Thursday, December 14, 2006

Overlooked TV Catchphrases

TV Land, the cable network, decided to compile a list of the 100 greatest TV quotes and catchphrases in history, and I’m here to fill in the gaps. Their list was OK, but by NO means was it accurate or comprehensive.

“That’s Hot.” – Paris Hilton.

Yeah, THAT’S the stuff of enduring history. Why anyone pays attention to that “carney” convention with a SAG card is utterly beyond me. But I digress. On to the catchphrases!

Remember, these DIDN’T make it.

  • “ALVIN!!!” – David, Alvin & the Chipmunks

  • “And now, for something completely different...” – Monty Python’s Flying Circus

  • “And that’s the truth, thpppttth...” – Edith Ann (Lily Tomlin), Laugh-In

  • “As always, thanks for your support.” – Ed, Bartyles & James wine coolers pitchman

  • “Ay, Caramba, man!” Bart Simpson, The Simpsons

  • “Beep beep!” – The Roadrunner

  • “By the power of Greyskull!” – Prince Adam, He-Man & the Master of the Universe

  • “Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams!” – Robin Leach, Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous

  • “Cowabunga!” Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

  • “Crikey!” – Steve Irwin, The Crocodle Hunter

  • “Did I do that?” – Steve Urkel, Family Matters

  • “Ehhhhhhh What’s up, Doc?” – Bugs Bunny, The Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner show.

  • “Excuuuuuuuse MEEE!!!” – Steve Martin, SNL

  • “Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound..." - Announcer, Superman

  • “I’m Mr Roarke, and welcome to Fantasy Island!” – Mr Roarke, Fantasy Island

  • “Ha! I kill me...” – Alf

  • “He Likes it! Hey, Mikey!” – Unidentified kid, Life cereal commercial

  • “Hello, you are on ze air!” – Dr. Ruth Westheimer

  • “Hi-Yo Silver Away!" – The Lone Ranger

  • “I found my thrill.. ” – Richie Cunningham, Happy Days

  • “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” LifeMed commercial

  • “I know you are, but what am I??” – Pee Wee Herman

  • “I love this razor so much, I bought the company!” – Victor Kiam, Remington shaver company

  • “I pity the fool!” Mr. T, The A-Team

  • “Kiss my grits!!” – Florence Jean “Flo” Castleberry from Mel’s Diner, Alice

  • “Know what I mean, Vern?” – Ernest P. Worrell, various commercials and PSAs

  • “Make it so!” – Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation

  • “Nanu-nanu!”- Mork, Mork & Mindy

  • “O-Tay!” - Eddie Murphy as Buckwheat, SNL

  • “Resistance is futile.” – The Borg, Star Trek: The Next Generation

  • “Rut Roh, Rhaggy!” – Scooby-Doo

  • “Say Goodnight, Dick.” – Dan Rowan, Laugh-In

  • “Shazbot!” - Mork, Mork & Mindy

  • “Survey says...” Richard Dawson, Family Feud

  • “Tea, Earl Grey, hot!” – Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation

  • “The Password is...” – Announcer, Password

  • “To boldly go where no man has gone before!” – Capt. James T. Kirk, Star Trek

  • “Wonder Twin powers, ACTIVATE!” – The Wonder Twins

  • “You’re despicable!” – Daffy Duck – The Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner show

That’s all I can think of now. If you think of any more, comment on it!


Anonymous said...

How can it be that some many of the catch phrases that you listed did NOT appear on their list?



Anonymous said...

Well, keep in mind the notion of "consider the source"; such brillant, timeless phrases as "Tell me what you don't like about yourself..." from Nip/Tuck and "Welcome to the O.C, bitch..." from The O.C. made it. This is TV Land we're talking about, not MENSA.