TV Land has released a list of the top 100 TV Catch phrases, and while we think political speeches don’t quite qualify, it’s still a useful list, with several entries from nerd world, which we’ve helpfully highlighted in the below list. We note that “Hey, hey, hey!” is credited to both Dwayne from WHAT’S HAPPENING and Fat Albert…yes they were pronounced differently, but still…Anyway now that we have the list, let’s see how many we can use in conversation over the next week. Courage.

100 Nip it! (Barney Fife, The Andy Griffith Show)
99 Yeah, that’s the ticket. (Jon Lovitz, Saturday Night Live)
98 I’m Larry, this is my brother Darryl … (Larry, Newhart)
97 God’ll get you for that. (Maude, Maude)
96 I love it when a plan comes together. (Hannibal, The A-Team)
95 This is the city … (Sgt. Joe Friday, Dragnet)
94 Time to make the donuts. (Dunkin’ Donuts)
93 Resistance is futile. (Picard as Borg, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
92 Oh, my nose! (Marcia Brady, The Brady Bunch)
91 Suit up! (Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother)
90 Mom always liked you best. (Tommy Smothers, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour)
89 Here it is, your moment of Zen. (Jon Stewart, The Daily Show)
88 I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV. (Vicks Formula 44)
87 Hey now! (Hank Kingsley, The Larry Sanders Show)
86 That’s hot. (Paris Hilton, The Simple Life)
85 Just one more thing … (Columbo, Columbo)
84 The truth is out there. (Fox Mulder, The X-Files)
83 Welcome to the O.C., bitch. (Luke, The O.C.)
82 You eeeediot! (Ren, Ren & Stimpy)
81 Now cut that out! (Jack Benny, The Jack Benny Program)
80 The tribe has spoken. (Jeff Probst, Survivor)
79 Holy crap! (Frank Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond)
78 Bam! (Emeril Lagasse, Emeril Live)
77 I’m Rick James, bitch! (Dave Chappelle as Rick James, Chappelle’s Show)
76 Denny Crane. (Denny Crane, Boston Legal)
75 I know nothing! (Sgt. Schultz, Hogan’s Heroes)
74 Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! (Jan Brady, The Brady Bunch)
73 Good night, John Boy. (The Waltons)
72 Let’s be careful out there. (Sgt. Esterhaus, Hill Street Blues)
71 Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy. (Lloyd Bentsen to Dan Quayle)
70 Schwing! (Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as Wayne and Garth, Saturday Night Live)
69 Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon? (Grey Poupon)
68 Tell me what you don’t like about yourself. (Dr. McNamara & Dr. Troy, Nip/Tuck)
67 Up your nose with a rubber hose. (Vinnie Barbarino, Welcome Back, Kotter)
66 Heh heh … (Beavis & Butthead, Beavis and Butthead)
65 Making whoopie! (Bob Eubanks, The Newlywed Game)
64 Who loves you, baby? (Kojak, Kojak)
63 Gee, Mrs. Cleaver … (Eddie Haskell, Leave it to Beaver)
62 I can’t believe I ate that whole thing. (Alka Seltzer)
61 Say good night, Gracie. (George Burns, The Burns & Allen Show)
60 We’ve got a really big show! (Ed Sullivan, The Ed Sullivan Show)
59 Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids! (Trix Cereal)
58 Elizabeth, I’m coming! (Fred Sanford, Sanford and Son)
57 Do you believe in miracles? (Al Michaels, 1980 Winter Olympics)
56 Don’t make me angry … (David Banner, The Incredible Hulk)
55 Hey, hey, hey! (Dwayne Nelson, What’s Happening!!)
54 Have you no sense of decency? (Joseph Welch to Sen. McCarthy)
53 Holy ______, Batman! (Robin, Batman)
52 What you see is what you get! (Geraldine, The Flip Wilson Show)
51 Never assume … (Felix Unger, The Odd Couple)
50 Tastes great! Less filling! (Miller Lite Beer)
49 You rang? (Lurch, The Addams Family)
48 Danger, Will Robinson! (Robot, Lost in Space)
47 How you doin’? (Joey Tribbiani, Friends)
46 Is that your final answer? (Regis Philbin, Who Wants to be a Millionaire)
45 Read my lips: No new taxes! (George H.W. Bush)
44 Two thumbs up! (Siskel & Ebert / Ebert & Roeper)
43 You look mahvelous! (Billy Crystal as Fernando, Saturday Night Live)
42 I want my MTV! (MTV)
41 Good night, and good luck. (Edward R. Murrow, See It Now)
40 Stifle! (Archie Bunker, All in the Family)
39 Would you believe? (Maxwell Smart, Get Smart)
38 Sock it to me. (Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In)
37 … if it weren’t for you meddling kids! (Various villains, Scooby Doo, Where Are You?)
36 Well, isn’t that special? (Dana Carvey as The Church Lady, Saturday Night Live)
35 Oh my God! They killed Kenny! (Stan and Kyle, South Park)
34 You’ve got spunk … (Mr. Grant, Mary Tyler Moore)
33 Homey don’t play that! (Homey the Clown, In Living Color)
32 No soup for you! (Soup Nazi, Seinfeld)
31 It keeps going and going and going … (Energizer Batteries)
30 It takes a licking … (Timex)
29 Norm! (Cheers)
28 How sweet it is! (Jackie Gleason, The Jackie Gleason Show)
27 The thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat. (Jim McKay, ABC’s Wide World of Sports)
26 Smile, you’re on Candid Camera! (Candid Camera)
25 Whassup? (Budweiser)
24 De plane! De plane! (Tattoo, Fantasy Island)
23 Jane, you ignorant slut. (Jane Curtin and Dan Aykroyd, Saturday Night Live)
22 Live long and prosper. (Spock, Star Trek)
21 And that’s the way it is. (Walter Cronkite, CBS Evening News)
20 Come on down! (Johnny Olson, et al, The Price is Right)
19 Let’s get ready to rumble! (Michael Buffer, Various sporting events)
18 Good grief. (Charlie Brown, Peanuts Specials)
17 Hey, hey, hey! (Fat Albert, Fat Albert)

16 Yada, yada, yada … (Seinfeld)
15 Book ’em, Danno. (Steve McGarrett, Hawaii Five-O)
14 Space, the final frontier … (Capt. Kirk, Star Trek)
13 We are two wild and crazy guys! (Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd, Saturday Night Live)
12 Dynomite! (J.J., Good Times)
11 Aaay! (Fonzie, Happy Days)
10 I’m not a crook. (Richard Nixon)
9 Yabba dabba do! (Fred Flintstone, The Flintstones)
8 Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis? (Arnold Drummond, Diff’rent Strokes)
7 Where’s the beef? (Wendy’s)
6 D’oh! (Homer Simpson, The Simpsons)
5 Ask not what your country can do for you … (John F. Kennedy)
4 Baby, you’re the greatest. (Ralph Kramden, The Honeymooners)
3 You’re fired! (Donald Trump, The Apprentice)
2 One small step for man … (Neil Armstrong)
1 Here’s Johnny! (Ed McMahon, The Tonight Show)


  1. “You rang?” (#49) I associate more with Maynard G. Krebs on “Dobie Gillis.” The list definitely would have been better if the political stuff had been left out, but I would have left out the ad catchphrases as well to allow more stuff from actual shows.

  2. It’s been recently confirmed that Neil Armstrong actually said “one small step for *a* man …” I believe he always claimed that’s what he said, but they only confirmed this when they rediscovered the original recordings and cleaned them up.

    And, as Sean said, NO STAR WARS! WTF! “May the force be with you.” That should of least have made the list. “Luke. I am your father.” Another good candidate.