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The Donald Trumps Kramden, Kennedy

By Brian | December 7, 2006 | Share on Facebook

TV Land is airing a five-day special, beginning this Monday, on the Top 100 Greatest TV Quotes and Catchphrases. Here’s their Top 10:

1. Heeere’s Johnny! (Ed McMahon, The Tonight Show)
2. One small step for man … (Neil Armstrong)
3. You’re fired! (Donald Trump, The Apprentice)
4. Baby, you’re the greatest. (Ralph Kramden, The Honeymooners)
5. Ask not what your country can do for you … (John F. Kennedy)
6. D’oh! (Homer Simpson, The Simpsons)
7. Where’s the beef? (Wendy’s)
8. Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis? (Arnold Drummond, Diff’rent Strokes)
9. Yabba dabba do! (Fred Flintstone, The Flintstones)
10. I’m not a crook (Richard Nixon)

Now, I realize these lists exist solely to promote debate among people who read them, so apologies for taking the bait here, but am I the only one that sees one of these as standing out from the rest like a dead roach on a vanilla ice cream cone? (Steve Walsh: If you’re reading this, thanks – I knew that would come in handy one day). I mean, seriously, is Trump’s “You’re Fired!” from the (now flailing) reality show, The Apprentice, really in the same league as “Ask not what your country can do for you…” and “Yabba dabba do?”

I’m guessing that in 50 years, people will still know where “Yabba Dabba Do” comes from, but The Apprentice will be the answer to a relatively tough trivia question.


Topics: Primetime TV | 1 Comment »

One Response to “The Donald Trumps Kramden, Kennedy”

  1. jason says at December 7th, 2006 at 11:50 am :
    I absolutely agree. The Donald’s lame-o act was probably thrown in there just so there’d be something relatively recent in the top ten (notice that most of these are decades old).

    I also think “One small step…,” “Ask not…,” and “I am not a crook” don’t really belong on this list — they’re in a whole different league than mere “catchphrases.”


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