Unforgettable Game Show Catch Phrases

The Best Game Show Catch Phrases

A good game show catch phrase reminds you instantly of the game it comes from. These phrases have become part of popular culture, and are used casually with friends and even in big Hollywood blockbusters. Here is our list of the best catch phrases to come from game shows old and new.

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"Come on down!"

George Gray
George Gray. Courtesy CBS

Whether it was Johnny Olson, Rod Roddy, Rich Fields, or, more recently, George Gray shouting these words, anyone hearing them knows that ​"The Price is Right" is under way. It's only fitting that our favorite game show catch phrase should come from the longest-running game show in North America.

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"I'd like to buy a vowel, Pat."

Pat Sajak with a contestant on Wheel of Fortune
Courtesy Sony Pictures

Even people who don't watch ​"Wheel of Fortune" (and yes, apparently there are some people who don't!) know this phrase - and use it. Whether you're doing a crossword puzzle or reading something in Welsh, buying a vowel would be a handy option for many of us.

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"Big bucks, no whammies!"

Peter Tomarken on the set of Press Your Luck
Peter Tomarken on the set of 'Press Your Luck'. Courtesy GSN

Heard often at casinos, this gem from "Press Your Luck" has become a household phrase. Those of us who are old enough to have watched the show during its original run will likely also hear the beeps and boops of the electronic game board in our heads as this one is being uttered. Whether or not you add the "Stop!" at the end is completely your call.

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"Survey says..."

Courtesy Debmar-Mercury

Unless you're the host of "Family Feud" you're probably not referring to the average responses of 100 people surveyed when you belt out, "Survey says!" Still, it's a handy phrase when you're revealing an answer to, well, just about anything. And everyone will get the reference, which is another plus.

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"I'd like to phone a friend."

Regis Philbin
Regis Philbin. Courtesy Valleycrest Productions Ltd

There are potentially two catch phrases from "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" that could have landed on this list: The one we chose and "Is that your final answer?" We went with "I'd like to phone a friend" because it's appeared often in popular culture, from movies to viral jokes and more. Even though phone-a-friend has been discontinued as a lifeline on the show, it's still fondly remembered.

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"Deal, or no deal?"

Howie Mandel hosts 'Deal or No Deal' in prime time and in syndication
Howie Mandel hosts 'Deal or No Deal' in prime time and in syndication. Courtesy NBC

Sometimes the title of a game show becomes its catch phrase. ​"Deal or No Deal" was a huge sensation in prime time and Howie Mandel's question at the end of each round has become one of the most popular catch phrases in recent memory. Even though the show is no longer running, you'll still hear people asking, "Deal, or no deal?"

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"I'll take ___ for $1000, Alex"

Alex Trebek
Courtesy CBS/Sony Pictures

"​Jeopardy," like most long-running game shows, has several catch phrases to choose from. This one, though, leaves no question as to its origin, and anyone using it is likely also visualizing the game board. There's no doubt who the "Alex" in the phrase is, either. Stop by trivia night at your local pub and find out for yourself how often this phrase gets thrown around.

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"Will the real ___ please stand up?"

Bud Collyer
Bud Collyer. courtesy Getty Images

Whether or not you're aware of the game show "To Tell the Truth," you've probably heard this game show catch phrase. It's been dying out somewhat as new phrases take its place, but it's still a classic and it's still just as relevant today as it was when it was current.

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"You are the weakest link. Goodbye."

Anne Robinson Host of
Anne Robinson hosted "The Weakest Link". Courtesy Getty Images Entertainment

Many people found this particular game show catch phrase to be insulting and demeaning. Others thought it was a great hook. Whatever your opinion of "The Weakest Link" and its dismissive phrase, you have to admit that the line caught on. It was even more delicious delivered by Anne Robinson, who played the domineering host to a tee.