Memorable Words from TV


Television has been around for a long time.  When I was a child, it was black and white.  Movies started the same way.  Then TV and movies became colorful.  Here are some quotes from and about television.  Feel free to add your own to this collection.

M*A*S*H= “Look, all I know is what they taught me at Command School.  There are certain rules about a war and rule number one is ‘Young men die.”  And rule number two is “Doctors can’t change rule number one.’”  Henry Blake (see above)  (McLean Stevenson)

 M*A*S*H =  “Due to conditions beyond our control, we regret to announce that lunch is now being served.”  Public Service Announcement

George Lopez = “I’m a big fan of reality shows.  I thought the first one, Dukes of Hazard, captured white people perfectly.”

Gilligan’s Island = “Anyone who says money can’t buy happiness doesn’t know where to shop.”  Eunice Wentworth Lovey Howell

Leave It To Beaver = “A man never gets so old that he forgets how it was being a little boy.”  Ward Cleaver

The X-Files= “The truth is out there.”

Groucho Marx =  “I find television very educational.  Every time someone turns onthe set, I go into the other room and read a book.”


Taxi =  Reverend Jim: Can you guess how many drugs I did?

Elaine: A lot.

Reverend Jim: Wow! Right on the nose! (see above)  Christopher Lloyd

Taxi =  “If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away.”  Christopher Lloyd

Miami Vice = You’ve got to know the rules before you break them.  Otherwise, it’s no fun.”  Sonny Crockett

Ted Turner= “Nuclear war would really set back cable TV.”

Star Trek = Live long and prosper.

Star Trek: The Next Generation = Make it so!

Game of Thrones= I drink and I know things.  Tyrion Lannister

The Simpsons =  “D’oh!”

Alfred Hitchcock=  “Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing.  It doesn’t change people’s habits.  It just kept them inside the house.


The Prisoner = Number 6:  “Everybody votes for a dictator.”   (see above)  Patrick McGoohan

Elementary =  “If you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, is the truth.” Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller)

Jerry Seinfeld =  “I will never understand why they cook on TV.  I can’t smell it, can’t eat it, can’t taste it.  At the end of the show they hold it up to the camera: ‘Well, here it is.  You can’t have any.  Goodbye.”



About rcarmean

Two things... First, why have I decided to establish this blog? I like to put essays together. I research an idea or topic looking for information, statistics, stories, quotes, pictures, etc. I enjoy the process and seeing a finished product. I’m told that as I get older, new activities can help maintain energy and keep my brain alert. In other words, I am not doing this for money or fame. Second, regarding the gentleman in the collage of pictures's not me. Those are photos of Christy Mathewson. Why him? When I was young, my primary activity was being sick. It took up much of my time. Eczema (a case so bad I was written up in a medical journal showing doctors what their patients COULD look like), asthma, and allergies. You know allergies: don’t eat this, don’t wear that, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t touch any of these things (eg, dogs, cats, horses --I only saw horses in cowboy movies and TV shows, dust, swimming pools, my brother --OK, that’s an exaggeration, Rick was a fine brother). In my spare time between doctors' appointments, pills, and ointments, baseball kept me sane. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I grew up, pro footballI and basketball had not yet become extremely popular. Baseball truly was “the national pastime.” I listened to games on the radio (remember it? TV without the picture). I read magazines, books, and newspaper accounts of games. I collected baseball cards. I learned about the game’s history, as well as present. The same with its stars. One man stood out: Christy Mathewson. He was a great pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 20th century. But there was much more to him. At a time when professional athletes made little money (yes, there was such a time) and ball players were considered on the same level as actors, artists, and prostitutes, Mathewson stood out. One of his nicknames was: “The Christian Gentleman.” Most men is baseball drank, smoked, cursed, and fought —with other players, umpires, and fans. The fights were physical, not just verbal. Mathewson did none of these things. But he earned the respect of other players who did them all. Even Ty Cobb and John McGraw. There’s more. He was a college graduate (Bucknell University) when most men were lucky to have a high school diploma. He played other sports, including pro football which you wouldn’t recognize. He was handsome. He played in New York City, then as now, the largest city in the country. Excellence and popularity there meant fame and money. He dressed well. Today, his commercials would rival LeBron’s. And, finally, a hero’s life must have tragedy. After his playing career ended, WWI arrived. He suffered from influenza and was exposed to mustard gas. Chemical warfare. His lungs were damaged and he required treatment for the rest of his life. (Like my Grandfather who also fought in The Great War.) He died in 1925. He was 45 years old. I have his picture here because you need to know more about him than me. He was what an athlete could be. Players like him and their accomplishments got me through a sickly, painful childhood and can still sustain me in difficult times. *****
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