There's no question the television has made a huge impact on the world. Nearly every country has some form of TV, and it has become a ritual for most people and homes. The US and UK are two of the biggest producers of programmes, and have been for many years, with the US edging out the UK as far as quantity goes in many ways. The US has been responsible for many of the most memorable scenes, quotes, and catchphrases, some of which are remembered below.
US news stations and anchors have captured some of the world's most unforgettable moments, and many of these quotes are still used today. An example is John F. Kennedy's great line “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” a line adapted and requited millions of times since then. Nixon's line “I'm not a crook…” and the Apollo 13 Flight's “Houston, we have a problem”, have been parodied and reused for various purposes over the years. And speaking of flights, who wouldn't think of Neil Armstrong's “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”?
US sitcoms, cartoons, and comedy shows have also spawned their own catchphrases and quotations. Barney Stinson's “Suit up,” Candid Camera's “Smile!” and Homer Simpson's “D'oh” are all less than three words, and yet they are phrases no one can fail to recognise. Who hasn't smiled at least once at SNL's “Live, from New York, its Saturday Night!”? Everyone expects that at some point in a South Park episode, they're going to hear “Oh my God! They killed Kenny!” and that any Scooby Doo villain is about 99% likely to say “If it weren't for you meddling kids…” Catchphrases are a link to all that we love about TV, and that's why we always tend to remember them.