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07-03-2008, 10:11 PM
I was trying to make a list of TV characters and their catchphrases.

Some examples

Flo (Alice) "Kiss My Grits"
Maude (Maude) "God'll Get You For That"
Samantha (Bewitched) "Well?"
Maynard (Dobie Gillis) "You Rang?" & "Work!"

I'm sure there are lots others

07-03-2008, 10:18 PM
Alan Partridge: "Ah-HA!"

Happy Lendervedder
07-03-2008, 10:26 PM
Archie Bunker: "Shut up you!"
Arnold Jackson-Drummond: "Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Willis?"
Steve Urkel: "Who me?"
Michael Scott: "That's what she said."
Roscoe P. Coltraine: "Good news, good news!"
Gomer Pyle: "Shazam!"

07-03-2008, 10:28 PM
Benson, on Soap: You want ME to get that????

Happy Lendervedder
07-03-2008, 10:31 PM
J.J. Evans: "Dy-no-mite!"
Church Lady: "Well, isn't that special?"
Frank Barone: "Holy crap!"
Col. John 'Hannibal' Smith: "I love it when a plan comes together."
Fred Flintstone: "Yabba dabba doo!"
Charlie: "Good morning, Angels."

07-03-2008, 10:39 PM
Joey Tribbiani: How you doin'?

Happy Lendervedder
07-03-2008, 10:42 PM
Vinnie Barbarino: "Up your nose with a rubber hose!"

07-03-2008, 10:44 PM
Andy Milman: "Are You Having a Laugh?"

What Exit?
07-03-2008, 10:48 PM
From the Dick Van Dyke Show: Laura, "Oh, Rob"

From SNL:
Chevy Chase: "I'm Chevy Chase and you're not" "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead."
Dennis Miller: "That's the news, and I am OUTTA HERE."
Jon Lovitz as the Liar: "Yeah, that's the ticket"
Fernando: "You look mahvelous!"
Dan Aykroyd: "Jane, you ignorant slut"
Emily Littella: "Never Mind"
Rosanna Rosanna Dana: "That little ball of sweat at the end of your nose"
Church Lady: "Well, isn’t that special?"
“We are two wild and crazy guys!”
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Get Smart:
Max: "Would you believe ..."
"That's the second....I've ever seen." as in "that is the second largest arrow I have ever seen" in reference to a 60' tall ballistic arrow.

Chief: Max, you realize you'll be facing every kind of danger imaginable.
Max: And loving it!

"I asked you not to tell me that!"
"Missed it by that much!"
"The Old __________ Trick" Example, "The old Gun in the Finger Trick"
"Sorry about that Chief!"

One from Siegfried: "Zis is KAOS, Ve Don't _______ Here!" as in
Shtarker: Let me let them have it. Dudududududu (making a machine gun noise).
Siegfried: Shtarker, zis is KAOS, we don't Dududu here.
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Jimmy JJ Wlaker: "Dyn-O-Mite!" (Good Times)
Sgt. Schultz (Hogan’s Heroes): “I know nothing!”
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Welcome Back Kotter:
Arnold Horshack: "Ooh-ooh-ooooh!" & "Hello. How are ya? I'm Arnold Horsha-a-ck"
Vinnie Barbarino: "Up your nose with a rubber hose" & "What?" "Where?" "Why?"
Mr Kotter: "Did I ever tell you about... (Varying relatives, usually an uncle)?"
Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington: "Hi there."
Juan Epstein: "Hey, Mr. Kotter, I got a note!"
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I'll stop there for now, there are too many.

SSG Schwartz
07-03-2008, 11:32 PM
Sanford and Son: (Redd Foxx) I'm coming to join you Elizabeth

DarkWing Duck: I am the terror that flaps in the night

Full House: (Dave Coulter) Cut! It! Out!
Stephanie: Pin a rose on your nose
D.J.: You're such a nerdbomber

Hawaii 5-0: Book 'em Danno

Hee-Haw: (Roy Clark): Empty arms Hotel

There are many, many more.

SSG Schwartz

07-03-2008, 11:34 PM
Donald Trump: "You're fired."

Roderick Femm
07-04-2008, 01:52 AM
Andy Devine: "Pluck your magic twanger, Froggy"

Well, like I said, I'm ooooooold.


07-04-2008, 02:03 AM
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: This message will self-destruct in 5 seconds. Good Luck Jim.

Hannibal Smith, THE A TEAM: I love it when a plan comes together.

Sgt. Friday. DRAGNET: I carry a badge.

07-04-2008, 02:33 AM
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show: "Say goodnight, Gracie." Goodnight, Gracie."
Laugh-In: "Say goodnight, Dick." "Goodnight, Dick."
The Smothers Brothers Show: "Mom always liked you best!" "That was not a compliment."
The Jackie Gleason Show: "And away we go!"
The Honeymooners: "Straight to the moon!" "Hey, Ralphie boy!"
The Munsters: "Darn! Darn! Darn! Darn! Darn!"
The Drew Carey Show: "Bite Me, doughboy."
Blackadder: "I have a cunning plan."
Taxi: "Tenk you veddy much."
The Addams Family: "You rang?"
Batman: "Holy ___, Batman!"
The Simpsons: "Homer Simpson, sir. One of your ___ in Sector 7-G."
Some Simpsons characters have catchwords or noises: "Excellent," "D'oh!"
Several phrases have been strongly identified with Bart, although some of them he may have said only once or twice: "Don't have a cow, man," "Eat my shorts," "I'm Bart Simpson, who the hell are you?" "Cowabunga!"

07-04-2008, 05:42 AM
"Your under arrest Sugah".......................Get Christie Love.

07-04-2008, 10:07 AM
Archie Bunker: "Edith Stifle !" "You meathead !"

Tom Smothers: "mom always liked you best !"

Monty Python: "And now for something completely different..."

07-04-2008, 11:27 AM
Addams Family: "Tish, you spoke French!" and "Querida"
Blossom: "Whoa!"
ST:TOS : "He's dead, Jim"
Fat Albert: "HEY HEY HEYYYY!"
Jed from The Beverly Hillbillies: "Whee Doggies!"
Newhart: "Hi, I'm Larry, this is my brother Darryl, and this is my other brother Darryl."

...and everyone on The Bob Newhart Show: "Hi, Bob!"

Dolores Reborn
07-04-2008, 11:55 AM
Radar in MASH - "Wait for it."

07-04-2008, 12:09 PM
Donald Trump: "You're fired."

This one ticks me off, because Trump acts like he invented that phrase, which obviously has been part of the language for a long time before he ever uttered it on the air. It ought not be attributed to Trump.

07-04-2008, 01:38 PM
Can we count "I'd buy that for a dollar!" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daoV-LsINiA) from RoboCop?

Dr. McCoy: Damn it, Jim, I'm a doctor, not a (bricklayer, Moon shuttle conductor, escalator...)!

07-04-2008, 01:47 PM
Also from Jackie Gleason, "One of these days, Alice!" and "To the moon!"

Ed Sullivan: "A really big shew".

Johnny Carson: "I did not know that."

Cat Whisperer
07-04-2008, 01:54 PM
Chandler from Friends - "I am SO not interested in that." and "Could I BE any less interested in that?" Additional point for these - it is one of my least favourite anachronisms to see in period pieces - the writers of Friends invented these in the 90's - people were not saying them previous to that.
Monica from Friends - "I KNOW!" (I can't really reproduce the somewhat shrieky tone she says it in, but if you've watched the show, you know what I mean.)
Phoebe from Friends - "Oh no." - sort of tailing off and disappointed/realizing something bad sounding - again, hard to describe the tone, but you know what I mean.

07-04-2008, 02:19 PM

07-04-2008, 02:22 PM
Rhoda: "Hello, this is Carlton, your doorman"
The Brady Bunch: "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!"
F Troop: "I'm warning you, Dobbs!", "WHO SAYS I'M DUMB?", "Please, Jane, not in front of the men!"
Abbott and Costello : "HEY ABBOTT!"

From the world of cartoons:

Rocky and Bullwinkle : "Hokey Smoke!", "Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!"
Beany and Cecil: "What The Heck!", "DJ, you Dirty Guy!", "Nyah-ah-ah!"
Tennessee Tuxedo: "Tennessee Tuxedo will not fail!", "Duh, sorry, Tennessee"
Underdog: "There's no need to fear, Underdog is here!", "When Polly's in trouble, I am not slow, it's hip-hip-hip and awaaaaay I go!", "Simon says..."
Super Chicken (& Fred): "Roger Wilcox!", "You knew the job was dangerous when you took it!"
Looney Tunes: "What's up, Doc?", "You're despicable", many others.

And, for now, "Th-th-th-that's all, folks!" :D

07-04-2008, 02:25 PM
Brain: "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?"

07-04-2008, 02:27 PM
Brain: "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?"
NARF! ;)

07-04-2008, 03:46 PM
Brain: "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?"
Psst! Are you pondering what I'm pondering?

07-04-2008, 03:53 PM
Well, by gosh. You're right!

There go my plans to take over the world.

07-04-2008, 04:45 PM
Michael Scott: "That's what she said."

Anyone know the origin of "That's what she said?"

Was it just the punch line of some old joke or something?

Or did it originate with this character?

07-04-2008, 04:53 PM
Sledge Hammer: "Trust me. I know what I'm doing."

07-04-2008, 05:38 PM
Columbo..."One more thing..."

Scrubs...it's the musical cue they play when the plot it about to get preachy. They even spoofed it in one of the episodes.

07-04-2008, 07:30 PM
I thought of the robot from "Lost in Space," "Warning, Warning, Warning"

But didn't most of the othe characters say "Up your nose with a rubber hose?" That wasn't just limited to Vinnie was it? Even Kotter said it didn't he? Or am I remembering it wrong?

SSG Schwartz
07-04-2008, 07:45 PM
I got a couple more:

South Park: (Stan) I learned something today
You killed Kenny
(Loch Ness Monster) That'll be tree fitty

Happy Days: Sit on it

Hogan's Hero's: (SGT Schultz): I know nothing

SSG Schwartz

07-04-2008, 08:03 PM
Tattoo: De plane! De plane!

LaughIn was full of them:
Dan Rowan: Look that up in your Funk and Wagnalls
Dick Martin: You bet your sweet bippy.
Arte Johnson (as a German soldier): Very intershtink, but shtupid.
Lily Tomlin as Ernestine the telephone operator: One ringy-dingy. Two ringy-dingies. . .
Lily Tomlin as Edith Ann: And that's the twuth, pfththththth!
Flip Wilson as Geraldine: What you see is what you get!


07-04-2008, 08:12 PM
Full House: (Dave Coulter) Cut! It! Out!
Stephanie: Pin a rose on your nose
D.J.: You're such a nerdbomber

Also Stephanie: "How rude!"

07-04-2008, 08:26 PM
Oh, another Flip Wilson one: The Devil made me do it.

The Waltons: Goodnight, Johnboy

And how could we leave out Ed McMahon: Heeeeeeeere's Johnny!

07-04-2008, 11:15 PM
Uncle Walter " And thats the way it is"

07-05-2008, 04:34 PM
Can we count "I'd buy that for a dollar!" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daoV-LsINiA) from RoboCop?That's the first thing I thought of when I saw this thread!!

Here's another show-in-a-show catchphrase that's a bit obscure from the short-lived Ben Stiller Show:

Skank: "Shut your stinkin' trap!!" (uproarious laughter from studio audience)


Jerry Seinfeld: "Oh...that's a shame..."
Kramer: "Giddyap!"
Steve Urkel: "Did I do that??"
Fonzie: "Heeeyyyyy"
Ralph Malph: "Sit on it, Potsie"
The Cheers Bar: "NORM!!!"
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: "Engage" or "Make it so"

07-05-2008, 04:35 PM
But didn't most of the othe characters say "Up your nose with a rubber hose?" That wasn't just limited to Vinnie was it? Even Kotter said it didn't he? Or am I remembering it wrong?Yeah, pretty much all of the characters said this...one time Mr. Woodman said it and it brought down the house!

07-06-2008, 02:12 AM
MST3000 We've got movie sign!

Push the button Frank

It's Not Rocket Surgery!
07-06-2008, 11:02 AM
Ren and Stimpy: You eediot!

It's Not Rocket Surgery!
07-06-2008, 11:03 AM
Beavis and Butt-head: Huh huh huh huh huh
I Am Cornholio! I need TP for my bunghole!
That was cool..../This sucks!

Horatio Hellpop
07-06-2008, 11:25 AM
The Simpsons:
HA ha!
Howdy diddley do, neighbor!
Hi, ev'rybody!
MMmmm... Floor pie!
Eat my shorts

Horatio Hellpop
07-06-2008, 11:35 AM
Dragnet: Just the facts, ma'am.
I Love Lucy: Loooo-cy! You got some 'splainin' to do. Waaaah!
The Honeymooners: One of these days--Bang! Zoom! To the moon, Alice!
Star Trek: He's dead, Jim. I canna' change the laws of physics, Cap'n! Tell me, Kirrrk, what is this thing you call--- a kiss? Hailing frequencies open. That green ice water you call blood--! Sometimes, the needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many.

07-06-2008, 11:44 AM
Futurama: "Good news everybody!"

07-06-2008, 12:01 PM
Futurama: "Good news everybody!"

Bite my shiny, metal......

07-06-2008, 01:31 PM
Sergeant Phil Esterhaus (Hill Street Blues): Hey, let's be careful out there.

07-06-2008, 01:50 PM
Laverne & Shirley: Lenny & Squiggy: "Hello!"

Hard to get a laugh out of just "Hello!", but they positioned it as a running gag.

07-06-2008, 02:29 PM
Mr. Bill "Ooooooohhhhh nooooooooooooo!"

07-06-2008, 03:44 PM
Michael Palin: It's

07-06-2008, 04:10 PM
Kojak: Who loves ya, baby? Aaaand...like that.

Dragnet: Just the facts, ma'am.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragnet_(series)#Trivia While "just the facts, ma'am" has come to be known as its catch phrase, it was a slight misquote. The closest he came was, "All we want are the facts, ma'am" and "All we know are the facts, ma'am". "Just the facts, ma'am" comes from the Stan Freberg parody "St. George and the Dragonet."http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/dragnet.htm

07-07-2008, 07:39 AM
Apu: Thank You. Come Again.

Hi, my name is Troy McLure. You may remember me from such....

Seinfeld: I'm master of my domain.

07-07-2008, 08:06 AM
Many characters on Arrested Development: "I've made a huge mistake." and "Her?"

07-07-2008, 08:08 AM
"He's her lobster." Phoebe, Friends.

My circle uses the phrase so it's popular to us.

07-07-2008, 08:20 AM
I don't know who first did it this way; it may even date back to vaudeville. I remember Ann Romano (Bonnie Franklin) doing it on "One Day at a Time" and the ad infinitum on "Friends" and any other number of shows.

It's the way of saying "Oh my God" as if each word were a separate sentence.




07-07-2008, 09:39 AM
You're looking lovely today Mrs. Cleaver.

Don Draper
07-07-2008, 12:04 PM
Doctor Who - Doctor #3 (Jon Pertwee): "I simply reversed the polarity of the neutron flow."

the Muppet Show -

Miss Piggy: "Hiiiiii-YAAHH!!!"


Cheers - everyone: "NORM!"

07-07-2008, 12:24 PM
Sergeant Phil Esterhaus (Hill Street Blues): Hey, let's be careful out there.
Michael Conrad, R.I.P.

I liked Sgt. Jablonski well enough (and the actor who played him, Robert Prosky). But they tried to give him a catch phrase of his own: "Let's do it to them before they do it to us." It just didn't have the same ring to it. Phil's admonition started off quietly enough at the beginning of each new season. "Let's roll. And let's be careful out there." And with the passage of time, as the tension and frustrations of the season's events grew, it would become louder and louder until he was yelling it the top of his lungs. "Hey, HEY HEY! LET'S BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!"

07-07-2008, 12:57 PM
Editor Perry White, Daily Planet, "Great Caesar's Ghost!"

Clark Kent, "I'll be right back, Lois."

Adrian Monk, "He's the guy."

Mindy, "Mork, what are you doing?"

Swedish Chef, "Bork, bork, bork!"

Dick Tracy, "I'll get right on it, chief."

Boris Badenov, "Allow to intrroduce myself..."

Mr. Peabody, "Sherman, Set the Wayback Machine for..."

07-07-2008, 03:09 PM
Mr. Haney (Green Acres): "That'll be two dollars."

Red Forman (That 70's Show): "<something something> my foot up your ass!"

07-07-2008, 03:19 PM
The Brain: Are you pondering what I'm pondering?

07-07-2008, 03:20 PM
Sam Beckett - "Oh boy..."


07-07-2008, 03:23 PM
Jackie Gleason - "And awaaay we go!"


07-07-2008, 05:10 PM
The Brain: Are you pondering what I'm pondering?
Sorry, I have to add the link. (http://duryea.org/pinky/index.html) I just love those things.

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