[Ads-l] Help Sought on Modern TV Catchphrases

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Oct 15 23:27:04 UTC 2016

One of my difficult challenges in compiling the second edition of the Yale Book of Quotations is to determine the most famous TV catchphrases of recent decades (difficult because I haven't watched many of even the most popular shows).  If any of you have watched enough modern TV to be able to help, I would welcome any feedback as to which of the following are "top 100 TV catchphrases of all time" material.  Any input on relative fame/cultural importance ranking among these catchphrases would also be very valuable.  And, of course, suggestions of other very famous catchphrases from recent shows would be great.


That 70s Show

Pikachu, I choose you!


Hooraay, I'm useful!


Prettyyyyy, prettyyyy, prettyyyy, pretty good.

Curb Your Enthusiasm


The Wire

Hey Brother.

Arrested Development

Let's hug it out, bitch.


Suit up!

How I Met Your Mother


Big Bang Theory


30 Rock

That's what she said.

The Office

Some of these I have never heard of even though I have watched the shows to some extent (That 70s Show, Futurama, Curb Your Enthusiasm).

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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