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September 10, 2009 @ 4:53 pm

Thursday Thirteen: Most Brilliant Ad Campaigns

3235234920_707fb115c8I hope I’m doing this right.  I hope I’m allowed to use the graphic from the Thursday Thirteen site (this link doesn’t work anymore).  It looks like a lot of other bloggers have created their own graphic.  I could do that, if I end up doing this on a regular basis.

If I understand it right, I get to pick whatever my “thirteen” list is about.  So, I’m going to make it about thirteen brilliant (in my opinion) TV and Radio Ad Campaigns / Commercials, since I’ve been planning to blog about some of them anyway for a while.

Alrightie . . . (in the order they come to mind; not necessarily in order of preference)

1. The Progressive Insurance Commercials with Flo – I really like Flo.  Sometimes my sister and I imitate her.  When the first commercial came out, we got a kick out of saying to each other, in public, “WOW!  I know, I say it louder.” (That link doesn’t work anymore either. I can’t seem to find that commercial now.)

2.  The Geico Gecko Commercials – I never get tired of that little guy.

3.  The Geico Cavemen Commercials – Especially this one, because, well, I’m in therapy, and my therapist is smart.  And I know, at this point, it appears that my whole list is all about insurance company commercials, but that really is just a coincidence.  I would like to ask, while I’m on the topic of Geico commercials, however, what the hell their advertising people were thinking when they decided to start running those creepy googly-eyed money commercials.  Somebody ought to be fired over those, especially after the Gecko and Caveman commercials.  I have been known to change the channel to avoid watching the “money” ones.  I’m just saying.

4.  I can’t find a link for this (if anyone knows where one can be found, please do share!) – Back in the late 1990’s, there was a series of radio commercials that cracked me up.  They were for a wine cooler, I believe, but I don’t remember the brand.  They used gender stereotypes.  One, for instance, was a group of women talking at a backyard barbecue.  One woman comments on another’s lawnmower or something, and the other proudly tells her the width of the path it will cut, kind of with that Barney Fife sort of chest-puffed-out way.  Another woman talks about putting in a swimming pool that summer, then adds, ” . . . but it’s not like my husband’s gonna help me” and the others laugh that knowing laugh that says they understand that her poor husband couldn’t know anything about putting in a pool.  Stuff like that.  They were just so funny, though.  Much funnier than I can do justice to by trying to remember how they went.

5.  The Clearblue Digital Pregnancy Test Commercial – I haven’t seen this version in a while, but I loved it when it used to run.

6.  The Nestea Plunge Commercials – This was a brilliant ad idea.  I can remember them from when I was a kid, and I remember imitating them with my friends and my cousin every time we went swimming.

7.  I Can’t Believe I Ate That Whole Thing – Annoying as it may have been, everyone I knew remembered it.

8.  The Mac vs PC series of commercials – Really funny stuff.  And more therapy humor at 6:09.

9.  Reeses “You got your chocolate in my peanut butter” commercials – And I’m linking to the one with Robby Benson, because I really, really, really liked him as a kid.

10.  The “Dude, You’re Getting A Dell” commercials – Well, I found a couple with the guy, Steve, but couldn’t find any with that actual line that he became famous for.  Before his pot bust rendered him virtually invisible, that is . . .

11.  The old Slinky commercial – Everyone my age can visualize the Slinky going down the stairs, and can remember the song.  Has anyone seen the not-G-rated parody (caution: adult humor), which comes to mind every time I hear that song now?  *snicker*

12.  Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun – ‘Nuff said.

13.  Lee Majors Hearing Aid Commercial – Ok, it’s sad, too, but also smart to put his name behind it, as most people who are of an age to use a hearing aid used to watch The Six Million Dollar Man.  Now be honest, didn’t you hear that bionic sound in your mind?



  1. Comment by strangename:

    Hey L,
    Appropriate for 911 tomorrow…this was also one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Comment by lifeischange:

    Yes, SN – I had forgotten about that one. It was very powerful. Thank you.


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