The 100 Greatest TV Catchphrases Everrr

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?


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  • Josh

    Though “How I Met Your Mother” is newer, it is one of the funniest shows on television right now and definitely one of the most relatable comedies to people of my younger generation. This underrated show is legendary!

  • Cliff

    Here are few that could’ve been contenders…
    1) “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” (MedicAlert ad)
    2) “COME on!” (Will Arnett as Job, Arrested Development)
    3) “I’m Chevy Chase and you’re not” (SNL)
    4) “He’s just not that into you” (Sex and the City)
    5) “He’s dead, Jim.” (Dr. McCoy, Star Trek)

  • maya

    I second “COME on” (GOB, from Arrested Development). Funniest. Show. Ever.

  • David

    I’m amazed “Nanu Nanu” from Mork and Mindy didn’t make it.

  • Brie

    “How I Met Your Mother” is definitely an extremely bright spot on television and proof that the traditional multi-camera sitcom can succeed (if well written). My coworkers and I talk about three shows the day after they air- “The Office”, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “HIMYM”. Barney is an amazing character and with Malcolm and the Middle and Will and Grace no longer around to clog the Supporting Actor category, Neil Patrick Harris should be getting some recognition. Doogie who?

  • jordyn

    BURN! (Ashton Kutcher, that 70’s show)

  • Tia

    How about…
    “By the power of Grayskull!” (He-Man)
    “Go Go Gadget _____” (Inspector Gadget)
    “Oh, Boy” (Quantum Leap)
    “Hi Ho Silver, AWAY!” (Lone Ranger)
    “It’s a Gift and a Curse” (Monk)
    “@#$%&” (Deadwood)
    “Just Jack” (Will and Grace)
    “I could’ve had a V8″ (V8 Commercials)
    “I Pity the Fool!” (A-Team)
    “Hidee Ho There Neighbor” (Home Improvement)
    “Engage” ST:TNG

  • mon

    i have to say i watch HIMYM regularly and find it so funny each and every week. While I don’t know if it’s gotten popular enough to have it on the list, it’s popular in my household. This sitcom has the goods.

  • jenn

    1) We were on a break!!! (Ross Gellar on Friends)
    2) Beam me up, Scotty. (Star Trek)
    3) Anything having to do with any reality contesting commenting on another being there for the “right reasons”. i.e. “She doesn’t deserve to be here, she just wants to be an actress! She’s not here for the “right reasons” I’m here to fall in love!” -any female/contestant on The Bachelor The “right reasons” span the reality/gameshow world…just an example

  • yawn

    “Is that your FINAL answer?”

  • Steve

    To the person named Jenn, “Beam me up, Scotty” was never uttered in any episode or movie of Star Trek.

  • Mark

    i can’t believe “sit on it” from Happy Days was not on the list !

  • BoxOfficeGoddess

    Here are a few that could’ve been:
    1) “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” Seinfeld.
    2) “Seriously?!?” Grey’s Anatomy
    3)”For me to POOP ON!” Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Conan O’Brian Show.
    4) “Hug it out, b*tch!” Jeremy Piven, Entourage
    5) “It’s a good thing.” Martha Stewart show
    I can’t believe “Denny Crane” from Boston Leagal made the list. Is that show still on?

  • Anna

    yawn: is that your final answer was on the list.

  • J C

    “C*********!” (Mr. Wu, Deadwood)

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