You Can’t Do That on Television

There are times when you see something from your childhood that you totally forgot about that brings you back almost immediately.  One of those moments came yesterday when I was perusing a friend of a friend’s facebook page (yes, a friend of a friend, but I know the person so it’s not THAT creepy).

She was a “fan” of a show called ‘You Can’t Do That on Television’, and it looked super familiar so I googled it.  Turns out it’s this slightly demented Canadian TV show for kids that aired on Nickelodeon in the 80’s and early 90’s.  I used to watch this show all the time, and according to wikipedia it ran everyday on Nickelodeon as one of their most popular shows.  This is the intro:

I mean, the people that produced this were clearly on drugs! A “Children’s Television Sausage Factory” that builds children and trucks them to the television station? Are you kidding me?!?!  This looks like a bad acid trip, not that I’ve ever experience that before (but why would you need acid if you had this show!).

The show consisted of skits based around a common theme such as smells (farts), divorce, and “ememies and paranoia”.  Here we see a skit about Barth, who is a chef at a burger joint who’s burgers cause the children that eat them to vomit:

For those of you who may be wondering, that IS, in fact, singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette asking Barth if the health inspector actually found beef in his burgers.  She left the show after one season to pursue a music career, a decision I fully support even though I considered ‘Jagged Little Pill’ to be incredibly whiney.

So this sparked a frenzy in our office to find intro’s to some of our favorite childhood Nikelodeon shows.  At least some of these don’t look like they would horrbily dement a child’s psychee.  If you click on the link below you can see some of the intros that the office compiled.

SALUTE YOUR SHORTS:

HEY DUDE:

PETE AND PETE:

WILD AND CRAZY KIDS:

WHAT WOULD YOU DO:

CLARISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL:

DOUG:

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