Can You Match These '80s Sitcom Characters to Their Catchphrases?


By: Becky Stigall

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

A catchphrase is a type of phrase or expression that is easily recognizable and has been repeated over and over by many different people. Some of these phrases stem from things that we have heard politicians, celebrities and people in the public eye saying, as well as ones we have heard in movies and television series. 

The 1980s was one of the most popular decades when it comes to television and it was also one of those decades which many of the most popular catchphrases came from. These phrases have been said so often, that they are still being said today. 

Catchphrases that you may know include "Lucy, you got some 'splaining to do," "Whatchoo talkin' bout Willis?", "You're in big trouble mister," "Cut that jibe Jabba" and "I brought you into this world and I'll take you out."

If you were given some of these catchphrases, would you be able to identify who said or which show it came from? In this quiz, you'll be given a series of catchphrases, some of which you will know and others which you may have never heard. Will you be able to get at least 80% of them correct? Take this quiz to find out!

Which "Happy Days" character popularized the exclamation "Aaay"?

If you were an '80s child, you probably had a poster of The Fonze saying "Aaay!"


Which "Alice" character told Mel to "Kiss my grits"?

Flo used the phrase liberally. Did you know the original phrase was "Kiss my honeydew"?


Which "Dukes of Hazzard" character liked to say "Cuff 'em and stuff 'em"?

The role of Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane was played by James Best. Bonus points if you remember his middle name was Purvis.


Which "Family Matters" character often asked, "Did I do that"?

The character of Steve Urkel was played by Jaleel White.


Which character on "Mork and Mindy" said, "Na-Nu, Na-Nu"?

Mork, from Ork, used this as a greeting. The phrase had a hand gesture to match.


Which "Diff'rent Strokes" character said "Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?"

Who could forget Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as Arnold and Willis, respectively?


Which "Simpsons" character said, "Eat my shorts"?

The character of Bart is voiced by Nancy Cartwright. He causes mischief as "El Barto" - and somehow nobody knows that's Bart.


Which "Family Matters" character said, "Anybody got any cheese?"

Bet you read that as "Anybody got any cheeeeeeese?" Oh, Urkel.


Which "Cheers" character exclaimed, "Norm"?

"Norm!" was the greeting Norm received every time he entered the bar. Quite a popular guy!


Which "Full House" character said, "Don't call me squirt"?

Michelle, played by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, HATED being called squirt.


Which "Full House" character exclaimed, "Have mercy"?

Uncle Jesse often said these words in his best Elvis impersonation voice.


Which "Newhart" character introduced himself and his brothers by saying, "This is my brother, Darryl. This is my other brother, Darryl"?

The introduction always started with "I'm Larry." He was played by William Sanderson.


Which adorable "Full House" character said, "You got it dude"?

The character of Michelle Tanner was played by twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.


Which character on "Mama's Family" said, "Don't lay this at my doorstep"?

The role of Thelma Harper, Mama, was played by Vicki Lawrence.


Which "Cosby Show" character threatened, "I brought you in this world and I'll take you out"?

Cliff said these words to Theo. Many parents have used the words since.


Which "Perfect Strangers" character said, "Balki, I have... a plan"?

Good thing Larry had a plan. The show ran from 1986-1993.


Which "Perfect Strangers" character often said, "Don't be ridiculous"?

The character of Balki was played by Bronson Pinchot. What an accent!


Which "Full House" character said, "You're in big trouble, Mister"?

Who could resist this admonishment by Michelle?


Which "Golden Girls" character began each reminiscence with "Back in St. Olaf..."?

Rose Nyland, played by Betty White, was from St. Olaf, Minnesota.


Which "Golden Girls" character said "Shut up, Rose"?

The role of Dorothy was played by Bea Arthur. She had little patience.


Which "Full House" character exclaimed, "How rude"?

The character of Stephanie Tanner was played by Jodie Sweetin.


Which "Full House" character was wont to say "Cut It Out"?

The character of Uncle Joey was played by Dave Coulier.


Which "Simpsons" character often exclaimed, "d'oh"?

The character of Homer is voiced by Dan Castellaneta.


Which "Saved by the Bell" character said, "Hey, hey, hey, hey! What is going on here"?

The character of Principal Belding was played by Dennis Haskins.


Which "Moonlighting" character mused, "Do Bears Bare? Do Bees Bee?"

The character of David Addison was played by Bruce Willis.


Which "Full House" character asked, "Kapeesh"?

The role of Uncle Jesse was played by John Stamos.


Which "Benson" character often said, "I hear you, Benson"?

The character of Gretchen Kraus, the chef, was played by Inga Swenson.


Which "A-Team" character said, "I love it when a plan comes together"?

The character of Colonel John Smith was played by George Peppard. Back in 1961, he appeared in "Breakfast at Tiffany's."


Which "Happy Days" character popularized the phrase, "Sit on it"?

Although the Fonz popularized the phrase, we can't help but remember the episode when Mrs. Cunningham said it.


Which "Seinfeld" character said "Yada yada yada"?

Although the phrase did not originate on "Seinfeld," it was popularized on the episode, "The Yada Yada." George's then-girlfriend said it first in the episode.


Which "Full House" character was wont to say "I'm doomed"?

Stephanie Judith Tanner was the middle child.


Which "Facts of Life" character said, "I just had one of my brilliant ideas"?

The character of Blair Warner was played by Lisa Whelchel. In later years, the actress was a contestant on "Survivor"!


Which "Happy Days" character said, "Yowza, yowza, yowza"?

The character of Richie Cunningham was played by Ron Howard of "The Andy Griffith Show" fame. These days, he's a big-time director.


Which "A-Team" character shut things down with "Cut that jibba jabba"?

He often added a "fool" after the phrase. The character of Bosco or "Bad Attitude" Baracus was played by Mr. T.


Which "Cheers" character waxed philosophical with the words, "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing Milk Bone underwear"?

Norm clearly wasn't a glass-half-full kinda guy.


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