Black-Sitcom Quotes: Who Said It?

Match these famous stars from our favorite shows with their best lines.

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    Nell Carter as Nell Harper; Phylicia Rashad as Clair Huxtable (TV Land)

    We’ve seen episodes of our favorite black sitcoms over and over. Cable networks play them ad nauseam, to the point where we’ve seen some of our favorite episodes dozens of time. But now The Root is going to put you to the test. See how many quotes you can match to your favorite shows. Just go to the next slide for the answer.

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    Jamie Foxx as Jamie King; Will Smith as Will Smith (YouTube)

    "Hey, baby, I noticed you noticing me, and I just wanted to put you on notice that I noticed you, too."

    Who said it?

    Jamie King, The Jamie Foxx Show

    Will Smith, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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    Answer: Will Smith, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will had all his mack daddy lines ready to go at Bel-Air Prep. But this high school lady, played by Garcelle Beauvais, told the Prince that he better come correct if he’s trying to get her attention.

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    Thomas Mikal Ford as Tommy Strawn; Darryl M. Bell as Ron Johnson (YouTube)

    "My mama always told me, if she can't use your comb, don't bring her home!"

    Who said it?

    Tommy Strawn, Martin

    Ron Johnson, A Different World

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    Answer: Tommy Strawn, Martin

    While playing a quick game of questions, Martin (Martin Lawrence) finds out that Gina (Tisha Campbell-Martin) makes more money than he does. And of course, for Martin and his often chauvinistic ways, this was unacceptable. But it was Tommy’s (Thomas Mikal Ford) response to a question about interracial dating that garnered the most laughs.

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    Marla Gibbs as Florence Johnston (TV Land); Ralph Carter as Michael Evans (YouTube)

    "How come we overcame and nobody told me?"

    Who said it?

    Florence Johnston, The Jeffersons

    Michael Evans, Good Times

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    Answer: Florence Johnston, The Jeffersons

    Louise (Isabel Sanford) was nervous about hiring a maid, but George (Sherman Hemsley) was hell-bent on getting some help around the house. As Florence (Marla Gibbs) was getting ready to leave the apartment, Helen (Roxie Roker) and Diane (Paulene Myers) stopped by. Overwhelmed by two black women with maids in the 1970s, Florence delivered her knee-slapping line to close out the scene.

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    Bernie Mac; Tichina Arnold as Rochelle Rock (IMDb)

    "His bike got stolen. I told him not to let anybody ride it. So I smacked him into next week. He'll be back on Tuesday."

    Who said it?

    Uncle Bernie, The Bernie Mac Show

    Rochelle, Everybody Hates Chris

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    Answer: Rochelle, Everybody Hates Chris

    Chris’ (Tyler James Williams) mom (Tichina Arnold) delivered some classic black-mom lines throughout the series’ four-season run. When Chris lets a friend borrow his bike, he worries that he won’t ever see it again and contemplates Rochelle’s wrath when she finds out he disobeyed her.

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    Queen Latifah as Khadijah James (TVOne); Charnelle Brown as Kim Reese (YouTube)

    "You pseudo-intellectual male with a pseudo-African name spouting pseudo-philosophy about a whole bunch of nothing! In fact, the only thing about you that's real are your green eyes. My brother!"

    Who said it?

    Khadijah James, Living Single

    Kim Reese, A Different World

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    Answer: Kim Reese, A Different World

    Remember when Shazza Zulu (Gary Dourdan) had us swooning over him on A Different World? Well, Kim (Charnele Brown) set him straight after he criticized her for dating a white man at Hillman, a historically black college.

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    Tracy Ross as Joan Clayton (IMDb); Queen Latifah as Khadijah James (TVOne)

    "Look, you're gonna have a hard time finding ‘the one.' You're a snob from the projects! Believe me, that's rare."

    Who said it?

    Joan Clayton, Girlfriends

    Khadijah James, Living Single

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    Answer: Khadijah James, Living Single

    When Regine Hunter (Kim Fields) started dating Daryl (Heavy D), who seemed like the opposite of her type, the crew was a bit confused. After meeting Daryl’s friends, she realized they weren’t compatible, and Khadijah (Queen Latifah) offered some hard advice for her fickle, materialistic ways.

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    Countess Vaughn as Kimberly Ann Parker (TVOne); Brandy Norwood as Moesha Mitchell (YouTube)

    "Man, I should have known better than to ask the accounting firm of poor, broke and hungry for money!"

    Who said it?

    Kimberly Ann Parker, The Parkers

    Moesha Mitchell, Moesha

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    Answer: Moesha Mitchell, Moesha

    Moesha (Brandy Norwood) started taking more responsibility and paying for a few of her bills. But when it becomes too much, she asks Hakeem Campbell (Lamont Bentley), Niecy Jackson (Shar Jackson) and Kimberly Ann Parker (Countess Vaughn) for a few bucks, and all they can offer are empty pockets.

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    Esther Rolle as Florida Evans (TV Land); JoMarie Payton as Harriet Winslow (IMDb)

    "I shoulda been born an octopus. You need eight hands to run this house."

    Who said it?

    Florida Evans, Good Times

    Harriet Winslow, Family Matters

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    Answer: Florida Evans, Good Times

    In this episode, Michael Evans (Ralph Carter) tries to diagnose his mother with menopause. (Remember when he tried to say his father had hypertension?) Florida (Esther Rolle) was a tyrant in the house, slamming doors, yelling at the kids, and only Willona Woods (Ja’net DuBois) knew the problem: She’s bored.

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    Shawn Wayans as Shawn Williams (Wikipedia Commons); Tia Mowry-Hardrict as Melanie Barnett (IMDb)

    "Look at you with your stupid do-rag and your clown suit. Lookin' like a Chicago two-step champion!"

    Who said it?

    Shawn Williams, The Wayans Bros.

    Melanie Barnett, The Game

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    Answer: Melanie Barnett, The Game

    In the season 2 premiere of The Game, Melanie (Tia Mowry-Hardrict) finds out that Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall) has been cheating on her with Drew Sidora. In an epic breakup fight, Melanie takes Derwin to task for his horrible fashion choices.

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    Nell Carter as Nell Harper; Phylicia Rashad as Clair Huxtable (TV Land)

    "If you don't get it together and drop these macho attitudes, you are never going to have anybody bringing you anything, anywhere, any place, any time, ever. Now, what would you like in your coffee?"

    Who said it?

    Nell Harper, Gimme a Break

    Clair Huxtable, The Cosby Show

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    Answer: Clair Huxtable, The Cosby Show

    This scene is probably one of the most memorable moments in Cosby Show history. Elvin Tibideaux (Geoffrey Owens) had been teetering on Clair’s last nerve with his “macho attitudes,” so she finally reads him from head to toe after he asks if she “serves Dr. Huxtable.”

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