TV’s Most Iconic Catchphrases


When we find ourselves glued to the small screen, there are always at least a few one-liners which manage to not only stick in our heads, but also become pop culture references years down the road! From Sheldon Cooper’s iconic “Bazinga!” on The Big Bang Theory to Barney Stinson’s battle cry of “Legendary” on How I Met Your Mother, here’s our guide to the top TV catchphrases:

How YOU doin’: As the always-suave Joey Tribbiani on hit 1990s sitcom Friends, Matt LeBlanc made the hearts of ladies everywhere flutter with this infamous pick-up line. Although the series ended in 2004 after a ten-year run, Joey’s wise words have lived on!

Bazinga!: After all, CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory simply wouldn’t be the same without this essential phrase from neurotic and nerdy Sheldon (Jim Parsons). Whether it’s celebrating a moment of inspiration or happiness, Bazinga! is just a line that says it all.

D’Oh!: We have to thank Homer Simpson (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) for making this single-word expression a mainstay both on and off of the animated series. It doesn’t seem to matter if you’re frustrated, under tension or simply disappointed that you couldn’t score that last goodie at Kwik-E-Mart, “D’Oh!” is Homer’s go-to phrase.

Eat my shorts: Troublemaker Bart Simpson (Nancy Cartwright) has never had any issues telling authority just where to go on The Simpsons. We’re sure everybody has been tempted to holler “eat my shorts” at least once in an especially rebellious mood!

Legen…wait for it…Dary: As a master of seducing unsuspecting ladies and dragging his friends off on sudden adventures on CBS sitcom HIMYM, Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) definitely knows how to announce a brilliant idea.

Live long and prosper: Whether you’ve mastered the Vulcan salute or are still on your way to becoming a true Trekkie, you’ve most likely heard this catchy line from Star Trek’s Spock (Leonard Nimoy) before.

You’re fired!: We secretly cower in fear of ever hearing this phrase from billionaire mogul Donald Trump, who made his devastating ultimate threat famous on reality show The Apprentice.

We’ve got a situation: With guidos and guidettes constantly stepping out for nights on the town, it’s no surprise that there were several “situations” on MTV reality show Jersey Shore during its 2009-2012 run. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino brought this party-ready warning to life on the show.

That’s what she said: As eccentric boss Michael Scott on NBC sitcom The Office, Steve Carell couldn’t help but use his famously suggestive zinger every time he had a chance.

Yada, yada, yada: Fans of the hit 1990s sitcom Seinfeld soon became familiar with this addictive phrase, which even had its own episode devoted exclusively to its overuse. We’re sure it must have been annoying listening to George’s (Jason Alexander) girlfriend saying the phrase endlessly, sentence after sentence!

Photo: thebig_bangtheory on Instagram 


Free to join! Get the hottest fashion, beauty and celebrity news, enter exclusive subscriber giveaways and be the first to receive the full digital version of REAL STYLE magazine every month.