Monday, December 04, 2006

Lucy Absent From TV Land's Top Catchphrases List

Maureen Downey of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

On television, women are treated like children: They are there to be seen, not heard.

In a list of the 100 greatest TV quotes and catchphrases of all time, only four were spoken by female characters.

Compiled by the TV Land cable network, the list lionizes Lurch on "The Addams Family" for "You rang, sir," but leaves out Lucille Ball for her plaintive "Ricky!" and her pathetic "WAAAH."

Lucy is not the only grand dame of TV comedy overlooked. Carol Burnett's musical catchphrase — "I'm so glad we had this time together" — doesn't merit mention either. Nor does Emily Litella's "Never mind." Another Gilda Radner character, Roseanne Roseannadanna, would reach into her mailbag each week and always pull out a question from "Richard Feder of Fort Lee, New Jersey."

Not on the list, though.

I, too, was surprised there wasn't a single "I Love Lucy" reference on TV Land's list. No "Lucy, I'm Home!" or even some "splannin'" by Ricky.