Found
70 Colleges Found
71 Politics Found
72 Science Found
73 Divorce Found
74 Families Found
75 Malls (Hangouts) Found
76 Seasons (Weather) Found
77 War Found
78 Jealousy Found
79 Wealth Found

Season 6[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Notes
80 Outer Space Found
81 Wildlife and Animals Found
82 World Records Found
83 Identity Crisis Found
84 Pessimism/Optimism Found
85 Romance and Dating Found
86 Fears, Worries, and Anxiety Found
87 Relatives Found
88 Revenge Found
89 Movies Found

Season 7[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Notes
90 Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends Found
91 Pop Music Found
92 Know-It-Alls Found
93 Parties Found
94 Garbage Found
95 TV Commercials Found
96 Country Found
97 Back to School Found
98 Illness Found
99 Enemies and Paranoia Found
100 Contests Found
101 Censorship Found
102 Poverty and Unemployment Found
103 Part-Time Jobs Found
104 Discipline Found
105 Sleep Found
106 Home Found
107 Mysteries and Crimes Found
108 Luck Found
109 Savings Found

Season 8[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Notes
110 Books and Reading Found
111 Adoption Found Nickelodeon pulled this episode after two airings.[4]
112 City Life Found
113 Anniversaries Found
114 Smells Found

Season 9[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Notes
115 Choice Found
116 Chores Found
117 Communication Found
118 Fitness Found
119 Malfunctions Found
120 Cleanliness Found
121 Security Found
122 Pollution Found
123 Fantasies Found
124 Time Found
125 Mistakes Lost Screenshots exist
126 Punishment Lost Screenshots exist
127 Beliefs Lost Screenshots exist
128 Age Lost Screenshots exist
129 Excess Lost Screenshots exist
130 Looking Cool Lost Screenshots exist
131 Losing Things Lost Screenshots exist
132 Failure Lost Screenshots exist
133 First Times Lost Screenshots exist
134 Celebrations Lost Screenshots exist
135 Effort Lost Screenshots exist
136 Sports Lost Screenshots exist
137 Smoking Lost Screenshots exist
138 Generosity Lost Screenshots exist
139 Embarrassment Lost Screenshots exist

Season 10[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Notes
140 Blame Found
141 Secrets Found
142 Learning Found
143 Privileges Found
144 Inventions Found


Availability[edit | edit source]

Of the 144 episodes that were produced and aired, only under half of the show's run exists in broadcast quality. A home media release of the show never materialized due to royalties and various streaming releases have popped up in the past decade. The first season of the show is considered by many to be the hardest season to find as the season only aired in Canada and never aired on Nickelodeon, many of the season's masters are considered missing and are rumored to have been erased since it was a common practice at the time. In 2013, Price uploaded off-air copies of the entire first season of the show to YouTube, but were since been taken down; however, they resurfaced on on October 10th, 2021, courtesy of Lost Media Wiki user, "Droog," who claims they have had it on their hard drive for years prior to the resurfacing. Twenty one episodes from the show's second and third season were available on Amazon Prime but have since been unavailable.[17][18][19] In March 2021, those same episodes were added to Paramount + and can be viewed with a subscription. [20] The majority of rest of the series has resurfaced online thanks to home recordings from Nickelodeon airings, though not in master quality

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Poparena's Nick Knacks You Can't Do That On Television episode.

References[edit | edit source]