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Postby Verdun Barbarians » Wed Nov 29, 2006 3:59 pm

CNN.com wrote: The 100 top TV catchphrases? D'oh!

NEW YORK (AP) -- 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 December 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. (What were your favorites? Click here and find out.)

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" (Walter Cronkite, "CBS Evening News")

- "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" ("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 HEEY!" (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 Tyler Moore Show")
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Postby Metroid » Wed Nov 29, 2006 4:05 pm

The very last one kinda weirds me out. :-P

I cant believe this one did'nt make the cut....

"Ward, don't you think you were a little hard on the Beaver last night?" (June Cleaver, "Leave it to Beaver") :-b
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Postby mrblitz » Wed Nov 29, 2006 4:16 pm

Great list. There are some really good one's on there. My favorite is Schwing. :-b
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Postby AVeagles27 » Wed Nov 29, 2006 4:26 pm

Great Find!! It is fun looking over the quotes, seeing which ones you know and where they come from. My favorite would have to be "No Soup for YOU!!!"
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Postby NittanyLions » Wed Nov 29, 2006 4:29 pm

Lot's of good ones, I miss happy days, it's never on. Gotta love the HEre's Johnny! ;-D
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Re: TV's top 100 catchphrases

Postby Nfl Fan » Wed Nov 29, 2006 5:15 pm

Verdun Barbarians wrote:"Up your nose with a rubber hose" (Vinnie Barbarino, "Welcome Back, Kotter")


(insert laughter) :-b

I forgot all about that one...
Haven't heard it in years. :-D
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Wed Nov 29, 2006 5:37 pm

Wow, that's a lot of reading. Could someone give me the jist of it all? :-b

Did NewsRadio's Bill McNeal: "Good times..." make it?
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Postby beanoX3 » Wed Nov 29, 2006 7:03 pm

Omaha Red Sox wrote:Wow, that's a lot of reading. Could someone give me the jist of it all? :-b

Did NewsRadio's Bill McNeal: "Good times..." make it?

Nope. It is in alphabetical order though.... O:-)


LOL, I didn't read all of it either and quit after "Dyn-o-mite!" I like this one too,
"Jane, you ignorant slut" (Dan Aykroyd to Jane Curtin, "Saturday Night Live")


Not too sure about the "Boston Legal" one. Has that show been around long enough that it should make a top 100 TV catch-phrase list? Soup Nazi quote is great though.
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Postby Sixxgunn » Wed Nov 29, 2006 9:01 pm

This list is completely stupid. There were several (like the previously mentioned Boston Legal) that shouldn't make any list for anything, EVER, and most are not even catch phrases. They are punch lines or simply quotes. Idiots.


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


Seriously??? This above, "To the moon Alice..."?

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


Yeah....I'm thinking no.

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


This HAS to be a joke...right?

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


Did they ever watch this show? "Missed it by that much..." is a waaaaay better catch phrase from Get Smart.


- "Here it is, your moment of Zen" ("The Daily Show")


Another one that just has to be a joke.

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

That one made me throw up in my mouth a little bit.


Since they were so high on SNL, why no "Superstar!"?

I'm going to make a list of lists that suck, and this one is definitely going to be on it. (Will that last sentence be in next years catch phrase list if I say it twice?)
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Postby knapplc » Wed Nov 29, 2006 9:18 pm

Totally agree, Sixxgunn. This list is a joke. Including any phrase from any show from the last few years is stupid.

This just goes to show that not EVERYBODY should be allowed to make a list. :-b
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