Top TV Quotes Survey

UK's Top TV Quotes Revealed

Is that your final answer? TV fans can test their knowledge of popular TV catchphrases in this new quiz!

Can you tell the Bridgerton lines from those spoken in The Simpsons? And what characters uttered the famous sayings?

The quiz was put together after a survey revealed the TV catchphrases people use most in everyday life, with Victor Meldrew’s ‘I don’t believe it’ coming out on top – more than 30 years after it was first aired.

A poll of 2,000 adults saw the iconic line, spoken by Richard Wilson in One Foot in the Grave, top the list of the 50 TV sayings which have become part of daily conversations.

Little Britain’s ‘Computer says no’ took second place, followed by Del Boy’s classic line from Only Fools and Horses, ‘Lovely jubbly’.

A second line from the hit comedy, ‘You plonker’, also made it into the top 10.

Other popular phrases used in real life conversations included Homer Simpson’s ‘D’oh’, Catherine Tate’s ‘Am I bovvered’ and Joey’s ‘how you doin’?’ from Friends.

It also emerged 80 percent of adults use TV catchphrases in everyday conversation, and 76 percent of those even use sayings from shows they’ve not actually watched.

Following the findings, a quiz has been created to test viewers' knowledge of who said what. Michelle Wilding-Baker, spokesperson for Freesat, which commissioned the study and quiz said:

"TV has a huge influence on our lives, and what at first seems like a fairly basic line can very quickly become part of everyday language.

It’s great to see that UK shows have done so well, while comedy also seems to be very successful at introducing lines into people’s language.

It just goes to show how important it is for a catchphrase to make us laugh in order to make it memorable.

We’re also pleased to see the mix of shows – some older quotes as well as more modern lines have made it into the top 50.”

The study also found those who repeat lines from a TV show do so an average of twice a week.

More than seven in 10 of those (71 percent) use them when talking to friends and family, while 28 percent get them into conversation with colleagues or their boss.

Others utter the iconic phrases in text messages (24 percent), social media (18 percent) and even in work emails (nine percent).

While more than one in 20 (seven percent) have used them in a job interview.

Of the parents who use TV catchphrases in everyday life, 37 percent admit their children also now use the same sayings, despite some of the youngsters not even watching the shows themselves.

But it doesn’t always go to plan, as 27 percent of all adults polled have had someone use a TV quote on them that they didn’t understand.

And 30 percent have felt old when using or hearing a line from a show, because they or the other person didn’t understand the reference due to the generation difference.

More than one in 10 (12 percent) of those polled, via OnePoll, have even ended up rowing with someone, about what show it was from (55 percent) or whether it was used in the right context (52 percent).

Other ways people weave TV into their lives include visiting a TV location (20 percent), buying merchandise (18 percent) or an item of clothing they have seen a character wear (14 percent).

But 14 percent have also named a pet after their favourite show or character and nine percent have done the same with their children.

Michelle Wilding-Baker, from Freesat, added:

“A TV show can not only provide a talking point but can stay with us and impact our lives in so many ways."

“It is a huge part of our culture and as the number of channels and shows grow, is something that is only going to have more influence on us.”


1. I don't believe it - One Foot in The Grave

2. Computer says no - Little Britain

3. Lovely jubbly – Only Fools and Horses

4. Here's one I made earlier - Blue Peter

5. D’oh – The Simpsons

6. Am I bovvered? - Catherine Tate Show

7. You plonker - Only Fools and Horses

8. I have a cunning plan - Blackadder

9. Just like that - Tommy Cooper

10. I've started so I'll finish - Mastermind

11. How you doin’? – Friends

12. Is that your final answer? - Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?

13. How very dare you - The Catherine Tate Show

14. Nice to see you, to see you nice - The Generation Game

15. You havin' a laugh? - Extras

16. Good night John Boy - The Waltons

17. Okely Dokely – The Simpsons

18. It’s a no from me – Simon Cowell/ X Factor/ BGT

19. What's occurring? - Gavin and Stacey

20. Listen I will say zis only wunce - Allo Allo

21. Suits you sir - The Fast Show

22. Say what you see - Catchphrase

23. Can I have a P please, Bob - Blockbusters

24. No no no no no no yes - The Vicar of Dibley

25. Our survey says - Family Fortunes

26. You're fired! - The Apprentice

27. Winter is coming – Game of Thrones

28. What you talkin’ bout Willis? - Diff’rent Strokes

29. Yabba-Dabba-Doo - The Flintstones

30. Hi Di Hi Campers - Hi Di Hi

31. Get outta my pub – EastEnders

32. That’s what she said – The Office

33. It's good night from me and good night from him - The Two Ronnies

34. Back of the net - Alan Partridge

35. Mother of God – Line of Duty

36. The truth is out there - X-Files

37. Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the wee donkey - Line of Duty

38. Pivot – Friends

39. Ooh I could crush a grape! - Crackerjack

40. Could I *be*…… - Friends

41. Bazinga! – Big Bang Theory

42. Pity the fool - Mr T in The A Team

43. Yada, Yada, Yada - Seinfeld

44. I’ve got a text! – Love Island

45. Boyakasha - Ali G

46. Excuuuuse me! - Steve Martin, Saturday Night Live

47. Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast - Red Dwarf

48. Oh my Christ! – Gavin and Stacey

49. What a sad little life, Jane - Come Dine With Me

50. You should wash your hands you detty pig - Sex Education