Some of my all-time favorite commercials

Mar 14th, 2009 | By | Category: Video

Zach Becker

Editor-In-Chief

Inform. Entertain. Convince you to buy. All in 60 seconds or less. Television commercial producers have a difficult task. When done poorly, they can turn you off to a product. When done well, they can create a lasting impression. And a few commercials are so bad, they are great.

Without further ado, here are some of my favorite television commercials.

1. This is probably the best in an ongoing series of Sonic Drive-In commercials. The humor is quick-hitting and makes for some fun intermission breaks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0yq8MhilCk

2. The next commercial stars Wilford Brimley… Yes, THE Wilford Brimley, he of Cocoon fame (and Quaker Oats and maybe some silent films or something). Apparently, he has diabetes, but still does acting and advertisements as well as ride horses and occasionally work as a blacksmith (if you believe this ad). Check your blood sugar and check it often.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nDObcCMNm0

3. Nausea. Heartburn. Indigestion. Upset Stomach. Diarrhea. Yay, Pepto Bismol. Classic, a purely hilarious classic. If you haven’t seen this commercial, you owe it to yourself to do so (you might catch yourself dancing, too, afterward).

http://video.aol.com/video-detail/original-pepto-bismol-upset-stomach-dance-commerci/648731569

4. Spangles. In Missouri, I don’t think you guys were subjected to the ads for this Kansas chain. I grew up with these (unfortunately). These ads are just so bad they are good (especially the spokeslady with the lisp). Spangles – It Just Tastes Better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDWMCI45ShM

5.Michael Jordan vs. Michael Jordan. This Gatorade commercial made it seem almost believable that the young, Chicago Bulls era Michael Jordan was facing off against the older, Washington Wizards era Michael Jordan. Great special effects made for a memorable ad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpfzaqIuR34

6. Becker Homes. Cheap plug here. This is my contribution to the television advertising world. I wrote, produced and directed this spot for my dad’s manufactured home company. Special kudos for a hilarious performance by Jeremy Clawson as Grease Mitchell, the slimy salesman for Big City Homes. You can also see my dad and my distant cousin Rocky Becker at the end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSlC3L3MnBw

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