Popular television shows can be remembered for their well written catchphrases or quotes just as easily as they can be remembered for any great story arch or running narrative. Long standing television shows that have been off air for a number of years can have outstanding popularity just by the simple commemoration of a famous line or catchphrase. As viewers, we invest in our favourite TV show characters and love to quote our favourite lines from a show, this is only intensified when a show creates a popular catchphrase for us to repeat and use in our own vocabulary and everyday lives.

These catchphrases can be relevant only to that individual show or can be such simple words pieced together to make a popular quote or phrase. These simple words can be used in any context but when said in the voice of a particular character, the words take on a whole different meaning. There has been so many times I have said the simple words “Well isn’t that special”, four unassuming words said in such general context but as soon as the words come out of my mouth I automatically think of The Church Lady from Saturday Night Live and just have to repeat the words in that style. This is the power of the catchphrase, the ability to recall a particular moment or character featured on television within a split second.

Here is what I believe are ten of the best television catchphrases, I would love to hear what you think or if there are any I have missed, so please feel free to contribute below. 

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This article was first posted on August 13, 2013