Tv Commercials That I Like, I Hate Or, I Just Don't Care About

Necessary

Commercials on commercial television are a necessary evil. I say necessary, because they introduce us to new, useful, and even the frivolous products. They also provide information on educational products and services. As I said before they are a necessity in a lot of cases. That being said I find most of them a nuisance, so much so that I've found new way of avoiding them in most cases.

Well, with the advent of the new television aid, the DVR, I will oftentimes tape the show that I want to watch and view it later, fast forwarding through the commercials that I don't want to see, which are most of them. However, if I'm watching the show and don't want to view the commercials, I'll pause it and go and do something else, maybe read or surf the Internet, after all I am a multi tasker. When I think the commercials are over I'll start the show up again, fast forwarding right through the commercials. I always know which ones I don't want to see, because I've seen them before, over and over again. However that doesn't work when I'm not near my DVR, then I'll just put the TV on mute, or leave the room to take care of other business.

Some commercials that I like

I don't dislike or hate all commercials, some of them I could watch over and over again. Over the years, some commercials have made lasting impressions on me, so much so that I can remember the whole commercial. There was one commercial that was promoting a fast food chain, that was so funny, that I wished that it was still on. The commercial was about an ad writer for the chain, who bought in a whole dance team, that was diametrically opposed the the image of the chain. The owner of the chain was so out done that he fired the the ad writer on the spot. Now the funniest part was, during the commercial the ad writer was all into the show and performing right along with the dancers and the owner of the chain said, " you are so fired."

Then, there was the whole Charlie Tuna series, that was so funny, that I wish it was still on. I also enjoyed the commercials that had a continuing story line, like the one about the major coffee brand.  Now there is a commercial, where there is a car driven by a rat, with three other rats on board where they are listening to hip hop music, and moving with the music.... so funny. There are a lot more, but it would take too long to enumerate, suffice it to say I like entertaining ads, that don't insult my intelligence, and are not explicit.

I can't say that I like all commercials that inform me of the latest gadgets, or products, but I can say that I do appreciate some of them. Commercials such as, any that informs the public about any new cleaning product or item. Also any new medicine that treats common ailments, such as the common cold, flu, indigestion etc. However, after I'm seen the ads a few times, I'm done with them. I do understand why they continue to bombard us with the same ad, because they have competition or they want to thoroughly indoctrinate us with the product or item idea. That's why I'm glad there is DVR, or at least the mute button.

Some commercials that I hate

I can say that I really hate those commercials targeting the man with the personal physical dysfunction, that is, as the young people say with TMI, (too much information), and what in the world is the bathtub all about, (I'm just asking). Granted they might be necessary, but can't they put them on at certain hours of the day. Oh and what about the call to chat lines, overtly sexually oriented. But at least they have the decency to put them on late night. I also hate the continuous promo for the upcoming TV programs. They use to start promoting for the next show three to five days out, now it's from the moment that the show ends, till the next week that it is to air.

One thing I have noticed, is commercial television has bowed to the will of the people and are not using as much sex to sell their products as before, because that was what I hated the most from commercial TV ads. I hate the Lizard commercials, all of them. Oh and I hate the one with the lady in all white, talking about insurance. I hated the voice she used before, but I hate the one she uses now even more, I always pause or mute her. Now I'm sure the lady is very nice, but I hate her commercials. I hate any commercial that make the person act like a clown, as if I'd really patronize an establishment with a person that acts that way. I'd take one look at him or her and make a beeline for the door, especially if they were serving me food.

Oh and remember the one that had a roach appearing to crawl across the TV screen, (how many televisions were broken, because of that ad). I can't stand any commercial with live roaches crawling around on anything........ now the cartoon ones are okay! What about the commercials telling us about a new medication. I don't like the way they tell you in a very chipper voice how effective the medication is, and in that same chipper voice, say very rapidly that the medication can cause blindness, cancer, or any other various or sundry ailment, or even kill you.

Notice that I did not say that I hated the actors, or the companies, just their approach. Maybe if they used different approaches, my view would be different. Mind you, I said, I, being one little cog in the wheel, my opinion, probably doesn't apply to a hill of beans. However I'm sure I'm not the only one that has some of these opinions, (I'm just saying).

Commercials that I just don't care about

I don't care for any commercials about online education.  I don't care for the attorney commercials.  I don't care about the cellphone commercials.  I don't care for the long infomercial type commercials.  If they want to be an infomercial, then just do it.

Conclusion

Just to be sure, I do appreciate the advertisers. Were it not for them, free television would not be free anymore, it would all be pay-per-view. So, I'm not advocating doing what I do, all the time, because, that could put an end to free television. Instead advertisers could make their ads a little more interesting,a little less monotonous, not continually running a boring and dull commercial over and over again. By all means don't insult our intelligence, when it comes to telling us about a product, or service, we're not all children, incapable of grasping the concept of what you want us to know and act on.

Oh, and, major hamburger chains, you got us now and we will come in if we want your hamburgers or whatever, unless you're introducing something new, we'll let you slide for awhile then, but after awhile, enough is enough.

So in conclusion, appreciate the advertisers and support them by buying their products and services, or even patronizing their establishments. However we can send them a message to improve on their approach to getting their message across to us.

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Treasured Pasts 7 years ago from Commerce, Texas

Can't say I hate much but the new Vehix dot com with the two girls playing patty cake is about as bad as they come! It does make you remember but in a way of thinking I will NEVER buy a vehicle from Vehix.com! Thanks for the hub

Stuart


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Treasured Pasts, I've never seen that one, and from what you say, I don't want to. Thanks for the comment!


ralwus 7 years ago

You bring up some interesting points. We do have to put up with it but some of those medicine ads have scared the crap out of me with the side effects they quickly mumble through. But I do like Flo and I too hate that dam gecko.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Oh, I detested that lizard - and remember when it started talking? - it had that accent that no one could understand. And the commercials pushing pharmaceuticals are inexcusable - lots of music and beautiful people - and oh yeah the side effects are blood clots, heart attacks, fatalities etc.

Then in the early days of cable tv we were told it would be commercial free since folks are paying - what a joke!

Some of the best commercials come from overseas. Like the one with a guy in a market and his child was screaming and running amok - well that was a commercial for condoms!!! (Golly, why don't we do condom commercials?)

Thanks fastfreta!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

I totally forgot that cable TV was supposed to be free, I just look at it as commercial TV, as well as I should. Good observation BK.


ladydijay 7 years ago

In agreement with you, the comments are a blast too.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks ladydijay for being a loyal fan!


ashleyr24 7 years ago

OMG! There are so many commercials I hate I can't even count them all! I agree with your critique of the unnecessary ones that are just plain annoying! Keep up the work in writing these HUBS. Your opinion is always valued by me.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks ashleyr, for your comments, and compliments. Come back again soon.


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create a page 7 years ago from Maryland, USA

You made some great points fastfreta. I especially agree with what you stated about the medical ads. I guess it is like talking in 'fine print'.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks create a page for stopping by, I wish I'd said that, "talking in fine print," brilliant.


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habee 7 years ago from Georgia

I used to like the old Norelco Christmas commercial. Remember it? Great hub, FF.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

I can't say that I do. But so many of them come and go. Thanks habee for stopping by.


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christalluna1124 6 years ago from Dallas Texas

Freta,

I hate most of the commercials on tv. The ones with the super skinny girls who have never been fat a day in their lives. My son seeing the womens underwear commercials. I don't watch much tv. i try to spend my time writing. great article.

regards,

Chris


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

I agree christalluna, they have no business trying to sell anything weight loss related. Thanks for the comment.


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mdlawyer 6 years ago

Your observation, analysis of the commercials are realistic. You reactions are also matter-of-fact.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you mdlawyer for taking your time to read this hub.


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camlo 6 years ago from Cologne, Germany

Hi Fastfreta! Really love your Hubs.

To this one: I live in Germany, so I get different TV commercials (obviously). But the TV here in Germany is so, so, so bad, the commercials are better than the programmes.

Before I had internet, I'd usually read a good book with TV in the background, taking an occasional break from reading to see the commercials.

Commercials I hate most of all are the ones for washing powder. They usually feature a stereotyped housewife who behaves in a very smug way, because she's discovered how to get her washing really white, and none of her family have stains of any kind on their clothes, which would signalize a bad housewife. With Percil, everything in your life will be perfect, including you. If that were all it took ...

A fun Hub! Thank you.

All the best, Camlo


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

You know Camlo there are some commercials that are worth watching, and I really like those, but others are downright annoying. Our Reality Shows are probably like your regular TV shows. I just can't bring myself to watch them. Thanks Camlo for stopping, please stop again.


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Asahd2 6 years ago from USA

I hate GoDaddy commercials and I wish they would ban the Girls Gone Wild infomercials. They might be on between 4-6 am but I know kids are watching them.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

I don't quite remember GoDaddy, but I am with you on the Girls Gone Wild ones. Thank you Asahd2 for stopping, come again.


QuincyDaWonderDog 6 years ago

hee hee...great hub! I also love that ad for the Kia Soul :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYOX5eYcViw


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks QuincyDaWonderDog, for stopping. I put the video on the hub. Thanks very much.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

lol...I remember the first time I saw that roach crawling across the TV commercial!! I swear I must have jumped so high I think my head almost got chopped in the ceiling fan! Great hub!


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks theherbivorehippi, my reaction was similar. More than once I threw something at the TV. When I was completely aware that it was a commercial, I'd change the channel. Thank you for stopping, please stop again soon.


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mquee 6 years ago from Columbia, SC

Very good hub and I can say that I am one of the few on Hubpages that can say when most commercials were using cartoons instead of people. The oldest one I remember was the Cheerio's Kid, targeted at children on Saturday mornings. I have a few favorites today, but most are pretty forgettable. Very entertaining hub and provokes one to reminiscing.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Oops, you're dating yourself. But I can say the same thing. Thanks mquee for stopping, please come back again.


Kevin Schofield 6 years ago

Hello Fastfreta, I'm not familiar with the irritating American commercials you describe, but can imagine how infuriating they are as we've got more than our fair share in the UK. Like you, I mute the buggers until the programme resumes. Zapping them with the mute button is really quite satisfying. Thanks for the opportunity to indulge my growing grumpiness. Best wishes, Kev.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Since I wrote this one, they've released a bumper crop of new irritating one. I'm sure that's true for everywhere. Anyway thanks for stopping, hope to see you again soon.


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Karen N 6 years ago from United States

Cute hub!

If possible usually do my best to tune out the commercials.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Karen N. for stopping. See you soon.


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Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I think we should ban advertising from public places and off the stupid box (TV). Can there not be a magazine or magazines dedicated to advertising? So if someone is looking for something they would pick-up the magazine, look for adds regarding what they are searching for and done, problem solved. Do I really have to put-up with adveritsing while I am pumping gas (the Esso gas-stations have TV at every pump here) or while I am trying to watch a movie or documentary? I am honestly becoming allergic to advertising I think ...


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Hey Mr. Happy, what a novel idea, the magazine dedicated to adds. Maybe someone will pick that up. Or maybe a whole channel dedicated to commercials. Are you listening advertisers?


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Hey Mr. Happy, what a novel idea, the magazine dedicated to adds. Maybe someone will pick that up. Or maybe a whole channel dedicated to commercials. Are you listening advertisers?


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ACcoolcat(Alyssa) 6 years ago from Montana

hey freta! long time no see! :) how have you been?


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Hi Alyssa, I'm on a writing hiatus, but I'll be getting back to writing soon. Thanks for checking in with me. See you soon.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Hi Alyssa, I'm on a writing hiatus, but I'll be getting back to writing soon. Thanks for checking in with me. See you soon.


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peacegirl101 6 years ago

Nice hub i know wat ya mean about the lady dressed in white talks funny about insurance! Isnt like called 'Progressive' or something? To that rawlus and bk guy like whatever i love the gecko commercial and for BK its a british accent I guess 'dumb people' dont understand that. Then watch ur own commercials that u think r like the 'only good ones on the WHOLE cable'! Ewww. I mean I agree not all commercials on tv r good... But the gecko commercial rock!!! :D great job, fastfreta! Im goin to one of your other hubs to comment Bye

-peace


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you peacegirl101 for your input. I guess not all commercials are for everyone, as proven by the comments left on this hub. Thanks again for stopping and taking time to read and leave a comment. Hope to see you again soon.


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justom 6 years ago from 41042

I don't like some of them but the catch 22 is that I have family in L.A. and commercials is a lot of what they live on. The newest features mother (Progresso) and daughter (tmobile) so I guess I have mixed feelings. Good hub! Peace!! Tom


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Tell me more Tom. What are the specifics, I mean which specific commercials. Remember I said that I don't dislike all commercials. Sorry I didn't respond sooner, I have been away from my computer again for a week. Thanks for stopping again Tom.


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justom 6 years ago from 41042

I think the Progresso one might be done (actually it was a silly commercial, the one where they use the tin cans to talk to each other) but the t-mobile commercial (Frances, her daughter) is the one with all the kids (she's the cheerleader) she had no interest but decided to give it a try and I think she has the bug now. Her mother was in the 1st graduating class of the local performing arts school and has been in L.A. for probably 25 years now. She's done a few movies and TONS of TV shows and commercials. I don't always like the stuff she does but I love her and her family so I'm always supportive.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Hey Tom, tell me which one it is, I might remember it. I'll be on the lookout for the T-Mobile one. When I see this one I'll write back. Thanks for getting back to me. Maybe you could email me with some of the movies and other stuff.

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