Letterman and Leno (And Oprah, but who cares?) for The Late Show
I had no idea this was coming, and almost couldn't pick my jaw up off the ground in time to process the 15 second spot before it was over, but luckily somebody slapped me and I got to enjoy David Letterman mocking Jay Leno with Oprah (who apparently replaced Dave's original pick, Conan, which would have made the entire planet explode) sitting in between them. Brilliant blind-siding, and if I didn't already want to watch Dave before, I definitely would now.
Betty White and Abe Vigoda for Snickers
Since when is "You're playing like Betty White" an insult? You wish you played like Betty White (Peyton Manning).
Outdated Chocolate Rain reference aside, this Vizio internet apps commercial was a mural of all the greatest things the internet has to offer, all crammed onto a TV. I can have zombies, David After the Dentist and Beyonce on the same thing I use to watch The Bachelor? Sold. Great pitch.
The Intel Sad Robot
I'm never buying a PC, but this sad little robot (an Eve rip-off from Wall-E, but still) wasn't groundbreaking creatively, but it was adorable. A great example of keeping it simple for the better.
The Google Parisian Love Story
A relationship between an English-speaking study abroad student and a sexy French person, from pickup line to marriage to baby, told through Google searches. Very touching, while effectively reinforcing that Google can do everything worth doing in life for us. It also pointed out how most people cannot spell anything, ever, at all, which was probably the most profound thing about it, actually.
Lost Through the Eyes of Bud Light
Per usual, there were about 47 million Budweiser ads last night, but there was only one that wasn't horrible -- and it was awesome. The real Losties in the show's pilot definitely should have been more psyched about the beverage cart than they were. It's as human as scouring luggage for recreational prescription meds.
It Turns Out Brett Favre Has a Sense of Humor, for Hyundai
"When you're older than most of the fans... and coaches... and owners..." -- Brett Favre, finally deciding to retire in 2020. It would be funnier if it weren't definitely going to happen though.
Focus on the Family
This was the much ballyhooed pro-life ad which, after a lot of language reworking by CBS, just came out sounding as if the baby that Tim Tebow's mother had decided not to abort in real life had actually just had some fetal health problems but eventually came out great! Even though she still worries about his health? I have no idea. I'm glad it wasn't some heavy, preachy abortion issue ad, but I'd certainly be pissed if I were one of Focus on the Family's donors -- this thing cost $3 million and it didn't say anything.
Why did so many people come to such an inconsiderate jerk's funeral? That's just bad ad writing.
The Simpsons for Coke
The story was decent enough -- Mr. Burns loses everything in this economy and sulks through town, passing by every beloved Simpsons character of all time -- but there's something inherently yucky about everyone being automatically cheered up by a Coke. It's not only chemical death [note to Coca-Cola attorneys: we keed, we keed], it's just a damn soda. If you really want to cheer up a destitute person, give them pizza.
Joe Montana for Skechers
I know it isn't exactly unprecedented for a celebrity spokesperson to not really use the products they publicly endorse, but expecting people to accept that Joe Montana walks around in Shape-Ups all day is just insulting everybody's intelligence.
All the Census Ads
The charm of seeing Christopher Guest alums together not withstanding, stop wasting millions on Super Bowl ads and count us already, government!
FloTV Injury Report
Oh man, aren't women the worst? Jim Nantz is the greatest, but presenting a montage of an overbearing, emasculating woman forcing her boyfriend to go bra and candle shopping with her with Nantz telling said boyfriend to "Take off that skirt" is just very disappointing and irritating. All women aren't monsters; just your girlfriends are, ad company employees.
Another Oppressive Lady-Hating Ad: The "Man's Last Stand" Dodge Charger Spot
Oh, the plight of the (mostly) white, middle class American man. It's so hard to be you, what with having to be agreeable at an office job (so hard!), to your insufferable bitch of a girlfriend making you put your dirty underwear in a hamper (you should punch her!), it's enough to make you want to drive a gas guzzler recklessly down the freeway to make you feel human again.
All the GoDaddy Ads
Why is Danica Patrick selling us domains? Are NASCAR superfans the primary demographic for URL buys? I don't understand.
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