Memes on the GameShow front:
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''Please add entries in the following format:''
* The name of the show.
** Meme name: description of meme and how it's used.
*** Source of meme and fandom it relates to in the form of a labelnote.
*** Further mutations and successor memes, if any.
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* ''Series/FamilyFeud'': Richard Karn wants you to know that because he feels like a meme, he's going to [[Series/FamilyFeud DOUBLE THE POINTS]]!!!!!!!! [[labelnote:Explanation]]Karn's LargeHam explanation of the Double round, where the value of each survey answer is doubled, always followed by audience applause. He did the same thing with "triple the points" in the Triple round.[[/labelnote]]
** But not before you've DRAWN FIRST BLOOD. [[labelnote:Explanation]]Also from Karn; his way of saying which family will score the points first.[[/labelnote]]
** Good answer! Good answer! [[labelnote:Explanation]]Usually said by the other members of the family, no matter how far off base the answer is. Some families even seem to say it ironically because they ''know'' the answer can't possibly be up there.[[/labelnote]]
** Survey said... [[labelnote:Explanation]] CatchPhrase originated on the 1975 pilot by Richard Dawson and heard in every version of ''Feud'', when asking how many points an answer scored in the Fast Money BonusRound. May be used in conversation when "revealing" the answer to a question.[[/labelnote]]
** NEKKID GRANDMA!! [[labelnote:Explanation]]Shortly after Steve Harvey became host, the show's Website/YouTube channel began posting clips. Among them was a man who gave this as a response to "Name something a burglar would not want to see when he breaks into a house" it lit up as "Gun/Occupant" for 33 points. Now, nearly every video on Family Feud's channel has someone offering "nekkid grandma" as an answer in the comments.[[/labelnote]]
** IS IT UP THERE? [[labelnote:Explanation]]What Louie Anderson would say after just about EVERY answer given in the main game.[[/labelnote]]
* But if you do, chances are you'll hear Patrick Wayne tell you that "YOUUUUUUUUUUUU WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN!" If not, that's okay, "Just cause you're divorced doesn't mean you can't have fun, riiiiiiiiiiiight?" [[labelnote:Explanation]]From the 1990 revival of ''Series/TicTacDough'', a couple choice quotes from host Patrick Wayne, another LargeHam of a host whose name often crops up when bad game show hosts are mentioned. The latter is from the run's Divorced Couples Week.[[/labelnote]]
** Oh yeah, and Jim Caldwell wants to add that those red boxes are special categories, he'll be sure to explain them when we get to them. [[labelnote:Explanation]]From the 1985/86 season of the same show; when Jim Caldwell took over from Wink Martindale as host, Caldwell became obsessed with the red box {{Bonus Space}}s.[[/labelnote]]
%% Pluralized proper names do not change Y to IE. Therefore, "Whammys" is the correct spelling.
* [[Series/PressYourLuck Big bucks]], no {{Whammy}}s...STOP! [[labelnote:Explanation]]The mantra of many a contestant on ''Series/SecondChance'', ''Series/PressYourLuck'', and ''Series/{{Whammy}}!'' hitting a Devil/Whammy on the game board wiped out one's score.[[/labelnote]]
** Stop at a [[UndesirablePrize Flokati Rug]]! [[labelnote:Explanation]]Often considered the least desirable prize on the board, an opinion even mentioned within the show itself.[[/labelnote]]
** The title format of ''Series/{{Whammy}} [[{{Revival}}The All New Press Your Luck]]'' became a meme in and of itself. [[labelnote:Explanation]]Message board posters would come up with similar titles for hypothetical revivals, such as ''Dragon! The All New Series/TicTacDough.''[[/labelnote]]
* ''Series/TwentyOne'' was RRRRRRRRRRRIGGED! [[labelnote:Explanation]]Early meme dating from the newsgroup alt.tv.game-shows, referring to the quiz show scandals of the late 1950s. While ''Twenty One'' was a big offender, this also applied to ''Series/TicTacDough'', ''The $64,000 Question'', and the smoking gun itself ''Dotto''.[[/labelnote]]
* [[PunctuatedForEmphasis WHEEL! OF! FORTUNE!!!!!]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]Explanation: TitleScream at the top of each show since 1983.[[/labelnote]]
** What? You didn't know any of this? I bet you didn't know that Woolery left ''[[Series/WheelOfFortune Wheel]]''.[[labelnote:Explanation]]A popular way of saying that a piece of game show news is old. The reference is to former ''Wheel of Fortune'' host Chuck Woolery, who left on Christmas Day 1981.[[/labelnote]]
** A group of pill-pushers? [[labelnote:Explanation]]A humorous mis-solve from 1999 that has shown up in countless blooper specials. The actual answer was A GROUP OF WELL-WISHERS.[[/labelnote]]
*** '''''This is WHEEL OF FORTUNE, Joe!''''' [[labelnote:Explanation]]Pat's [[WhatTheHellPlayer reaction to the above]].[[/labelnote]]
** I'd like to buy a vowel. [[labelnote:Explanation]]CatchPhrase from contestants. Another is "I'd like to solve the puzzle."[[/labelnote]]
** "Top dollar value on the Wheel for the first round is $500. But look out for this black space, Bankrupt, because if you hit it, you lose all your cash, but not your merchandise, because once you buy a prize, it's yours to keep." [[labelnote:Explanation]]Chuck Woolery's rundown of the show's rules from the earliest days. He even recited this in full on an AprilFoolsDay episode of ''Series/{{Scrabble}}''.[[/labelnote]]
** RSTLN E [[labelnote:Explanation]]In the early days of the BonusRound, contestants were asked for five consonants and a vowel to help solve the bonus puzzle. RSTLN are the most common consonants in the English language, and E is the most common vowel. This achieved AscendedMeme status so that contestants are now given those letters, in that order, and then asked for three more consonants and another vowel.[[/labelnote]]
** The ceramic dalmatian. [[labelnote:Explanation]] An UndesirablePrize when the show still had contestants shop for prizes after each round. Very few contestants wanted it at first, but by March 1987 it became famous enough that some deliberately bought it. Although the shopping was removed in the late 1980s, it has been referenced in several game show parodies, and repeatedly by the show itself. His name is Sheldon, by the way.[[/labelnote]]
* Good internet game show forum etiquette: DON'T ask how ''Series/HotPotato'' was played. [[labelnote:Explanation]]Refers to a {{troll}} on the newsgroup alt.tv.game-shows, who would make nonsensical posts asking how "hat putato" was played.[[/labelnote]]
** ...or ask what game shows [dead celebrity]'s corpse will host. [[labelnote:Explanation]]Another recurring troll post on the same newsgroup.[[/labelnote]]
** ...or proclaim that a cancelled game show is [[PunctuatedForEmphasis NEW! NEW! NEW!]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]Another troll meme that started with someone repeatedly saying this about ''[[Series/WheelOfFortune Wheel 2000]]'', and escalated from there. Often misspelled as "NU! NU! NU!" due to mutations with the aforementioned "hat putato" posts.[[/labelnote]]
* [[Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire "Is that your final answer?"]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]CatchPhrase from ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' to ensure that the contestant is actually going for the answer s/he has said.[[/labelnote]]
** "Can I phone a friend?" [[labelnote:Explanation]]One of the {{Lifelines}} available to contestants to aid in picking the right answer. This Lifeline was eliminated in some versions after too many Phone-A-Friends began Googling the answer.[[/labelnote]]
* That dating show from the 1990s is actually called FREAKIN' STUDS. [[labelnote:Explanation]]In reference to a "50 Greatest Game Shows" poll conducted by Creator/{{GSN}}. This was one fan's reaction to the fact that ''Studs'' ended up on the aired list, as it wasn't a long-running or well-remembered series.[[/labelnote]]
* [[PunctuatedForEmphasis This...]] ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis is]]''... ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Jeopardy!]]'' [[labelnote:Explanation]]TitleScream at the top of the show.[[/labelnote]]
** [[Series/{{Jeopardy}} Sorry, you didn't phrase that in the form of a question.]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]Reference to the format of ''Jeopardy!'', which inverts the typical question-and-answer format of quiz shows.[[/labelnote]]
** Who are three people that have never been in my kitchen? [[labelnote:Explanation]]On an episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' ("What Is... Cliff Clavin?"), KnowNothingKnowItAll postman Cliff Clavin appeared on ''Jeopardy!'' and had a runaway lead. He lost after wagering all of his winnings on the Final Jeopardy! clue and writing that as his response. ''Jeopardy!'' has made this episode into an AscendedMeme of sorts, as "pulling a Clavin" is now the term for an all-in Final Jeopardy! wager from a runaway lead.[[/labelnote]]
** What is Toronto? [[labelnote:Explanation]]During a special set of episodes in February 2011, a computer named Watson competed against former contestants Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Despite amassing a runaway lead, Watson was stumped by Final Jeopardy! and guessed Toronto. Since then, this has become the successor to "never been in my kitchen" for contestants who are stumped in Final Jeopardy![[/labelnote]]
** I'll take over-used memes for $800, Alex. [[labelnote:Explanation]]Common method of requesting the next clue to be revealed.[[/labelnote]]
** Eleventy billion dollars! [[labelnote:Explanation]]What "Keanu Reaves" bid in a ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL]]'' ''Celebrity Jeopardy!'' sketch. This "number" is often used among game show fans to spoof the trend toward very high payouts.[[/labelnote]]
** Liederkranz. [[labelnote:Explanation]]Explanation:The answer to a notoriously difficult Final Jeopardy! asking about an obscure, no-longer-made type of cheese, often cited by ''Jeopardy!'' fans as being the hardest Final Jeopardy! the show has ever had. References to liederkranz are common, particularly in the context of any other clue's difficulty.[[/labelnote]]
** The "form of a question" format is so pervasive that contestants on non-''Jeopardy!'' shows will unconsciously phrase answers "What is X?" (or similar), as if they were on ''Jeopardy!'', usually to the amusement and/or annoyance of the other show's host. It was something of a BerserkButton on ''WinBenSteinsMoney'', where offending contestants were forced to wear a DunceCap as penance.
** Dankey Kang. [[labelnote:Explanation]]Explanation: A faked Final Jeopardy! clue read, "This video game character is blue, collects Rings, and goes fast." One contestant [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog got it right]], but the other two answered "Who is [[Franchise/DonkeyKong Dankey Kang]]?" and "Who is [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Princess Zorldo]]?"[[/labelnote]]
* [[Series/TheJokersWild Joker...]]''[[Series/TheJokersWild Joker...]]''[[Series/TheJokersWild First Ladies!]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]Jack Barry's over-dramatic read of the giant slot machine on ''Series/TheJokersWild''.[[/labelnote]]
** Jack, I'll go off the board and take Baseball. [[labelnote:Explanation]]A rarely used tactic; anyone with one or two Jokers showing could go "off the board" and ask for a category not shown on the slot machine.[[/labelnote]]
** As we know, ''Series/TheJokersWild'' is a game of definitions.[[labelnote:Explanation]]CatchPhrase on the show's 1990 revival.[[/labelnote]]
* [[Series/TheHollywoodSquares I'll take [celebrity's name] for the win, please.]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]The origin of "for the win", originally said by many contestants on the celebrity tic-tac-toe game when three-in-a-row was imminent.[[/labelnote]]
** [[YouFool YOU FOOL!]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]From a 1999 episode where Gilbert Gottfried was the only star left on the board, but the contestants kept whiffing the increasingly easy questions and falling for Gottfried's obvious bluffs. Every time they whiffed, he would scream "YOU FOOL!" By the end of the round, ''everyone on the board'' was shouting it -- if they weren't laughing too hard to speak.[[/labelnote]]
** Circle/X gets the square! [[labelnote:Explanation]]Often said by the hosts when a contestant correctly agrees/disagrees with a celebrity. It is also often used in real life as a sarcastic retort to a blatantly obvious statement.[[/labelnote]]
* "The Series/{{password}} is..." [[labelnote:Explanation]]Whispered by TheAnnouncer in most versions of the word-association game.[[/labelnote]]
* Series/DealOrNoDeal? [[labelnote:Explanation]]{{Title Drop}}ping question asked by any host of the show, when asking if the contestant wants to take the Banker's deal or keep eliminating suitcases or boxes in hopes of finding one with the top money prize in it.[[/labelnote]]
* [[Series/WhatsMyLine Is it bigger than a breadbox?]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]In reference to the PanelGame where a celebrity panel would ask yes-or-no questions in attempt to determine a contestant's job. "Bigger than a breadbox" existed well before that, but the show helped popularize it thanks to Steve Allen.[[/labelnote]]
* [[Series/{{Blockbusters}} I'll take a P, Bob.]]
** Saucy female students: "I'll have U, Bob."
** "I'll take an E, Bob." [[labelnote:Explanation]]DoubleEntendre letter request from the British version of ''Series/{{Blockbusters}}'', which involves a board full of letters each answer begins with the letter selected. "P" of course refers to "taking a pee"; "U" as in "I'll have ''you''" and "E" was a common slang for the drug Ecstasy.[[/labelnote]]
* BRING ON THE WALL! [[labelnote:Explanation]]CatchPhrase on ''Series/HoleInTheWall'', where contestants must contort their bodies to fit through holes made in an AdvancingWallOfDoom.[[/labelnote]]
* In Ireland, "Stop the lights!" [[labelnote:Explanation]]From the game show ''Quicksilver'', and used as an expression of surprise; impressive as the show was cancelled decades ago.[[/labelnote]]
* "You are Series/TheWeakestLink... goodbye." [[labelnote:Explanation]]Spoken by the host of the show in question, when the "weakest link" player has been voted off by the others.[[/labelnote]]
* [[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook That's Numberwang!]]
** Let's rotate the board! [[labelnote:Explanation]]From a game show parody sketch on ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' called "Numberwang", the premise being a complete NonSequitur number-guessing game. References to Numberwang have bled over into the game show fandom, to the point that many consider it an overused meme.[[/labelnote]]
* [[Series/TheDatingGame I have a question for Bachelor #2...]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]From ''TheDatingGame'', in which a bachelorette inquires three mystery bachelors before deciding which one she wants to date.[[/labelnote]]
* [[Series/TheNewlywedGame "Tell me specifically, where is the weirdest place you've ever gotten the urge to make whoopee?"]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]A notorious 1978 question from the show that asked prying questions of four sets of newlyweds; one wife answered: "I don't know -- in the ass?" For years, it was believed that this question and answer were {{Urban Legend}}s as host Bob Eubanks swore up and down that he had no memory of it happening, until footage of the actual question and answer surfaced. The confusion arose because the version of the story that became a meme ''didn't'' happen -- all of America seemingly misremembered the phrasing as "That'd be in the butt, Bob."[[/labelnote]]
* "Dumb Dora was ''so dumb...''" "HOW DUMB WAS SHE?" [[labelnote:Explanation]]Although the "X was so Y..." "How Y was X?" construct originated with JohnnyCarson, ''Series/MatchGame'' help popularize it whenever the show had a question about "Dumb Dora" or any other personality made up for the show's humorous fill-in-the-blank questions. The "How Y was X?" portion was usually asked by both the celebrity panel and audience, and host Gene Rayburn would typically rate their performance (e.g., "You blew it").[[/labelnote]]
** "Slide it, Earl!" [[labelnote:Explanation]]Host Gene Rayburn's CatchPhrase when asking for the top answer to be revealed in the Audience Match portion of the BonusRound, where a contestant has to try and pick the top answer given by an audience in response to a fill-in-the-blank question.[[/labelnote]]
** Old Man Periwinkle [[labelnote:Explanation]]The name ''Match Game'' used whenever the sentence to complete involved an old person. Gene Rayburn would usually do an old man voice for him.[[/labelnote]]
* "...The choice is yours, and yours alone." [[labelnote:Explanation]]From the kids' show ''Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple'', the end of the RulesSpiel given by "Olmec", an animatronic stone head voiced by Creator/DeeBradleyBaker.[[/labelnote]]
** "...Through the SHRIIIIINE OF THE SILVEEEEEER MONKEEEEEY." [[labelnote:Explanation]]Another recurring LargeHam statement from Olmec while describing the path through the temple.[[/labelnote]]
* "I can [[TitleDrop name that tune]] in five notes." "Four notes." "Three notes." "Name that tune." [[labelnote:Explanation]]From the "Bid-a-Note" round of ''Series/NameThatTune'', where contestants bid on how many notes they need to identify the song.[[/labelnote]]
* "Not a match; the board goes back." [[labelnote:Explanation]]Hugh Downs often said this on ''Series/{{Concentration}}'' when a contestant's chosen numbers did not have the same prize behind them. DavidLetterman helped get this phrase here, as he says it occasionally when a joke falls flat.[[/labelnote]]
** "Oh, swell." [[labelnote:Explanation]]Said by Downs early in games when two matched squares reveal blank spaces on the puzzle side.[[/labelnote]]
** ...''IS RIGHT!'' [[labelnote:Explanation]]Hugh says this after a contestant correctly solves the puzzle.[[/labelnote]]
* '''[[Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego "DO IT, ROCKAPELLA!"]]''' [[labelnote:Explanation]]CatchPhrase in reference to the a cappella group Rockapella, who provided the music for ''Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?''[[/labelnote]]
** Greg, ''go away.'' [[labelnote:Explanation]]How pretty much all of the host's conferences in DaChief's office ended.[[/labelnote]]
* Is it behind Door #1, Door #2, or Door #3? [[labelnote:Explanation]]Reference to the three numbered doors on ''Series/LetsMakeADeal'', which may conceal a {{Zonk}} or a prize.[[/labelnote]]
* "Your starter for ten..." [[labelnote:Explanation]]Phrase used on ''Series/UniversityChallenge'' to indicate the next question is a basic, ten-point one.[[/labelnote]]
* "For $10/$25/$50/$100,000...here is your first subject. Go!" [[labelnote:Explanation]]Phrase used by Dick Clark to start the Winner's Circle round on various incarnations of ''Series/{{Pyramid}}''.[[/labelnote]]
** "Threefourfifty...$500!" [[labelnote:Explanation]]Dick Clark adding up the amount of money won in a ''Pyramid'' Winner's Circle round. Or words to that effect.[[/labelnote]]
* "Lower/Higher than a...?" [[labelnote:Explanation]]What the host of ''Series/CardSharks'' will usually say before turning over the next card.[[/labelnote]]
** "All of it, higher/lower!" [[labelnote:Explanation]]What confident ''Card Sharks'' contestants will say when playing the Money Cards, the bonus game where you call high/low on the cards, but this time you bet money on each call. Aces or deuces, the little-to-no-fail cards in the deck, usually get the "all" bet.[[/labelnote]]
* "Will the real X please stand up?" [[labelnote:Explanation]]What the host of ''Series/ToTellTheTruth'' says to find out who's telling the truth and who the imposters are.[[/labelnote]]
** [[WeirdAlEffect Although these days, people are more likely to associate it with]] [[Music/{{Eminem}} Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady"]].
* "I would like to introduce you to ten of the most (alliterative two-word phrase, usually with negative meaning) that ever stood between an (occupation) and his/her money, and here...they...are!" [[labelnote:Explanation]]Said by ''Series/{{Whew}}'' host Tom Kennedy to players before attempting the Gauntlet of Villains for $25,000.[[/labelnote]]
** LONGSHOT! (screeeeeeeeeeech...CRASH!) [[labelnote:Explanation]]What a Charger on ''Whew!'' would say when time was running out and s/he couldn't reach Level 6 in time. This forced a SuddenDeath single-pick of three possible bloopers to decide the round.[[/labelnote]]
** TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIME'S UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUP! [[labelnote:Explanation]]What the Gaunlet said to a Charger if their time ran out.[[/labelnote]]
* If you'd like to be a contestant on ''Series/HitMan'', forget it! [[labelnote:Explanation]]Rod Roddy's famous line in place of the contestant plug on said show's GrandFinale.[[/labelnote]]
* Bowling for X. [[labelnote:Explanation]]A snowclone meme originating from the franchise ''Series/BowlingForDollars''.[[/labelnote]]
* ''Series/AllStarBlitz'', hobba hum hobba heeba humba. [[labelnote:Explanation]]The only circulating version of that show's theme is a very surreal remix with a lot of {{scatting}}, which was apparently used for only one week. The sheer bizarreness of this remix is quite well known.[[/labelnote]]

''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' has so many that it gets [[Memes/ThePriceIsRight its own page]].
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