"Saint's Preserve Us!" - The pious saying of Irish-accented Gotham
City Police Chief O'Hara (Stafford Repp) when he discovered some
diabolical villain was on the loose on the fantasy adventure
"Say kids, What time is it?!" - Question asked by Buffalo Bob Smith
to the members of the Peanut Gallery at the beginning of each episode of
the popular children's puppet show THE HOWDY DOODY SHOW/NBC/1947-60. A
sample opening: "Say, kids, what time is it? [crowd screams] It's Howdy
Doody Time! [music] Oh, well howdy doody, kids and howdy, Buffalo
Bob!...Well, howdy, Mr. Doody." The program ended with "Its time to say
Goodbye, Goodbye until some other day when we may be with you again." Sung
for the last time on September 24, 1960. See also -
"Clarabell the Clown"
"Say the secret word..." - The witty comedian Groucho Marx made
this a national catchphrase when he hosted the quiz audience participation
program YOU BET YOUR LIFE/NBC/1950-61. Before the contestants arrived on
stage, the audience was informed of that night's secret word. When the
contestants arrived Groucho said "Say the secret word and the duck will
come down and pay you $100. It's a common word, something you see every
"Settle back, fire up the colortinies and watch the pictures as they
fly through the air" - Silly expression (a la Jackie Gleason's "And
away we go") spoken by late night talk show host Tom Snyder at the
conclusion of his opening monologue (as he went to commercial) on the talk
show THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH TOM SNYDER/CBS/1995-99. He later modified his
catchphrase to "Thanks for catching our pictures as we fly them through
the air." One night in December 1998 after Tom Snyder did some jokes about
condoms, a viewer sent in his own product endorsement for a condom brand
called "Late Night Condom." It's ad slogan: "Thanks for catching our stuff
as it flies through the air." In his early days on Eye Witness News Tom
closed saying "And remember there's nothing wrong with your set. "
"Shazam!" - Exclamation of surprise or amazement used by Gomer Pyle
(Jim Nabors), a simpleminded, comic-book reading, garage mechanic from the
rural town of Mayberry, North Carolina on THE ANDY GRIFFITH
SHOW/CBS/1960-68 and later on GOMER PYLE U.S.M.C./CBS/1964-70. His other
favorite expressions were "Surprise, Surprise, Surprise" and "Goll-ly!"
(said only once during the entire run of THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW). In 1965
Jim Nabors recorded an album called "Shazam!" and sang a tune entitled "Gomer
Says Hey!" In February of 1994 while Jim Nabors was in intensive care
recovering from a liver transplant, the doctors removed a tube in his nose
and asked him to say something. Nabors responded "Shazam!" and made the
medical staff burst into laughter. See also -
NICKNAMES: "Captain Marvel"
"Sing along-loud and strong!" - What the bouncy, goateed, maestro
Mitch Miller advised on his weekly sing-a-long program SING ALONG WITH
MITCH/NBC/1961-66. With words of the songs displayed on the television
screen, the viewing audience could "sing along with Mitch."
"Sit on it!" - Crude but to-the-point insult often heard on the
1950s based sitcom HAPPY DAYS/ABC/1974-84. For example "Sit on it, Ralph!"
The "it" on which one was to "sit" was never identified. When Rick Cronin,
the president of Nick at Nite's TV Land was asked the trivia question
"When Fonzie says 'Sit on it!' what exactly is 'it'?" he responded "It's
either a pepperoni pizza or a whoopie cushion, or perhaps a banana cream
pie. Only Fonzie knows for sure and people are afraid to ask him."
"So, who do you wanna be?" - What forensics pathologist Jordon
asked her father on the drama CROSSING JORDON/NBC/2001-2007. Ever
since she was a child, Jordon played a role game with her detective father
to get inside the mind and motivation of the killers. If her father said
"I'll be the killer" then Jordon imagined herself at the victim. Now grown
and a forensic pathologist, Jordon still visited her father (now retired)
when she had a difficult case and asked him to play the game to help her
solve a murder. Together, they hoped to create a profile on the killers
"Sock it to me!" - Catchphrase popularized on the comedy variety
program ROWAN AND MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN/NBC/1968-73. When comedian regular
Judy Carne was tricked into saying "Sock it to me!," she was hit by pies,
drenched with water or dropped through a trap door. President Richard
Nixon made a cameo appearance to say "Sock it to ME?" on the September 16,
1968. No, nothing happened to him. Other celebrities to say "Sock it to
me!" were Marcel Marceau (Yes, he actually talked), Bing Crosby, Dick
Gregory, Pat Boone, and Jack Benny. Additional phrases that originated on
LAUGH-IN included "You bet your sweet bippy!," "Here comes da' Judge!,"
"Look that up in your Funk and Wagnalls'," "Verrry Interesting!" and "Ring
"Somebody bawl fo' Beulah?" - Inquiry of Beulah (Ethel
Waters/Louise Beavers), TVs favorite black maid who worked for the
Henderson household on the sitcom BEULAH/ABC/1950-53.
"Son of a gun!" - Popular remark of comedian Joey Bishop who played
TV talk show host Joey Barnes on sitcom THE JOEY BISHOP
SHOW/NBC/CBS/1961-65 and who hosted the late night talk show THE JOEY
BISHOP SHOW/ABC/1967-69. This phrase was also employed by advertising
executive Larry Tate (David White) on the sitcom BEWITCHED/ABC/1964-72
(spoken a record seven times in episode No. 31 "That Was My Life." TRIVIA
NOTE: The phrase "son of a gun" originated on ships in the early 18th
century, when women were permitted to travel with their mates during sea
voyages. Children born on board were usually delivered near the mid-ship
gun. A child was registered in the ship's log as a "son of a gun" when
questions of paternity arose.
"Stand up and take a bow!" - Familiar directive of Ed Sullivan, the
host of the variety program THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW/CBS/1948-71 when he
wanted to acknowledge to the nation the presence of distinguished
personalities who were seated in his live studio audience.
"Stifle yourself!" - One of the more pleasant things blue-collar
bigot Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) said to his wife or family members
when he got frustrated with them on episodes of the sitcom ALL IN THE
FAMILY/CBS/1971-83. Other infamous quotes would be calling his wife, Edith
(Jean Stapleton) a "Dingbat"; and his son-in-law, Mike Stivic (Rob Reiner)
"Survey says!" - What Richard Dawson, the boisterous game show host
said on FAMILY FEUD/ABC/SYN/CBS/1976-1993 when he wanted to see the
results of an audience poll. The program pitted two groups against each
other. The team who guessed the most correct answers won. The series was
later hosted by Ray Combs (and again by Richard Dawson in the 1990s). See
NICKNAMES: "The Most Kissed Man on Television"