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You Can’t Do That On Television is a Canadian television program that first aired locally in 1979 before ultimately airing internationally in 1981. It primarily featured pre-teen and teenaged actors in a sketch comedy format in which they acted out skits based on a theme for that episode.
At the beginning of each show aired after the 1981 season, a title card would appear featuring a parody title of a TV show, with a silly (often macabre) picture and the announcer making the following announcement: “(TV show) will not be seen today in order for us to bring you this (adjective in character with the picture) production.” The pre-empted shows were parodies of current TV shows (e.g. The A-Team Makes One Cup of Coffee Last Five Hours, “Hanging Out” or “Malls”, 1984), movies (e.g. Top Gun Gets Put on Latrine-Cleaning Duty, “Discipline”, 1986), or other pop culture icons (e.g. Boy George Without Make-up, “Halloween”, 1984), and were often relevant to the theme of the current episode (e.g. the pre-empted show for “Safety” (1981) was Hit and Run on Sesame Street). The pre-empted show announcement concept was borrowed from Saturday Night Live, which introduced their shows with similar announcements in the late 1970s. YCDOTV had also preempted itself on three occasions (Television, Media, and Priorities). Additionally, “The Generation Gap” episode did not begin with a preempted episode; instead, a disclaimer read “The following program contains certain scenes which may not be suitable for mature audiences. Juvenile discretion is advised”. There was no pre-emption for the “Success and Failure” episode (1989) because the producers failed to come up with a pre-empt.
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