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Top 100 greatest TV quotes and catchphrases
Saturday, December 9, 2006
"Heeere's Johnny!" - the introduction for U.S. talk-show host Johnny Carson for 30 years - has been ranked the most memorable TV catchphrase in a Top 100 list covering 60 years of American television shows, cartoons, commercials and quotes from news programs.
Neil Armstrong's famous "One small step for man ... " comment when stepping on the moon on July 20, 1969, took second place in the list compiled by TV Land, while millionaire businessman-turned-TV star Donald Trump came in third with his curt "You're fired!" ousting of contestants from the TV show "The Apprentice."

List, which features catchphrases and one-liners from 10 commercials and 28 comedies ranging from Alka Seltzer to "Star Trek" and "The Simpsons" will be presented in a five-night TV Land special starting on Monday.

It also includes moments from televised events such as the 1969 moon landing and President John F. Kennedy's 1961 inaugural address. Kennedy's line "Ask not what your country can do for you ..." came in fifth place.

"We have found that television is such a huge part of baby boomers' DNA that it makes sense that so much of America's pop culture jargon comes from TV," said Larry W. Jones, president of TV Land. The list was complied by TV Land producers and editors.

Carson became a household name as host of "The Tonight Show" from 1962 to 1992 and was introduced by sidekick Ed McMahon to the studio audience and the nation with the rallying call "Heeere's Johnny!"

Top 10 greatest TV quotes and catchphrases chosen by TV Land are;

1. Heeere's Johnny! (Ed McMahon, The Tonight Show)

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2. One small step for man ... (Neil Armstrong)

3. You're fired! (Donald Trump, The Apprentice)

4. Baby, you're the greatest. (Ralph Kramden, The Honeymooners)

5. Ask not what your country can do for you ... (John F. Kennedy)

6. D'oh! (Homer Simpson, The Simpsons)

7. Where's the beef? (Wendy's)

8. Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis? (Arnold Drummond, Diff'rent Strokes)

9. Yabba dabba do! (Fred Flintstone, The Flintstones)

10. I'm not a crook (Richard Nixon)

#11 -- "Aaay" (Fonzie, "Happy Days") Check here

#12 -- "Dyn-o-mite" (J.J., "Good Times") Check here

#13 -- "We are two wild and crazy guys!" (Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd as Czech playboys, "Saturday Night Live")

#14 -- "Space, the final frontier ..." (Capt. Kirk, "Star Trek") Check here

#15 -- "Book 'em, Danno" (Steve McGarrett, "Hawaii Five-O")

#16 -- "Yada, yada, yada" ("Seinfeld")

#17 -- "Hey hey HEEY!" (Fat Albert, "Fat Albert")

#18 -- "Good grief" (Charlie Brown, "Peanuts" specials)

#19 -- "Let's get ready to rumble!" (Michael Buffer, various sports events)

#20 -- "Come on down!" (Johnny Olson, "The Price is Right")

#21 -- "And that's the way it is" (Walter Cronkite, "CBS Evening News")

#22 -- "Live long and prosper" (Spock, "Star Trek")Check here

#23 -- "Jane, you ignorant slut" (Dan Aykroyd to Jane Curtin, "Saturday Night Live")

#24 -- "De plane! De plane!" (Tattoo, "Fantasy Island")

#25 -- "Whassup?" (Budweiser ad)

#26 -- "Smile, you're on 'Candid Camera' " ("Candid Camera")

#27 -- "The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat" (Jim McKay, "ABC's Wide World of Sports")

#28 -- "How sweet it is!" (Jackie Gleason, "The Jackie Gleason Show")

#29 -- "Norm!" ("Cheers") Check here

#30 -- "It takes a licking ..." (Timex ad)

#31 -- "It keeps going and going and going ..." (Energizer Batteries ad)

#32 -- "No soup for you!" (The Soup Nazi, "Seinfeld")

#33 -- "Homey don't play that!" (Homey the Clown, "In Living Color")

#34 -- "You've got spunk ..." (Lou Grant, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show")

#35 -- "Oh, my God! They killed Kenny!" (Stan and Kyle, "South Park")

#36 -- "Well, isn't that special?" (Dana Carvey as the Church Lady, "Saturday Night Live")

#37 -- “…if it weren’t for you meddling kids! (The bad guy, “Scooby Doo, Where Are You?”)

#38 -- "Sock it to me" ("Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In")

#39 -- "Would you believe?" (Maxwell Smart, "Get Smart")

#40 -- "Stifle!" (Archie Bunker, "All in the Family") Check here

#41 -- "Good night, and good luck" (Edward R. Murrow, "See It Now")

#42 -- "I want my MTV!" (MTV ad)

#43 -- "You look mahvelous!" (Billy Crystal as Fernando, "Saturday Night Live")

#44 -- "Two thumbs up" (Siskel & Ebert, "Siskel & Ebert")

#45 -- "Read my lips: No new taxes!" (George H.W. Bush)

#46 -- "Is that your final answer?" (Regis Philbin, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire")

#47 -- "How YOU doin'?" (Joey Tribbiani, "Friends")

#48 -- "Danger, Will Robinson" (Robot, "Lost in Space")

#49 -- "You rang?" (Lurch, "The Addams Family")

#50 -- "Tastes great! Less filling!" (Miller Lite beer ad)

#51 -- "Never assume ..." (Felix Unger, "The Odd Couple")

#52 -- "What you see is what you get!" (Geraldine, "The Flip Wilson Show")

#53 -- "Holy ____________, Batman!" (Robin, "Batman")

#54 -- "Have you no sense of decency?" (Joseph Welch to Sen. McCarthy)

#55 -- "Hey HEY hey!" (Dwayne Nelson, "What's Happening!!") Check here

#56 -- "Don't make me angry ..." (David Banner, "The Incredible Hulk")

#57 -- "Do you believe in miracles?" (Al Michaels, 1980 Winter Olympics)

#58 -- "Elizabeth, I'm coming!" (Fred Sanford, "Sanford and Son") Check here

#59 -- "Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids" (Trix cereal ad)

#60 -- "We've got a really big show!" (Ed Sullivan, "The Ed Sullivan Show")

#61 -- "Say good night, Gracie" (George Burns, "The Burns & Allen Show")

#62 -- "I can't believe I ate the whole thing" (Alka Seltzer ad)

#63 -- "Gee, Mrs. Cleaver ..." (Eddie Haskell, "Leave it to Beaver")

#64 -- "Who loves you, baby?" (Kojak, "Kojak")

#65 -- "Makin' whoopie" (Bob Eubanks, "The Newlywed Game")

#66 -- "Heh heh" (Beavis and Butt-head, "Beavis and Butthead")

#67 -- "Up your nose with a rubber hose" (Vinnie Barbarino, "Welcome Back, Kotter")

#68 -- "Tell me what you don't like about yourself" (Dr. McNamara and Dr. Troy, "Nip/Tuck")

#69 -- "Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?" (Grey Poupon ad)

#70 -- "Schwing!" (Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as Wayne and Garth, "Saturday Night Live")

#71 -- "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy" (Lloyd Bentsen to Dan Quayle)

#72 -- "Let's be careful out there" (Sgt. Esterhaus, "Hill Street Blues")

#73 -- "Good night, John Boy" ("The Waltons")

#74 – “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!” (Jan, “The Brady Bunch”)

#75 -- "I know nothing!" (Sgt. Schultz, "Hogan's Heroes")

#76 -- "Denny Crane" (Denny Crane, "Boston Legal")

#77 -- "I'm Rick James, bitch!" (Dave Chappelle as Rick James, "Chappelle's Show")

#78 -- "Bam!" (Emeril Lagasse, "Emeril Live")

#79 -- "Holy crap!" (Frank Barone, "Everybody Loves Raymond")

#80 -- "The tribe has spoken" (Jeff Probst, "Survivor")

#81 -- "Now cut that out!" (Jack Benny, "The Jack Benny Program")

#82 -- "You eeeediot!" (Ren, "Ren & Stimpy")

#83 -- "Welcome to the O.C., bitch" (Luke, "The O.C.")

#84 -- "The truth is out there" (Fox Mulder, "The X-Files")

#85 -- "Just one more thing ..." (Columbo, "Columbo")

#86 -- "That's hot" (Paris Hilton, "The Simple Life")

#87 -- "Hey now!" (Hank Kingsley, "The Larry Sanders Show")

#88 -- "I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV" (Vicks Formula 44 ad)

#89 -- "Here it is, your moment of Zen" ("The Daily Show")

#90 -- "Mom always liked you best" (Tommy Smothers, "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour")

#91 -- "Suit up!" (Barney Stinson, "How I Met Your Mother")

#92 -- "Oh, my nose!" (Marcia Brady, "The Brady Bunch") Check here

#93 -- "Resistance is futile" (Picard as Borg, "Star Trek: The Next Generation")

#94 -- "Time to make the donuts" ("Dunkin' Donuts" ad)

#95 -- "This is the city ..." (Sgt. Joe Friday, "Dragnet")

#96 -- "I love it when a plan comes together" (Hannibal, "The A-Team") Check here

#97 -- "God'll get you for that" (Maude, "Maude")

#98 -- "I'm Larry, this is my brother Darryl ..." (Larry, "Newhart")

#99 -- "Yeah, that's the ticket" (Jon Lovitz as the pathological liar, "Saturday Night Live")

#100 -- "Nip it!" (Barney Fife, "The Andy Griffith Show") Check here

You can see more about this here.
posted by Miki @ 20:10  
  • At December 18, 2006 3:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I can't believe you guys left out:

    "LET ME SHOW YOU SOMETHING!!" - Fire Marshal Bill, (In Living Color)


  • At December 23, 2006 10:50 PM, Blogger chadisarobot said…

    "its notta Toomah!!!!" arnie

  • At June 28, 2008 1:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I can't believe these were left off the list:

    "To the moon, Alice!" Honeymooners

    "Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!" Arnold Horschak, Welcome Back Kotter

    "Wah wah wah!" Chachi, Happy Days

    "Nanu Nanu" , "Mork Calling Orson..." Mork, Mork and Mindy

    "Suprise, Suprise Suprise!" Gomer Pyle

    "Move it, Move it Move it!" Sgt. Carter, Gomer Pyle USMC

    "You can call me Ray, or you can call me Jay...." Raymond J. Johnson Jr.

    "I found my thrill..." Richie Cunningham, Happy Days

    "Hello!" Lenny and Squiggy, LaVerne and Shirley

    "Mom always said, never play ball in the house!" Bobby Brady, The Brady Bunch

    "Aw Ricky, I wanna be in the show!" Lucy Ricardo, I Love Lucy

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