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Greatest '80s TV Catchphrases, From 'Cheers' to 'Ninja Turtles'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Mar 25th 2011 9:00AM
'Perfect Strangers'We're sure all kinds of awesome things happened on March 25, 1986, but could anything rival the series premiere of 'Perfect Strangers'? Don't be ridiculous!

It's been 25 years since 'Perfect Strangers' introduced us to Balki Bartokomous (Bronson Pinchot) from Mypos and his Chicago cousin Larry Appleton (Mark Linn-Baker), who charmed audiences with dances of joy and classic Balki-isms for eight seasons.

With Balki's "Don't be ridiculous" (only to be said with a heavy accent, please) ringing in our heads, we got to thinking about other awesome '80s TV catchphrases that TV fans adopted in their real lives.

Sadly, after the '80s, TV catchphrases started to die out a little. Sure there's Joey's 'Friends' favorite "How you doin'?", Barney's 'How I Met Your Mother' "Legendary" go-to, and the 'Seinfeld' classic "Yadda, yadda, yadda," but new taglines are few and far between, while these old standards still bring back great memories.

Without further ado, let's take a walk down TV memory lane with some of our favorite '80s TV catchphrases. D'oh! Did we forget yours? Chime in with a comment.

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Gary Coleman: A Look Back

by Bob Sassone, posted May 28th 2010 5:26PM
Gary ColemanAs we reported earlier this afternoon, Gary Coleman, who gained fame as the young star of the popular late '70s and early '80s sitcom 'Diff'rent Strokes,' passed away at the age of 42.

Coleman fell at his Utah home on Wednesday night and was rushed to a hospital. When it was discovered he had suffered a brain hemorrhage, he was transported to another hospital. Though he was actually awake and talking on Thursday, he became unconscious later in the day and was placed on life support. Because of his condition, he could not be operated on, and he died today, at 12:05PM Mountain Standard Time.

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Gary Coleman: 'Whatchu Talkin' 'Bout Willis?' In Action (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted May 28th 2010 5:00PM
Diff'rent StrokesGary Coleman gave the TV world one of the greatest and most widely-known catchphrases ever. For better or for worse, Coleman became synonymous with "What'choo talkin' 'bout Willis?"

Feed your nostalgia with a look back at some of Coleman's best moments on 'Diff'rent Strokes,' including the very special episode with First Lady Nancy Reagan. As a bonus, check out the video of Todd Bridges explaining the origin of the famous catchphrase.

For more on Coleman's passing, check out our coverage here.

Get ready for that adorable trademark no-nonsense lip action ...

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'Diff'rent Strokes' Cast: Where Are They Now

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 28th 2010 4:30PM
Diff'rent Strokes"Whatchoo talkin' 'bout?" That line from 'Diff'rent Strokes' made recently-deceased star Gary Coleman one of the most famous child actors in television history. (Coleman died of a brain hemorrhage May 28 at the age of 42.)

This prime-time comedy, which first aired first aired 30 years ago on Nov. 3, 1978, about a wealthy white widower who adopts his Harlem housekeeper's two black sons broke boundaries with its racially mixed cast and made stars of its players.

We find out what happened to the actors who moved our world.

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Todd Bridges Talks About Being Molested as a Child (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 28th 2010 9:30PM
Todd Bridges Talks About Being Molested as a ChildOn 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), actor Todd Bridges discusses some difficult times in his past. Bridges enjoyed early success as a child star on 'Diff'rent Strokes,' but then suffered a fall from grace. He became addicted to drugs and was charged with attempted murder. Now, for the first time, Bridges reveals details about being molested when he an 11-year-old child.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Designing Women,' 'Desperate Housewives' Star Dixie Carter Dead at 70

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 11th 2010 7:52AM
Dixie CarterJust last night I was watching a TV commercial featuring Dixie Carter, talking to the camera about a terrible disease whose name escapes me at the moment. And tonight comes the news that Carter has passed away at the age of 70. No further details have been released yet.

Carter is probably best known for her role as feisty, outspoken (well, all of the women were pretty feisty and outspoken on that show, weren't they?) Julia Sugarbaker on 'Designing Women,' which ran on CBS for eight years. But younger TV watchers might know her from her role on 'Desperate Housewives' as Gloria, the loopy mom of Orson (she was nominated for an Emmy for the role). But she actually starred in several other TV shows over the years, including 'Family Law,' 'Ladies Man,' 'Filthy Rich,' 'Out of the Blue,' and 'On Our Own,' not to mention numerous guest roles on many other shows. Her first TV role was in the soap 'The Doctors.'

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Todd Bridges Talks to Wendy Williams About Gary Coleman (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Mar 16th 2010 7:21PM
Aren't we tired of Gary Coleman yet? Ex-'Diff'rent Strokes' co-star Todd Bridges was on 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated) to plug his autobiography 'Killing Willis: From Diff'rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted,' and naturally Williams asked him about his friendship with Coleman.

They got along for the first two seasons and then, according to Bridges, Coleman's dad came down to the set and changed everything. "There was no more playing with us." And now? "He's a mess," Williams said. "He won't talk to me right now," Bridges said. Count your blessings.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Diff'rent Strokes' Star Todd Bridges: 'I Didn't Want to Live Anymore' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 15th 2010 1:00PM
For Todd Bridges, the lowest point in his life as a crack and meth addict came in 1992 when he was pulled over by police and contemplated allowing cops to kill him. The 'Diff'rent Strokes' actor shared this story while promoting his autobiography 'Killing Willis' on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC).

"It was the lowest point of my life ... and I really felt that I was just in a frame of mind that I didn't want to live anymore. I got tired of feeling that rejection, tired of feeling that sorrow, tired of feeling that pain that I was going through," Bridges said.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Gary Coleman wants to tell you your Fry Cup Fortune

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 12th 2009 11:38AM
Coleman coupon

You're never quite sure where Gary Coleman is going to pop up next. He could be doing a TV commercial here, a Penn & Teller appearance there, a court appearance there. Now he's doing a promotion for New York Fries, a Canadian French fry chain. That page also has a link to a Facebook app where Gary will tell you your "Fry Cup Fortune."

Before today I never really thought I'd be writing a post about Gary Coleman, French fries, and fortune telling.

[via Adrants]

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TV celebs wielding big sabers

by Eliot Glazer, posted Mar 2nd 2009 3:07PM
christina hendricks mad men jedi chef light saberDo they cook? Not sure. Are they Jedi Knights? Errrrr, maybe? So what's the deal with Celebrity Jedi Chefs? We wish we knew. In their own words, they're [mostly] TV actors who "do the same sorts of things that 'normal' Jedi do, but [they] also cook." There are 216 of them, and most have appeared on buzzy sci-fi shows, including Heroes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Battlestar Galactica.

We're not talking background players, either. Yeah, we're still stuck trying to figure out what Celebrity Jedi Chefs...is exactly (and if the pictures, as suggested by the fashion, were all magically taken in 1993), but we needn't hear any more if it means we get to see pictures of Joan Holloway (among others, after the jump) weilding a saber.

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Mrs. Garrett is all over TV again ... and you probably don't know it

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 19th 2009 9:03AM
Charlotte RaeIf you're a fan of '70s and '80s TV, you've probably been having a bunch of a "wha the?" moments over the last year or so. When this particular little white-haired older lady shows up on a show, she doesn't look familiar, but then you hear the matronly but deep voice, and you realize who you've just seen on your screen.

It's Mrs. Garrett! Only by the time you realize it, she's gone, leaving you to wonder if you were imagining things.

Don't worry; you're not going insane. We've been seeing a lot of Charlotte Rae, who played Edna Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, on TV lately, mostly playing tiny roles that involve maybe a few lines at the most. In fact, just last night, she played a suspect's mother on an episode of Life.

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TV 101: Five VERY SPECIAL EPISODES that saved society - VIDEOS

by Jay Black, posted Apr 18th 2008 10:58AM
Estrogen? Yeah, I'm pretty sure we both need that.There's no denying it: we're currently living in a utopia. Not a day goes by that I don't thank my lucky stars that I get to live in the greatest country on earth during the greatest time to be alive. I think even the harshest critic of the current world order would agree with me when I say that there's not a single problem anywhere in the world that anyone is dealing with.

But how did we get here? What was the spark that spurred us from barely cognizant man-apes into the enlightened, elegant creatures that we are today? Look no further than that great black monolith sitting in your living room: your TV. Five VERY SPECIAL EPISODES that saved society after the jump...

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TV Obits: Burton, Jacobs, Leach, Pizer

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 15th 2008 4:24PM

Iris BurtonA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

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