What’s the catch … phrase?


I recently saw a meme that read “I speak fluently in movie quotes and sarcasm”.  There is some truth to this.  My brain is full of movie quotes and TV quotes, too!  I am amazed at how often I will use a movie quote in conversation.  Depending on the situation, a TV or movie line can often enhance a discussion.  Pop culture is full of these lines and they often show up on T-shirts and posters.

I have made it no secret that I love the fact that so many old TV shows are available on DVD.  I have complete series of old shows that I could watch over and over again in my collection.  As I glance through my collection, I am reminded of some of the great catchphrases that have entered pop culture – many of which are still used today (and many by kids who have no idea that these came from TV shows)!  Here are just some of my favorites from my collection:

From my collection

  • “Live long and prosper” – Star Trek
  • “This tape will self destruct in 5 seconds” – Mission: Impossible
  • “Isn’t it true ….” – Perry Mason
  • “Holy (Fill in the blank), Batman!” – Batman
  • “You big dummy” and “Did you hear that Elizabeth?  I’m coming to join you, honey!” – Sanford and Son
  • “Just one more thing …” – Columbo
  • “Baby, you’re the greatest!” – The Honeymooners
  • “That’s what she said” – The Office
  • “Now cut that out!” and “Well!” – The Jack Benny Program
  • “How you, doin’?” – Friends
  • “Missed it by that much” and “Would you believe… – Get Smart

When you really stop to think about it, there are SO many great catch phrases from TV shows, both current and classic.  I gave myself 10 minutes and started a timer.  I wrote down as many catchphrases as I could think of.  Here is that list:

My spontaneous list

  • “You rang?” – The Addams Family
  • “Yabba Dabba Doo” – The Flintstones
  • “Hiyo, Silver!” – The Lone Ranger
  • “Heeeeere’s Johnny!” – The Tonight Show
  • “Aaaaaay!” – Happy Days
  • “Hello!” – Lavern and Shirley
  • “Nanu Nanu” – Mork and Mindy
  • “Norm!” – Cheers
  • “Doh!”, “Don’t have a cow!”, “Ay, caramba!” – The Simpsons
  • “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?!” – Different Strokes
  • “Did I do that?” – Family Matters
  • “Say goodnight, Gracie” – Burns and Allen Show
  • “Bazinga” – Big Bang Theory
  • “Come on Down!” – The Price is Right
  • “Stifle it, Edith” and “You are a meathead” – All in the Family
  • “Kiss my grits!” – Alice
  • “Book ’em, Danno!” – Hawaii 5-0
  • “Hey, Hey, Hey” – What’s Happening (and Fat Albert)
  • “Holy Crap”  Everybody Loves Raymond
  • “I’m Listening” – Frasier
  • “Nip it in the bud” – The Andy Griffith Show
  • “Da plane!  Da plane!” – Fantasy Island
  • “Who loves ya, baby!?” – Kojak
  • “God’ll get you for that” – Maude
  • “The truth is out there” – X Files
  • “Dyn-no-mite!” – Good Times
  • “No soup for you!”, “Yada yada yada”, “Hello, Newman!” – Seinfeld
  • “I know nothing!” – Hogan’s Heroes
  • “Cuff ’em and stuff ’em” – Dukes of Hazzard
  • “Up your nose with a rubber hose” – Welcome Back, Kotter
  • “Everybody lies” – House

I know that I have missed many more!  Now, it is your turn!  What is your favorite TV catchphrase?  What one drives you nuts?  What one do you use on a regular basis?  What ones have I missed!  I look forward to reading them!

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