TV Talk: Catchphrase Quiz


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"Holy catchphrase, Batman!" Our language is peppered with famous buzzwords and catchphrases we've picked up from television. See if you can match those words or phrases with the right show or character in our TV Talk quiz. If you can't, just fuggedaboutit.

"Kiss my grits!"

Based on the 1974 film "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," Alice ran on TV from 1976 to 1985. "Kiss my grits!" was Flo's catchphrase.

"And a one…and a two…"

From 1955 to 1982, "The Lawrence Welk Show" showcased singing, dancing, music and bubbles.

"Yadda, yadda, yadda"

"Yadda, yadda, yadda," is probably one of the most famous catchphrases in TV history thanks to Jerry Seinfeld. But is he "spongeworthy?"

"Aye caramba!"

Bart Simpson is the master of the catchphrase, including "Aye caramba," "eat my shorts" and "don't have a cow, man!"


Based on the hit movie "American Graffiti," "Happy Days" made a star out Henry Winkler, who played the ultra-cool Fonzi. His trademark "AHHHHHHHHHY" always came with a thumbs up.

"Beam me up, Scotty."

How many times have you said "Beam me up, Scotty," when faced with something ridiculous? If only "Star Trek" were real. Chief engineer Scotty could do just about anything.


Don't open the door if you get a Candygram from a Land Shark. The character, voiced by Chevy Chase, was a regular on "Saturday Night Live," when the show was, ahem, funny.

"Here's Johnny!"

Ed McMahon was Johnny Carson's sidekick on The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992. The oft-heard phrase "Here's Johnny" was also the title of McMahon's memoir.

"Eh, what’s up, doc?"

The rabbit with the Brooklyn accent was not only clever, but had a treasure trove of catchphrases including "Eh, what's up doc?" and "Of course, you realize this means war." Bugs routinely got lost by not taking that left turn at Albuquerque.

"What'chu talkin' 'about Willis?"

"Diff'rent Strokes'" star Gary Coleman played the lovable Arnold Jackson who made "What'chu talkin' 'about Willis?" one of the best-known catchphrases in the 1970s and 1980s.


With his hand smacking his forehead and uttering a hearty "d'oh," Homer Simpson is constantly realizing his mistakes when he uses this awesome buzzword.

"How you doin'?"

Matt LeBlanc, the womanizing Joey Tribbiani, often used this catchphrase when he was on the prowl in the hit comedy "Friends." So, what ever happened to David Schwimmer, anyway?

"Gentleman, we can rebuild him. We have the technology."

An ear, and eye, a few limbs. Good as new. It would probably costs three or four times more to rebuild Steve Austin today, but $6 million went a long way in the 1970s.

"Here I come to save the day."

Who would win in a fight, Mighty Mouse or Under Dog? For one thing, "Mighty Mouse" was a better singer, belting out his famous catchphrase "here I come to save the day…" at the beginning of his show.

"Just the facts, ma'am."

Joe Friday in "Dragnet" was a stickler for the facts.

"Two thumbs up."

Remember, save movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert the aisle seats. "At the Movies" began in 1986.

"Say the secret word and win $100."

After successful careers in vaudeville and in the movies, Groucho Marx's career got a huge boost with the quiz show "You Bet Your Life." If a contestant said the secret word, they won $100. That was big bucks in the 1950s.

"Book 'em, Danno"

Actor Jack Lord made this catchphrase famous during the original "Hawaii Five-O" TV series.

"Oh my God, they killed Kenny!"

No one can ever understand what Kenny says on "South Park." But when he dies unexpectedly, time after time after time, someone in the animated cast inevitably says, "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!"

"Where's the beef?"

1984 presidential hopeful Walter Mondale used the "Where's the beef" catchphrase from a Wendy's commercial to show how his opponent Senator Gary Hart's policies lacked any substance.

"You know nothing, Jon Snow."

In "Game of Thrones," Jon Snow is constantly reminded he's clueless by the Wildling, Ygritte.


Sheldon from "The Big Bang Theory" exclaims the made-up word "bazinga" just after he makes a joke.

"The devil made me do it."

On "The Flip Wilson Show," Wilson's character Geraldine Jones always had a (satanic) scapegoat.

"It's handled."

Olivia Pope announces all the problems on "Scandal" are fixed with her sharp catchphrase.

"Wocka wocka wocka!"

Every comedian needs a catchphrase, and Fozzie uses his liberally.

"Pretty good. Pretty, pretty pretty good."

Larry David (not to be confused with his fictional counterpart, George Costanza) uses this phrase often in "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

"Nanu nanu."

Robin Williams used this phrase in "Mork and Mindy" to say hello and goodbye in Mork's native Ork.

"I've made a huge mistake."

Gob makes a lot of mistakes, giving him ample opportunity to use this phrase in "Arrested Development."

"Time out!"

Zack Morris stops the action in "Saved By the Bell" to give asides using this phrase, and a ref's "time out" hand signal.

"That's what she said."

Steve Carell's Michael Scott in the American version of "The Office" can't resist using this joke wherever he can ... and not necessarily when he should.

"Make it work."

Fashion reality show "Project Runway" features Tim Gunn encouraging designers with his signature phrase.

"You are the weakest link. Goodbye!"

Anne Robinson was the prim British voice on "The Weakest Link" who sent contestants packing.

"Homie don't play that."

Damon Wayans' Homey the Clown was really not one for fun and games.

"I am the Great Cornholio."

That 90's troublemaker Beavis' Cornholio character birthed a (strange) national catchphrase.

"Cut it out."

Uncle Joey was a real cut-up with his catchphrase.

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