Can You Match These 10 Famous TV Characters With Their Catchphrases?
Jimmie JJ Walker came to Canton for a stand-up performance in 2013, and he'll be returning to the Canton Comedy Theater on Saturday. Jimmie played J.J. Evans in 'Good Times.' I've never watched 'Good Times.' Even so, as soon as I saw Mr. Walker's picture, I knew "dyn-o-mite!" That's the power of a catchphrase.
For those that aren't familiar with the term, here's how Wikipedia defines "catchphrase":
A catchphrase (or catch-phrase) is a phrase or expression recognized by its repeated utterance. Such phrases often originate in popular culture and in the arts, and typically spread through a variety of mass media (such as literature and publishing, motion pictures, television and radio), as well as word of mouth. Some become the de facto "trademark" or "signature" of the person or character with whom they originated..."
Here are 10 other famous TV characters Do you know what they are famous for saying?
Steve Urkel - Jaleel White played the character of Steve Urkel on 'Family Matters' for nine seasons. Interestingly, Urkel was not intended to be the main character of the show, but became so popular that he became the star.
Fonzie - Arthur Fonzarelli was portrayed on 'Happy Days' by Henry Winkler for a decade. TV Guide once ranked Fonzie as #4 on its list of all-time great TV characters. Fonzie and Howard Cunningham were the only two characters to appear in every single episode of 'Happy Days.'
David Banner/The Incredible Hulk - Proof that you don't have to say something over and over for it to become a catchphrase. Of course, it didn't hurt that this particular catchphrase was used in the opening narration of each episode.
Al Borland - Tim "the Tool Man" Taylor's sidekick and friend on 'Home Improvement.' Borland was actually the character that had technical skill, know-how and professional knowledge of construction, power tools, plumbing, etc. Al was frequently asked to assist Tim with a number of potentially dangerous tasks, which led to his famous catchphrase.
Fred Flintstone - Maybe the easiest one on the list. The protagonist of the first prime-time animated television series, years before 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy,' 'King of the Hill,' or any of the Animation Domination series.
Ernest P. Worrell - The late Jim Varney portrayed Ernest P. Worrell in television commercials, a television series, and a series of films. Ernest was known for his catchphrase usually addressed to an unseen neighbor named Vern.
Larry the Cable Guy - This Nebraska native rose to fame as a member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. In his career he's hosted and appeared in numerous television series, radio programs, and has contributed his voice to animation projects, such as Disney's 'Cars.'
Homer Simpson - A character that has been on the air so long that he's contributed more than one catchphrase to popular culture, though his most famous catchphrase has been added to several dictionaries.
Spock - The half-man/half-Vulcan science officer of the Starship Enterprise, and best friend of Captain Kirk. Leonard Nimoy originally portrayed the character in the first 'Star Trek' television series in 1966, and most-recently appeared as the character in last summer's blockbuster 'Star Trek: Into Darkness.'
Arnold Jackson - The role that made Gary Coleman famous. Arnold was one of the main characters on 'Diff'rent Strokes,' which ran for a combined eight seasons, starting in 1978 on NBC, then moving to ABC from 1985 - 1986. In addition, 'Diff'rent' Strokes' also led to another long-running and iconic sitcom. 'The Facts of Life' spun off from 'Diff'rent Strokes' in 1979.
Do you know these characters' catchphrases? Go here for the answers.