What's your least favorite commercial?

I *hate* (with the intensity of a thousand blinding suns) that Progressive commercial where "Flo" is dressed up as the whole family - some lines that are like fingernails on a blackboard include, "I got the meat sweats!" "I was so much better at softball than Janice, Dad!" and "It's a fashion blog, Todd." 

God, who sits in the conference room and thinks THAT mess is a good idea??
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  • I think it's for Lenscrafters. There's a woman with her glasses perched on top of her head and she starts shouting to her unseen kids to help her find her glasses. She has a seriously annoying voice.
  • "Jan" drives me insane with the Toyota ads.  "You bet your asteroid."  Oh, groan.  On career day, I choose the astronaut over the Toyota dealership receptionist.
  • I second the annoyance with Jan the Toyota chick. I just want to go to the Toyota dealership to smack her, rather than buy a car--not their intention, I assume. 
  • Too many to name - I get pretty quick on the "mute" or channel-change button thanks to many, many ads. Current "what were they thinking" ads:

    That - is it for Lincoln? - ad with Matthew McConaughey being so very, very smug about driving the cars "long before they paid me to drive one". Really? Yeesh. [I suppose I could give him and/or the ad-writers credit for being up front about the paid-spokesperson aspect, but his smarmy tone would be offputting no matter what he was saying.]

    Buick: the ads make me think that they're attempting to sell you on the fact that their new cars are indistinguishable from everybody else's cars, which is hardly a selling point.
  • I absolutely loathe the commercials they show on our local channel for Rally's/Checkers (a fast food chain). It has a talking fast food bag voiced by an actor trying his damnedest to do a c-level Chris Tucker impersonation. Every time it comes on I feel like hurling something at my TV (luckily I've been able to keep my cool). I'm also not usually a fan of pretentious Apple commercials.
  • Any product whose slogan has "power" in it. Most overused word in advertising.

    The power of the Home Depot. Time Warner Cable, the power of you. The power of German engineering. The power to do more. Power, power, power. MAKE IT STOP.

    (I work in advertising, and if I had a dollar for every client who wanted "power" in their copy...hey, wait! THAT must be how they calculate my salary!)
  • edited April 2015
    I *hate* (with the intensity of a thousand blinding suns) that Progressive commercial where "Flo" is dressed up as the whole family - some lines that are like fingernails on a blackboard include, "I got the meat sweats!" "I was so much better at softball than Janice, Dad!" and "It's a fashion blog, Todd." 

    God, who sits in the conference room and thinks THAT mess is a good idea??


    So much THIS! That and when one of the characters says, "Remember when we used to raise the roof, Diane?"  Totally creepy.
  • carl's jr.  all of them.  they're so gross.

    i rarely watch commercials because i'm either watching something on HBO, netflix or itunes, but when i do catch them, i want to burn my eyes out.
  • The Liberty Mutual commercial, and the other auto insurance with the crazed wife and "Jake from State Farm"
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    The ED commercials, Viagra, Cialis etc
    I dislike commercials for prescription meds on principle, but these in particular, blergh.
  • The ED commercials, Viagra, Cialis etc I dislike commercials for prescription meds on principle, but these in particular, blergh.
    I loathe pharmaceutical commercials, too-the sunny, cartoonish ones that have the voiceovers listing potential side effects particularly annoy me. My husband and I have entertained ourselves by creating new and ridiculous names for potential new drugs. Our is 'Blimfarb'.
  • The Rob Lowe DirecTV commercials. I hate them and wish they'd stop.

    Others listed here are also up there, Progressive & Toyota.

  • edited April 2015
    ...and the other auto insurance with the crazed wife and "Jake from State Farm"
    OMG, yes! That commercial makes me want to break my TV.

    And ditto to all pharmaceutical commercials. Loathe every single one of them.
  • There's one ad for Optimum cable which features a family moving into a new house and a little girl screaming and screeching about how she wants to watch cartoons on her tablet and throwing a temper tantrum because she can't (because they don't have Optimum so they don't have access to all the wi-fi hot spots!  The horror!  And for the record, I've connected to Optimum hot spots and unless you're right up on it, the connection's not going to be good enough to stream content anyway, but that's another story).  It's so obnoxious and irritating.

    There's a lot of commercials that I don't necessarily hate on their own, but that get shown so. freaking. much. that I end up hating them eventually.

  • There are a series of ads from a local law firm that are on all the local channels, in heavy rotation. The attorney has an incredibly nasal tone, and he pauses frequently in an effort to seem intimidating. It doesn't work, and actually makes me want to punch him.

    And I second the hate for the "Jake with State Farm" ads. Yes, they are effective in making me remember the company's name. But so are their "do the jingle" ads, and I'm not left in a homicidal rage after those.  
  • The guy singing "Born Free" (who sounds kinda like Bruce Springsteen ... is it?) on a truck commercial that plays INCESSANTLY during sports programs.

    A Time Warner Cable commercial in which a husband hooked up to a lie detector is being interrogated by his wife: "Tell me again." I want to shoot her.

    The cell phone commercials with the young, bland, brunette girl/woman and her monotone of a voice.

    And yes to all the rest you've mentioned!
  • On the "Jake from State Farm" ads, I fantasize an alternate ending where he says, "It's Jake, from State Farm" and she's so mortified that she was such a bitch and accused him of cheating on her that they go into therapy.
  • Although, having said all that, those "Robin Hood and Little John, running through the forest," commercials where they show all the unlikely pairs of animals playing together - that one gives me the happies every time they play it. I find myself humming the song at odd times, and when I do, I picture those animals and it's just a pick me up. Unfortunately, I can't remember what company it's for - so, fail on that level.
  • How about that damn Salt and Pepper commercial? "Oooo,baby baby.Oooo, baby baby.  Arghhhhhhhh !
  • The "Jake from State Farm" ones bother me less, if only because we had 7 or 8 senior boys dress up as Jake for Halloween (only the seniors are allowed to wear costumes).

    The Kars 4 Kids commercial from the radio is rage inducing.  What a terrible jingle.
  • Saw a truly icky one today - and it's from my cable company, yet.  [It's pretty revolting so feel free to stop reading now.]

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    A young woman (teacher, I think) sees a little kid sneeze on h is sandwich, and promptly grabs and *devours* that sandwich, the premise being that she'll get sick and can stay home watching TV. I realize it's meant to be funny, but ye gods...
  • On the "Jake from State Farm" ads, I fantasize an alternate ending where he says, "It's Jake, from State Farm" and she's so mortified that she was such a bitch and accused him of cheating on her that they go into therapy.
    I MUCH prefer your ending!
  • Sekhmet6 said:
    How about that damn Salt and Pepper commercial? "Oooo,baby baby.Oooo, baby baby.  Arghhhhhhhh !
    Oooo, baby, baby, do I want to put Salt and Pepper and the woman from the State Farm commercial into a space capsule and shoot them off into deep space.
  • Too hard to narrow it to just one!  All of the ads cited above and I'll ad the entire GEICO gecko oeuvre. 
  • @another_laura ; I'll take the GEICO gecko over the GEICO caveman oeuvre. GEICO really has the worst advertising, no?
  • I think it's for a medicine and the announcer says "because six is greater than one". 

    and I always think "is math education in this country so bad that this needs to be pointed out?"
  • I think it's for a medicine and the announcer says "because six is greater than one". 

    and I always think "is math education in this country so bad that this needs to be pointed out?"

    Flonase Allergy Relief Nasal Spray offers rellef for 6 symptoms of allergies. The other brands don't give a shit about your allergies. That's my take on it.
  • There is a car commercial, I think for Subaru? where the Mom is talking about having this car since her daughter was a baby. At one point it shows the daughter as a teen and the mother says, "She grew up in the backseat of this car" and my dirty mind goes only one place. I have two daughters of my own and I hate myself for it but I can't help it. I was once a daughter "growing up" in the back seat of my parents' Oldsmobile so I know.
  • Beth said:
    There is a car commercial, I think for Subaru? where the Mom is talking about having this car since her daughter was a baby. At one point it shows the daughter as a teen and the mother says, "She grew up in the backseat of this car" and my dirty mind goes only one place. I have two daughters of my own and I hate myself for it but I can't help it. I was once a daughter "growing up" in the back seat of my parents' Oldsmobile so I know.
    AAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have to go sanitize the Venza. And boil my eyes.
  • I seriously hate the Febreze "Noseblind" ad with the lady and her apparently stinky cat. Her home stunk so bad, Febreze did an intervention and replaced her sofa with a huge monstrosity resembling a cat. To further emphasize how foul her home smelled, additional cats were scattered in the room. As a lady with 3 cats, let's just say if that mess was pulled on me, the first words out of my mouth would not be "For real? You trippin" as the lady uttered upon returning home.
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