Saturday, May 22, 2010

You Can't Do That On Television

�You Can�t Do That on Television�, sounds like censorship. But it isn�t. Not even close. In fact, you may be surprised to discover that �You Can�t Do That on Television� was at one time a popular children�s show.

The show, �You Can�t Do That on Television�, debuted in 1979, as a low budget children�s television series on an Ottawa, Canada station. It was aired live on Saturday mornings with musical guests, games, slapstick humor and call-in segments.

The name �You Can�t Do That on Television�, derived from some of the silly products and antics that were the backbone of the show. These included green slime shampoo, green soap and a blob substance called Green Slime that is still around today.

The popularity of the �You Can�t Do That on Television� show really took off when a children�s network, Nickelodeon became involved. They started airing the series once a week, starting in 1981.

Nickelodeon quickly discovered that �You Can�t Do That on Television�, was a hit with American children. In fact, the show became so famous that they adopted the green slime as a logo, which is still a fixture on today�s Nickelodeon.

After 1990, �You Can�t Do That on Television�, was no longer produced although reruns were broadcast for several more years.

Today�s generation never heard of �You Can�t Do That on Television�. But almost any kid can tell you about green slime. Not only did stuff become something of a logo for Nickelodeon but celebrities are still slimed (think of pie in the face) with the stuff every year on the Kid�s Choice Awards. Unfortunately, �You Can�t Do That on Television� doesn�t receive any credit.

�You Can�t Do That on Television�, was originally created by Roger Price, an American humorist who was popular during the fifties and sixties. He is best remembered for his zany �Droodles�. These were simple drawings that had no meaning until Price provided the hilarious explanation.

His offbeat sense of humor contributed a great deal to the original format of the �You Can�t Do That on Television� show. Many of the weird products and off the wall antics that were a hallmark of the show were a product of his playful mind.

The show, �You Can�t Do That on Television�, has long since disappeared. But watch out if you�re ever invited to participate in the Kid�s Choice Awards. You might get slimed with the green stuff. That�s the only remaining legacy of the once popular, �You Can�t Do That on Television�, children�s show. Not exactly an outstanding legacy but at least the show has not been totally forgotten.

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