Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Adventures in Another List (Can you believe it?)

TV Land Lists 100 Greatest Catchphrases

I copied this interesting list from a Yahoo! link. Then I edited it. First, I got rid of some not-for-family-language. Then I removed quotation marks from all the programs. I italicized them to help the readers’ eyes. Aren’t I nice? I spotted a couple of typos and corrected them. Then I discovered that the list has only has 98 quotes. Huh? So I fixed that—I added some at the end. The text in blue is only some of the Yahoo! article.

"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[ir]100 greatest catchphrases in TV. The network will air a countdown special, "The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catch Phrases," over five days starting Dec. 11.

In alphabetical order, TV Land's list:"

  1. "Aaay!" (Fonzie, Happy Days)
  2. "And that's the way it is." (Walter Cronkite, The CBS Evening News)
  3. "Ask not what your country can do for you…” (John F. Kennedy inauguration speech, 1961)
  4. "Baby, you're the greatest!" (Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, The Honeymooners)
  5. "Bam!" (Emeril Lagasse, Emeril Live)
  6. "Book 'im, Danno." (Steve McGarrett, Hawaii Five-O)
  7. "Come on down!" (Johnny Olson, The Price is Right)
  8. "Danger, Will Robinson" (Robot, Lost in Space)
  9. "De plane! De plane!" (Tattoo, Fantasy Island)
  10. "Denny Crane." (Denny Crane, Boston Legal)
  11. "Do you believe in miracles?" (Al Michaels, 1980 Winter Olympics)
  12. "D'oh!" (Homer Simpson, The Simpsons)
  13. "Don't make me angry..." (David Banner, The Incredible Hulk)
  14. "Dyn-o-mite!" (J.J., Good Times)
  15. "Elizabeth, I'm coming!" (Fred Sanford, Sanford and Son)
  16. "Gee, Mrs. Cleaver..." (Eddie Haskell, Leave it to Beaver)
  17. "God'll get you for that." (Maude, Maude)
  18. "Good grief." (Charlie Brown, Peanuts specials)
  19. "Good night and good luck" (Edward R. Murrow, See It Now)
  20. "Good night, John Boy." (The Waltons)
  21. "Have you no sense of decency?" (Joseph Welch to Sen. McCarthy)
  22. "Heh, heh" (Beavis and Butt-head, Beavis and Butthead)
  23. "Here it is, your moment of Zen." (Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
  24. "Heeeeerrre's Johnny!" (Ed McMahon, The Tonight Show)
  25. "Hey now!" (Hank Kingsley, The Larry Sanders Show)
  26. "Hey hey hey!" (Dwayne Nelson, What's Happening!!)
  27. "Hey! Hey! Hey!" (Fat Albert, Fat Albert)
  28. "Holy (whatever), Batman!" (Robin, Batman)
  29. "Holy crap!" (Frank Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond)
  30. "Homey don't play that!" (Homey the Clown, In Living Color)
  31. "How sweet it is!" (Jackie Gleason, The Jackie Gleason Show)
  32. "How you doin'?" (Joey Tribbiani, Friends)
  33. "I can't believe I ate the whole thing" (Alka Seltzer commercial)
  34. "I know nothing!" (Sgt. Schultz, Hogan's Heroes)
  35. "I love it when a plan comes together." (Hannibal, The A-Team)
  36. "I want my MTV!" (MTV commercial)
  37. "I'm Larry. This is my brother Darryl. This is my other brother Darryl.” (Larry, Newhart)
  38. "I'm not a crook..." (Richard Nixon)
  39. "I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV" (Vicks Formula 44 commercial)
  40. "I'm Rick James!" (Dave Chappelle as Rick James, Chappelle's Show)
  41. "Is that your final answer?" (Regis Philbin, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire)
  42. "It keeps going and going and going..." (Energizer Batteries commercial)
  43. "It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.” (Timex commercial)
  44. "Jane, you ignorant slut." (Dan Aykroyd to Jane Curtin, Saturday Night Live)
  45. "Just one more thing..." (Columbo, Columbo)
  46. "Let's be careful out there." (Sgt. Esterhaus, Hill Street Blues)
  47. "Let's get ready to rumble!" (Michael Buffer, various sports events)
  48. "Live long and prosper." (Spock, Star Trek)
  49. "Makin' whoopee!" (Bob Eubanks, The Newlywed Game)
  50. "Mom always liked you best!" (Tommy Smothers, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour)
  51. "Never assume..." (Felix Unger, The Odd Couple)
  52. "Nip it!" (Barney Fife, The Andy Griffith Show)
  53. "No soup for you!" (The Soup Nazi, Seinfeld)
  54. "Norm!" (Cheers)
  55. "Now cut that out!" (Jack Benny, The Jack Benny Program)
  56. "Oh, my God! They killed Kenny!" (Stan and Kyle, South Park)
  57. "Oh, my nose!" (Marcia Brady, The Brady Bunch)
  58. "One small step for a man..." (Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, 1969)
  59. "Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?" (Grey Poupon commercial)
  60. "Read my lips: no new taxes!" (President George H.W. Bush)
  61. "Resistance is futile." (Picard as Borg, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  62. "Say good night, Gracie." (George Burns, The Burns & Allen Show)
  63. "Schwing!" (Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as Wayne and Garth, Saturday Night Live)
  64. "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy!" (Lloyd Bentsen to Dan Quayle)
  65. "Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!" (Trix cereal commercial)
  66. "Smile! You're on Candid Camera!" (Candid Camera)
  67. "Sock it to me" (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In)
  68. "Space, the final frontier…” (Capt. Kirk, Star Trek)
  69. "Stifle!" (Archie Bunker, All in the Family)
  70. "Suit up!" (Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother)
  71. "Tastes great! Less filling!" (Miller Lite beer commercial)
  72. "Tell me what you don't like about yourself." (Dr. McNamara and Dr. Troy, Nip/Tuck)
  73. "That's hot." (Paris Hilton, The Simple Life)
  74. "The thrill of victory. The agony of defeat." (Jim McKay, ABC's Wide World of Sports)
  75. "The tribe has spoken." (Jeff Probst, Survivor)
  76. "The truth is out there." (Fox Mulder, The X-Files)
  77. "This is the city…" (Sgt. Joe Friday, Dragnet)
  78. "Time to make the donuts." (Dunkin' Donuts commercial)
  79. "Two thumbs up." (Siskel & Ebert, "Siskel & Ebert")
  80. "Up your nose with a rubber hose!" (Vinnie Barbarino, Welcome Back, Kotter)
  81. "We are two wild and crazy guys!" (Steve Martin and Dan Akroyd as Czech playboys, Saturday Night Live)
  82. "Welcome to the O.C." (Luke, The O.C.)
  83. "Well, isn't that special?" (Dana Carvey as the Church Lady, Saturday Night Live )
  84. "We've got a really big show!" (Ed Sullivan, The Ed Sullivan Show)
  85. "Whassup?" (Budweiser commercial)
  86. "What you see is what you get!" (Geraldine, The Flip Wilson Show)
  87. "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?" (Arnold Drummond, Diff'rent Strokes)
  88. "Where's the beef?" (Wendy's commercial)
  89. "Who loves you, baby?" (Kojak, Kojak)
  90. "Would you believe?" (Maxwell Smart, Get Smart)
  91. "Yabba dabba do!" (Fred Flintstone, The Flintstones)
  92. "Yada, yada, yada." (Seinfeld)
  93. "Yeah, that's the ticket." (Jon Lovitz as the pathological liar, Saturday Night Live)
  94. "You eeeediot!" (Ren, Ren & Stimpy"
  95. "You look mahvelous!" (Billy Crystal as Fernando, Saturday Night Live)
  96. "You rang?" (Lurch, The Addams Family)
  97. "You're fired!" (Donald Trump, The Apprentice)
  98. "You've got spunk..." (Lou Grant, The Mary Taylor Moore Show)


Okay, now, who’s the doofus who left these memorable ones off the list? (The plural of doofus is doofi.)

  • “Beam me up, Scotty!” (Capt. Kirk, Star Trek)
  • “The devil made me do it!” (Flip Wilson)
  • “Meathead.” (Archie Bunker, All in the Family)
  • “Are you ready for some football?” (ABC’s Monday Night Football)
  • "Here comes the judge!" (Just about everybody, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In)
  • “Say goodnight, Dick.” “Goodnight, Dick.” (Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In)

“I’m outta here.” (Paul Nichols, Writing from the Hip)

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