Thats the catch that producer Paul Barosse faced while working on The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases (sic), a TV Land special airing for five nights starting December 11.
Some of the phrases making the list include Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids, Yabba Dabba Doo, and Yada yada yada.
As you might expect, Barosse and his staff had heated debates over what makes a good TV catch phrase. The Scooby Doo phrase, And I wouldve gotten away with it if it hadnt been for you meddling kids almost didnt make it.
One key element: Universal applicability.
As he puts it, The phrase, when you assume, you make an ass out of u and me, appeared once on an episode of The Odd Couple and its been around ever since.
Plus, he points out that there are lots of people whove never watched Hogans Heroes saying, I see nothing just like Sgt. Schultz.
Barosse is pleased with the final tally but admits theres enough catchy phrases for other countdown shows.
In his words, I could do a countdown show just based on Alka-Seltzer slogans such as Try it, youll like it, or I cant believe I ate the whole thing.
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