Quiz about Infamous Television Catch Phrases
Quiz about Infamous Television Catch Phrases

Infamous Television Catch Phrases Quiz

Some phrases have been immortalized by television. Say it and everyone knows where it comes from. I will give the saying, match it to who said it (real person or fictional character) and the show.

A multiple-choice quiz by iznibs. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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3 mins
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
Feb 22 23
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1. "And that's the way it is." Hint

George W. Bush, "State of the Union" addresses
Fred Sanford, "Sanford and Son"
Mike Brady, "The Brady Bunch"
Walter Cronkite, "CBS Evening News"

2. "Bam!" Hint

Detective Sonny Crocket, "Miami Vice"
Bam-Bam, "The Flinstones"
Emeril Lagasse, "Emeril Live"
Mr. T, "The A-Team"

3. "How you doin'?" Hint

Joey, "Friends"
Fonzie, "Happy Days"
Dr Phil, "The Dr. Phil Show"
Dr. Carter, "ER"

4. "Mom always liked you best." Hint

Michelle, "Full House"
Tommy Smothers, "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"
Ed Sullivan, "The Ed Sullivan Show"
Bobby, "Dallas"

5. "Live long and prosper." Hint

Captain Adama, "Battlestar Galactica"
Captain Picard, "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
Buck Rogers, "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"
Spock, "Star Trek"

6. "Up your nose with a rubber hose." Hint

Buffy, "Family Affair"
Buffy, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Vinnie Barbarino, "Welcome Back, Kotter"
Screech, "Saved by the Bell"

7. "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?" Hint

Arnold Jackson, "Diff'rent Strokes"
Fat Albert, "Fat Albert"
Maddie, "Moonlighting"
Homey the Clown, "In Living Color"

8. "You rang?" Hint

Kramer, "Seinfeld"
Alice, "The Brady Bunch"
Lurch, "The Addams Family"
Grandpa, "The Munsters"

9. "Is that your final answer?" Hint

Bob Barker, "The Price Is Right"
Carol Brady, "The Brady Bunch"
Regis Philbin, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"
J.R., "Dallas"

10. "How sweet it is!" Hint

Bugs Bunny, "Saturday Morning Cartoons"
Chandler Bing, "Friends"
Jackie Gleason, "The Jackie Gleason Show"
Chevy Chase as the news anchor, "Saturday Night Live"

11. "Don't make me angry..." Hint

Luke, "The O.C."
David Banner, "The Incredible Hulk"
Shirley, "Laverne & Shirley"
Pa Ingalls, "Little House on the Prairie"

12. "Good night, John Boy." Hint

Elaine, "Seinfeld"
Frasier, "Frasier"
Janet, "Three's Company"
The Waltons, "The Waltons"

13. "I know nothing!" Hint

Kathie Lee, "Live With Regis and Kathie Lee"
Sergeant Schultz, "Hogan's Heroes"
Chrissy, "Three's Company"
Kris, "Charlie's Angels"

14. "De plane! De plane!" Hint

Kramer, "Seinfeld"
Gilligan, "Gilligan's Island"
Detective Tubbs, "Miami Vice"
Tattoo, "Fantasy Island"

15. "Danger, Will Robinson." Hint

Mother Robinson, "Swiss Family Robinson"
Robot, "Lost in Space"
Data, "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
Grace, "Will and Grace"

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. "And that's the way it is."

Answer: Walter Cronkite, "CBS Evening News"

Walter Cronkite signed off the newscast every night with this phrase, followed by the date (keeping to standards of objective journalism, he omitted this phrase on nights when he ended the newscast with commentary). During the Iran hostage crisis from 1979 to 1981, he also counted the days the hostages were in captivity, following his trademark line.
2. "Bam!"

Answer: Emeril Lagasse, "Emeril Live"

Emeril has used this phrase both in his cooking show and now in a couple of commercials as well. It is said with great emphasis. He is also known for the phrases "Kick it up a notch" and "Feel the love."
3. "How you doin'?"

Answer: Joey, "Friends"

It is Joey's pick up line for women. The 'you' is emphasized. He actually did not use this phrase in the first couple seasons.
4. "Mom always liked you best."

Answer: Tommy Smothers, "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"

Tommy would say this to his brother Dick Smothers on their variety show from 1965 - 1975 when he would get upset with him. Michelle didn't have a mother on "Full House". Bobby was his mother's favorite on "Dallas".
5. "Live long and prosper."

Answer: Spock, "Star Trek"

The phrase was Spock's form of "good-bye" and was accompanied by the hand sign with the middle and 4th finger split apart. This was used both in the original television series and the corresponding movies.
6. "Up your nose with a rubber hose."

Answer: Vinnie Barbarino, "Welcome Back, Kotter"

A sort of "take that!" phrase. Vinnie was a "tough" guy and that was his tough talk. The phrase was used by many of kids on playgrounds across the U.S. during the 1970's.
7. "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?"

Answer: Arnold Jackson, "Diff'rent Strokes"

The phrase was always used when Arnold didn't believe what his brother Willis was saying. It was said with the same facial expression every time. The phrase caught on in America where whomever's name was substituted for Willis.
8. "You rang?"

Answer: Lurch, "The Addams Family"

The family would ring their servant bell and Lurch would always respond with "You rang?" The character Lurch was originally cast to be silent but after the producers heard Ted Cassidy's voice the role was turned into a speaking part. C'mon, you know you have at least once in your life used the phrase and attempted to do it in the same deep, drawn-out voice of Lurch.
9. "Is that your final answer?"

Answer: Regis Philbin, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"

Regis would ask that on the show and if the contestant agreed, then his/her answer could no longer be changed. That phrase has also been great for parents everywhere. The host of the original English version of the show, Chris Tarrant, also uses the phrase.
10. "How sweet it is!"

Answer: Jackie Gleason, "The Jackie Gleason Show"

Jackie Gleason used it anytime he was pleased. The phrase is so synonymous with Jackie Gleason, a biography of him is titled "How Sweet It Is" and a collection of big band music he wrote also shares the title. The show ran from 1952 - 1959.
11. "Don't make me angry..."

Answer: David Banner, "The Incredible Hulk"

"...you wouldn't like me when I'm angry". Of course, no one ever listened to him and soon David loses another set of clothes as he grows into the Hulk...good thing his pants always managed to stay on.
12. "Good night, John Boy."

Answer: The Waltons, "The Waltons"

In the scene that closed each episode, the viewer sees the family house draped in darkness, save for one light in an upstairs window. Through voice-overs, each character bids the other good-night until the last good-night from John Walton, Sr. to his son: "Good night, John-Boy." "Good night, everyone" -- and the last light in the house clicks off...and who admits to adding that phrase to your own family's good night routine?
13. "I know nothing!"

Answer: Sergeant Schultz, "Hogan's Heroes"

The 'nothing' was emphasized. Sergeant Schultz would claim this when questioned by his superiors about what was going on with the prisoners. Again, you know you not only used the phrase but tried the accent and emphasis also.
14. "De plane! De plane!"

Answer: Tattoo, "Fantasy Island"

The phrase started the show every Saturday night during its run 1978 - 1984. Tattoo would be in the gazebo look-out and see the plane arriving.
15. "Danger, Will Robinson."

Answer: Robot, "Lost in Space"

As the quote states, the robot would warn Will when danger was near. Robots have evolved since that series aired 1965 - 1968 but how many of those have a phrase that is still around 30 years later?
Source: Author iznibs

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