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June 23, 2008 3:21 PM   Subscribe

Today we'll see Dave go back in time. Most of the retro Nickelodeon love goes to You Can't Do That On Television, but let us not forget about the show that gave us the Hurry-Up Machine, a pre-Full House Dave Coulier, Hern Burford, and the Burping Chili Men. It's Out of Control! [Previously]

And to think that it's been twenty years since Hern Burford found out all there is to know about robots.
posted by Servo5678 (29 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'll take the physical challenge.
posted by Poolio at 3:26 PM on June 23, 2008


Oh man. Thanks for giving me flashbacks of the horrible screeching noise that the woman on that show used to make.
posted by arcanecrowbar at 3:27 PM on June 23, 2008


And at this rate, I expect a Turkey Television thread by week's end.
posted by arcanecrowbar at 3:29 PM on June 23, 2008 [2 favorites]


[neurons unused for 20 years being reactivated]
Thanks!
posted by not_on_display at 3:30 PM on June 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


Oh, man, I loved that show. Thanks!
posted by gurple at 3:37 PM on June 23, 2008


Dave Coulier is practically the reason joke noises were invented. To this day I don't believe I've ever encountered someone more in need of some "That was the joke, folks!" kind of sound effect whenever he attempted to be funny.

"Hey! Cut. It. Out!" BOI-OING!

"The Duck didn't know how to swim!" WAH WAH WAH WAH!
posted by shmegegge at 3:38 PM on June 23, 2008


CUT IT OUT!
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 3:39 PM on June 23, 2008


two kinds of dumb shows i love:

ones that were popular when i was a kid
ones that were popular when my kid was a kid

this falls into the latter category. another dave coulier role that i enjoyed for the same reason: doctor peter venkman of the real ghost busters.
posted by stubby phillips at 3:42 PM on June 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


I love NostalgiaFilter posts so hard. If you'll excuse me, I'm going to listen to this over and over until I fall asleep in a pool of solace:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVliKI0px-I
posted by Mikey-San at 3:54 PM on June 23, 2008 [2 favorites]


What?



I don't know!
posted by stenseng at 4:00 PM on June 23, 2008


✂☞➦
posted by aubilenon at 4:08 PM on June 23, 2008 [7 favorites]


Wow, I loved this show too when I was a kid. Now it just creeps me out for reasons I can't quite explain.
posted by Ugh at 4:10 PM on June 23, 2008


Well, I was going to come and say 'cut. it. out.', but I see that's already been covered.
posted by mewithoutyou at 4:13 PM on June 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


yes! i loved this show as a kid!
haha, Diz was such a spazz!
posted by TechnoLustLuddite at 4:41 PM on June 23, 2008


love!
posted by clavicle at 4:57 PM on June 23, 2008


Man, there's nothing like the Internet to show you that the stuff you loved as a kid really wasn't that good. I found an episode of You Can't Do That On Television a while back and was shocked at how stiflingly unfunny it was. I loved this show too, and while it isn't awful, it's on about the same level as a decent public access show. It does have some of that early cable "put on anything at all just to fill time" charm, though. Dave Coulier is unfunny, but he hadn't developed to a thoughts-of-violence-inspiring level of annoying yet.
posted by DecemberBoy at 5:26 PM on June 23, 2008


YCDT was basically a local TV show that got repackaged by Nick, right? To this day, I can't figure out why the TV station that owns YCDT hasn't exploited it a little bit. I can only assume that a DVD of season 1 would make more money than the average local station makes in a year.
posted by roll truck roll at 5:31 PM on June 23, 2008


YCDT was basically a local TV show that got repackaged by Nick, right?

It was produced by a TV station in Canada. Ottawa if I remember right.

To this day, I can't figure out why the TV station that owns YCDT hasn't exploited it a little bit.

I think it has something to do with the fact that there were literally over a hundred kids involved over the years (most of them were only on one or two episodes), which would make a DVD release extremely difficult due to legal issues (royalties, etc.) Not only that, but have you watched it lately? It REALLY hasn't aged well. Besides the "wow, Alanis Morissette" (and she's past her prime as well) factor, there isn't much of a draw.
posted by DecemberBoy at 5:42 PM on June 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


For many years my mother taught and did costume design for the theater department of a tiny college in Massachusetts. The most successful graduate of the program was Diz McNally. She was there before my moms time at the school, but they had pictures of her performing in various shows hanging on the wall backstage in the theater building.

Man, I thought that was glamorous. Diz!
posted by dirtdirt at 6:01 PM on June 23, 2008


Besides the "wow, Alanis Morissette" (and she's past her prime as well) factor, there isn't much of a draw

D'yuuhhhhh-I-I-I-I heard that!
posted by ShawnStruck at 6:02 PM on June 23, 2008 [6 favorites]


When I was a kid I had a major crush on Christine, and I don't recall noticing Alanis much. I remember seeing her once or twice on the show, but my response to her was very meh.

One would think the fourteen year old me and the forty year old me would have remarkably different tastes when it comes to women, but tho I like Alanis' music she's not all that attractive beyond the 'cute' thing. I think I still have a crush on Christine.

As to my sense of humor, the 14 year old me thought that show was hilarious. Not sure if I want to know how the 40 year old me will take it.
posted by ZachsMind at 6:03 PM on June 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


How weird, just a few days ago I searched YouTube for Alanis in You Can't Do That On Television. Nothing. You disappoint me, YouTube denizens.
posted by crapmatic at 6:25 PM on June 23, 2008


Some Youtube denizen had fun making this one.
posted by not_on_display at 6:40 PM on June 23, 2008


Wow. I forgot all about you, Mr. Duplicity!
posted by miss lynnster at 9:48 PM on June 23, 2008


Out Of Control wasn't actually bad for the time. It's still possibly the best thing Dave Coulier has done.

It's worth noting that OOC was performed in part by the Ducks Breath Mystery Theater, who seem to have done plenty of other work over the years.
posted by JHarris at 9:58 PM on June 23, 2008


You know, it's not the fact that seeing the stuff I loved as a kid isn't all that great now that bothers me.

It's the realization how long ago that was and how old I am. Like the fact that more time has passed since HS graduation than time spent in school (not counting college). And that it hasn't seemed like all that long compared to how long even a single year of school felt. That scares the crap outta me.
posted by evilangela at 12:22 AM on June 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


HOW [not] to FPP

The best Hurry-Up ever was when Dave got the letter from the kid asking him to hurry up the school day, so Dave happily obliged and we saw crazy sped-up footage of the kids sitting through boring lectures, but then they got to recess and Dave popped in and said "Wait a minute, we can't hurry up recess!" and hit the slooooooooow mooooooooooootioooooon buttoooooooooooooon.

He was so the Hero of the Fifth Grade for that.

But I think one of my favorite segments was the song of the American roadside, which started like this:

Well, there's a lot of big things in this mighty big world
And some of them just look big...


...and then proceeded to list off a bunch of big roadside buildings and objects, including a whole bunch of coffeepots.
posted by Spatch at 5:51 AM on June 24, 2008 [3 favorites]


The fact that my name is Dave Coulter means I get a weird jolt of cognitive dissonance every time I see this asshole's name. Thank god his career died thirteen years ago.
posted by EarBucket at 6:45 AM on June 24, 2008


When I was a kid I had a major crush on Christine... I think I still have a crush on Christine.

You are not alone, Zachsmind. You are not alone.
posted by grubi at 1:05 PM on June 24, 2008


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