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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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This Ain't Your Father's 'A-Team'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 16th 2010 11:00PM
The poster for Going to see the new 'A-Team' movie wasn't a new movie-going experience. In fact, I've experienced it approximately 167 times before in my lifetime. It was just another big budget movie remake of a classic campy TV show that seemed to only aim for mediocrity by grave-robbing the memories of my youth spent unsupervised in front of the television.

I didn't have cable growing up, so the only time I could enjoy such classic kiddie staples of the 1980s such as 'Double Dare' or 'You Can't Do That on Television' were at a friend's house, my babysitter's place or my grandparents' living room. (That's right, my grandparents had cable before my parents did. I'm surprised I didn't have to enjoy the adventures of the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' on an Westinghouse tube radio.)

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Sharlto Copley ("Murdock") Had His Own A-Team Gang as a Child (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jun 15th 2010 5:24AM
Sharlto Copley Was 'A-Team's' Biggest FanThough perfect in his breakout role in 'District 9,' it seems Sharlto Copley was born to play "Howling Mad Murdock" in the new 'The A-Team.'

As the South African explained on 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 11PM ET on TBS), the actor established an 'A-Team' gang when he was 11 years old. When a rival A-Team band of kids started up, the two gangs had "war on the field" after school.

"We had a fight, and my gang won," said Copley, who fought the other team's Murdock with a stick. Copley even had a birthday cake that proved his fandom -- and confirmed the political and cultural importance of Mr. T. "That [was] a black iconic character in apartheid-era South Africa. That was the power of Mr. T to cross cultural, racial barriers."

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The Original 'A-Team': What They're Doing Today

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 12th 2010 10:00AM
The A-TeamThe new 'A-Team' movie is about to hit a theater near you and as we were all being bombarded with trailers and ads, a curious thought kept creeping into my mind: just who the hell is this new 'A-Team'?

Liam Neeson, Bradley Whitford Cooper, Quintin "Rampage" Jackson: this isn't the crack commando unit still wanted by the government who solve problems that no one else can if you can find them (start in the phonebook, probably under "A"). These are imposters, charlatans, fakes, phonies and possibly poor disguises that are part of some complex plot to solve some poor schlub's problem.

What happened the real 'A-Team,' the one we all knew and presumably loved? I decided it was time to do a little digging. I started at the Pentagon and the National Archives. Both representatives insisted there was no such thing as an "A-Team," but I knew that was just a ruse. All part of the plan, as Hannibal would say. The truth may surprise you.

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'The A-Team' Movie Central: What Did You Think?

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 11th 2010 5:00PM
The A-TeamWith 'The A-Team' buzz in full-throttle it feels like it's 1984 again when the show was the hottest thing on TV! But, check yourself, it's 2010 and the movie version of the hit TV series is busting into theaters and we've got your 'A-Team' needs covered.

Want to know what critics are saying about the new versions of Murdock, B.A. Baracus, Hannibal and Faceman? Check out our sister site Moviefone's collection of reviews for the new action flick.

Interested to see how the movie is different than the series before you had to the multiplex? This writer answers many FAQs about the new film.

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'The A-Team' Cast: Where Are They Now?

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 10th 2010 2:00PM

B.A., Faceman, Murdock and Hannibal live on in movie theaters this week, but what's up with the actors (and actresses ... there were a few) who first made 'The A-Team' one of TV land's most beloved band of renegades? We pity the fools who don't read on and find out ...

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'A-Team' Complete Series DVD Will Be Shaped as the 'A-Team' Van

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 2nd 2010 9:30PM
The 'A*Team' Complete Series DVD box setDid you ever want to own the 'A-Team' van but the missus wouldn't let you blow Junior's college fund on a GMC van, the fancy paint job or the ton of golden neck jewelry? This may be the closest you'll ever get.

Universal Home Entertainment will release the entire series run on DVD on June 8th, just a few days before the big screen remake from director Joe Carnahan hits the screens.

Just look at it! It's the shape of the freakin' 'A-Team' van, quite possibly the coolest van in the history of vans. If Universal would be willing to sell just the box, I would gladly buy it just so I can store my bootleg 'Spaced' DVDs in it.

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Joe Carnahan's A-Team trailer hits the web

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 9th 2010 7:00PM
Have you been itching with the nervous anticipation of a meth head over the release of the big screen remake of The A-Team? Here's a hit of naloxone.

The trailer for Joe Carnahan's big screen remake of the popular action series has found its way to the web. Warning: plans may or may not come together during the actual film.

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7 TV Shows That Shouldn't Be Made Into Movies

by Chris O'Connell, posted Nov 17th 2009 11:00AM
Veronica MarsEver since 'Gilmore Girls' creator Amy Sherman-Palladino recently disclosed to Entertainment Weekly that she isn't ruling out a movie adaptation of the coming-of-age mother-daughter dramedy, we've been thinking of the other television shows rumored to become movies in the not-so-distant future.

Mostly, we've been thinking about how much we will hate them.

Behold, the seven worst (maybe) upcoming TV to film adaptations and why they are bad ideas.

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Rounding out the A-Team cast?

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 16th 2009 2:01PM
The A TeamIt appears that District 9 star Sharlto Copley is in talks to play "Howling Mad" Murdock in the big-screen version of The A-Team. Jessica Biel is also in talks to play an army general pursing the covert team, which is a nice change of pace considering that the token female character of Amy in the original series didn't seem to do much (so much so that her character was eliminated late in the series and nobody noticed).

If the talks are successful, Copley will join UFC star "Rampage" Jackson, Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper as the other members of the team. Biel may join the team as well as it's been revealed that she is a former romantic partner of Cooper's "Face" character. If her first name is Amy, that would clinch it.

The movie cast is sounding pretty good. Hopefully there can be cameos by the surviving original television actors. However, if the movie wanted to truly capture the spirit of the original television show, then ten thousand bullets will be fired and nobody will die.

You can watch full episodes of the original television show on SlashControl.

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A-Team movie has almost come together

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 11th 2009 3:02PM
The A-Team MovieI love it when a cast comes together, except this one.

Joe Carnahan's cast for the big screen A-Team remake has three out of the four main team members cast and is awaiting confirmation on the fourth.

So far, Liam Neeson has been confirmed to play Hannibal, Bradley Cooper has been fingered for Faceman, and mixed martial arts and UFC fighter Quentin "Rampage" Jackson will play B.A. The director has approached but not yet confirmed Sharito Coplay to play Murdock, debunking rumors that Jim Carrey, Robert Downey, Jr. or Woody Harrelson would be the team's fourth man.

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Here's a list of 100 iconic TV show openings (OK, maybe not 100 ... )

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 26th 2009 12:28PM
The SimpsonsPop culture lists that have 100 or more entries, whether it's a list for television, film, music, books, advertising, whatever - are too long. When you list 100 of anything, you're not really getting down to the "best" (or "worst," if that's the theme of the list), you're just giving a list of 100.

Supertremendous.com has their list of the 100 most iconic TV show intros. You can read the first 90, but I wanted to concentrate on the top ten. That list includes The Brady Bunch, The Simpsons, M*A*S*H, Knight Rider (???), and The Twilight Zone, along with the number one pick after the jump. Can you guess it before you click?

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Bradley Cooper to play the Faceman?

by Brad Trechak, posted May 18th 2009 3:02PM
Bradley CooperOriginally the rumors had him cast as the movie version of Green Lantern, now Bradley Cooper (formerly of Alias) is in the running to play the character of Templeton "Face" Peck in the big screen version of The A-Team.

You could do a lot worse. To play Face, you have to give off a child-like charm and have an innocent, wait for it, face. While Tim Dunigan created the role in the pilot, Dirk Benedict played off the con man with big eyes and a sweet voice perfectly. I could see Cooper giving off that sort of wide-eyed innocence that I most closely associate with the character.

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The A-Team: I love it when a plan comes together (not)

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 17th 2009 9:02AM
The A-Team movie has become the fabled Citizen Kane of our times, which doesn't say a whole hell of a lot for our times.

The movie has been passed around and played with more than a bongo at Matthew McConaughey's house. It's gone from production staff to production staff, studio to studio, and now director to director.

Several outlets have reported that the project now has a new director. The megaphone has been passed from Ridley Scott to Smokin' Aces writer and director Joe Carnahan.

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The Five: Shows we miss the most

by Ryan j Budke, posted Dec 28th 2005 4:24PM
According to a poll taken in England by the Home Media Networks, Star Trek tops a list of shows that are most missed by the viewers. There's been a couple of different iterations of Star Trek and it didn't really specify which one, so they've got a leg up. Head on across the pond to the BBC's site and check out the entire list. After reading this list however, it got me thinking about my most missed shows, and I'm not talking about the "painfully short" shows that we've talked about numerous times in the past here at TV Squad, just overall shows that I miss the most. So here we go, the shows that I miss the most.


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