10 Most Annoying Television Commercials Ever
Television commercials have become mini-programs that do more than just fill in time during program breaks. Some creative, engaging television commercials really stick with you, years after they've been off the air. Others, however, are memorable for totally different reasons. Following are some of the absolute worst, most annoying television commercials to ever be broadcast in the United States.
"Head On! Apply directly to the forehead. Head On! Apply directly to the forehead. Head On! Apply directly to the forehead." Has there been an ad in the history of television that's more annoying, irritating, and repetitive than this one? How stupid do the makers of this commercial think we are? They have to tell us over and over again how to apply it, yet the product's name is Head On. This ad doesn't even tell you what Head On is for, and what it will do for you when you apply directly to the forehead. This could cause confusion at the drug store, if you ask for Head On for, say, a fungal infection. Then you might want to ask for Lamisil, because Digger told you to ....
Digger the Dermatophyte
Digger the Dermatophyte - the ad exec who came up with this one is one sick puppy. No one wants to think of that thing living under your toenails. Besides that, Digger has a really creepy voice as he tells you he's a dermatophyte, "you know, a nail infection." Then he does one of the grossest things ever shown on television, and pulls up the toenail on a human foot. "All I want is to get in here," he tells us as he wiggles under the toenail. Warning: don't watch this ad while trying to eat or disastrous results, such as vomiting, will ensue.
This commercial is too demeaning to dogs. The poor dog is shouting, "Bacon!" throughout the entire commercial, then the tag line comes: "Dogs don't know it's not bacon!" Great, that really makes my day, tricking my dog into thinking I'm giving him bacon. I don't even have a dog, and I don't particularly like dogs, but I hate this commercial for making dogs seem dumber than they really are.
Turn the Tub Around - I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
The first time I saw this television ad, I had to do a double-take. Was that really Megan Mullally, the talented television and theater actress known primarily for her role as Karen on "Will and Grace"? Has she sunk this low, that she has to dance and sing about margarine? Even worse, they've taken a catchy song from the disco era, "Turn the Beat Around," but cleverly changed it to "Turn the Tub Around." This little ditty just won't get out of your head no matter how many times you beat your head against the wall after hearing it!
Everyone who was alive during the 1970s and 1980s remembers this old commercial. How disgusting! A mother and daughter are talking to each other and the daughter says, "Mom, do you ever feel...not so fresh?" Then the mother proceeds to tell her daughter about the joys of Massengill douche. Yuck! Women remember cringing while watching this commercial, and men recall laughing at it. Thankfully, douche commercials are no longer the rage on television, and mothers and daughters have learned to have such discussions in private, not in front of the television viewing audience.
Jimmy Dean - Sunshine
Is this stupid guy dressed as sunshine supposed to make us feel happier in the morning, as we're shoveling pig parts into our mouths? Sure, we might be happy at breakfast, but how are we going to feel the next day when we step on the scales and realize how much weight he's caused us to gain? Or when our arteries clog from too much sausage and we have a heart attack? How happy are you going to be then, Mr. Sunshine?
McDonalds Filet of Fish
For some unknown reason, this commercial with the irritating singing fish keeps coming back year after year after year. It's gotten so bad that you can now purchase your own Singing, Moving Frankie the Fish, who sings the familiar, obnoxious melody, "Give me back that filet-o-fish! Give me that fish!" This is called a hit TV commercial? How many filet of fish sandwiches has it actually sold? I doubt that a singing fish would really entice a person to rush to McDonald's to buy a filet of fish.
Budweiser Farting Horse
During the 2004 Super Bowl, Budweiser premiered this ad which has come to be known as the "flatulent horse ad." A couple is trying to have a romantic evening in a hansom cab, but it is ruined by a farting horse. The horse's fart hits a candle and sets the woman's hair on fire. This ad occurred during the same Super Bowl in which Janet Jackson had her famous "wardrobe malfunction," so some people may not even remember it. It had the effect of tarnishing the Budweiser name brand, as many non-beer drinkers (and even some beer aficionados) were offended by bodily noises emitting from a horse. Thankfully, Budweiser's future ads improved after this one glitch.
Cavemen - Geico
How tired did you get of seeing those stupid Cavemen in the Geico ads? They were offensive, boring, and grating on one's nerves. They even had their own horrible sitcom for a while, thanks to the powers that be at ABC Television, who thought a show starring the Cavemen would catch on (it didn't). What I really don't understand is that Geico has that cute little Gecko as its ad spokesperson, and those ads are so much better than the Caveman ads. Yet every once in a while, a caveman ad pops up on TV. Why? Stick with the Gecko, Geico, and you'll please most of America in the process.
Here's an ad that's currently running on television, and one I hate to see every time it's on. A man is walking down the street, and his reflection in a store window asks him, "Going to the doctor?" The man answers his own reflection in the affirmative, then his reflection proceeds to ask him if he's going to talk about "their" erectile dysfunction problem. After a lot of hemming and hawing, the man decides, "I will do it!" Then the scene changes to him asking his doctor, and the voiceover about Viagra begins. Personally, I think this guy has much more pressing problems than erectile dysfunction. Talking to your reflection is a sign of mental illness -- maybe you should get that treated first, before you try to get your erectile function back? Most women won't want to sleep with a man who talks to himself in store windows. Talking to your doctor about Viagra before you fix your mental problem would just be a waste, wouldn't it?