There are certain things in the entertainment world that get quoted and made reference to quite often. It happens all over, including here. But if we were to try and rank the top 100 what would go where.
For the rules each one should be judged on quality, quantity and impact. If certain things seem to go together then they should be considered together. For instance the Star Wars series should be considered as a whole but each of Shakespeare’s plays should be considered separately. Although I suppose you could make an argument to consider each Star Wars trilogy on its own. Generally I would also consider length of quotes as well. For instance “He’s no fun, he fell right over” would be of higher quality then “Ay carumba!” But it’s all subjective and your choice. Consider movies, TV shows, musical bands, plays, books, video games, commercials, radio programs, internet sites, operas and anything that would fall within then entertainment field.
Mostly I’d like to know where the Firesign Theatre stands. For quality and quantity it gets top marks. Listening to “How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You’re Not Anywhere At All” never ceases to amaze me at the amount of lines that just tickle me and make me yearn to use at some point. And looking at their Whether it’s Fudd’s First Law of Opposition to “Abraham Lincoln didn’t die in vain. He died in Washington, D.C.” But its cultural impact is seems to be quite small. I suppose a dark horse Top 10 finish is out considering the competition but would it make the top 20? 50? Hmm, I just realized that I want to view them as a unit when maybe I shouldn’t. I think we can make a strong argument for the first 4 albums being considered together but I’d still like to consider them as a whole. I vote they make the top 20.
Would “Romeo & Juliet” come out first? It seems like something that has a massive impact as well as great quality. Quantity I don’t know enough to make a judgment though but it seems like it might be a safe choice. One a lot of people would make.
The Simpsons would definitely be top 5.