questionsis there a more irritating commercial?

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I don't really watch much TV, but most radio commercials are horrible. Like the constant flux of Dunkin Donuts and McDonalds commercials that just seem to be inane coversations between some half witted fools. It seems like every station goes to commercial at the same time just to prevent you from switching stations!

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How about those three kitties on the new Quiznos commercials?

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@theoneill555: That is the absolute worst commercial.

@ravelazquez: I think the piggie one is funny, but if you're feeling homicidal I'd guess you'll have plenty of bacon around the house for awhile.

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The "Yo Quiero Taco Bell" chihuahua commercials drove me bonkers.

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I used to throw things at the TV whenever Old Navy commercials came on. This was the campaign they had several years ago.... all I remember about it was that there was an annoying person - a woman, I think - with giant glasses.

Oh, and the reason I threw things is because we were just out of college and my roommate's TV didn't have a remote control (!?!), so I got pretty good at hitting the power button with a tennis ball. Or shoe. Or whatever was sitting near me.

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@mtm2: Thanks for pointing out the silver lining!

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I think the piggie one, which I saw last night was hysterical, stupid but hysterical.

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I also like the GEICO commercials.

Quizno's is definitely the winner with the 2 worst commercials. Remember the old Quizno's commercials with the Sponge Monkeys, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZrks-BPeLQ. They were certainly awful. I think they got the same person to do the voice-overs for the kittens. Yep, 2 for 2.

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Hefty Hefty Hefty Hefty, Stinky Stinky Stinky Stinky!!!

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A bit of clarification on my hatred of the little piggy commercial -

The thing that drives me nuts is the SOUND of the squealing. Apparently I have no tolerance to its particular pitch. The premise of the commercial is actually funny.

Luckily, I had not seen the Quizno's kitties commercial. I actually had to look it up, is this it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD3y6DAeK_A

If so, it really is quite annoying.

@hobbit: I think the "head on" commercial actually gave me a reason to use head on. Great marketing.

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@thefenst: Apparently, the stuff really works. My wife uses it.

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@hobbit: There are days I feel that way .... The zazoo one was great

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I personally can't stand Flo from the Progressive commercials. I have no idea why, she's just really really annoying to me.

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I don't know why (although it might have to do with the obnoxious repetitive singing...) but this commercial drives me INSANE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHxXfYftx0c

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzY7qQFij_M ch ch chia...

really I avoid watching tv at Christmas..I have dvds in all the time.

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Ring around the collar.

That's going way back, I know, but my siblings and I used to get very upset about how rude that was!

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@ravelazquez: So I hadn't seen the commercial when I read this a few minutes ago...

However. While enjoying a much needed sandwich in the kitchen, I heard this horrid squealing noise on the tv in the living room and couldn't believe how annoyed I was getting by it. Let's just say, I get it now.

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Is their chia for my lawn I have some dead spots can I throw that in and get fast growth in 1-2 weeks ?

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Wait. What? There are commercials that are NOT annoying? The last time I can remember seeing a commercial on television that was not annoying was when Wrigley's Doublemint Gum had this lovely piece of music (the words came later; you'll remember the music, if you're old enough, as the tune that went with "You'll love Doublemint gum. Doublemint, Doublemint, Doublemint gum..."), and shifting images of scenes from the countryside, and children playing, and at the very end, a picture of a package of gum. That was it.

After about a week, they added singing, and words, and it was flat obnoxious, but for those first few days it was pleasant.

Remember when you knew that there would be a commercial at the quarter hour, and at the beginning and end of a show? It would last about a minute, and then you were done? Where's Trusty Alkaseltzer when you need him? How about the Jolly Green Giant?

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I can't believe it hasn't been said yet.

Any commercial with Billy Mays (rest his soul - please)

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@gourleym: Thank you! I was starting to wonder about how rational my irritation was. Oh well, I'm okay with being irrational - so long as I don't have to hear the stupid squealing.

BTW I hate the Pillow Pets commercial too.

Also, has anyone else noticed that there seems to be an increase in the number of car insurance commercials?

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@reelgenius: My husband is with you.... He can NOT stand Flo!!

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Not annoying, but worrisome that people are so easily duped, and that these same people breed and VOTE!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h77llOdRVcI

(@shrdlu: it's for the iRenew bracelet that is supposed realign ones wavelengths or some such crap)

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@lavikinga: Hah! I already had my wavelengths aligned today. I had a wasp crawl up my leg and claim my knee as territory. I made it into the house, thanks, and to the magic spray (whew!), and it's now a vague annoyance. I always wonder if the action of the Dermoplast is one of the reasons I don't (yet) have a stronger allergic reaction to it...

I suppose my time is coming. On the other hand, although I get bit by ants 20 or 30 times a year (wasps and ants are close cousins), it's the first wasp bite I've had in close to 40 years. It hardly even got my heart started. Still, I'd rather not do it again.

Yes, I stopped to kill the little bstrd before I rushed to the house. I'm vengeful like that. You sting me, I kill you back. It's a rule.

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This commercial disturbs me a bit. The implication, I believe, is that they're married, but they look and speak like brother and sister...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ukiivy6ejfg

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Okay, this has been mostly a good time, but the thing that is REALLY funny to me is how many of you have gone off to youtube to find that commercial you detest, and then (I'm guessing) everyone else goes off to watch it. On the other hand, I've known some people in that business, and here's the sad but true fact.

They don't care whether or not they ANNOY you, they care whether or not you know what the product is, and whether or not they caught your attention. Old Navy did indeed have some moronic and obnoxious commercials, and yet they were considered successful. We remember them. Budweiser and Geiko both have had memorable icons, but does it make you buy beer (or insurance)? Flo (Progressive) is very successful. Many people identify with and like her, and they also pay attention to the product.

Advertisers have to tread the thin line between annoying, and hatred. They also need to make sure you know what the product is...

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@chaosamoeba: They're NOT brother and sister, of course. Just actors. Reyna de Courcy and some dude whose name I never remember.

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Those Jimmie Johnson Roadrunner commercials are absolutely unbearable. Next time I here "JIMMAY JIMMAY JIMMAY JIMMAY" I am going to the racetrack and throwing something at his car.

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My fav commercials ever, no contest:

Burma Shave

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Also liked the one from Volkswagon that "makes your house look bigger."

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my favorite OLD Navy Commercials were the ones they did a few years back where they were singing old songs like Mellow Yellow and everything in the scene was yellow.

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Currently, the Old Navy commercials with the mannikins, where the old Gypsy fortune-teller mannikin is reading booties. The other mannikins come up to her and profer their backsides, and she holds out her hands as if their booties were crystal balls and says how happy their booties are in their Old Navy jeans. Then she collapses and falls over in a fit of some kind. Ughhhhh.

It's so bad--and it's just the latest and worst in the horrible mannikin series.

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The Orkin commercials! The gigantic gangster-creepy voice bugs. It's not the bug part that makes my skin crawl....why do they have to create bugs with those deep, slow voices "Oh, cofee...." as he sticks his huge bug fingers into the dude's coffee. Disgusting.

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@kileykuchler: I know what you mean. I think the one with the people in the hot tub where the bug asks if he can join them and are they skinny dipping is icky.

@shrdlu: I laugh at myself whenever I click one of the links, knowing that I am trying to find something that aggravates me more than the little piggy squeal. I am hoping that by viewing so many awful commercials in a humorous light, I will be able to build my tolerance level up.

Thank you to all who have participated so far.

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@ravelazquez: I have to admit that I probably see less commercials than people who have tivo (or similar). I watch very little commercial television, and when I do, I hit the mute button the second it goes to commercial, and ignore the television until it's over. I've done that for so many years that I have learned to recognize, unconsciously, when things change back to whatever it was that I wanted to watch.

People think that their opinions or desires are unaffected by commercials, but studies have suggested otherwise. My favorite study, done years ago (and probably flawed in any number of ways) showed that men were more likely to select the brand when they'd been hit with a subliminal suggestion, and that women were more likely to just select the type at the same suggestions. I believe that those types of suggestions were made illegal at the time, but I think people are more easily persuaded now than they were then.

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I just thought of this, I hate most banner ads. But the ones I hate a lot are these ones that had bugs in them. I can't even remember what they were selling. I would see the bugs and then reposition the browser so that I didn't have to look at the banner ad anymore.

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Head on, Apply directly to the forehead

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3 words. Wilford Brimley..... Diabeetus

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@wadekind: ++++++1000 woots

I am also not really a big fan of the (sorry guys) viagra commercials or any of those other sexual disfunction commercials. I realize you lot may not like our feminine protection commercials - well neither do I...Who likes an ad campaign that ends with Have a nice a Period - there isn't anything nice about it.

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@wadekind: OMG - I totally forgot that one!!! It used to drive me nuts. Come on, someone tell him how to pronounce it if he's going to be in your commercial!

@hobbit: I totally agree about the "Have A Happy Period". Also, the Extenze or some such commercial with Mr. Smiley or Happy or something..... simply awful. (I refuse to look it up).