50 Best TV Show Quotes

Updated March 9, 2023 | Infoplease Staff
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Television has gifted us with some of the most iconic and memorable quotes of all time. These quotes have not only become deeply embedded in our everyday conversations, but they have also stood the test of time. From dramas to sitcoms, these quotes have the power to make us laugh, cry, and ponder. Here are just a few of the best TV show quotes of all time that have left an indelible mark on our lives.

50 Best Quotes from TV Shows

  1. How you doin'?" — "Friends", 1994-2004.
    Fans of the show will certainly recognize Joey's iconic pickup line.

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  2. "Winter is coming." — "Game of Thrones", 2011-2019.
    The Stark family's warning of the impending doom would follow all characters throughout the series.

  3. If I had known the world was ending, I would’ve brought better books." — "The Walking Dead", 2010-2021.

  4. Bazinga!" — "The Big Bang Theory", 2007-2019.
    Sheldon's catchphrase is often heard when he plays a prank or makes a joke.

  5. Cool, cool, cool, cool, cool. No doubt, no doubt, no doubt." — "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", 2013-2021.

  6. The tribe has spoken." — "Survivor", 2000-present.
    This phrase is used by host Jeff Probst to signify the elimination of a contestant from the reality TV show "Survivor".

  7. She's our friend and she's crazy." — "Stranger Things", 2016-present.

  8. Here's Johnny!" — "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson", 1962-1992.
    This famous catchphrase was used by Johnny Carson during his tenure as host of "The Tonight Show".

  9. Yada, yada, yada." — "Seinfeld", 1989-1998.
    This phrase is used by the character Elaine Benes to summarize a conversation.

  10. I'm not a psychopath, Anderson. I'm a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research." — "Sherlock", 2010-2017.
    Sherlock's memorable explanation to Anderson when he called him a psychopath.

  11. Oh my god, they killed Kenny!" — "South Park", 1997-present.
    This is famously said by Stan Marsh and Kyle Broflovski, whenever their friend Kenny dies in nearly every episode.

  12. Live long and prosper." — "Star Trek", 1966-1969.
    This Vulcan greeting was invented by Leonard Nimoy, who played the character Mr. Spock in the original "Star Trek" series.

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  13. "There has never been a sadness that can’t been cured by breakfast food." — Parks and Recreation", 2009-2015.

  14. No soup for you!" — "Seinfeld", 1989-1998.

  15. I am the one who knocks." — "Breaking Bad", 2008-2013.
    Former high school teacher Walter White's line when he warns his wife about the danger he poses.

  16. The Lannisters send their regards." — "Game of Thrones", 2011-2019.

  17. Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose." — "Friday Night Lights", 2006-2011.
    This quote has become a rallying cry for fans of the show and is often used in sports contexts.

  18. I am the danger." — "Breaking Bad", 2008-2013.

  19. You got it dude!" — "Full House", 1987-1995.

  20. Resistance is futile." — "Star Trek: The Next Generation", 1987-1994.
    This phrase is famously used by the Borg, a group of cybernetic organisms in the Star Trek universe.

  21. When life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be all like, ‘What?!'" — "Modern Family", 2009-2020.

  22. I've made a huge mistake." — "Arrested Development", 2003-2019.
    Whenever Gob Bluth makes a mistake, which happens frequently, he can be heard uttering this.

  23. Book 'em, Danno." — "Hawaii Five-O", 1968-1980.

  24. Goodnight John Boy." — "The Waltons", 1972-1981.
    Viewers might remember the signature closing line of the show, finishing out each episode.

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  25. "The truth is out there." — "The X-Files", 1993-2002.
    Fox Mulder's recurring assurance when he is investigating paranormal activity is a classic quote.

  26. Yabba dabba doo!" — "The Flintstones", 1960-1966.

  27. What's up, doc?" — "Looney Tunes", 1930-1969.
    Bugs Bunny's catchphrase when he greets someone.

  28. That's what she said." — "The Office", 2005-2013.
    Michael Scott's immediate comeback when he makes a risque joke.

  29. Whatcha talkin' bout, Willis?" — "Diff'rent Strokes", 1978-1985.

  30. I brake for birds. I rock a lot of polka dots. I have touched glitter in the last 24 hours! And that doesn't mean I'm not smart and tough and strong." — "New Girl", 2011-2018.

  31. How rude!" — "Full House", 1987-1995.

  32. Don't have a cow, man." — "The Simpsons", 1989-present.

  33. You're my lobster." — "Friends", 1994-2004.

  34. To the Batmobile!" — "Batman", 1966-1968.
    This quote has become synonymous with the Batman franchise and is often used by fans.

  35. I’m not great at the advice. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?" — "Friends", 1994-2004.
    Chandler Bing is an honest man, at least, understanding that his gifts lie more in the realm of humor than legitimate advice.

  36. I'm the Doctor, run for your life!" — "Doctor Who", 1963-present.

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  37. "She’s my person. If I murdered someone, she’s the person I’d call to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor. She’s my person." — "Grey's Anatomy", 2005-present.

  38. That's hot." — "The Simple Life", 2003-2007.
    This catchphrase was popularized by Paris Hilton during her reality TV show "The Simple Life".

  39. Never forget what you are, the rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you." — Game of Thrones", 2011-2019.

  40. You need be jealous of no one, I've been yours since that first day you carved my initials in your leg." — "The Addams Family", 1964.

  41. It's amateurs like you who give kidnapping a bad name!" — "Wednesday", 2022-present.

  42. It’s going to be legen — wait for it — and I hope you’re not lactose intolerant, because the second half of the word is — dary! Legendary!" — "How I Met Your Mother", 2005-2014.
    Barney Stinson is known for his various quips, but this is one of his best, by far.

  43. Maybe the best thing to do is stop trying to figure out where you’re going and just enjoy where you’re at." — "Scrubs", 2001-2010.

  44. Schwing!" — "NBC’s Saturday Night Live", 1975-present.

  45. Nostradamus and Notre Dame. It’s two different things completely." — "The Sopranos", 1997-2007.

  46. D'oh!" — "The Simpsons", 1989-present.
    You might remember Homer's catchphrase whenever he makes a mistake.

  47. We're building something, here, detective, we're building it from scratch. All the pieces matter." — "The Wire", 2022-2008.

  48. Just one more thing." — "Columbo", 1968-2003.
    This was famously used by the character Lieutenant Columbo, played by Peter Falk, in the detective drama “Columbo”.

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  49. “If I have to choose between one evil and another, then I prefer not to choose at all.” — “The Witcher”, 2019-present.

  50. Your problem is you have spent your whole life thinking there are rules. There aren’t. We used to be gorillas. All we had is what we could take and defend." — "Fargo", 2006-2007.

Summing up TV Show Quotes

Because our favorite television shows are across a variety of channels and platforms, from ABC to HBO, Netflix to Disney+, we’ve tracked down the top 50 quotes from TV series to make you smile and feel a sense of nostalgia. And if you want more movie quotes that are easy to find, why not check out the following lists organized by genre?

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