a little television in the 80s, did you? Remember some of the choice
catchphrases from your fave shows? TV in the eighties was, like, FULL of
memorable phrases that worked their way into our cultural lexicon. Take
our Like Totally 80s quiz to see just how much you remember from those
bitchin’ 80s shows, and then click on the answers’ links to hear the
phrases in action.
1. At the end of the animated show “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero,” which
ran from 1983-1986, grateful kids said “Now we know!” and Joe responded:
you’re ready to fight the good fight.
B. And knowing makes you stronger.
C. And knowing is half the battle.
D. And don’t you forget it.
2. On “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” (1986-1991),
Conker the Robot gave Pee-Wee the word of the day. When Pee-Wee asks,
“You all remember what to do whenever anybody says the secret word,
right?” The answer, of course, is:
C. Jump up and down!
D. Run in circles!
3. “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” hosted by Robin Leach, ran from
1984-1995. We loved ogling fancy houses and listening to Robin Leach’s
hoity-toity English accent. At the end of each episode, Leach used his
A. If you think
money can’t buy happiness, you don’t know where to shop.
B. May wealth shower down on each of you.
C. Every man’s home is a true castle.
D. Champagne wishes and caviar dreams.
4. “Cheers,” a sitcom set in a Boston bar, ran from 1982 until 1993. One
character greeted bar patrons by saying, “Afternoon, everybody!” Then
everyone in the bar would shout his name:
5. “Fantasy Island” (1977-1984) was about a fancy island resort whose
shtick was to fulfill the wildest fantasy of any lucky visitor. Time
travel? Genies? Magic? No problem whatsoever for suave host Mr. Roarke.
Mr. Roarke’s assistant, Tattoo, announced the guests’ arrival with his
B. Eet’s time, Monsieur!
C. Ze plane! Ze plane!
D. Smiles, everyone, smiles!
6. “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” was an animated show that ran
from 1983-1985. When Prince Adam picks up the Power Sword and says the
magic words, he turns into He-Man, the most powerful man in the
universe, and is ready to battle that evil Skeletor. What were those
A. The Forces
of the Universe are MINE TO COMMAND!
B. By the Power of Grayskull, I HAVE THE POWER!
C. I harness the magic of Planet Eternia and NONE CAN DEFEAT ME!
D. Yeah, baby! Time for my SEXY BARBARIAN BRIEFS!
7. “Thundercats” (1985-1989) was another fantasy animation T.V. series
with sword-wielding characters in barbarian attire. The difference was,
of course, that these were CATS. And they had a way cooler logo. And
also Snark. What was the name of the character who uttered the battlecry,
“Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats HO!”?
8. From 1978-1986, we watched the blended Drummond family on “Diff’rent
Strokes.” Mr. Drummond, wealthy father of Kimberley, adopted the sons of
his late housekeeper and kooky antics ensued. What was the name of the
younger son, whose catchphrase was “Whatchu talkin’ bout, Willis?”
9. “Alice” (1976-1985) chronicled the happenings at Mel’s Diner, a greasy
spoon in Phoenix, Arizona. Burly fry cook Mel’s blue plate specials were
served up by waitresses Alice, Flo, and Vera. Texas-born Flo later had a
self-titled spinoff show. What was Flo’s sassy catchphrase?
A. Bite me!
B. Kiss my grits!
C. Everything’s bigger in Texas!
D. Beat it, Buster!
10. From 1983-1987, members of the A-team, a ex-Army Special Forces
group, worked as soldiers of fortune. Cigar-smoking team leader
Hannibal’s catchphrase was:
A. To the
victor go the spoils, and I am one spoiled boy
B. The only battle worth fighting was the last one.
C. I love it when a plan comes together.
D. Don’t cry for your Mama, ‘cause your Mama ain’t here.
11. Bob Barker, beloved host of game show “The Price is Right” from 1972
until 2007, signed off every show with the phrase:
your pet spayed or neutered!
B. May your Big Wheel always land on One Dollar!
C. Come on down and see The Price is Right in person!
D. This planet is our only home – let’s keep it clean, folks!
12. In “The Incredible Hulk” (1978-1982), mild-mannered scientist David
Banner transforms into the mean, green Hulk when he gets worked up. Dr.
Banner’s famous warning was:
not easy being green.
B. I pity the fool.
C. I’ll be back.
D. Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.
13. Back before Arnold Schwarzenegger entered politics, he was known for
action movie roles, his strong Austrian accent, and his kickass
superhero physique. It was MORE than enough for the comedians at
“Saturday Night Live” to work with in the mid-80s. Skits entitled
“Pumping Up with Hans and Franz” revolved around bodybuilding and Arnold
hero-worship. Hans and Franz repeatedly told viewers:
to pump (clap) chump!
B. Shut up (clap) and squat!
C. Life’s too short (clap) to be small!
D. We’re here to pump (clap) you up!
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