TV Land, the network haven of shows that couldn’t quite make the cut for Nick at Nite, recently compiled a list of the 100 greatest quotes and catchphrases in TV history. The entire list, organized alphabetically, can be found here. There are many, many things wrong with this endeavor.
• The list includes not just TV catchphrases, but things that were simply said on TV. John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you…” isn’t a TV catchphrase. It’s a great moment from a classic speech that was televised. Likewise, Neil Armstrong’s “One small step for man” line is news, not programming. There’s a difference, TV Land.
• The list is a fawning rip-off of AFI’s annual pointless lists, and just like the film organization’s countdowns, the TV Land list tosses in a few more modern entries in hopes of appearing hip and relevant. But is Denny Crane’s “Denny Crane” really worth praising? And the inclusion of “Nip/Tuck” and the insipid Paris Hilton is just embarrassing.
• Just thinking about the list has completely robbed me of all energy. I’m done now.