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Signoffs - TV Character Closing Lines 

"Be seeing you!" - On the bizarre espionage series THE PRISONER/CBS/1968-69 Number Six (Patrick McGoohan) and other reluctant residents of "The Village" would part company by saying "Be seeing you!" The expression was combined with a saluting hand signal which had the thumb and index finger touching as the hand was brought up to one's eye (as if to peep through). According to Patrick McGoohan (as told by actress Norma West), the hand sign was the same one used by the ancient Christians: the sign of the fish. The "seeing" aspect of the sign could also be interpreted as an inference that "Big Brother is watching"!...that he's got an "eye" on you. The same sign was used by Mr. Bester (Walter Koenig), a ruthless PSI Corps officer on the syndicated sci-fi series BABYLON 5/SYN/1994-98.

"Good night, John Boy" - On the rural drama THE WALTONS/CBS/1972-81 the last scene of each episode featured a night view of the Walton homestead with its windows illuminated and someone in the family starting to say goodnight to the rest of the family. This started a cascade of responses as each member of the Walton family wished each other goodnight. This classic program closing originated on Christmas eve in 1931 when a tired Elizabeth (Kami Cotler) tried to say goodnight to everyone but was interrupted by her sister Mary Ellen (Judy Norton-Taylor) who said "Don't say goodnight yet. Wait until we're all in bed and the last light is out." Thus began the now famous Goodnight Ma, Pa, Grandpa, Grandma, John-Boy, Mary Ellen, Elizabeth, Zeb, Erin, Jason, Ben, and Jim-Bob scenario. According to the two-hour special "TV Road Trip" (2002) hosted by John Ritter for The Travel Channel, the classic Walton's "Good Night" ritual was based on the real life of experiences of Earl Hamner, the series creator and narrator. Apparently, at one point in his life, Hamner's sibling of seven brothers and sister used to bid each other lengthy goodnights at bed time. Sometimes taking up to ten minutes. Eventually, however, Hamner's father had enough of the practice and told the kids to knock it off and just go to bed.

"I'll be back next week at this same time with another Sea Hunt story" - One of many closing comments made by actor Lloyd Bridges as he concluded his action maritime adventure SEA HUNT/SYN/1957-61. For more closing monologues from the program check out BEGINNING & ENDING NARRATIONS OF TV SHOWS - Action/Adventure (Contemporary). 

"Same bat time. Same bat channel!" - The episode closing line of the fantasy adventure BATMAN/ABC/1966-68. At the conclusion of each episode, an unseen announcer (voice of William Dozier) petitioned the viewers to tune in to the next episode "Same bat time. Same bat channel!" to discover the fate of the Dynamic Duo, Batman (Adam West) and his sidekick, Robin (Burt Ward) who were usually about to be killed by some nefarious scheme.

"Say goodnight, Gracie" - What comedian George Burns said to his wife, Gracie Allen at the conclusion of every episode of the sitcom THE GEORGE BURNS AND GRACIE ALLEN SHOW/CBS/1950-58. At the close of each show, Gracie would say something silly, or illogical. Instead of responding to Gracie, George simply said "Say goodnight, Gracie." The scatterbrained Gracie would in turn say "Goodnight." In the 1960s, a similar closing was used on the conclusion of the comedy variety program ROWAN AND MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN/NBC/1968-73. When Dan Rowan asked his partner Dick Martin to "Say goodnight, Dick" after he had enough of his silliness, Dick responded "Goodnight Dick."

"So long for now and spaceman's luck to all of you" - The weekly sign-off of Tom Corbett (Frankie Thomas), a member of the Solar Guards featured in the early episodes of the sci-fi series TOM CORBETT, SPACE CADET/CBS/ABC/NBC/DUM/ 1950-55.

"Toodles" - What Francine "Gidget" Lawrence (Sally Field), the daughter of Professor Russ Lawrence (Don Porter) said when she departed from her house or friends on the teenage sitcom GIDGET/ABC/1965-66.


 

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