The Weekly Ten: Really Terrible Commercials

So the other day I was watching old episodes of 90210 (don’t judge!) that I had DVRed and never got around to watching when it came time for the commercial  break. I looked around for the remote so I could fast forward right through (per usual), but it was all the way on the other side of the room. And I was so comfy in my cocoon of my blankets to make the long trek…. so I decided to just let it be.

I’d watch the commercials for once.

And let me tell you something, I will never do that again. Because a lot of the commercials today? Well, they’re pretty terrible. What are these marketing people thinking? What are the companies thinking? How can they spend millions on this stuff??

10. Flo from Progressive. There’s nothing outright annoying and ridiculous about this commercial except, you know, Flo herself. Who wouldn’t want an overly perky woman in white who wears way too much lipstick and looks like she should be in a Bumpit commercial for their spokesperson? Who would find her annoying? Um, me.

9. Honda’s Mr. Opportunity I’m sorry but why would they think that a cartoon sketch of a sleazy car salesman would be any better at selling cars than an actual sleazy car salesman?

8. McDonalds R&B McNugget Commercial. Girl you got a ten piece, don’t be stingy. Really? This is what they’re going with? An R&B singer crying over the fact that his girlfriend has snuck off in the night, in the rain, in heels, to go pick up a ten piece of McCripsy, McJuicy McNuggets? Whatever happened to ‘we love to see you smile,’ huh, McDonalds?

7. The Freecreditreport.com Song Oh, make it stop. Make. it. stop! I don’t know what it says about America that this commercial campaign was so successful that they actually ended up making nine (nine!) freecreditreport.com commercials with the singer dressed up as a pirate, riding a bike, and even living at a renaissance fair.

6.The Optimum Triple Play Commerical 877-393-4468. I will remember that number even when I can’t remember my own name. I’ve got to hand it to them, that jingle was catchy, still is even now when I hear it in the newer versions of this commercial. You know, the ones without the half naked mermaids and the dancing pimp.

5. The Swiffer Baby Come Back Commercial  Okay. Hmm. What’s the word I’m looking for? Corny? Cheesy? Obnoxious? Annoying? How about all of the above.

4. Boost Mobile Commercial I would really love to know what it was exactly they were trying to do with this commercial. A little kid dressed up like a dog and stuck in a cage? Yes, obviously if they were going to cut back on costs that would be the way to go. Was it supposed to be funny? Well…it wasn’t.

3. The Skittle Tree Boy Commercial Another one that I guess was supposed to be funny but really just fell flat. The mother and her “stop talking about dreams, we depend on you” approach came off as really, really creepy to me. Really creepy. But entertaining? Not so much.

2. The Swiffer Mud and Dirt Commercial  I didn’t think anything could top my dislike of “baby come back,” but, oh boy, was I wrong. Mud and dirt turn out to be two single gals just waiting around for the perfect mop to come along an sweep ‘em (har har) off their feet? What audience were they trying to target here, exactly?  Because I can tell ya as a single gal I really don’t spend all that much time thinking about cleaning supplies.

1. Old Navy Mannequins  Every time this commercial would come on I would cringe. With each new addition it just got more absurd. Talking mannequins. Dating mannequins. Super model mannequins. Suburban mannequins. How could they possibly let this continue? How could they possibly build on such a ridiculous concept? Why wasn’t this pulled off the air immediately? Why did it run for so long?? Why am I wearing Old Navy sweatpants right now?!

Here’s the thing, though, despite the fact that these commercials are really, really terrible, I still remember all of them. So maybe there’s a method to the madness? Huh.

What about you? Which commercials do you hate the most? 



  1. Megs says:

    I love Flo!

    1. Dani says:

      Flo is an alum of my university! they interviewed her for the campus newpaper a year or two ago

  2. Robin says:

    The new Old Navy commercials are somehow worse than the mannequins. It involves people singing about the clothes they, or someone else are wearing. Ugh, the one for the day time dresses makes me change the channel every time!

  3. Leslie says:

    I hate the mannequins but I do like Flo. I guess she's kind of an acquired thing over a period of time.

  4. David says:

    "I may be in my pajamas, but I'm not going to bed. I'm going to college online…"
    "Do you have an invention?'
    "The Gerber life plan is accepting applications…"


  5. Sara says:

    Dear Lord I absolutely loath the new(est) Old Navy one…..where the guy is in the restaurant and busts out into "Girl it's so dark in this restaurant I can barely see that dress you have on" or something……It's terrible!! I hate the collegeinpjs one too……and the ball one….I am trying to think of the name…..but it's some "magic floating" ball…and the entire time they are all amazed by this ball….and screaming the name of it….Fushgi? Idk something annoying to that affect*shudder*

  6. Chels says:

    The "It's my money and I need it NOW!" JJ Wentworth commercials are the most annoying thing ever!

    1. Kylah High says:

      it just makes me think of my friend saying "IT'S MY CRACK AND I WANT IT NOW!" lol

  7. kelic says:

    What?! I LOVE FLO!!!

  8. Arielle says:

    The Fage Yogurt commercial is OBNOXIOUS.

  9. the dominator says:

    the author has not seen enough commercials. if she had, the capitol one barbarian commercials would be at the #1 spot.
    they have been doing these damn things for 10 years now- i'm not kidding!

  10. Fay says:

    Huggie's with all those people hanging in space and the commercial, can't remember the product, where the men are dressed like planets rotating around the idiot sun.

  11. stephanie says:

    omg, cant stand the old navy commercials, and the other one i cant stand is all the late night enzyte or "natural male enhancement" ones. o and ggw.

  12. Jen says:

    I used to HATE the Triple Play commercial, but then I moved to MA and never saw it again (I guess we don't have IO here…) It was awesome getting to see it again, thanks for the link!

  13. asdfasdf says:

    if you were annoyed with so many commercials why didnt you get up and finally change the channel? and they are just commercials, not like they'll ruin your life to watch once. stop complaining.

  14. Uh.Bob says:

    do you remember the one where the guy meets this girl at the beach and he says "You're hot…how about a V8 Splash to help you cool down?" that was annoying lol.

  15. Nancy B. says:

    I have a few… the Luvs where the babies are in a contest to "blow up" their diapers… the toilet paper ad where the women discuss how dirty it is to wipe their bottoms… and the Charmin commercial with the bears and the baby bear not cleaning himself properly. Nasty! All of them.

  16. Aigerim says:

    Thank you Maria, and Mannequin I actually ended up going to an Old Navy store (I boghut a cute baby dress!) but not in the city. But the modelquins were there, all in front of the door, so I was kind of prepared for them and they didn’t freak me out! lol

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