COLUMN: Aaron's Backstage Pass: You Can't Do That on Television

Created: 10/26/2012 10:07 AM By: Aaron Chalich

Do any of you remember the show “You Can’t Do That on Television?” The first time I saw it, it was on Nickelodeon and it was one of my favorite shows.

Shout Factory just released a documentary on the television show called “You Can’t Do That on Film.” I was very excited when I received my review copy and I once again I could not wait to watch it.

For those of you who are not familiar with “You Can’t Do That On Television”, it was a kid’s show that was made up of a bunch of short comedy skits. The skits usually centered on a group of kids that complained about life and their childhood challenges such as school or dealing with their parents. The show first aired in Canada in 1979 and in 1981 it was picked up in America by Nickelodeon. The show continued until 1990.

I thought that “You Can’t Do That On Film” is very entertaining and the film is about an hour and twenty minutes long. It features lots of interviews with cast members and also interviews with the creators of the show.

you learn about how the show got started and some of the secrets behind it. You also learn how the infamous green slime was made and how the phrase “I don’t know” got started and why that phrase triggered the slime being dumped on the person who said it.

One thing that I thought was very interesting was that all of the adult male parts were played by one person. Les Lye was a very talented actor in my opinion and everyone that was involved with the show adored him. He played a coach, Barth who was a disgusting chef, a senator; the list goes on and on.

There are over two hours of special features on the DVD.  They include:

I really enjoyed Shout Factory’s “You Can’t Do That On Film” a lot. I have actually watched it a few times and I know am going to watch it again. So if you are a fan of “You Can’t Do That On Television” or are curious about it, this is a DVD for you.

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Aaron Chalich is a columnist for blogging about the latest entertainment news.