Lucy, you got some ‘splaining to do!

There are certain television lines that come back easily from my childhood. Jimmie Walker’s famous line “Dy-no-mite!” from the show Good Times, which I knew before I ever saw an actual episode, because Walker’s face was plastered across magazines like Tiger Beat and Teen, ranks as one of the earliest. Ricky Ricardo, played by Desi Arnaz, crying out in frustration at his wife Lucy, Lucille Ball, in I Love Lucy is another memory at the top of the list.

A few years later, as we were allowed to watch more TV, I used to mimic Gary Coleman in his role as Arnold Jackson on the show Different Strokes as he seemed to say each episode when something happened: “What’ch you talkin’ ‘bout Willis? Yea, my mimicking was as annoying as it sounds.

Later I joined the crew from Cheers in celebrating Norm’s arrival each episode by shouting out his name.

TV has a way of spilling over into our lives. There have been other iconic lines too:

  • “How you doin’?” — Friends
  • “Live, from New York, it’s Saturday night!” — Saturday Night Live
  • “Is that your final answer?” — Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
  • “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” — ABC’s Wide World of Sports
  • “Beam me up, Scotty!” — Star Trek

I could go on and on, we as a society watch an amazing amount of television. I can give thousands of reasons why we should give up TV, but it still manages to find a special place in our hearts and memories. Check out my latest post, Tuned in and watching! on The Heart of the Matter and see what you think. How much TV do you watch? And what lines are memorable for you?

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      1. D’oh, I really should have included that one. It’s official, especially if it’s in the Oxford English Dictionary! Can’t go wrong there. A good friend of mine would use “D’oh” in the office all the time. It could be used for any situation, something good or bad. We’d crack ourselves up over the silliest things. Yes, a great one.

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      2. I automatically think of the ski jumper falling during the agony of defeat line. When I think of the show I think of going to our friend’s house (since we didn’t get ABC without a lot of fuzz) to watch Evel Knievel try to jump Snake River in Idaho or the Harlem Globetrotters. Wow, two very 70s-ish flashbacks. Love it.

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  1. How about “when you wish upon a star… dreams can take you very far…” and my kids favorite growing up “Crikey!” So many fun ones to remember and they take you back to very specific moments don’t they?!

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    1. You’re right, I now have all four of those theme songs running through my head now. Loved Cheers intro song. I was just thinking about Happy Days recently. My son mentioned Henry Winkler and my response was “oh you mean the Fonz” and he looked at me like I had three heads. He knew him from Water Boy and some other things he’s done, but had never watched Happy Days. I, of course, took the moment to tell him that he’s lived a sheltered life!

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