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Commericials: Love 'Em, Hate 'Em

There's no getting around commercials -- they are everywhere. From the ones that interrupt our viewing pleasure during our favorite programs to those hour-long infomercials, commercials fill many minutes of our days, albeit reluctantly so on our parts.

When I consider that an advertiser has only a mere 60 seconds to gain my attention, tell me about a product or service and convince me why my life will be better, faster, slower, happier or more satisfying if I purchase said product or service, I am a bit in awe of the many different ways this is accomplished. Let's be honest here: sometimes the commercials are more entertaining than the program we are watching.

Folger's Coffee used to have commercials that told a sequential story. Clydesdale horses are forever etched into the minds of millions as the "beer horses." We remember how soft Charmin is because poor Mr. Whipple spent years trying unsuccessfully to prevent shoppers from squeezing the rolls.

One of my favorite commercials these days is the man calling his insurance agent in the middle of the night, when his wife, suspicious the call is to a woman, grabs the phone and asks what the imagined woman is wearing. I chuckle each time I see it because it is representative of something very real in our current society, but also successfully cements the message that State Farm agents are available by phone both day and night. Not a shabby advertisement at all.

Do you watch commercials or change the channel? Are there any that capture your interest -- or your wrath?

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suffolkjason wrote on September 5, 2014, 8:54 AM

The vast majority are just irritating- an advert with real humour and/or class stands out from the crowd.

bestwriter wrote on September 5, 2014, 9:10 AM

There is one add that repeats the word 'interesting' six times in between the half minute Ad. It sickens me. And the worst is when Ads have decided to blast away in comparison to the programme I am watching and this results in my having to reduce reduce the volume or muting it a task I simply hate.

One I like where a passenger comes to the air hostess and feels that he has been insulted and says "Do you know who I am" The air hostess then makes an announcement saying that this man does not know who he is and if you could please help with that (lol)

allen0187 wrote on September 5, 2014, 9:34 AM

I hate commercials! I know these are important because advertisers sponsor our favorite shows but when a commercial is on, I switch channels.

MegL wrote on September 5, 2014, 11:10 AM

There are some commercials i remember from over 50 years ago! Mostly, they had songs attached to them. There was "Handy Andy", a floorcleaning liquid. Haven't seen it round for a while but I think it's still available elsewhere in the world and Pepsodent toothpaste, haven't seen that for a while either but the tunes for their commercials still run through my head. The adverts I used to like seeing come on (I no longer have TV so don't see any except the annoying ones in front of YOUTube videos, many of which I turn off and don't watch the video because I can't stand the commercial) were for Esso petrol. They had opera singers singing some famous bits to the tune of "Esso sign means happy motoring". Those were fun! And I just checked up and you can see the last one on Youtube!

Feisty56 wrote on September 5, 2014, 11:17 AM

I don't have television, so thankfully my commercial viewing is limited. You're right, though about irritating versus classy, which is why the commercials aired during the Super Bowl are usually so popular as they are at the top of their class.

Feisty56 wrote on September 5, 2014, 11:21 AM

I've not seen the one with the air hostess -- that sounds cute. I used to hate it when I would eat while watching TV, invariably one of those Mucinex commercials would air, with the talking mucus! Too gross for words.

Scorpie wrote on September 5, 2014, 1:02 PM

I want to invent a device that automatically mutes TV commercials.

paigea wrote on September 5, 2014, 2:16 PM

I usually go do something. I used to have a VCR that automatically skipped the commercials. But, some are very entertaining

Ellis wrote on September 5, 2014, 4:49 PM

Some are okay like the Hamlet cigar ads...but most are just downright crap!

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2014, 1:47 AM

I really limit my TV watching, and the commercials are the reason.I hate wasting precious time watching them, even though some are funny and engaging.

LynnWrites wrote on September 6, 2014, 10:13 PM

Commercials usually irritate me, and if I'm watching T.V use the time they are on to see what is on the other channels. But, there have been good ones over the years that do catch your eye. I remember the one that The Gap did about cords and they used the song Mellow Yellow, that was in the 90s. To be honest I don't really watch enough TV to have any favorites now.

GemOfAGirl wrote on September 11, 2014, 5:04 PM

I hate commercials, but I do recognize that they're a necessary evil. Right now, I do get a giggle out the Geico commercial where the guy says, "Well did you know that Old McDonald was a really bad speller?" Then it flashes to an old man wearing overalls, standing on a stage. An off-camera voice says, "Your word is 'cow'". And the old man goes, "Cow. C-O-W-E-I-E-I-O". A buzzer sounds, and he responds, "Dagnabbit!" I don't know why, but it makes me giggle every single time. Of course, I totally don't care that the beginning part of the commercial has something to do with insurance, lol. Maybe it's because I think that "dagnabbit" is such a funny word, and we don't hear it enough any more, emoticon :winking:

k_mccormick2 wrote on October 20, 2014, 12:34 AM

I find that, with a PVR, that I end up just fast forwarding past the commercials. I am usually asleep when the infomercials are on so I luck out with those.