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The Most Memorable TV Show Catchphrases and Quotes

Television has had a major influence on American culture, arguably greater than parents, schools, churches, or government. TV was first introduced in the U.S. in 1928, but it was only after WWII that TV really took off. By then, over half of households had a set. The 1950s were considered the Golden Age of Television. Even the rise of the internet could not suppress TV’s lasting impact on our speech.

Many common lingual phrases actually originated from classic TV shows, though we may use them without realizing it. For example, “The truth is out there” comes from “The X-Files,” while “D’oh!” comes from “The Simpsons.” Other examples include “That’s What She Said” from “The Office” and “I Am the Danger” from “Breaking Bad.”

We use TV quotes to express things like being impressed (“Smarter than your average bear”) or unimpressed (“Yada, yada, yada”). And if we want to end a conversation, we might say, “Just the facts, ma’am.” Though we may not know their origins, these and many other TV quotes have become ingrained in everyday American speech.

Below are some famous quotes from popular TV shows that have become part of our daily conversations:

1) “How do you do, fellow kids?”

Show: 30 Rock

2) “Phrasing!”

Show: Archer

3) “I’ve made a huge mistake”

Show: Arrested Development

4) “I am the danger.”

Show: Breaking Bad

5) “I’d like your $8-est bottle of wine, please.”

Show: Brooklyn 99

6) “Norm!”

Show: Cheers

7) “Cool, cool, cool”

Show: Community

8) “What’chu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”

Show: Different Strokes

9) “Just the facts, ma’am”

Show: Dragnet

10) “I tried nice once. Didn’t care for it.”

Show: Everybody Loves Raymond

11) “I’m listening”

Show: Frasier

12) “How come he don’t want me, man?”

Show: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

13) “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”

Show: Friday Night Lights

14) “How you doin’?”

Show: Friends

15) “Shut up and take my money”

Show: Futurama

16) “Winter is Coming”

Show: Game of Thrones

17) “So pick me, choose me, love me.”

Show: Grey’s Anatomy

18) “True Story”

Show: How I Met Your Mother

19) “Lucy, I’m Home!”

Show: I Love Lucy

20) “What is…”

Show: Jeopardy!

21) “What’s up, doc?”

Show: Looney Tunes

22) “We have to go back”

Show: Lost

 

23) “What do you want me to say?”

Show: Mad Men

24) “Treat yo self”

Show: Parks & Rec

25) “By order of the Peaky Blinders”

Show: Peaky Blinders

26) “Make it work”

Show: Project Runway

27) “Sashay away”

Show: RuPaul’s Drag Race

28) “More cowbell”

Show: Saturday Night Live

29) “It’s handled.”

Show: Scandal

30) “Eww!”

Show: Schitt’s Creek

31) “Zoinks”

Show: Scooby Doo

32) “Yada yada yada”

Show: Seinfeld

33) “I couldn’t help but wonder…”

Show: Sex and the City

34) “I thought this was America”

Show: South Park

35) “I’m ready!”

Show: SpongeBob SquarePants

36) “The tribe has spoken”

Show: Survivor

37) “I believe in Believe”

Show: Ted Lasso

38) “Bazinga”

Show: The Big Bang Theory

39) “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia”

Show: The Brady Bunch

40) “Hey now!”

Show: The Larry Sanders Show

41) “That’s what she said.”

Show: The Office

42) “Come on Down!”

Show: The Price is Right

43) “D’oh”

Show: The Simpsons

44) “Madone”

Show: The Sopranos

45) “Heeeeere’s Johnny!”

Show: The Tonight Show

46) “You come at the king, you best not miss”

Show: The Wire

47) “The truth is out there.”

Show: The X-Files

48) “Is that your final answer?”

how: Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

49) “Just Jack”

Show: Will & Grace

50) “Smarter than your average bear.”

Show: Yogi Bear

 

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