The '80s were chock-full of iconic TV shows that still serve as mass culture fodder throughout the world. How well do you know the following '80s TV catchphrases?
When battle commenced in "Thundercats," our muscular feline heroes wielded their courage and shouted, “Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats HO!” And then they curled up on in the sunshine by the window and slept for 20 hours straight.
With his trademark mohawk and gold chains, Mr. T (of "The A-Team" fame) shot to stardom in part thanks to his irascible nature. He confronted many people by saying, "I pity the fool."
"ALF" is the name of the lovable alien with a silly sense of humor. Whenever he cracks a joke, he laughs and shouts, "I kill me!"
Robin Leach, with his iconic English accent, helped viewers ogle the wealthy folks in "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." He'd often tempt (taunt?) yearning audiences with the phrase, "champagne wishes and caviar dreams."
It's a catchphrase for the ages: "D'oh!" And it became a cultural touchstone thanks to the bumbling Homer in "The Simpsons."
"Connect the dots, la la la," is a favorite line from "Pee-wee's Playhouse." Pee-wee parlayed his TV show success into a major movie career.
Actor Gary Coleman played the pudgy-faced kid named Arnold in "Diff'rent Strokes." When he hit a point of exasperation, he often repeated the phrase, “Whatchu talkin’ 'bout, Willis?"
The crew of the Enterprise (on "Star Trek: The Next Generation") countered a deadly race called the Borg, which cruised the galaxy in big Rubbermaid containers. The Borg terrified victims by saying, "Resistance is futile."
In "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe," enemies often attacked our favorite muscle-bound heroes. When threatened, He-Man raised his sword and shouted, "By the power of Grayskull … I have the power!"
In "Full House," pint-sized Michelle Tanner used her cute little-girl voice to say, "You got it, dude," and stole the hearts of America. The Olsen twins who played Michelle are now -- gasp -- more than 30 years old. Also, Mary Kate is married to the much older (and painfully creepy) former president of France.
Everyone knows the most famous barfly in history: Norm! The "Cheers" character was played by actor George Wendt.
"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" made a star out of Johnny, of course. But his sidekick, Ed McMahon, also gained fame by introducing the star with a boisterous, "Heeeeerrrrre's Johnny!" Later, Ed went on to a career in which he clogged hundreds of millions of mailboxes with junk mail.
The early '80s saw the triumph of "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero," a cartoon that found American heroes battling Soviet, er, Cobra enemies. As Joe conducted murderous rampages, his comrades yelled, "Go, Joe!"
Dr. Banner was a mild-mannered scientist until people stoked his ire … then he turned into the Incredible Hulk. He warned his enemies by saying, "Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry."
On "Press Your Luck," contestants collected cash and risked their fortunes with excessive greed. They screamed "no whammies, stop!" and then pondered suicide as their cash disappeared into game show oblivion.
Mike Myers was hilarious in the "Coffee Talk" sketches that appeared on "Saturday Night Live." Whenever his Jewish female character was flustered, she'd say, "talk amongst yourselves."
He didn't take lip from anyone. When scolded, Bart Simpson hopped on his skateboard and yelled, "eat my shorts!"
New guests to "Fantasy Island" often arrived by air. Tattoo always excitedly shouted, "the plane, the plane!" But it sounded more like, "Ze plane, ze plane!"
In "Pee-wee's Playhouse," Pee-wee is never lacking in sass. He mocks bullies by saying "I know you are but what am I?" Later, Pee-wee was arrested while misbehaving in an adult movie theater, so I guess we know exactly what he is.
Poor Thelma is practically blind without her glasses. And in "Scooby-Doo," her spectacles invariably wind up in the dirt of a dark, dangerous cave.
On "Family Matters," the bespectacled Steve Urkel loved riling up his foes by saying, "Did I do that?" And he always said it in a nasally voice that made you want to reach through the TV screen and give him a violent wedgie.
Arnold wasn't the only one with a famous catchphrase in "Diff'rent Strokes." His older brother Willis was known to say, "Say what?" Todd Bridges, the actor who played Willis, reportedly repeated his famous phrase when police arrested him on suspicion of attempted murder in 1989.
Flo is a Southern woman who is full of snark. When irked, she often says, "Kiss my grits!" If you Google "grits," be aware that the images are not safe for work.
ALF is a furry brown alien who never worries about anything. He happily says, "No problem!" But in reality, sometimes it really is a problem … and someone else will get stuck fixing that problem.
The animated kid's show "Transformers" often deployed the exciting phrase, "Autobots, transform and roll out!" It meant that combat action was about to get heavy and some Decipticons would soon be dismantled.
The snobby Blair Warner was never lacking in ego during "Facts of Life." When she had epiphanies, she'd say, "I just had one of my brilliant ideas!"
Bob Barker went barking up the right tree by spreading the good news about pet population control. After each show, he'd say, "Have your pet spayed or neutered!"
On "Mork & Mindy," Mork (played by Robin Williams) is an alien who drops extraterrestrial language into conversations. No one really knows what, "nanoo, nanoo" means, but in the '80s, it was hilarious.
Life-Alert made millions in the '80s thanks to a clever medical product commercial that deployed the phrase, "Help! I've fallen, and I can't get up!" And do you know why it worked? Because no one wants to die alone.
In the "Care Bears" cartoons, the heroic little bears would leap into action and defeat their enemies by combining forces. They used the "Care Bear Stare" to defeat all those who opposed their adorable Ursidae agenda.