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100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases

November 27, 2006 by  

100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases

Here it is, your moment of zen.” “Welcome to the OC, Bitch.” Ah yes, phrases so ingrained in our lexicon we can hardly remember the world before them. And starting on Monday, December 11th, TV Land will count down the the 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases in a week-long look at the memorable sayings from cartoons, television series, commercials and news programs over the past 60 years.

From Neil Armstrong’s unforgettable “One small step … ” to Fred Flintstone’s cartoon catchphrase “Yabba dabba do” to The Price is Right’s Johnny Olson’s call to “Come on down,” TV Land’s The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases will take viewers from 100 to 1 in week-long countdown show.

We’ve got a sneak peek at what phrases made the Top 100 (after the jump). To see the order, you’re going to have to tune into TV land December 11th-15th at 10pm.

Did your favorite TV quotes make the list? If not, tell us what should have been there.

… if it weren’t for you meddling kids! (Various villains, Scooby Doo,Where Are You?)
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. (Ralph Kramden, The Honeymooners)
Bam! (Emeril Lagasse, Emeril Live)
Book ’em, Danno. (Steve McGarrett, Hawaii Five-O)
Come on down! (Johnny Olson, et al, The Price is Right)
Danger, Will Robinson! (Robot, Lost in Space)
De plane! De plane! (Tattoo, Fantasy Island)
Denny Crane. (Denny Crane, Boston Legal)

…read the rest after the jump!!

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)
Dynomite! (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 & Butthead, 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 ______, 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 that whole thing. (Alka Seltzer)
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)
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)
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)
It takes a licking… (Timex)
Jane, you ignorant slut. (Jane Curtin and Dan Aykroyd, Saturday Night
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 sporting events)
Live long and prosper. (Spock, Star Trek)
Making whoopie! (Bob Eubanks, The Newlywed Game)
Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! (Jan Brady, The Brady Bunch)
Mom always liked you best. (Tommy Smothers, The Smothers Brothers Comedy
Never assume… (Felix Unger, The Odd Couple)
Nip it! (Barney Fife, The Andy Griffith Show)
No soup for you! (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)
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
Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy. (Lloyd Bentsen to Dan Quayle)
Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids! (Trix Cereal)
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)
Tell me what you don’t like about yourself. (Dr. McNamara & Dr. Troy,
That’s hot. (Paris Hilton, The Simple Life)
The thrill of victory, and 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)
Two thumbs up! (Siskel & Ebert / Ebert & Roeper)
Up your nose with a rubber hose. (Vinnie Barbarino, Welcome Back, Kotter)
We are two wild and crazy guys! (Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd, 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
We’ve got a really big show! (Ed Sullivan, The Ed Sullivan Show)
Whassup? (Budweiser)
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)
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, 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… (Mr. Grant, Mary Tyler Moore)

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14 Responses to “100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases”

  1. Jim Mosby on November 27th, 2006 6:51 pm

    Suit up!

  2. Jo(h)n on November 27th, 2006 7:20 pm

    Are you Joking me!!!!! Where is the “Dunder-Mifflin, this is Pam.”

  3. Jen on November 27th, 2006 7:56 pm

    Another catchphrase that will make the list in a few years, (if that long). “That’s what she said.”

    And I agree with Jo(h)n, where is “Dunder-Mifflin, this is Pam.”?!?!?!?!?!? a few years I guess…

  4. Jen on November 27th, 2006 7:57 pm

    Another catchphrase that will make the list in a few years, (if that long). “That’s what she said…or, he said.”

    And I agree with Jo(h)n, where is “Dunder-Mifflin, this is Pam.”?!?!?!?!?!? a few years I guess…

  5. Team Pam A.K.A Stamford Worker on November 27th, 2006 11:45 pm

    But whare is Kevins Niice….. I love that! and of course Thats what she said has to get up on thare!!! this is malfeasunce for malfeasunce’s sake!!!

  6. Kris on November 28th, 2006 1:30 am

    Holy ______, Batman! (Robin, Batman)

    That’s great great stuff right there.

    I agree though. If they have a line from How I Met Your Mother and the O.C. (among others), why don’t they have a quote from The Office like “That’s what she said”? A little stupid but otherwise these are some great quotes 🙂

  7. JAPPO on November 28th, 2006 7:10 am

    “That’s what she said” did NOT originate from “The Office” people… you cannot give them credit.

  8. Michelle on November 28th, 2006 10:10 am

    What about “Hug it out, bitch?” (not from “The Office,” either, contrary to popular belief. I first heard it on “Entourage,” but it’s classic already).

  9. Jessica on November 29th, 2006 11:18 am

    I pretty much cry whenever Michael tells Dwight to “shuuuuutit” in just about every episode of the Office. But it would be cool for Pam to get a shout out 🙂

  10. Ten on November 30th, 2006 1:24 pm

    I feel like I’m reading a Gilmore Girls script! Just kidding, but those girls do love their catchphrases. This should be quite interesting!

  11. hARDYdx on January 11th, 2009 9:42 pm

    Did I do that? Steve Urkel Family Matters

  12. Chris on October 11th, 2009 7:40 pm

    ‘Victory shall be mine!’ – Stewie, Family Guy

  13. hope on December 14th, 2010 10:03 pm


  14. Agne on May 24th, 2011 12:38 pm

    Bazinga doesn’t appear. That’s awful.