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MaxTheVool
03-31-2009, 11:40 AM
What recurring joke that shows up every once in a while in a TV show is your favorite?

For me, (and I'm not as fanatical a fan of this show as some people, although I like it quite a bit), it's the various chicken dances done by members of the Bluth family on Arrested Development. This is particularly funny for two reasons:
(1) The thing is, there IS only one way to dance like a chicken, and EVERYONE knows what it is. (You put your thumbs in your armpits and flap your arms like wings). So it's hilarious that not only do the members of the Bluth family NOT dance like that, but each of them dances a different and unique way.
(2) And of course the way the performers throw themselves into the physical comedy of it is just wonderful.

wintertime
03-31-2009, 12:01 PM
I've made a huge, tiny mistake.

Yeah, I know, it's usually I've made a huge mistake (http://huge-mistake.net/index.php?mistakes).

Not recurring, but: I just blue myself. Priceless.

Sampiro
03-31-2009, 12:37 PM
From Arrested Development I loved the "And that's why you don't....." lessons from the one armed man that appeared in at least 2 or 3 episodes.

On Sanford & Son I loved the episodes when he'd tap a sales clerk/waiter/pilot/etc. for help and it would be Frank "u-Yessssssssssssssssss!?" Nelson. Per imdb he was in 6 episodes.

The John Larroquette Show wasn't great, but did have a sometimes funny running gag about an elephant that had escaped from the St. Louis zoo. Periodically there'd be an outdoor shoot that would show the elephant walking past or standing, but the main characters were too self absorbed (or in the case of the cop characters too incompetent) to notice it.

RealityChuck
03-31-2009, 12:43 PM
On Sanford & Son I loved the episodes when he'd tap a sales clerk/waiter/pilot/etc. for help and it would be Frank "u-Yessssssssssssssssss!?" Nelson. Per imdb he was in 6 episodes.Of course, he was doing that same gag back in The Jack Benny Show. I think they also did the old radio catchphrase "Anaheim, Azusa, and Cucamonga."

Green Acres was filled with running gags: the door to their bedroom falling off, Lisa's hotcakes, climbing up on the telephone pole to make a call, etc.

Small Hen
03-31-2009, 12:58 PM
"Hi, I'm Troy McClure. "

Annie-Xmas
03-31-2009, 01:01 PM
House & Lupus. "It's never lupus." Also House eating other people's food. I don't know why that is so funny; it just is.

Scarlett67
03-31-2009, 01:17 PM
Laverne & Shirley:

"Have you ever heard of anything more stupid in your whole life?"
[enter Lenny & Squiggy] "HELL-OOOOO!!"

Dung Beetle
03-31-2009, 01:35 PM
That 70s Show:
"Good day to you."
"But, Fez..."
"I said good day!"

Annie-Xmas
03-31-2009, 01:37 PM
Hello, Jerry
Hello, Newman

And Gibbs smacking the back of people's heads on NCIS

Kamino Neko
03-31-2009, 01:44 PM
From Fairly Odd Parents:

Timmy Turner's response to every question about where he got something he wished up:

'... Internet?'

I use it myself at the least provocation.

I also quote Cosmo's line in this repeated exchange a lot (only a running gag in one episode, but, still):

Wanda: '<Something horrible about a product Cosmo was behind>'
Cosmo: 'And that was our slogan!'

Annie-Xmas
03-31-2009, 01:49 PM
It only occured on one show, but several times and it still makes me laugh: Chicken pot, chicken pot, chicken pot piiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeee.

KneadToKnow
03-31-2009, 01:49 PM
If I live to be 1,000, hearing Cheese call Mr. Herriman "Kitty" will never get old.

And yet, somehow, when Goo calls him a badger, it's irritating to me.

WOOKINPANUB
03-31-2009, 01:57 PM
I didn't watch it when it was first run, but sometimes if I can't sleep in the middle of the night I'll turn on The Fresh Prince and hope it'll be one with the Carlton Dance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3ANUkOyDNQ).

RiverRunner
03-31-2009, 02:01 PM
Bugs Bunny knew he should have taken that left at Albuquerque.

Annie-Xmas
03-31-2009, 02:05 PM
I prefer Wil & Carlton's Apache Dance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYTOmEwz2VM).

Munch
03-31-2009, 02:17 PM
What recurring joke that shows up every once in a while in a TV show is your favorite?

For me, (and I'm not as fanatical a fan of this show as some people, although I like it quite a bit), it's the various chicken dances done by members of the Bluth family on Arrested Development. This is particularly funny for two reasons:
(1) The thing is, there IS only one way to dance like a chicken, and EVERYONE knows what it is. (You put your thumbs in your armpits and flap your arms like wings). So it's hilarious that not only do the members of the Bluth family NOT dance like that, but each of them dances a different and unique way.
(2) And of course the way the performers throw themselves into the physical comedy of it is just wonderful.

What gets me is how family members immediately know what the others are doing - even from several rooms away.

Lindsay: Caw-ca-caw! Caw-ca-caw!
GOB: Who's doing the chicken dance in there?!

My current favorites are the ongoing slap bet on How I Met Your Mother, and "Robin was a Canadian teen pop star".

MrDibble
03-31-2009, 03:09 PM
Cheers: Cliffie's making up of facts - "Eh, it's a little-known fact...". There's even a website (http://cliffordclavin.com/)dedicated to this phenomenon.
Newhart: "Hello. I'm Larry.This is my brother Darryl..."

Iggins
03-31-2009, 03:13 PM
A bit obscure, "Did you get that thing I sent ya?"

Bosstone
03-31-2009, 03:16 PM
Anything to do with Maris on Frasier.

Iggins, I never got the thing!

Dung Beetle
03-31-2009, 03:18 PM
"...but I'm feeling much better now." (Night Court)

Morbo
03-31-2009, 03:23 PM
Also from Arrested DEvelopment: The same three cops that always show up and arrest a character with a final smack with the nightstick.

And the too-literal Doctor: "He's going to be all right."

Munch
03-31-2009, 03:24 PM
Anything to do with Maris on Frasier.

Or Vera on Cheers.

I also like not knowing the name of Malcolm's family on Malcolm in the Middle.

Annie-Xmas
03-31-2009, 03:25 PM
Gomez Addams: I love it when you talk French

Pinky: Are you pondering what I'm pondering?

Homer Simpson: Mmmmmmmmm.........(insert food item here)

Eklektik
03-31-2009, 03:26 PM
A bit obscure, "Did you get that thing I sent ya?"

In the same vein, I like when ever Phil makes a completely random double entendre with that laugh...

Ha ha cookies on dowels!

RiverRunner
03-31-2009, 03:28 PM
OK, it's from a movie rather than a TV show, but Shirley "Don't call me Shirley" has to get an honorable mention.

RR

Drain Bead
03-31-2009, 03:28 PM
...Back in St. Olaf...

Honorable mention goes to any newscast on Family Guy, especially if it involves Ollie.

jayjay
03-31-2009, 03:29 PM
Another from Arrested Development: Tobias's inadvertent gay references.

Tobias (talking about the dance troupe for the party): "Hot Sailors! Or maybe Hot Seam-"
Michael (quickly): "I like Hot Sailors."

Zsofia
03-31-2009, 03:35 PM
I love how every so often they make a little reference to Anya's fear of bunnies on Buffy.

Elendil's Heir
03-31-2009, 03:38 PM
....Honorable mention goes to any newscast on Family Guy, especially if it involves Ollie.

And the big angry chicken. Gotta love the chicken.

Veiled references to Mulder's too-frequent masturbation on The X-Files.

Foghorne Leghorne's insults.

Homer Simpson's "D'oh!" in all its permutations.

Kirk and McCoy needling Spock at the end of many Star Trek episodes - and him getting them back with the occasional zinger.

The changing - and silly - forms of the soul-capturing receptacles provided by the Devil in Reaper (a Dustbuster "forged in the fiery bowels of Hell," anyone?).

"This is Carlton, your doorman" on Rhoda.

Both Joey's cluelessness and his success with the ladies on Friends.

Rayne Man
03-31-2009, 03:41 PM
From Only Fools and Horses, Trigger always calling Rodney "Dave".

Annie-Xmas
03-31-2009, 03:41 PM
The whole idea of Kramer's life. As summed up by George Castanza:

Kramer goes to a fantasy camp. His whole life is a fantasy camp. People should plunk down two-thousand dollars to live like him for a week. Do nothing, fall ass-backwards into money, mooch food off your neighbors and have sex without dating; that's a fantasy camp.

notfrommensa
03-31-2009, 03:42 PM
I think the show with the most re-occurring gags was the Beverly Hillbillies:

Jethros Appetite
The country menus
Elly's cooking
Granny's white Lightning
Cement Pond
Elly's Critters
Jethros 6th grade education
Elly looking for a husband
Jethros career search
Granny soap cooking
Drysdale's tightness
Miss Janes plainess
Granny wanting to go home to the hills
Jeds clothes
Elly being a Tomboy
Fancy eating table in the Billiard Room
hillbillies not realizing just how much money they
Drysdale storing their money in bank...free of charge
The Truck

So so many

Married w/ Children had a lot too.

KneadToKnow
03-31-2009, 03:51 PM
"Tish! That's French!"

Troy McClure SF
03-31-2009, 03:55 PM
Your last name's Garelli (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Garelli)?

"Hi, I'm Troy McClure. "

:D

SaharaTea
03-31-2009, 03:55 PM
It's small, but Cliff and Rudy Huxtable loved to "zerbert" each other on The Cosby Show. It was cute because it seemed so genuine.

Hampshire
03-31-2009, 03:57 PM
"That's what she said!"

Kyrie Eleison
03-31-2009, 04:40 PM
In Malcolm in the Middle, the appearance of Dewey's hamster exercise ball never failed to elicit a chuckle in our house.

mobo85
03-31-2009, 05:49 PM
I also quote Cosmo's line in this repeated exchange a lot (only a running gag in one episode, but, still):

Wanda: '<Something horrible about a product Cosmo was behind>'
Cosmo: 'And that was our slogan!'

Practically every Fairly Oddparents has a running gag in it that's only used for that episode- but most of them are usually funny. (True story- I actually found a nickel in a bathroom once. I didn't pick it up, but I did name it Philip- at least in my head. Yes, it was a girl nickel.)

Some other running gags I enjoy:

Futurama: Professor Farnsworth walking into a room and starting a sentence with "Good news, everyone!"

SpongeBob Squarepants: An offscreen voice shouting "My leg!" during chaotic or violent scenes.

Elendil's Heir
03-31-2009, 07:11 PM
SpongeBob has a lot:

SB's nerdiness
Mr. Krabs's stinginess and love of money
Squidward's sneeringly superior love of culture
Patrick's incredible idiocy
Sandy's Texas pride

The Tooth
03-31-2009, 07:38 PM
The endless parade of secretaries and "Close the door!" on Murphy Brown.

Merijeek
03-31-2009, 07:40 PM
"Your name is Garelli?"

EDIT: CURSE YOU, MCCLURE!

(I always felt like I'm the only one who ever noticed that)

-Joe

Spoke
03-31-2009, 10:08 PM
Juanita up at the diner.

Barney Fife's bullet.

Otis letting himself into the jail cell.

Sampiro
03-31-2009, 10:12 PM
King of the Hill: Peggy's 3rd person references to herself. Every group endeavor is "Team... Peggy Hill!" or when she cons a conman who sells her a phony Ph.D. "he never reckoned on dealing with Doctor... Peggy Hill." Also, her references to Espan-nol and her gargantuan (Ladies Size 17) feet.

Spoke
03-31-2009, 10:15 PM
King of the Hill: Peggy's 3rd person references to herself. Every group endeavor is "Team... Peggy Hill!" or when she cons a conman who sells her a phony Ph.D. "he never reckoned on dealing with Doctor... Peggy Hill." Also, her references to Espan-nol and her gargantuan (Ladies Size 17) feet.

And Hank's narrow urethra

And the John Redcorn cuckolding gag

Merijeek
03-31-2009, 10:15 PM
King of the Hill: Peggy's 3rd person references to herself. Every group endeavor is "Team... Peggy Hill!" or when she cons a conman who sells her a phony Ph.D. "he never reckoned on dealing with Doctor... Peggy Hill." Also, her references to Espan-nol and her gargantuan (Ladies Size 17) feet.

And her frequent statements along the lines of, "Triangles, in my opinion, have three sides."

-Joe

Spoke
03-31-2009, 10:17 PM
Oh yeah and I like the evil monkey from Family Guy.

Simplicio
03-31-2009, 10:19 PM
Dr Cox's unexplained hatred of Hugh Jackman.

gone2thedogs
03-31-2009, 11:51 PM
Barney Miller - upon examining porn confiscated "I don't know what it's for but it's reasonably priced...."

Sampiro
04-01-2009, 12:06 AM
Cotton Hill's pronunciation of Nazi (rhymes with spazzy).

GOLDEN GIRLS: "Back in St. Olav..." stories.

cochrane
04-01-2009, 12:37 AM
Just about everything from Police Squad:

The opening title card with:

Police

Squad!

In color


"Cigarette?" "Yes, it is."

Rex Hamilton as Abraham Lincoln

The special guest star (William Shatner, Florence Henderson, etc.) getting offed in the opening credits.

Frank Drebin crashing his car into increasing numbers of trash cans with the number of cans being equal to the number of the episode.

Police scientist Ted Olson giving a highly suspect or dangerous lesson to a kid, in a perverse Mr. Wizard-type manner.

Johnny the shoeshine boy as a source of everything from giving Drebin information on his latest case to giving Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda advice on his pitching rotation and Dick Clark "Secret Formula Youth Cream".

And the closing credits, in which, in a parody of freeze-framing in other shows, the actors would freeze while other action continued around them. For example, coffee pouring into a cup and overflowing, or a criminal realizing he could escape.

Bi-Polar Guy
04-01-2009, 04:45 AM
Simpsons--"The day the laughter died".

They begin to show multiple scenes from past shows where Homer is strangling Bart, as Troy McClure (God rest his soul) is discussing the evolution of the show with Homer.

Homer: "and that horrible instance of child abuse became one of the show's most beloved gags".

Abby_Emma_Sasha
04-01-2009, 05:56 AM
When I was a teenager and someone said something absolutely outrageous, or asked something absurd, my response was always "I'm comin' Elizabeth, I'm comin". You know, from Sanford And Son.

Oh, and for everybody saying chicken pot chicken pot chicken pot pieeeeeee I sing that every time I see David Cross. Best show of that series ever. Ever.

Kamino Neko
04-01-2009, 06:17 AM
Frank Drebin crashing his car into increasing numbers of trash cans with the number of cans being equal to the number of the episode.

Imagine that one if the series had continued for 3 or 4 seasons...

Wheelz
04-01-2009, 06:35 AM
I came here to mention the HIMYM "slap bet," but someone beat me to it.

Another one from Family Guy: I laugh every time Peter destroys Cleveland's house, with Cleveland in the bathtub. "No no no no no no, noooo!"

Smid
04-01-2009, 08:14 AM
Arrested Development, while visiting prison:

"NO TOUCHING!!"

Even down to bring your daughter to work day.

Elendil's Heir
04-01-2009, 08:23 AM
From Monty Python:

The "It's...." guy in the opening and closing credits
The knight in armor bonking people on the head with a chicken
The grinning naked guy at the organ
The Viking rolling his eyes
The stock footage of the women's club clapping
The Army captain impatiently trying to move the show along
A tuxedoed John Cleese in various odd places declaring, "And now for something completely different!"

jayjay
04-01-2009, 08:33 AM
From The Kids In The Hall:

30 Helens agree.

Foxy40
04-01-2009, 10:46 AM
"Oh my God, they killed Kenny! . ..You bastards!"

SouthPark

KneadToKnow
04-01-2009, 11:10 AM
Blood on the Badge

mobo85
04-01-2009, 11:12 AM
When I was a teenager and someone said something absolutely outrageous, or asked something absurd, my response was always "I'm comin' Elizabeth, I'm comin". You know, from Sanford And Son.

Of course, the ultimate irony is that Redd Foxx eventualy would die of a heart attack. I guess he wasn't lying after all.

Merijeek
04-01-2009, 11:14 AM
From The Kids In The Hall:

30 Helens agree.

Made even funnier when 30 Helens didn't agree.

-Joe

Sampiro
04-01-2009, 12:10 PM
Of course, the ultimate irony is that Redd Foxx eventualy would die of a heart attack. I guess he wasn't lying after all.

And when he did (this is per Della Reese, who was there) people thought he was joking and laughed until he started drooling and changing color.

Beadalin
04-01-2009, 12:19 PM
Yoink!

Nom_de_Plume
04-01-2009, 01:45 PM
The special guest star (William Shatner, Florence Henderson, etc.) getting offed in the opening credits.

I heard they made one with John Belushi, but never aired it because he actually died.

Nom_de_Plume
04-01-2009, 01:47 PM
Oops. I duplicated.

PunditLisa
04-01-2009, 02:07 PM
Lenny & Squiggy opening Laverne & Shirley's door: "Hello."

Murphy Brown's revolving secretary.

enalzi
04-01-2009, 06:32 PM
Reno 911 has had a ton of recurring jokes like when they're trying to read a license plate and end up crashing their car.

My favorite is when they go to visit Mike Powers, the former D.A./serial killer in prison and ask him mundane things about his job. Then they follow it up with something like "Oh, and by the way, what happened to the third body?"

cochrane
04-02-2009, 12:51 AM
I heard they made one with John Belushi, but never aired it because he actually died.
The producers wanted to include it for the DVD release, but apparently, the footage was disposed of and is well and truly lost for all time.

ianzin
04-02-2009, 01:22 AM
Two of my favourites have already been mentioned.

"Hello, Newman."

"Hello, this is Carlton your doorman," and Rhoda's weary, eyes-to-heaven response.

I also like many of the Seinfeld recurring gags and 'in-jokes', such as 'Vandelay Industries', 'I don't wanna be a pirate!', 'Get out!', 'Rochelle, Rochelle'.

Annie-Xmas
04-02-2009, 07:25 AM
On The Nanny, when Lauren Lane, who played C C Babcock, got pregnant in real life but not on the show, they kept making gags about hiding it. She talks about watching a Seinfeld rerun where Elaine was "I don't know, about 39 months pregnant," and how tacky it was that they kept trying to hide it.

In one scene she brings back a framed poster from the real Broadway show "BABY" and holds it over her bulging stomach.

Llama Llogophile
04-02-2009, 07:42 AM
"Her?"

Elendil's Heir
04-02-2009, 09:04 AM
On The West Wing, the President never being able to remember the names of two of his junior aides. Also, C.J.'s ability to lip-synch "The Jackal" by Ronny Jordan.

On My Name Is Earl, Earl always has his eyes shut in any photo taken of him.

Annie-Xmas
04-02-2009, 09:12 AM
The Nanny--The longest running gag was Maxwell Sheffield's hatred of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Supposedly Sheffield passed on CATS (hardly true, but funny) and regretted the fact that ALW was so much more successful than he was.

MeanJoe
04-02-2009, 09:34 AM
Stewie: How you uh, how you comin' on that novel you're working on? Huh? Gotta a big, uh, big stack of papers there? Gotta, gotta nice litte story you're working on there? Your big novel you've been working on for 3 years? Huh? Gotta, gotta compelling protaganist? Yeah? Gotta obstacle for him to overcome? Huh? Gotta story brewing there? Working on, working on that for quite some time? Huh? Yea, talking about that 3 years ago. Been working on that the whole time? Nice little narrative? Beginning, middle, and end? Some friends become enemies, some enemies become friends? At the end your main character is richer from the experience? Yeah? Yeah?

- Family Guy.

Cumberdale
04-02-2009, 10:00 AM
Just about everything from Police Squad:

The opening title card with:

Police

Squad!

In color




And at the end of the episode they'd say something like "He'll join (list the names of the criminals from the previous episodes) in the State Penn."

Merijeek
04-02-2009, 01:28 PM
"Her?"

And the thread is won.

-Joe

Nom_de_Plume
04-02-2009, 02:18 PM
"How about some H-h-h-whipped cream? Some nice Miracle H-h-h-whip?"

"Why do you keep saying that?"

-Family Guy

Gorgon Heap
04-02-2009, 02:56 PM
Too many from Monty Python to really list, Elendil's Heir - th eappearances of Spiny Norman (not the doper), the 16-ton weight, The Spanish Inquesition, the Gumbys, Conrad Poon and his dancing teeth, "But that was my only line!", etc ...


Also, though it's not the best comedy ever, there are parts of How I Met Your Mother that are Legen -

Gorgon Heap
04-02-2009, 02:59 PM
- dary.

jharvey963
04-03-2009, 02:51 PM
(From a movie, I know...)

"This one time? At Band Camp?" ...


J.

Merijeek
04-03-2009, 02:56 PM
(From a movie, I know...)

"This one time? At Band Camp?" ...


When I first met my ex's mother, she was wearing a T-shirt that said that. She had no idea what it meant.

-Joe

tdn
04-03-2009, 03:46 PM
Anyong.

Ever noticed on WKRP that Les Nessman always had a bandage on one finger, but never the same one?

jackdavinci
04-03-2009, 06:22 PM
In one scene she brings back a framed poster from the real Broadway show "BABY" and holds it over her bulging stomach.

They seem to be doing something similar on HIMYM with Lily entering hot dog eating contests and playing guitar, hope that continues. Also love the slap bet (anyone know how many slaps are left?) and the goat party.

Love anything to do with Mr Turtle on My Name is Earl.

teela brown
04-03-2009, 06:43 PM
Blackadder:

"I have a cunning plan . . ."

Jeeves and Wooster:

Bertie always trying to buy and wear some newfangled item of fashion, and Jeeves's (thinly veiled) expressions of horror at the effect.

Similarly, Bertie singing some new popular ditty at the piano and Jeeves in the background trying to conceal his pained expression.

C. Montgomery Burns
04-03-2009, 06:50 PM
The "Cool Whip/Cool Hhwip" and "Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Conway Twitty!" routines on Family Guy.

Red calling everybody "dumbass", and all the different permutations of "foot in your ass" on That '70's Show.

Jimmy James' bizarre logic and crush on Dave's mom on NewsRadio.

Colin Mochrie's baldness and Ryan Stiles' ridiculous shoes on Whose Line Is It Anyway?

and from some older shows:

Jack Benny's bad violin playing, stinginess, Frank Nelson's floorwalker, the Si/Sy routine with Mel Blanc, and The Sportsmen Quartet singing Lucky Strike commercials from The Jack Benny Program.

Red Skelton's adlibbing through scenes, teasing the sound effects guy, and laughing at his own jokes on The Red Skelton Show.

Rob Petrie's clumsiness, Buddy Sorrell's non-stop wisecracks, Mel Cooley's absolute lack of a sense of humor (being the producer of a comedy show), and not seeing Alan Brady's face from The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Morbo
04-03-2009, 07:01 PM
Ever noticed on WKRP that Les Nessman always had a bandage on one finger, but never the same one?

Somewhere on his body - not just the finger. They're bites from his vicious dog Phil.

cactus waltz
04-04-2009, 03:53 AM
"Hi, I'm Troy McClure. "

That's got to be my favorite.

Harvey The Heavy
04-04-2009, 05:40 AM
Not sure if it was intentional, but the whole "Jan as the family punching bag" thing on the Brady Bunch. And I love Jan's schizo voice in her head.

KneadToKnow
04-04-2009, 08:50 AM
Jim Rockford's answering machine messages.

Superfluous Parentheses
04-04-2009, 08:57 AM
The Red Guy on Cow and Chicken / I Am Weasel:

"It's me,"

* Rear-admiral Floyd
* Ivan Panced
* Lance Sackless
* the gym leader! Ben Panced!
* Larry Lackapants, Arkansas Cheese master, soon to be the King & Queen of Cheese!

MacTech
04-04-2009, 09:20 AM
John Crichton's references to Earth culture in Farscape, completely confusing his Uncharted Territories companions, informally referred to as Crichtonisms (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0187636/quotes)

On a rural, countryside-like planet"
John Crichton; this looks kinda' like Kansas, or Dagobah...
General Ka D'Argo; Dagobah?
John Crichton; Yeah, where Yoda lives
General Ka D'Argo; Yoda?
John Crichton; Yeah, little green guy, trains warriors

John Crichton (to Scorpius): I hate it when villains quote Shakespeare.

John Crichton: Haven't you read the Super Villain's Handbook? This is where you're supposed to twirl your mustache and gloat.

General Ka D'Argo: Zhaan, let me explain to you what's going on inside my nose right now. There's large pieces of green mucus gunk...
John Crichton: D'Argo. D'Argo. D'Argo. No, no, no, no. Stop it with the Luxan poetry.

[John and D'Argo are playing 'Rock, Paper, Scissors']
John Crichton: Again?
General Ka D'Argo: Yeah.
John Crichton: One, two, three.
[John throws paper. D'Argo throws rock]
General Ka D'Argo: [Laughs] Again, I win.
John Crichton: No, I win. Paper wraps rocks.
General Ka D'Argo: No, paper cannot possibly beat rock.
John Crichton: It does. Paper beats rock.
General Ka D'Argo: Rock rips through paper.
John Crichton: D'Argo, that's not how it works. Paper beats rocks.
General Ka D'Argo: That's unrealistic.
John Crichton: Well, it's the rules. And it's not supposed to be realistic, it's supposed to be entertaining.
General Ka D'Argo: My coma was more entertaining.

[about using wormholes to travel through time and space and to alter history]
John Crichton: Ah, screw it. But I am not Kirk, Spock, Luke, Buck, Flash or Arthur frelling Dent. I'm Dorothy Gale from Kansas.

Annie-Xmas
04-04-2009, 10:26 AM
2 1/2 Men is nothing but a string of jokes about stereotypical characters: Charlie's drinking and whoring, Alan's lack of cajones, Jake's stupidity, Evelyn's bad mothering & whoring, Rose's stalking, and Berta's white trash family & sarcasm.

Don't ask me why it works, but it does.

mbh
04-04-2009, 01:45 PM
From Sanford and Son

Fred Sanford:
Uptight Old Lady: "Well! I never!"
Fred Sanford: "And you probably never will!"

Also the way Fred could never bring himself to say the word "gay". He always got a terrified look on his face and used a hand gesture.



From [I]The Carol Burnett Show

The way Harvey Korman and Tim Conway would desperately try not to laugh at each other's jokes.

KneadToKnow
04-04-2009, 02:02 PM
Bob Newhart's telephone conversations, regardless of what character he was playing.

missred
04-04-2009, 09:57 PM
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Rob Petrie's clumsiness, Buddy Sorrell's non-stop wisecracks, Mel Cooley's absolute lack of a sense of humor (being the producer of a comedy show), and not seeing Alan Brady's face from The Dick Van Dyke Show.


Don't forget Buddy's recurring references to the never-seen Pickles.

BobLibDem
04-04-2009, 10:14 PM
Mrs. Slocumbe's pussy references on Are You Being Served?

Otis locking himself in the cell after going on a spree.

Jack Tripper femming it up for Mr. Roper.

Raguleader
04-05-2009, 12:44 AM
- dary.

Bahaha, my favorite was the season 2 cliff-hanger they did with that. Also see the various variations on "High Five".

There was a subtle running gag about compressor coils on Firefly. Kaylee bugging Mal about needing them for a few episodes, then the compressor coil failing with no spares in "Out of Gas", then in a later episode, Wash and Kaylee are digging through a junkyard for spare parts, and Wash picks up a compressor coil and tosses it aside.

Commander Ivonova and the word "Boom" on Babylon 5.

nivlac
04-05-2009, 01:27 AM
Of course the show that was nothing but a string of running gags was Get Smart. "Missed it by that much!" "Would you believe ...?", "... and loving it!" and of course the infamous Cone of Silence.

Elendil's Heir
04-05-2009, 06:33 PM
That's [Troy McClure] got to be my favorite.

The collected works: http://www.snpp.com/guides/troy.mcclure.html

Second Star to the Right
04-05-2009, 09:49 PM
I also love the chicken fights on Famiy Guy, and how they get longer and more ridiculous each time.

One of my favorites is from Friends. "Oh. my. God!!" hee.

Elendil's Heir
04-05-2009, 11:59 PM
Friends had several stick-in-your-mind catchphrases:

"We were on a break!"
"Could you be any more ______?"
"How you doin'?"

Noel Prosequi
04-06-2009, 12:35 AM
Vicar of Dibley.

Alice's abject failure to get the joke told at the end of each episode by Geraldine Grainger.

Jim's "No, no, no, no, no, no, yes."

MacTech
04-06-2009, 09:48 AM
Danny John-Jules's "Dwayne Dibbley" character in Red Dwarf, or more specifically, Cat's reaction to *becoming* Dwayne