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QOTD – January 28 – Watchu Talkin’ ‘Bout, Willis?

Given that many of our readers are in their early twenties, or teenagers even, there’s a good chance that the title of this post means absolutely nothing to you. But Gary Coleman, playing Arnold from Different Strokes, gave us a catch phrase that will forever live on in my generation.

Zach Morris talked me through my childhood and teenage years. He helped me understand how to try to manipulate the system, deal with conflict, be a better friend, and most importantly, get the girl – well, at least make a valiant attempt to get the girl, while typically screwing up, and making a fool of myself in the process.

For the most part, you have grown up in a TV generation. We have all found our best friends, our mentors, our enemies, and our crushes on television shows. From JR to Barney (be it Rubble, or the Purple Dinosaur), or Kelly Kapowski, or one of Charlie’s Angels, or Pam Anderson on Baywatch, we’ve connected to someone, or something on television.

Question of the Day:

So, how about you? What have you found on TV that will stick with you for the rest of your lives?

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

33 comments on “QOTD – January 28 – Watchu Talkin’ ‘Bout, Willis?

  1. colbey
    January 28, 2014

    The way people look. I mean if you notice most famous people are really beautiful. For instance, Pretty Little Liars everyone of those girls are pretty. It’s just interesting to me that hollywood has that type of view on people. To look flawless.

    • colbey
      January 28, 2014

      The person i have the most connection with is miley cyrus! I watched Hannah Montanna all growing up, it was exciting and it was a girly show. What kid didn’t love that show! Miley is still a fun person and is rebellious which i think is part of life.

  2. Andre Turi
    January 28, 2014

    What I have found on TV that will stick with me for the rest of my life is how TV shows will make life seem way easier than it really is. For example, the shows that are in high schools are nothing like the reality of it. High school is not as fun and easy as they portray it.

    • Christopher Margolin
      January 28, 2014

      Can you give an example of one of these shows?

      • Andre Turi
        January 28, 2014

        Jersey shore, Saved by the bell, Really any show is portrayed better than what it really is.

  3. Cassidy Ryder
    January 28, 2014

    The show “Thats so Raven” will always stick with me, especially her saying ‘oh snap!’ also, the show “Doctor who” because as soon as i am atatched to a certain character, they change it (the doctor and the companion), and with each different doctor, there is a different saying that they all will say. like the 9th doctor said “fantastic!” the 10th doctor said “Allons-Y!” and the 11th doctor said “Geronimo!”…. those sayings will always stick with me, forever.

  4. Alannah Crothers
    January 28, 2014

    the show that sticks with me the most would have to be “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” because they always had fun and seemed to get away with alot but also had lessons learned at the end of the day. Also, its the first show to have a dumb asian and a smart blonde.

  5. austin wright
    January 28, 2014

    i remember when i was a little kid and i would watch all the differant cartoons they would make me feel like no matter what the problem in my life was i could get through it because they faced problems everyday and never quit.

  6. Arianna Burleson
    January 28, 2014

    i would say “here comes Honey Boo Boo” this will always be stuck in my worst tv shows list becuase this show is point less and stupid. its about a chubby pageant girl that is gross and lives in the country with her family that is just as gross or even worse. this should not be a show. people really excepted this to be show around the world.?

    • Robert
      January 28, 2014


  7. Robert
    January 28, 2014

    What will always stick with me will the the theme song to “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” Once you listen to it, and and watch the show, it sticks with you. Fresh Prince will always stick with me.

  8. blake bedlion
    January 28, 2014

    the fresh prince of Bel Air Will Smiths short jokes and fat jokes

  9. mate kochlavashvili
    January 28, 2014

    i dont think any tv shows will stay with me till the rest of my life because i dont watch any only ones i seen were breaking bad lost and prison break

  10. Sage
    January 28, 2014

    Ed Edd n Eddy, that show is kind of like my life when i was a kid. Always trying to get money and just being a nuisance.

  11. Jaxon Skeen
    January 28, 2014

    The U’S. version of Top Gear has stuck with me on how I look at cars.

  12. Lilli
    January 28, 2014

    CatDog. I was always into the creepy cartoon shows, or Invader Zim that was cancelled after the first season because it was too grungy. Those shows made me realize it’s really awesome to be yourself, and be creepy and weird. CatDog taught me how to be a great friend. It also showed me you shouldn’t judge someone by how they look or what they are. For example, it was a cat and a dog stuck together. Who would think a cat and a dog getting along?

  13. Stephanie
    January 28, 2014

    What I found on TV that will stick with me for the rest of my life is all the reality TV shows, like Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Bad Girls Club, TI & Tiny, The Challenge, Jersey Shore, all the shows on E or Oxygen or MTV. It amazes me how people don’t mind showing their whole life to the world and that all the paparazzi doesn’t bother them. Reality TV shows will always stick with me. I love them though, I love watching all the drama and seeing how famous peoples lives are and what they go through.

  14. Miriam Martin
    January 28, 2014

    What will always stick with me is the cooking show “Giada at home”. I became obsessed with watching this show because Giada became one of my role models and watching her come up with all these food recipes made me realized that i can try to be someone better than who i am right now and always try to do harder things in life.

  15. adrian santiago
    January 28, 2014

    well to be honest the only things that are going to stay with me are quotes from the show. for example i watch a show called arrow and the only thing that has suck is a quote from a book they mention in that show.

  16. Daniel Laub
    January 28, 2014

    All the cool stuff “Blue Planet” documented as well as “Planet Earth”. It made me really interested in the organisms that walk the earth and the environments that they live in.

  17. Kentrel
    January 28, 2014

    I honestly don’t have any in specific. There are shows that I will remember, that I liked when I was growing up. A funny quote that I liked, was from Boondocks. It was from one of the characters named Ed Wancler the third. When ever he and his partner would steel something (that they normally return 5 minutes later), he would say, “Keeyah B***h!”

  18. DJ
    January 28, 2014

    This is going to sound corny, but i learned that you don’t have to be related, to be a family. Believe it or not, I got this from The Walking Dead.

  19. Nicklas Martinson
    January 28, 2014

    The best place to start is when you have lost everything. This is from the ultimate gift.

  20. haley hanks
    January 28, 2014

    The one thing i found on tv that will really stick with me for the rest of my life is probably hannah montana. she has been on since i was in elementry school and i used to watch it everyday i thought it was funny. I still listen to her music on a daily.

  21. Tabatha Cameron
    January 28, 2014

    Trust no one, not your parents, your best friends, and sometimes not even yourself. I’ve learned this from the show Pretty Little Liars.

  22. Damaris Leyva
    January 28, 2014

    The one thing that will stick with me forever would be Dora, yes I know that its childish but to be honest when I was little she was my idol. I would watch it everyday and till this day I still watch it and I still love Dora. Mostly because she teaches spanish and gets you involved. Also cause she has maps for everything and her handy dandy backpack, and map, and the fact that they talk and they have thier special songs.

  23. Joseph Park
    January 28, 2014

    The one thing that will stick with me would be Spongebob Squarepants. I loved it when I was a kid and still remember some song lyrics. I learned that friendship is happiness and thats it.

  24. Jerhik Sadiasa
    January 28, 2014

    The one thing that will will stick with me would be Courage The Cowardly Dog. It was the best show in the world for me when i was little, even now i think it is awesome just because of how Courage goes through so much just to keep Muriel safe. Also the catch phrase he always says before saving Muriel “Things I do for Love.”

  25. darcie daniel
    January 28, 2014

    Kevin Arnold from The Wonder Years TV show. He will forever be remembered from me because now that I am going through my teenage years I can relate to almost everything he went through. I am that awkward kid that doesn’t really know how to talk to people of the opposite sex and I overexaggerate over everything that is happening in school.

  26. Angel Herrera
    January 28, 2014

    That 70’s show. I will always remember that show because it was funny and outrageous. You could relate to a lot of the stuff that they do.

  27. habibilamour
    January 28, 2014

    LOL I’m 19 and I know the show where the title came on because of repeats! I also absolutely love classic Charlie’s Angels, I am a huge Farrah Fawcett fan ~<3. And I'm not the only person in my generation who likes old tv and music either 🙂

  28. Vildana Corbic
    January 28, 2014

    The show that will always stick with me forever is “full house” because i probably watched every single episode like 20 times, i’m so in love with that show. Me and my mom would watch it every night when i was little, and i would get so excited. The show taught me a lot, to stick with family forever and family is most important. I still can watch it on a daily, it never gets old to me.

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