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TV Land Special Counts Down TV's Most Memorable Quotes

November 23rd, 2006 3:02pm EST
Billy CrystalTV Land counts down "The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases" in a week-long look at the memorable sayings from cartoons, television series, commercials and news programs over the past 60 years like Donald Trump's (The Apprentice) "You're fired" to Billy Crystal's (Saturday Night Live) "You look mahvelous!" to Walter Cronkite's "And that's the way it is."

Building on the success of 2005's "The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments," "The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases" gives viewers a look inside the origins of some of pop culture's most remembered and repeated catchphrases. The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases airs on Monday, December 11 from 10 to 11 P.M. ET/PT for five consecutive nights.

TV Land's "The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases" features original talent interviews and archival clips of those who made them famous as well as those who have been deeply influenced by the catchphrases. From Neil Armstrong's unforgettable "One small step ... " to Fred Flintstone's cartoon catchphrase "Yabba dabba do" to The Price is Right's Johnny Olson's call to "Come on down," TV Land's The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases will take viewers from 100 to 1 in this lively week-long countdown show.

"We have found that television is such a huge part of Baby Boomers' DNA that it makes sense that so much of America's pop culture jargon has come from TV," stated Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land. "We are sure that The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases will strike a chord with the TV Generation and will illustrate the influence the medium has had on pop culture."

The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases by the numbers:

* 1 moment from the 1940's; 10 moments from 1950's; 20 moments from the 1960's; 26 moments from the 1970's; 15 moments from the 1980's; 19 moments from the 1990's; and 9 moments from 2000 and on.

* 28 comedy moments top the list by genre with one-liners including
"Dynomite" from Good Times and "Oh my God! They killed Kenny!" from South Park.

* 10 commercials grace the list including "I can't believe I ate that
whole thing" from Alka Seltzer and Energizer Batteries "It keeps going
and going and going ... "

* 21 variety show phrases include "Jane, you ignorant slut" from Saturday
Night Live and "Here it is, your moment of Zen" from The Daily Show


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