10 TV Shows With Memorable Lines That Are Now Part of Pop Culture

Sheldon Big Bang Theory
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Television.

Looking back at 10 TV shows with the most memorable catchphrases, it’s been quite a solid decade of good television. These memorable catchphrases add more fun and love to iconic shows with lovable characters. 

The best part is that fans of the show have even picked up some of these catchphrases, using them in their own daily interactions. There is even merchandise of these catchphrases – shirts, mugs, notebooks; you name it. But enough of that, let’s delve into some of these catchphrases!

1 – Friends – How You Doin

Joey Tribbiani
Photo Credits: Warner Bros. Television.

It would be a crime not to include Joey Tribbiani’s iconic pick-up line, ‘How you doin?’ on the list. Pair it with his flirtatious look and smile, and girls everywhere are starstruck, on and off the screen. Of course, having him flirt or see a pretty girl without his catchphrase in tow would be remiss.

Other catchphrases were memorable from the show but were not repeated as often, like Ross’s ‘Unagi’ and ‘Pivot! Pivot!’. Otherwise, we would have decidedly included those, as they make for some hilarious moments in the show.

2 – How I Met Your Mother – It’s Gonna Be Legen- Wait for It – Dary!

Barney Stinson - How I Met Your Mother
Photo Credits: 20th Century Fox.

Barney Stinson is a memorable character with his playboy qualities. In a way, he’s a repackaged and hardcore PG version of Joey Tribbiani. As a character, he has several funny catchphrases, but the most memorable catchphrase would be, ‘It’s gonna be legen – wait for it – dary!’.

Another favorite would be ‘Suit up!’ and many other variations of the same catchphrase. Truly, Barney is a character who will always bring either a smile or a grimace when he makes an appearance on screen.

3 – The Simpsons – D’Oh!

Homer Simpson - The Simpsons
Photo Credits: Matt Groening.

As a show, The Simpsons have been running since 1989 and has since incorporated all sorts of real-life memorable moments into its cartoonish world. When things go wrong (as they often do), Homer Simpson’s’ D’oh’ is one of the most memorable catchphrases to be immortalized.

The catchphrase made it into the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary in 2001. So naturally, for a show that has been running this long, there are many other memorable catchphrases like Apu’s ‘Thank you, come again’ and Bart’s ‘Eat my shorts.’

4 – The Big Bang Theory – Bazinga!

Sheldon Cooper - The Big Bang Theory
Photo Credits: CBS.

Nothing like a good ‘in your face’ moment like yelling ‘Bazinga!’ at someone. Kind of like an ‘I told you so!’ feeling. That makes this one of the most memorable catchphrases from The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon Cooper’s intelligence and half-snob personality rubs the catchphrase for most.

Some people even deem it an annoying catchphrase, but a win is a win in our book! So take out the pranks and attempts at one-upping another person, and ‘Bazinga!’ became an exclamation of joy later on in the season.

5 – The Office – That’s What She Said

Michael Scott - The Office
Photo Credits: Universal Television.

In dirty jokes and phrases with double meanings, ‘That’s what she said’ has taken on a whole other life of its own. In a way, we all have Michael Scott from The Office to thank. The best part is that none of his colleagues typically found his catchphrase funny or appropriate, as he seems to say it with terrible timing.

For the viewers, however, this is the sort of humor they signed up for when they decide to watch The Office, so it definitely tickles their funny bone. In addition, the other characters’ dirty and often disappointed looks add to the humor. 

6 – South Park – Oh My God, They Killed Kenny!

South Park
Photo Credits: Trey Parker, Matt Stone.

South Park fans are used to the idea of Kenny dying in multiple episodes of the show, and the catchphrase ‘Oh my God, they killed Kenny!’ is more of a joke than a travesty. Since Kenny’s character essentially gets hurt to the brink of death, and more numerous times, it has become a running gag in the show.

Every single time this happens, someone yells the catchphrase, immortalizing it in the minds of its viewers. Some people even join along since it’s pretty much the apparent gag to do.

7 – Seinfeld – Yada, Yada, Yada

Photo Credits: Castle Rock Entertainment. 

Most people have heard or said ‘Yada, yada, yada’ at some point in their lives to gloss over any boring details of a story cause they get too lazy to elaborate. This is precisely how this catchphrase started on Seinfeld, which then spread out amongst its audiences and normalized in society.

It started with Geroge’s girlfriend, Marcy, who likes to shorten her stories by simply saying, ‘Yada, yada, yada.’ Soon enough, the phrase starts catching on to the other characters, and they also start using it in their conversations and stories. It’s a humorous cycle that infects the audience and society.

8 – Gossip Girl – Xoxo, Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl
Photo Credits: Warner Bros. Television.

The ever-elusive Gossip Girl has made their catchphrase known to the world, and it truly doesn’t get more iconic than this. With every episode and season of Gossip Girl, the anonymous character (no spoilers here) ends their texts the same way, ‘XOXO, Gossip Girl.’

Most fans have adopted this as an inside joke in their daily lives and conversations, choosing to end their texts or even conversations in the same mysterious way. It just adds more fun and spice to the situation. 

9 – Breaking Bad – Yeah, Science!

Jesse Pinkman - Breaking Bad
Photo Credits: AMC Networks.

You may have seen the meme of Jesse Pinkman saying this catchphrase. Interestingly, this is what everyone thinks he said. In the actual show, Jesse didn’t even curse. He just said, ‘Yeah, science!’ which spurred on the conspiracy theory of another Mandela effect.

Honestly, if you’ve never seen the show, this whole thing might not be of consequence to you, but if you’re a fan, do let us know in the comments below what you think! What do you remember it being? With or without the curse word included? 

10 – Game of Thrones – Brace Yourselves, Winter Is Coming

Ned Stark - Game of Thrones
Photo Credits: HBO Entertainment. 

Through all its promotional materials, even those who have not watched Game of Thrones have heard of this catchphrase. Of course, we could have just presented the catchphrase as ‘Winter is coming,’ but typically, the line feels incomplete, and ‘Brace yourselves, winter is coming’ feels more accurate. 

The catchphrase itself is one of the most memorable catchphrases out there, cited everywhere during the height of the Game of Thrones craze. The catchphrase has been immortalized as a meme featuring Ned Stark during his infamous speech.

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  • Sarah Paul

    I dip my toes in all things nerdy. I started writing and never looked back! I'll write about anything under the sun if you give me the chance, but my loyalty currently lies with nerd culture.

Sarah Paul

Written by Sarah Paul

I dip my toes in all things nerdy. I started writing and never looked back! I'll write about anything under the sun if you give me the chance, but my loyalty currently lies with nerd culture.

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