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Popular TV Quotes That Are Now Part of Everyday Vocabulary

It has been said that television has had a greater influence on American culture than parents, schools, churches, and government. Television debuted in the United States in 1928 with the launch of WGY Television, a joint venture of WGY in Schenectady, New York and WMAK in Lockport, New York. Development was halted during World War II but quickly picked up when peace was restored. Soon more than half of American households had a set and the 1950s became known as the Golden Age of Television. Today, these are the states where people watch the most TV.

Even if television’s primacy has been challenged in the last two decades by the internet and social media, it has certainly made its mark on our language. 24/7 Tempo has compiled a list of classic TV quotes that are now part of everyday vocabulary.

Some of them are so ingrained that you may be quoting a TV show without realizing it. The truth is out there, whether you’re aware of it or not. By the way, that’s a quote from the “X-Files.” And if you didn’t recognize it, you might say, “D’oh!” That’s from “The Simpsons.” (Click here for the most binge-worthy series you can stream now.)

Our list includes such classic lines as “That’s what she said,” from “The Office” and “I am the danger,” from “Breaking Bad.” If you’re impressed by something or someone, you might say, “Smarter than your average bear.” If you’re not so impressed, you might say, “Yada, yada, yada.” And if you’ve heard enough already, you can say, “Just the facts, ma’am.”

Click here for 50 classic TV quotes that are now part of everyday vocabulary

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How do you do, fellow kids?
> Show: 30 Rock

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Source: Courtesy of FX Network

Phrasing!
> Show: Archer

Source: Courtesy of Fox Network

I’ve made a huge mistake
> Show: Arrested Development

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I am the danger.
> Show: Breaking Bad

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Source: Courtesy of KVH Media Group

I’d like your $8-est bottle of wine, please
> Show: Brooklyn 99

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Norm!
> Show: Cheers

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Source: Courtesy of KVH Media Group

Cool cool cool
> Show: Community

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What’chu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?
> Show: Different Strokes

Source: Courtesy of National Broadcasting Company

Just the facts, ma’am
> Show: Dragnet

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I tried nice once. Didn’t care for it
> Show: Everybody Loves Raymond

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I’m listening
> Show: Frasier

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How come he don’t want me man?
> Show: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.
> Show: Friday Night Lights

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How you doin’?
> Show: Friends

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Shut up and take my money
> Show: Futurama

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Winter is Coming
> Show: Game of Thrones

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Source: Courtesy of Walt Disney Television

So pick me, choose me, love me.
> Show: Grey’s Anatomy

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True story
> Show: How I Met Your Mother

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Lucy I’m Home!
> Show: I Love Lucy

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Source: Courtesy of Columbia TriStar Domestic Television

What is…
> Show: Jeopardy!

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What’s up doc?
> Show: Looney Tunes

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We have to go back
> Show: Lost

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What do you want me to say?
> Show: Mad Men

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Treat yoself
> Show: Parks & Rec

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By order of the Peaky Blinders
> Show: Peaky Blinders

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Make it work
> Show: Project Runway

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Sashay away
> Show: RuPaul’s Drag Race

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More cowbell
> Show: Saturday Night Live

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It’s handled.
> Show: Scandal

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Eww!
> Show: Schitt’s Creek

Source: Courtesy of CBS

Zoinks
> Show: Scooby Doo

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Yada yada yada
> Show: Seinfeld

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I couldn’t help but wonder…
> Show: Sex and the City

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I thought this was America
> Show: South Park

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Source: Courtesy of Nickelodeon

I’m ready!
> Show: SpongeBob SquarePants

Source: Courtesy of CBS Video

The tribe has spoken
> Show: Survivor

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Source: Courtesy of NBC
I believe in Believe
> Show: Ted Lasso

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Bazinga
> Show: The Big Bang Theory

Source: Courtesy of CBS Paramount Domestic Television

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia
> Show: The Brady Bunch

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Source: Courtesy of Columbia TriStar Domestic Television

Hey now!
> Show: The Larry Sanders Show

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That’s what she said
> Show: The Office

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Come on Down!
> Show: The Price is Right

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D’oh
> Show: The Simpsons

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Madone
> Show: The Sopranos

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Source: Courtesy of National Broadcasting Company

Heeeeere’s Johnny!
> Show: The Tonight Show

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You come at the king, you best not miss
> Show: The Wire

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Source: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

The truth is out there
> Show: The X-Files

Source: Courtesy of American Broadcasting Company

Is that your final answer?
> Show: Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Source: Courtesy of National Broadcasting Company

Just Jack
> Show: Will & Grace

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Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Smarter than your average bear.
> Show: Yogi Bear

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