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List of Catchphrases

This is a list of catchphrases found in British and American television and film, where a catchphrase is a short phrase or expression that has gained usage beyond its initial scope. These are not merely catchy sayings. Even though some sources may identify a phrase as a catchphrase, this list is for those that meet the definition given in the lead section of the catchphrase article and are notable for their widespread use within the culture.

This list is distinct from the list of political catchphrases.

In British culture

Notable catchphrases in British culture
Catchphrase Character/Person Media source First appearance Notes
"Bernie, the bolt!" Bob Monkhouse The Golden Shot 1967 [1]
"Ooh, you are awful ... but I like you!" Dick Emery The Dick Emery Show 1963 [2]
"You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment" Francis Urquhart House of Cards 1990
"Don't panic!" Lance-Corporal Jones Dad's Army 1968 [3]
"You are the Weakest Link! Goodbye!" Anne Robinson The Weakest Link 2000
"The Chase is on!" Bradley Walsh The Chase 2009
"Is that your final answer?" Chris Tarrant Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 1998
"Permission to Speak, Sir!" Lance-Corporal Jones Dad's Army 1968 [4]
"They don't like it up 'em!" Lance-Corporal Jones Dad's Army 1968 [5]
"You stupid boy" Captain George Mainwaring Dad's Army 1968 [6]
"I don't believe it!" Victor Meldrew One Foot in the Grave 1990 [7]
"I'm Free" Mr. Humphries Are You Being Served? 1972 [8]
"Ooh Betty" Frank Spencer Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em 1973 [9]
"It's good night from me..." "...and it's good night from him" Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker The Two Ronnies 1971 [10]
"Nice to see you, to see you ... nice" Bruce Forsyth The Generation Game 1971 [11]
"Didn't he/she/they do well?" Bruce Forsyth The Generation Game 1971 [12]
"Shut that door!" Larry Grayson The Generation Game 1978 [13][14]
"What a gay day!" Larry Grayson The Generation Game 1978 [14]
"Seems like a nice boy!" Larry Grayson The Generation Game 1978 [15]
"Look at the muck on 'ere!" Larry Grayson The Generation Game 1978 [15]
"You dirty old man" Harold Steptoe Steptoe and Son 1962 [16]
"(Three words:) Fab-u-LOUS!" Craig Revel Horwood Strictly Come Dancing 2004 [17]
"A complete dahnce di-SAH-ster" Craig Revel Horwood Strictly Come Dancing 2004 [17]
"Absolute filth . . . and I LOVED it!" Craig Revel Horwood Strictly Come Dancing 2004 [18][19][20]
"You'll like it, not a lot . . . but you'll like it" Paul Daniels The Paul Daniels Magic Show 1979 [21]
"Let's get the boys on the baize!" Rob Walker BBC TV snooker coverage 2008 [22][23]
"Are you ready? Ladies and Gentlemen! Let's...Play...DARTS!" Martin Fitzmaurice & Lakeside audience Darts World Ch'ships 1985 [24][25]
"A real bobby-dazzler" David Dickinson Bargain Hunt and Dickinson's Real Deal 2004? [26][27]
"Cheap as chips" David Dickinson Bargain Hunt and Dickinson's Real Deal 2004? [28]
"Can you hear me, mother?" Sandy Powell Radio 1930 [29]
"Does my bum look big in this?" Arabella Weir The Fast Show 1994 [30]
"I'll get me coat" Mark Williams The Fast Show 1994 [31][32]
"Silly Old Moo!" Alf Garnett Till Death Us Do Part 1965 [33]
"Listen Very Carefully, I Shall Say This Only Once" Michelle Dubois 'Allo 'Allo! 1982 [34]
"Lovely jubbly" Del Boy Only Fools and Horses 1981 [35]
"During the war..." Uncle Albert Only Fools and Horses 1985
"Eh! Eh! Alright! Alright! Calm down! Calm down!" Harry Enfield Harry Enfield's Television Programme 1990 [36]
"Is it cos I is Black?" Ali G Da Ali G Show 2000 [37][38]
"Exterminate" Dalek Doctor Who 1963 [39]
"How very dare you!" Catherine Tate The Catherine Tate Show 2004 [40]
"Am I bovvered?" Catherine Tate The Catherine Tate Show 2004 [41]
"What a Fucking Liberty!" Catherine Tate The Catherine Tate Show 2004 [42]
"Computer says no" Carol Beer Little Britain 2003 [43]
"I have a cunning plan" Baldrick Blackadder 1983 [44]
"Hello, sweetie." River Song Doctor Who 2008 [45]
"Spoilers." River Song Doctor Who 2008 [45]

In American television

Catchphrases from events, interviews, and commercials are not included.

Notable catchphrases from American television shows
Catchphrase Character Series First appearance Notes
"Aaay!" Fonzie Happy Days 1974 [46][47][48]
"And that's the way it is." Walter Cronkite CBS Evening News 1963 [46][47]
"Bazinga!" Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory 2007 [46][48]
"Baby, you're the greatest" Ralph Kramden The Honeymooners 1955 [46][47]
"Bam!" Emeril Lagasse Emeril Live [46][47]
"Bang, zoom, straight to the moon" Ralph Kramden The Honeymooners 1955 [48]
"Book 'em, Danno!" Steve McGarrett Hawaii Five-O 1968 [46][47][48]
"Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose" Friday Night Lights 2006 [46][48]
"Come on down!" Johnny Olson The Price is Right 1972 [46][47]
"Cut it out" Joey Gladstone Full House [46]
"Danger, Will Robinson" Robot Lost in Space 1965 [46][47][48]
"De plane! De plane!" Tattoo Fantasy Island 1977 [46][47][48]
"Denny Crane" Denny Crane Boston Legal [47]
"Did I do that?" Steve Urkel Family Matters [46]
"D'oh!" Homer Simpson The Simpsons 1989 [46][47][48]
"Don't make me angry." Bruce Banner The Incredible Hulk [47]
"Dude." Hugo "Hurley" Reyes Lost [46]
"Dy-no-mite!" J.J. Evans Good Times 1974 [46][47][48]
"Eat my shorts" Bart Simpson The Simpsons 1989 [46][49]
"Elizabeth, I'm coming!" Fred Sanford Sanford and Son [46][47]
"Everybody lies" Dr. Gregory House House 2004 [46][48]
"Gee, Mrs. Cleaver" Eddie Haskell Leave it to Beaver [47]
"God'll get you for that" Maude Maude [46][47]
"Good night, and good luck" Edward R. Murrow See It Now [47]
"Good night, John Boy" The Waltons 1971 [46][47][48]
"Heh heh" Beavis and Butt-Head Beavis and Butt-head [47]
"Here it is, your moment of Zen" The Daily Show [47]
"Here's Johnny" Ed McMahon The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962 [46][47]
"Hey now!" Hank Kingsley The Larry Sanders Show [47]
"Hey hey hey!"[note 1] Dwayne Nelson What's Happening!! [47]
"Hey hey hey!" Fat Albert Fat Albert [47]
"Holy (whatever), Batman!" Robin Batman [47]
"Holy crap!" Frank Barone Everybody Loves Raymond [46][47]
"Homey don't play that!" Homey the Clown In Living Color [47]
'How sweet it is!" Jackie Gleason The Jackie Gleason Show [47]
"How you doin'?" Joey Tribbiani Friends 1994 [46][47][48]
"I know nothing!" Sgt. Schultz Hogan's Heroes [47]
"I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith The A-Team 1982 [47][50]
"I'm Larry, this is my brother Darryl ..." Larry Newhart [47]
"I'm listening" Frasier Crane Frasier [46]
"I'm Rick James, bitch!" Dave Chappelle as Rick James Chappelle's Show [46][47]
"If it weren't for you meddling kids!" Various villains Scooby Doo, Where Are You! 1969 [47]
"Is that your final answer?" Regis Philbin Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 1999 [46][47][48]
"It's a good thing" Martha Stewart Martha Stewart Living [46]
"Jane, you ignorant slut" Dan Aykroyd to Jane Curtin Weekend Update / Saturday Night Live [46][47]
"Just one more thing..." Columbo Columbo 1971 [46][47][48]
"Kiss my grits!" Flo Alice 1976 [46][48]
"Legendary" Barney Stinson How I Met Your Mother 2005 [46][48]
"Let's be careful out there" Sgt. Esterhaus Hill Street Blues 1981 [46][47][48]
"Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!" Adventures of Superman 1952 [46]
"Live long and prosper" Spock Star Trek 1966 [46][47][48]
"Make it so" Jean-Luc Picard Star Trek: The Next Generation 1987 [46][46]
"Make it work" Tim Gunn Project Runway [46]
"Makin' whoopee" Bob Eubanks The Newlywed Game [47]
"Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! Jan Brady The Brady Bunch [46][47]
"Mom always liked you best" Tommy Smothers The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour [47]
"Na-Nu, Na-Nu" Mork Mork & Mindy 1978 [46][48]
"Never assume ..." Felix Unger The Odd Couple [47]
"Nip it!" Barney Fife The Andy Griffith Show [47]
"No soup for you!" The Soup Nazi Seinfeld 1995 [46][47]
"Norm!" Cheers 1982 [47][48]
"Now cut that out!" Jack Benny The Jack Benny Program [47]
"Oh my God, they killed Kenny"[note 2] Stan Marsh South Park 1997 [46][47][48]
"Oh, my nose!" Marcia Brady The Brady Bunch [47]
"Resistance is futile" Borg Star Trek: The Next Generation [46][47]
"Ruh-roh" Astro (and Scooby-Doo) The Jetsons / Scooby-Doo [46]
"Say good night, Gracie" George Burns The Burns & Allen Show [47]
"Schwing!" Wayne and Garth Wayne's World / Saturday Night Live [47]
"Smile, you're on Candid Camera" Candid Camera [47]
"Sock it to me!" Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In 1968 [46][47][48]
"Space, the final frontier ..." Captain Kirk Star Trek: The Original Series 1966 [47]
"Stifle!" Archie Bunker All in the Family 1971 [46][47][48]
"Suit up!" Barney Stinson How I Met Your Mother [47]
"Tell me what you don't like about yourself" Dr. McNamara and Dr. Troy Nip/Tuck [47]
"Thank you veddy much" Latka Gravas Taxi [46]
"That's hot" Paris Hilton The Simple Life [47]
"That's what she said" Michael Scott The Office (American TV series)
"The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat" Jim McKay ABC's Wide World of Sports [46][47]
"The Tribe has spoken." Jeff Probst Survivor 2000 [46][47]
"The truth is out there" Fox Mulder The X-Files [47]
"This is the city ..." Joe Friday Dragnet 1951 [47]
"This tape will self-destruct in five seconds." The tape Mission: Impossible 1966 [46]
"To the Batmobile!" Batman Batman 1966 [46]
"Two thumbs up" Siskel & Ebert At the Movies [47]
"Up your nose with a rubber hose" Vinnie Barbarino Welcome Back, Kotter 1975 [47][48]
"We are two wild and crazy guys!" Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd as Czech playboys Saturday Night Live [47]
"Welcome to the O.C., bitch" Luke Ward The O.C. [47]
"Well, isn't that special?" The Church Lady Saturday Night Live [46][47]
"We've got a really big show!" Ed Sullivan The Ed Sullivan Show [47]
"We've got a situation." Mike "the Situation" Sorrentino Jersey Shore [46]
"What'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis?" Arnold Jackson Diff'rent Strokes 1978 [46][47][48]
"What you see is what you get!" Geraldine Jones The Flip Wilson Show [47][48]
"Who loves ya, baby?" Kojak Kojak 1973 [46][47][48]
"Will you accept this rose?" The Bachelor [46]
"Would you believe...?" Maxwell Smart Get Smart 1965 [47][48]
"Yabba dabba doo!" Fred Flintstone The Flintstones 1960 [46][47]
"Yada, yada, yada" Elaine Benes Seinfeld, episode "The Yada Yada" 1997 [46][47][48]
"Yeah, that's the ticket" Tommy Flanagan, the Pathological Liar Saturday Night Live [47]
"You eediot!" Ren Hoek Ren & Stimpy 1991 [47]
"You look mahvelous" Billy Crystal as Fernando Saturday Night Live [46][47]
"You rang?" Lurch The Addams Family [47]
"You're fired!" Donald Trump The Apprentice 2004 [46][47]
"You've got spunk ..." Lou Grant The Mary Tyler Moore Show [47]

In cinema

Notable catchphrases in cinema
Catchphrase Character/Actor Movie First appearance Notes
"I'll be back" Terminator The Terminator 1984 [note 3][note 4]
"Hasta la vista, baby" Terminator Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 [note 5]
"I love the smell of napalm in the morning" Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore Apocalypse Now 1979 [note 3][note 4]
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" Rhett Butler Gone with the Wind 1939 [note 6][note 7]
"Here's looking at you, kid" Rick Blaine Casablanca 1942 [note 8][note 9]
"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse" Don Vito Corleone The Godfather 1972 [note 10][note 11]
"Why so serious?" The Joker The Dark Knight 2008
"Go ahead, make my day" Harry Callahan Sudden Impact 1983 [note 12]
"He got a real purty mouth, ain't he?" Toothless Man Deliverance 1972
"You've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?" Harry Callahan Dirty Harry 1971 [note 12]
"I am Iron Man" Iron Man Iron Man 2008
"I have a bad feeling about this" Luke Skywalker Star Wars 1977
"It's a trap!" Admiral Ackbar Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 1983
"My Precious" Gollum The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002
"You talkin' to me?" Travis Bickle Taxi Driver 1976 [note 13]
"Yippee Ki Yay, Motherfucker" John McClane Die Hard 1988 [note 14]
"Say hello to my little friend" Tony Montana Scarface 1983 [note 15]
"Release the Kraken!" Zeus Clash of the Titans 2010 [51]
"The name is Bond, James Bond" James Bond Dr No 1962 [note 5]
"I pity the fool" Clubber Lang / Mr. T Rocky III 1982
"We have ways to make men talk" Mohammed Khan The Lives of a Bengal Lancer 1935 [52]

See also


  1. ^ Dwayne Nelson's "Hey hey hey" catchphrase in What's Happening!! emphasizes the second hey
  2. ^ The catchphrase "Oh my God, they killed Kenny" is followed with Kyle Broflovski's catchphrase "You bastards!"
  3. ^ a b #1 on Time Magazine's top 10 catchphrases.
  4. ^ a b #37 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  5. ^ a b #76 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  6. ^ #2 on Time Magazine's top 10 catchphrases.
  7. ^ #1 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  8. ^ #6 on Time Magazine's top 10 catchphrases.
  9. ^ #5 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  10. ^ #10 on Time Magazine's top 10 catchphrases.
  11. ^ #2 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  12. ^ a b #6 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  13. ^ #10 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  14. ^ #96 on Premiere magazine's top 100 Greatest Movie Lines.
  15. ^ #61 on American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.


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  2. ^ "Ooh ! You Are Awful - Dick Emery's Big Screen Offering". Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Don't panic! Props for Dad's Army play were live grenades". London. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ Hattenstone, Simon (10 June 2002). "Permission to speak, sir?". London. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ Roycroft-Davis, Roy (3 March 2012). "SAY NO, NO, NO TO PROPPING UP THIS EU DISASTER ZONE". Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ Sutcliffe, Tom (30 September 2011). "Tom Sutcliffe: 'You stupid boy' spoke volumes". London. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ Sims, Paul (18 March 2011). "'I don't believe it!': Judge's 'Victor Meldrew' outburst as father faces kidnap charge for asking violent teen to say sorry". London. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ "One of the most repeated lines in TV comedy history" "Are You Being Served star John Inman dies". London. 8 March 2007. Retrieved 2012.
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  16. ^ Dodson, Sean (26 February 2008). "Steptoe and Son to ride again". London. Retrieved 2012.
  17. ^ a b Ringtones of Revel Horwood's catchphrases are available Archived 3 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 15 December 2010.
  18. ^ Alison Boshoff, "Strictly Come Dancing Heats Up On and Off the Dancefloor," Metro, 22 December 2012. Accessed 24 December 2012.
  19. ^ "Louis Smith Wins Full Marks For Topless Showdance in Strictly Come Dancing Final," Metro, 22 December 2012. Accessed 24 December 2012.
  20. ^ Nadia Mendoza, "'It was Filth and I Loved It!'", Daily Mail, 14 November 2011. Accessed 24 December 2012.
  21. ^ "You'll like this, not a lot... Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee strip off to recreate the Beckhams' famous Armani pose" Daily Mail, 17 February 2009. Accessed 30 October 2014.
  22. ^ Flickr pictures by Warren, May 5 2008. Accessed 5 May 2014.
  23. ^ Mark Reason, "Ronnie O'Sullivan greater than Tiger Woods", The Daily Telegraph 4 May 2008. Accessed 5 May 2014.
  24. ^ YouTube clip showing commentator and audience in action, 2007. Accessed 5 May 2014.
  25. ^ page. Accessed 5 May 2014
  26. ^ cf the title of Dickinson's autobiography, What A Bobby Dazzler. Accessed 5 May 2014.
  27. ^ Dan Hearn, "A real Bobby Dazzler in Oxford", Oxford Mail, 28 October 2009. Accessed 5 May 2014
  28. ^ Dan Hearn, " A real Bobby Dazzler in Oxford", Oxford Mail, 28 October 2009. Accessed 5 May 2014
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  33. ^ Beacom, Brian (11 May 2010). "'The audience gets a chance to laugh at everyone who's daft and bigoted'". www.evening Retrieved 2012.
  34. ^ Lyons, James (24 November 2010). "Theresa May resorts to 'Allo 'Allo French accent defending immigration plans". Retrieved 2012.
  35. ^ "TV provides new dictionary entries". BBC News. 30 August 2003. Retrieved 2012.
  36. ^ "Brookside fans hold Scouse demo". BBC News. 18 October 2002. Retrieved 2012.
  37. ^ "Formula 1 ace Lewis Hamilton apologises for "Is it cos I is black?" Ali G joke". 30 May 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  38. ^ "Is it cos I is black?". London. 12 January 2000. Retrieved 2012.
  39. ^ "'Exterminate!' Woman spotted with Dalek by The Leas in Folkestone". Kent Online. Retrieved 2013.
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  41. ^ Freedland, Jonathan (21 March 2007). "This political limbo leaves Brown cast as Westminster's Prince of Wales". London. Retrieved 2012.
  42. ^ Carter, Helen (21 August 2009). "Teenage girl is first to be jailed for bullying on Facebook". London. Retrieved 2012.
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