Catch Phrase Fever

TV is a form of entertainment that lends itself to catch phrases.  How many TV characters can you think of who defined themselves, at least in part, through catch phrases?  Whether it is Gomer Pyle or Fonzie or Bart Simpson, there are countless personalities who came to prominence because, for a brief instant in time, their catch phrase caught the country’s fancy — and then a year or two later was tossed into the dustbin of TV memories gone by.

A good example was Jimmy Walker’s “Dy-no-mite!” as he played the smart-aleck beanpole character of J.J. on the ’70s sitcom Good Times.  Why was it funny and popular for a few months?  It’s hard to know just why — but it just was.

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