I’m a list person, and nothing lifts my spirits more than a good ol’ best-of list. TV Land has compiled the 100 Greatest TV Quotes and Catchphrases, a countdown scheduled to air the week of December 11, and while there are the obvious phrases that made the cut (what would the list be without Homer’s ”D’oh!”?), there are a sizable number that are missing as well. This leads to my favorite thing about best-of lists; the part where you waste your life away thinking of all the things the listmakers failed to mention. Below are some list absentees we considered here at PopWatch headquarters:
- "Make it work." (Tim Gunn, Project Runway)
- "Hell to the no!" (Whitney Houston, Being Bobby Brown)
- "Eat my shorts!" (Bart Simpson, The Simpsons)
- "Hated it!" ("Men on Film"’s Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier, In Living Color)
- "Goooooal!" (soccer sportscaster Andres Cantor)
- "How rude!" (Stephanie Tanner, Full House)
Since TV Land’s list also includes statements made by public officials on TV, why not a most famous utterance by our last president denying ”sexual relations” with a certain young lady?
What makes a catchphrase stick? Sure everyone was saying "You are the weakest link!" in a haughty British accent a few years ago, but it’s all but forgotten these days. And I’m sorry, but why does a phrase from How I Met Your Mother make the list? Who voted for that one? More importantly, who actually watches this show on a regular basis to make such a suggestion?
Did your favorite TV catchphrase make it on the list? Which famous line do you think made it to No. 1?