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TV Land Lists 100 Greatest Catchphrases


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#1 of 39 Dave Hahn

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Posted November 28 2006 - 01:45 AM

This isn't about specific television shows or programming, so I figured I'd post it here.

As reported here: http://tv.yahoo.com/...6467734000.html

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Sometimes it takes only a word, or just a few, to become immortalized in television history.

The TV Land cable network has compiled a list of the 100 greatest catchphrases in TV, from the serious Walter Cronkite's nightly signoff "And that's the way it is" to the silly: "We are two wild and crazy guys!"

The network will air a countdown special, "The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catch Phrases," over five days starting Dec. 11.

"We have found that television is such a huge part of baby boomers' DNA that it makes sense that so much of America's pop culture jargon has come from TV," said Larry Jones, TV Land president.

The greatest number of moments, 26, come from the 1970s. TV Land identified nine moments from this decade. Ten are from commercials, and 28 from comedies, including six from "Saturday Night Live."

In alphabetical order, TV Land's list:

_"Aaay" (Fonzie, "Happy Days")

_"And that's the way it is"

_"Ask not what your country can do for you ..." (John F. Kennedy)

_"Baby, you're the greatest" (Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, "The Honeymooners")

_"Bam!" (Emeril Lagasse, "Emeril Live")

_"Book 'em, Danno" (Steve McGarrett, "Hawaii Five-O")

_"Come on down!" (Johnny Olson, "The Price is Right")

_"Danger, Will Robinson" (Robot, "Lost in Space")

_"De plane! De plane!" (Tattoo, "Fantasy Island")

_"Denny Crane" (Denny Crane, "Boston Legal")

_"Do you believe in miracles?" (Al Michaels, 1980 Winter Olympics)

_"D'oh!" (Homer Simpson, "The Simpsons")

_"Don't make me angry ..." (David Banner, "The Incredible Hulk")

_"Dyn-o-mite" (J.J., "Good Times")

_"Elizabeth, I'm coming!" (Fred Sanford, "Sanford and Son")

_"Gee, Mrs. Cleaver ..." (Eddie Haskell, "Leave it to Beaver")

_"God'll get you for that" (Maude, "Maude")

_"Good grief" (Charlie Brown, "Peanuts" specials)

_"Good night, and good luck" (Edward R. Murrow, "See It Now")

_"Good night, John Boy" ("The Waltons")

_"Have you no sense of decency?" (Joseph Welch to Sen. McCarthy)

_"Heh heh" (Beavis and Butt-head, "Beavis and Butthead")

_"Here it is, your moment of Zen" (Jon Stewart, "The Daily Show")

_"Here's Johnny!" (Ed McMahon, "The Tonight Show")

_"Hey now!" (Hank Kingsley, "The Larry Sanders Show")

_"Hey hey hey!" (Dwayne Nelson, "What's Happening!!")

_"Hey hey hey!" (Fat Albert, "Fat Albert")

_"Holy (whatever), Batman!" (Robin, "Batman")

_"Holy crap!" (Frank Barone, "Everybody Loves Raymond")

_"Homey don't play that!" (Homey the Clown, "In Living Color")

_"How sweet it is!" (Jackie Gleason, "The Jackie Gleason Show")

_"How you doin'?" (Joey Tribbiani, "Friends")

_"I can't believe I ate the whole thing" (Alka Seltzer ad)

_"I know nothing!" (Sgt. Schultz, "Hogan's Heroes")

_"I love it when a plan comes together" (Hannibal, "The A-Team")

_"I want my MTV!" (MTV ad)

_"I'm Larry, this is my brother Darryl ..." (Larry, "Newhart")

_"I'm not a crook ..." (Richard Nixon)

_"I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV" (Vicks Formula 44 ad)

_"I'm Rick James, bitch!" (Dave Chappelle as Rick James, "Chappelle's Show")

_"Is that your final answer?" (Regis Philbin, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire")

_"It keeps going and going and going ..." (Energizer Batteries ad)

_"It takes a licking ..." (Timex ad)

_"Jane, you ignorant slut" (Dan Aykroyd to Jane Curtin, "Saturday Night Live")

_"Just one more thing ..." (Columbo, "Columbo")

_"Let's be careful out there" (Sgt. Esterhaus, "Hill Street Blues")

_"Let's get ready to rumble!" (Michael Buffer, various sports events)

_"Live long and prosper" (Spock, "Star Trek")

_"Makin' whoopie" (Bob Eubanks, "The Newlywed Game")

_"Mom always liked you best" (Tommy Smothers, "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour")

_"Never assume ..." (Felix Unger, "The Odd Couple")

_"Nip it!" (Barney Fife, "The Andy Griffith Show")

_"No soup for you!" (The Soup Nazi, "Seinfeld")

_"Norm!" ("Cheers")

_"Now cut that out!" (Jack Benny, "The Jack Benny Program")

_"Oh, my God! They killed Kenny!" (Stan and Kyle, "South Park")

_"Oh, my nose!" (Marcia Brady, "The Brady Bunch")

_"One small step for man ..." (Neil Armstrong)

_"Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?" (Grey Poupon ad)

_"Read my lips: No new taxes!" (George H.W. Bush)

_"Resistance is futile" (Picard as Borg, "Star Trek: The Next Generation")

_"Say good night, Gracie" (George Burns, "The Burns & Allen Show")

_"Schwing!" (Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as Wayne and Garth, "Saturday Night Live")

_"Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy" (Lloyd Bentsen to Dan Quayle)

_"Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids" (Trix cereal ad)

_"Smile, you're on `Candid Camera'" ("Candid Camera")

_"Sock it to me" ("Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In")

_"Space, the final frontier ..." (Capt. Kirk, "Star Trek")

_"Stifle!" (Archie Bunker, "All in the Family")

_"Suit up!" (Barney Stinson, "How I Met Your Mother")

_"Tastes great! Less filling!" (Miller Lite beer ad)

_"Tell me what you don't like about yourself" (Dr. McNamara and Dr. Troy, "Nip/Tuck")

_"That's hot" (Paris Hilton, "The Simple Life")

_"The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat" (Jim McKay, "ABC's Wide World of Sports")

_"The tribe has spoken" (Jeff Probst, "Survivor")

_"The truth is out there" (Fox Mulder, "The X-Files")

_"This is the city ..." (Sgt. Joe Friday, "Dragnet")

_"Time to make the donuts" ("Dunkin' Donuts" ad)

_"Two thumbs up" (Siskel & Ebert, "Siskel & Ebert")

_"Up your nose with a rubber hose" (Vinnie Barbarino, "Welcome Back, Kotter")

_"We are two wild and crazy guys!" (Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd as Czech playboys, "Saturday Night Live")

_"Welcome to the O.C., bitch" (Luke, "The O.C.")

_"Well, isn't that special?" (Dana Carvey as the Church Lady, "Saturday Night Live")

_"We've got a really big show!" (Ed Sullivan, "The Ed Sullivan Show")

_"Whassup?" (Budweiser ad)

_"What you see is what you get!" (Geraldine, "The Flip Wilson Show")

_"Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?" (Arnold Drummond, "Diff'rent Strokes")

_"Where's the beef?" (Wendy's ad)

_"Who loves you, baby?" (Kojak, "Kojak")

_"Would you believe?" (Maxwell Smart, "Get Smart")

_"Yabba dabba do!" (Fred Flintstone, "The Flintstones")

_"Yada, yada, yada" ("Seinfeld")

_"Yeah, that's the ticket" (Jon Lovitz as the pathological liar, "Saturday Night Live")

_"You eeeediot!" (Ren, "Ren & Stimpy")

_"You look mahvelous!" (Billy Crystal as Fernando, "Saturday Night Live")

_"You rang?" (Lurch, "The Addams Family")

_"You're fired!" (Donald Trump, "The Apprentice")

_"You've got spunk ..." (Lou Grant, "The Mary Taylor Moore Show")


Pretty good list, I was glad to see many of the classics included, but I was disappointed not to see "You got some 'splainin' to do." from I Love Lucy.
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Posted November 28 2006 - 03:36 AM

I thought it was odd that several not-so-memorable SNL quotes were used... yet the most important one was omitted: "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night"
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Posted November 28 2006 - 03:39 AM

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_"Denny Crane" (Denny Crane, "Boston Legal")
What the hell is that? I've never heard of that one.

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Posted November 28 2006 - 03:41 AM

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What the hell is that? I've never heard of that one.

It is from "Boston Legal". William Shatner's character uses the phrase all the time.
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Posted November 28 2006 - 03:57 AM

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_"Oh, my nose!" (Marcia Brady, "The Brady Bunch")

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Posted November 28 2006 - 05:00 AM

As a Brit, I was unfamiliar with the 'do you believe in miracles?' quote. I've just checked it up, and although I can appreciate its resonance to Americans, for timing, it isn't half as good as 'They think it's all over'.

Briefly: 1966 soccer World Cup final; England is leading 3-2 in extra time, and there are still a few seconds to go. England have the ball and are approaching the German goal. The commentator says something along the lines of 'only a few more seconds to go, there are people running onto the pitch - they think it's all over' and at that point the England player with the ball kicks a perfect long distance kick into the German net; without missing a breath, the commentator added 'it is now!'. You have to see the clip to fully appreciate it, but for perfection of timing and encapsulating the mood, it is impossible to beat.

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Posted November 28 2006 - 05:03 AM

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As a Brit, I was unfamiliar with the 'do you believe in miracles?' quote. I've just checked it up, and although I can appreciate its resonance to Americans, for timing, it isn't half as good as 'They think it's all over'.

Briefly: 1966 soccer World Cup final; England is leading 3-2 in extra time, and there are still a few seconds to go. England have the ball and are approaching the German goal. The commentator says something along the lines of 'only a few more seconds to go, there are people running onto the pitch - they think it's all over' and at that point the England player with the ball kicks a perfect long distance kick into the German net; without missing a breath, the commentator added 'it is now!'. You have to see the clip to fully appreciate it, but for perfection of timing and encapsulating the mood, it is impossible to beat.
Sorry, but this listing is from american television.




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#8 of 39 Chris Lockwood

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Posted November 28 2006 - 09:44 AM

I wouldn't count the ones that were only used once, like "Do you believe in miracles?" or "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy".

Doesn't catchphrase mean something that was used repeatedly?

#9 of 39 Ken Chan

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Posted November 28 2006 - 10:07 AM

What, no "Not that there's anything wrong with that"?

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Posted November 28 2006 - 01:53 PM

Well kiss my grits!

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Posted November 28 2006 - 03:07 PM

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I wouldn't count the ones that were only used once, like "Do you believe in miracles?" or "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy".

Doesn't catchphrase mean something that was used repeatedly?
What kid (in the 80's) DIDN'T yell "Do you believe in Miracles" after scoring a goal (real or pretend) in the street or their backyard???

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Posted November 28 2006 - 03:23 PM

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I wouldn't count the ones that were only used once, like "Do you believe in miracles?" or "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy".

Doesn't catchphrase mean something that was used repeatedly?

I think it's a pretty good list, but I agree with Chris completely.

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catchphrase: a phrase, as a slogan, that comes to be widely and repeatedly used, often with little of the original meaning remaining.

Maybe some more game show lines:

"And the password is ____________"

"Will the contestant enter and sign in, please?"

"I've Got a Secret"

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#13 of 39 Bruce Hedtke

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Posted November 28 2006 - 03:33 PM

Isn't "The band is out on the field!" a catchphrase?

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Posted November 28 2006 - 04:39 PM

Yeah, the sporting ones make no sense because they only occurred once. If you're going to use sporting catchphrases, they have to be ones that occurred on TV and became signature phrases.

I'm thinking something like:

"En Feugo!" (ESPN)

would be a good example of a good sports catchphrase that caught on and was used often.. like every night on sportscenter. But a lot of these catchphrases can't be catchphrases as they only happened once.
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Posted November 28 2006 - 04:42 PM

"Your next stop, The Twilight Zone."

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Posted November 28 2006 - 05:46 PM

I think the first time I heard "Jane, you ignorant slut!" I just fell out of my chair laughing. It was so unexpected and outrageous.

I can't believe "Are you master of your domain?" didn't make it.
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Posted November 29 2006 - 08:04 AM

How about "Presented for your Inspection" (Twilight Zone)

"Try it, You'll Like It!" (Alka-Seltzer ad)

"I'm (Name of Candidate) and I Approve of this Ad" (2004 campaign Ads)

"Just the facts Maam" (Dragnet)

"Beam me up, Scotty!" (Star Trek)

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Posted November 29 2006 - 08:09 AM

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How about "Presented for your Inspection" (Twilight Zone)
I thought it was "Presented for your approval"?

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Posted November 29 2006 - 08:19 PM

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Sorry, but this listing is from american television
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Posted November 30 2006 - 03:59 AM

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"Beam me up, Scotty!" (Star Trek)
The problem, though, is that the phrase in that exact form has NEVER been used. The closest is "Scotty, beam me up" used in Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country -- a movie to boot, not on TV.

Have to agree, a catchphrase is something that has "caught on" and is used repeatedly. Whilst some of those on the list are great quotes -- can anything really top Neil Armstrong's for appropriateness and the sheer impact of the event? -- they haven't really been used since as anything other than a quote.

Andrew, I for one do appreciate Kenneth Wolthamstone's (sp?) commentary (even if I haven't actually carefully watched a clip of it, just in passing). Personally I'm rather fond of Brian Moore's "snatching it [the League title] in the most dramatic fashion" in 1989...

Returning to US TV, where's "I pity the fool" or "Shuddup, fool" from The A-Team? (Occurs to me only because I just saw the pisstake sketch of Mr T on Little Britain)


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