Catchphrases are the crown jewels of sitcoms. While some don’t sustain beyond the run of the series, some endure for decades even becoming part of our vocabulary. How well do you know the catchphrases that made history as some of the best ever? Find out!
“Yadda Yadda Yadda”
The series had nine seasons which in numerology means completion. Incidentally, Jerry Seinfeld has a fascination with the number nine.
“I’m not in the meth business, I’m in the Empire business”
Breaking Bad’s last episode was - Felina - an anagram for Finale and is a portmanteau of three words "Fe(Iron)" "Li(Lithium)" "Na(Sodium)" aka, Blood, Meth, Tears.
“How you doin’?”
Hank Azaria auditioned for the role of Joey, twice, and eventually lost out to Matt Le Blanc.
“What you talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”
While Gary Coleman made this phrase popular, he eventually got sick of it and asked the producers to write it off.
The show received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2009, which marked the first time since 1960 (The Flintstones) that an animated series earned such a nomination.
“I love it when a plan comes together”
Despite having just 5 seasons, The A-Team still has a fan following.
“It’s a beautiful day to save lives”
Derek Shepherd aka McDreamy says this just before he starts surgery.
Two words made famous by Donald Trump on the 14-season long show.
Peter Boyle playing Frank Barone, made this irreverent phrase popular.
“Yabba dabba doo!”
Fred Flintstone expresses his exuberance in the most catchy way possible!
“That’s what she said.”
Michael Scott’s famous catchphrase can make everything sound dirty. Go on… Try it!
“Screw you guys, I’m going home”
Cartman expresses his frustration with this phrase that became hugely popular.
Sheldon may have made the word popular but it has been used onscreen as far back as the X-files!
“Live long and prosper”
Made popular by Mr. Spock, it needs to be said with the Vulcan salute for full effect.
“Tonight is gonna be legen-wait for it-dary”
Sheldon Cooper auditioned for the role of Barney Stinson.
“What’s up doc?”
The flippant anthropomorphic rabbit, Bugs Bunny, first made an appearance in 1940.
Harry Winkler’s “The Fonz” brought the cool to the 50s-set show with popular catchphrase ‘Aaay’ being one of them.
“The truth is out there”
Mulder and Scully’s crackling chemistry added a little something-something to the serious sci-fi show.
Creepy butler Lurch popularized this phrase.
Incidentally F.R.I.E.N.D.S was filmed on the same sound stage as Full House when it got cancelled.
‘I’ve made a huge mistake’
Three actors from The Office starred in Arrested Development before going on to become popular - Craig Robinson, Phyllis Smith and Brian Baumgartner.
“Winter is coming.”
Dragons, intrigue, politics, mind games and of course zombies - never has a season been so eagerly awaited.
The unsocial yet genius Dr. Gregory House says these wise words.
Aired as far back as 1969, the Scooby gang still manages to entertain decades later!
"D'oh" is so iconic it appears in the Oxford dictionary and 20th Century Fox has trademarked the phrase.
“Just One more thing…”
Peter Falk won hearts with his take on the disheveled yet brilliant detective who always got the culprit.