Do You Remember This '80s TV Show Character's Catchphrase?


By: John Miller

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The '80s were chock-full of iconic TV shows that still serve as mass culture fodder throughout the world. How well do you know the following '80s TV catchphrases?

“Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats HO!” was a catchphrase from which '80s show?

When battle commenced in "Thundercats," our muscular feline heroes wielded their courage and shouted, “Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats HO!” And then they curled up on in the sunshine by the window and slept for 20 hours straight.


Which TV character made an entire career on the catchphrase, "I pity the fool"?

With his trademark mohawk and gold chains, Mr. T (of "The A-Team" fame) shot to stardom in part thanks to his irascible nature. He confronted many people by saying, "I pity the fool."


Which TV show used the catchphrase, "I kill me!"

"ALF" is the name of the lovable alien with a silly sense of humor. Whenever he cracks a joke, he laughs and shouts, "I kill me!"


On which TV show did the host often say, "champagne wishes and caviar dreams"?

Robin Leach, with his iconic English accent, helped viewers ogle the wealthy folks in "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." He'd often tempt (taunt?) yearning audiences with the phrase, "champagne wishes and caviar dreams."


"D'oh" is a famous catchphrase from which TV series?

It's a catchphrase for the ages: "D'oh!" And it became a cultural touchstone thanks to the bumbling Homer in "The Simpsons."


Which character repeats the phrase, "Connect the dots, la la la"?

"Connect the dots, la la la," is a favorite line from "Pee-wee's Playhouse." Pee-wee parlayed his TV show success into a major movie career.


The catchphrase “Whatchu talkin’ 'bout, Willis" was made popular by which TV show?

Actor Gary Coleman played the pudgy-faced kid named Arnold in "Diff'rent Strokes." When he hit a point of exasperation, he often repeated the phrase, “Whatchu talkin’ 'bout, Willis?"


Which TV series spawned the catchphrase, "Resistance is futile"?

The crew of the Enterprise (on "Star Trek: The Next Generation") countered a deadly race called the Borg, which cruised the galaxy in big Rubbermaid containers. The Borg terrified victims by saying, "Resistance is futile."


Which kid's cartoon featured the catchphrase, "By the power of Grayskull … I have the power!"

In "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe," enemies often attacked our favorite muscle-bound heroes. When threatened, He-Man raised his sword and shouted, "By the power of Grayskull … I have the power!"


Which silly family show helped “You got it, dude" enter the cultural lexicon?

In "Full House," pint-sized Michelle Tanner used her cute little-girl voice to say, "You got it, dude," and stole the hearts of America. The Olsen twins who played Michelle are now -- gasp -- more than 30 years old. Also, Mary Kate is married to the much older (and painfully creepy) former president of France.


On the bar-based sitcom "Cheers," one character always walked it into the bar saying "Afternoon, everybody," to which other patrons replied ____.

Everyone knows the most famous barfly in history: Norm! The "Cheers" character was played by actor George Wendt.


"Heeeeerrrrre's Johnny!" was an opening line that announced the beginning of which show?

"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" made a star out of Johnny, of course. But his sidekick, Ed McMahon, also gained fame by introducing the star with a boisterous, "Heeeeerrrrre's Johnny!" Later, Ed went on to a career in which he clogged hundreds of millions of mailboxes with junk mail.


Which cartoon made the phrase, "Go, Joe!" famous?

The early '80s saw the triumph of "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero," a cartoon that found American heroes battling Soviet, er, Cobra enemies. As Joe conducted murderous rampages, his comrades yelled, "Go, Joe!"


During which show do you often hear the phrase, "Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry"?

Dr. Banner was a mild-mannered scientist until people stoked his ire … then he turned into the Incredible Hulk. He warned his enemies by saying, "Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry."


On which popular game show did contestants shout, "No whammies, stop!"

On "Press Your Luck," contestants collected cash and risked their fortunes with excessive greed. They screamed "no whammies, stop!" and then pondered suicide as their cash disappeared into game show oblivion.


Which show helped to proliferate the phrase, "Talk amongst yourselves"?

Mike Myers was hilarious in the "Coffee Talk" sketches that appeared on "Saturday Night Live." Whenever his Jewish female character was flustered, she'd say, "talk amongst yourselves."


Who often repeated the phrase, "Eat my shorts!"

He didn't take lip from anyone. When scolded, Bart Simpson hopped on his skateboard and yelled, "eat my shorts!"


On "Fantasy Island," how did the little man named Tattoo alert people to the arrival of new guests?

New guests to "Fantasy Island" often arrived by air. Tattoo always excitedly shouted, "the plane, the plane!" But it sounded more like, "Ze plane, ze plane!"


"I know you are, but what am I?" originated with which TV show?

In "Pee-wee's Playhouse," Pee-wee is never lacking in sass. He mocks bullies by saying "I know you are but what am I?" Later, Pee-wee was arrested while misbehaving in an adult movie theater, so I guess we know exactly what he is.


On which show did audiences often hear the dismayed cry of, "My glasses!"

Poor Thelma is practically blind without her glasses. And in "Scooby-Doo," her spectacles invariably wind up in the dirt of a dark, dangerous cave.


Which (often annoying) character would sarcastically ask, "Did I do that?"

On "Family Matters," the bespectacled Steve Urkel loved riling up his foes by saying, "Did I do that?" And he always said it in a nasally voice that made you want to reach through the TV screen and give him a violent wedgie.


"Say what?" is a famous catchphrase from which show?

Arnold wasn't the only one with a famous catchphrase in "Diff'rent Strokes." His older brother Willis was known to say, "Say what?" Todd Bridges, the actor who played Willis, reportedly repeated his famous phrase when police arrested him on suspicion of attempted murder in 1989.


Flo is a waitress at Mel's Diner in the classic sitcom "Alice." What did she say when she was aggravated?

Flo is a Southern woman who is full of snark. When irked, she often says, "Kiss my grits!" If you Google "grits," be aware that the images are not safe for work.


What was one of ALF's favorite catchphrases?

ALF is a furry brown alien who never worries about anything. He happily says, "No problem!" But in reality, sometimes it really is a problem … and someone else will get stuck fixing that problem.


Which cartoon made famous the catchphrase, "Transform and roll out!"

The animated kid's show "Transformers" often deployed the exciting phrase, "Autobots, transform and roll out!" It meant that combat action was about to get heavy and some Decipticons would soon be dismantled.


"I just had one of my brilliant ideas" is a catchphrase from which sitcom?

The snobby Blair Warner was never lacking in ego during "Facts of Life." When she had epiphanies, she'd say, "I just had one of my brilliant ideas!"


What did game show host Bob Barker say at the end of each episode of "The Price is Right"?

Bob Barker went barking up the right tree by spreading the good news about pet population control. After each show, he'd say, "Have your pet spayed or neutered!"


Which character gained wacky fame for repeating the nonsense word, "Nanoo, nanoo!"

On "Mork & Mindy," Mork (played by Robin Williams) is an alien who drops extraterrestrial language into conversations. No one really knows what, "nanoo, nanoo" means, but in the '80s, it was hilarious.


How did the catchphrase, "Help! I've fallen, and I can't get up!" become famous?

Life-Alert made millions in the '80s thanks to a clever medical product commercial that deployed the phrase, "Help! I've fallen, and I can't get up!" And do you know why it worked? Because no one wants to die alone.


Which kids show made "staring" a catchphrase?

In the "Care Bears" cartoons, the heroic little bears would leap into action and defeat their enemies by combining forces. They used the "Care Bear Stare" to defeat all those who opposed their adorable Ursidae agenda.


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