So we made him a slob instead. “We went, ‘Oh my God! Very important. Itchy-fingered firing squads and cannibalistic cooks aren’t typical kids’-show fare, but then You Can’t Do That on Television wasn’t a typical kids’ show. “Usually the adults won, if you actually [kept track]. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. “Otherwise, the audience says, ‘I don’t like that kid because he’s arrogant.’ So you have to bring them down a peg, which is what we did.” And that’s also where the signature green slime came in. It was important that these kids who were on a television show had their comeuppance,” he recalls. 1. “It was basically a live-action cartoon.” Despite the duo’s unconventional ethos, the 10-season series did abide by three particular rules. “That lasted one episode until a cop said to us, ‘Boy, I know guys just like that,’” recalls Darby. There were lots of date-y jokes and things like that. “It was anarchistic,” recalls writer-director Geoffrey Darby, who developed the show with creator Roger Price. 2. Don’t Get Too Real
Gallows humor had its place (hello, firing squad), but the creative team did try to steer clear of plotlines that would be truly triggering for children. Not between the adults, not anywhere.”
3. And then we made him a senator because we thought, ‘What kind of guy can be really wealthy and just sit around all day?’”
Show Full Article But no sex. You’re so right.’ It’s too real, and therefore it’s not really a cartoon. I remember one—I always loved the joke; I probably wrote it, that’s why—it was ‘Every time I see a pretty girl, I drool.’ That was [actor] Kevin Kubusheskie with Lisa Ruddy and Christine ‘Moose’ McGlade sitting on the set. “It’s a minefield,” explains Darby. “I think there were two kisses on the whole show. In fact, the opposite was often the case, according to Darby. And [the girls] go, ‘I’ve never seen you drool.’ And [he’s] like, ‘Of course not, it’s every time I see a pretty girl, I drool.’ That’s about as close as we got to that kind of stuff. Launched in 1979 as a hyper-local Canadian program, the sketch series was picked up in 1981 by a then-fledgling Nickelodeon and grew into one of the network’s flagship shows over the decade. To read more Untold Stories from entertainment, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now or buy it right here. For instance, when You Can’t Do That on Television debuted, Dad (played by Les Lye) was originally conceived as a drunk. For more revelations from the past four decades of entertainment, visit ew.com/untoldstories. Don’t Talk Sex
Given their tweenage target audience, Darby and Price decided very early on that the birds and the bees would play no part on their series. Don’t Let the Kids Always Win
Despite being a show hosted by kids for kids, youngsters didn’t always triumph over their dim-witted adult counterparts.