Nickelodeon in the early 80's was very different from the sort of corporate, mainstream channel of today. It was, frankly, a weird channel in those early days.
They had all sorts of shows that no one seemed to know about, or talk about. Many were imported from Canada.
One of the strangest, and most popular for the channel, was another Canadian import called YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON TELEVISION.
Wildly popular with those who watched the channel (such as myself) the show was sort of a Benny Hill like sketch comedy show, with teen hosts and I think only one adult on the show.
I mainly watched the first few seasons (and it had been airing since the 70's in Canada).
Here is the opening credits sequence (a montage of all the openings, including the early Canadian series).
Today, the show is best known as the series that gave Alanis Morrisette her first shot at stardom, as she was a cast member in later seasons. I don't remember her from the show. When I watched, the star and host was Christine "Moose" McGlade.
Even as a kid, I knew the show was inappropriate. And not because my parents would often tell me I shouldn't be watching it. The humor was lowbrow, gross at times. That was part of the fun.
Here is a typical skit, featuring Barth (played by Les Lyle), the cook at the local diner.
And yes, that is Alanis in the clip.
The show ran until 1990. And then, was forgotten.
What is interesting though, the show's legacy still lives on, even though most younger audiences may not know of it.
On the show, whenever someone said "Water" they had water dumped on their head. Whenever they said "I don't know" they were slimed. This sliming still goes on during the Nickelodeon Awards. Audiences watching today weren't even alive when the show aired.