Most Annoying Television Commercials

Updated on July 15, 2016
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Oh No! Not That Commercial Again!

I beg pardon in advance, if I offend any devoted fans of the following obnoxious commercials. I understand that we all have diverse tastes in entertainment, and that material that makes one person laugh will make another person throw the TV out of the window.

Television commercials are one of those inconveniences in our lives that we have become so accustomed to, we even start liking some of them. I know I do. I have some favorites that make me smile.

Sometimes I smile the for the first 7 million times I see them! Once you start hitting that 7.5 million mark though, even the knee-slappingest commercial can make your ears bleed.

Then there are the stupid commercials that make you want to scream the first time you hear them them. Sometimes they are so bad we can't even make a protest, because our jaws have hit the dirt. These commercials are the most obnoxious, boring, appalling, creepy, or just plain...weird examples of advertising to hit the market.

Every year, it seems like the company big-wigs have sat around and had a contest to see who could create something even worse than the year before. Maybe they get a bigger bonus if their ad makes you shoot yourself!

If you thought last year's commercial's were terrible, join me as I explore some of 2012's most annoying commercials. The bad, the ugly, and the downright scary!

The Hopper

The "Hopp-ah" is some newfangled feature offered by Dish TV. I am not really sure what it does, because the ad is so annoying I leave the room or turn off the television. (That's great for their marketing huh?) All I know is that it has a bunch people shouting out "The Hopper!" from different rooms of the house.

There are a couple of other commercials about the same product, including one where the same people shout out "Dirty Con!" The effect is just as obnoxious, and has actually made me consider changing cable providers. Too bad the competition's ads are just as horrific.

Underlying Message: Families! Don't sit in the same room! You can now yell from any room in the house! Dang! And I thought that technology had been available since the cavemen first had teenagers!

Swiffer

Some of their ads aren't too bad. I don't mind their recent commercials where the woman (haha, its always a woman, isn't it?) declares that she is "Done!" with her household chores sooner than expected, and that she is now going to do something enjoyable.

It IS a little annoying that while she is doing all of this work, in what looks like an already impeccable house, various members of the family are lounging about the house--not helping.

Still though, they are a massive improvement over the last set of commercials where people pretended to be Dust, Mud, Dirt, etc. and fell in "love" with the Swiffer product. Each with its own very corny tagline.

Maybe my imagination is a little too active, but I don't like the thought of my dirt being alive. If those particles of dust and mud are alive, then they are probably spying on me. Since this ad came out, I always stomp on my dirt, mud and dust bunnies before cleaning, just to make sure.

Underlying Message in all Swiffer ads: Mom finally has time to take a bath for the first time in twelve years now that Swiffer is around!

Ikea

Okay. I have never been in an Ikea store. It just isn't my style. And their ads are a little off-putting. I thought the commercials where the husbands and wives "negotiated" over home renovations were pretty bad.

I couldn't see much difference in all the choices they showed. Just looked like different arrangements for the same items. I use that trick all the time to make it look to my husband like I have cleaned house.

Now they have a NEW commercial! This one shows a Mom putting her son, "Leo" in time-out. In the kitchen. (with a tricycle! Wow, we never had time-outs like that when I was growing up!) Little Leo then proceeds to trash the kitchen after Mom disappears.

The underlying message here is: " Don't teach your child to respect things, just buy stuff that will survive the little brat." Its perfectly okay that he kicks all the doors and drawers, rams his trike into things, and harasses the family dog with the water sprayer, because this kitchen is built to withstand toddlers!

Maybe Ikea ought to sell baby cages that match the kitchen décor. Or maybe Mom shouldn't leave Leo in time-out for so long. From the looks of the ad, she vanishes for about two hours. Plenty of time for the little rapscallion to have destroyed even an Ikea kitchen at the rate he was working. I guess she used that time to take the bath that Swiffer earned her!

Totino's "We Are Dyyyyiiiiing"

Here we see what Leo from the above ad is possibly going to be like as a young teen. In this commercial Mom is called on her phone while out doing her errands, and her kids swear they are starving.

This is amazing because they are old enough to be home alone, but can't find a box of Totino's pizza rolls sitting right in front of them. Now, if they aren't bright enough to see the brightly colored box in the otherwise empty freezer...are they really to be trusted cooking these snacks in the microwave?

On a similar note, I really dislike how commercials such as this one, Sunny D, Tyson Chicken, etc. always show Mom out working her ass off, (usually buying more groceries) and all the food being eaten up by neighborhood kids, who never bother to help her carry the bags in from the car. They simply run through the kitchen and ask her to hand her something out of the fridge or grab it off the counters as they run through.

I think we are deep enough in the 21st century to depose the Stepford Mom from her role in commercials. Let's see a real mom telling her kids that if they can't find the pizza rolls, then they aren't hungry enough to eat before dinner.

Skittles--Taste The Rainbow

Taste The Rainbow. I'm never sure what exactly is going on in these commercials. They are a little trippy and always leave me feeling like I've had a dose of Nyquil.

I was doing a pretty good job of ignoring them. Right up until they started airing the one where the woman is swapping spit with the enormous...walrus? I have watched every gross-out horror movie ever made, and never gagged like I did the first time I saw this.

Any commercial that makes me want to lose my lunch is not going to put me in the mood to run out and buy candy. In fact, I get a little queasy just seeing a bag of Skittles. Not that I have anything against walruses, its just that this particular one looks a bit fishy to me. I think he could benefit from one of those outrageous Axe Deodorant commercials!

Underlying Message: Skittles must contain some sort of psychedelic drug that makes you do weird things. If you are a walrus, it may make you kiss strange women. Now we know the real reason Skittles vodka drinks have become so popular at parties!

Sonic

Not all Sonic commercials are annoying. Just the ones with the two guys sitting in the car. Personally I find these dudes a tad creepy. They are always in the car outside of Sonic, which suggests stalker tendencies. Maybe they are setting a new trend in food stalking.

Not only are they creepy, they are losers. These are grown men with nothing better to do than sit in a car and play with their food, while bandying about such topics as " Taste Bros" and "Funky Fresh". Not only does the dialog leave a lot to be desired, it sometimes completely forgets to really promote the product. Therefore, it is hard to pick just one of these ads as the very worst. They are all pretty much equally atrocious.

Underlying Message: Wives, do you really know your husbands? Are they really working late? Or are they parked in a car somewhere with another guy having conversations with tater tots?

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Charmin

The cartoony bears, to me, are both annoying and a little vulgar. I believe that bathroom business belongs in the bathroom, and when I was growing up our parents kept pottying as discreet as possible. We certainly didn't have "inspections" to see if any toilet paper particles had adhered to the skin.

It sounds a bit pervy to me to think that there might be people, not just cartoon bears, lingering outside of the bathroom while their kids are using the toilet, asking them questions about what they are doing and how much they are using.

In fact, most toilet paper commercials are a bit weird. We have one brand where a mom hugs her child because of toilet paper. Others where women are discussing the almost graphic purpose of toilet paper, and of course standing outside of bathroom doors like toilet paper police, making sure no one uses too much.

And lets not forget that one a couple of years ago where the parents packed Scott toilet paper for the daughter as she left for college! Because naturally, her bathroom habits were the top priority as she set off to receive her education. That poor girl was probably glad to get away from the routine inspections.

Underlying Message: Toilet paper is so vital and so valuable that it's use has to be monitored constantly. And it should be strong enough to use as a hammock...which makes me wonder what people are actually doing with this stuff!

Colonial Penn Life Insurance

Lets face it, all insurance commercials are slightly annoying. Colonial Penn ads are, for the majority, just boring. But there is one that really bugs me. It shows two women meeting at a mailbox, and one asks the other how she is holding up since her mother died.

The "grieving" woman says, almost too non-chalantly, that it was hard, but she was okay. Then she takes a letter out of the mailbox and happily exclaims " Wow, that was fast!"

If you aren't watching the television at the time, it sounds like the other woman says this, in response to the daughter being over Mom's demise so quickly. In fact, it is the daughter herself, happy to receive a check from Colonial Penn to cover the funeral expenses. She then goes on to start trying to sell her neighbor on how wonderful the company is.

I'm not sure why this one bothers me...maybe its the carefree way the woman replies, maybe the overall cheesiness of the commercial. Something just isn't right in suburbia.

Underlying Message: As long as there is a check involved, its all good.

McDonald's

I'm not ashamed to admit it. I love McDonalds. In fact, it is one of my favorite fast food spots. I liked it a lot MORE when it was red and yellow and had all the fun characters. Now that McDonald's is trying to be a chic coffee house, it is a little bit boring. I don't like coffee, I like coke, fries, and chicken sandwiches. Oh, and the Hamburglar. I miss that guy!

That being said, the commercials for the McDonald's dollar menu are particularly irritating. And sometimes a little sexist. "Wow, I'm smart enough to order a cheap hamburger, therefore, it is perfectly okay for me to lie to this woman."

Underlying Message: If you are smart enough to order the cheapest thing on the menu, you might be able to convince a woman that you speak French. For about...ten seconds.

Cars.com

Yet another disturbing commercial. This time potential car buyers have wee heads that pop out of their other body parts, like something from Men In Black. Then they sing. What is even scarier? No one seems to notice the alien-like protrusions. The salespeople are just so happy to be making a sale.

Whereas all of these are pretty appalling, the one with the woman is the worst. A little version of her face pops out of her bouffant hairdo and starts singing a really bad pop song about how confidant she is. Is it even legal to sell a car to a two headed driver? Does the miniature head have to have a license too?

Underlying Message: You have a singing second head? Whatever. Hey, as long as there is a check involved, its all good.

Honorable Mentions

Even though insurance, drug, and car commercials are all highly annoying, I did notice that more and more, it is food advertisements that really suck .

Here are some that the world could do without:

  • Beggin' Strips--I love you, I love bacon, I love you. I love bacon. I hate this dog.
  • Progresso Soup--Canned humor.
  • Hershey's Air Delights--Oh look. A candy bar that tastes just like last year's leftover Halloween chocolates! We are supposed to be so thrilled they pumped our chocolate full of air!
  • Real California Dairy--What can I say? The cow is just...silly.
  • Activia--Some people eat yogurt because they like the taste. Yet now, buying yogurt is almost the same as buying Ex-lax. Embarrassing. " Oh! Look who's irregular today!"
  • Fiber One--All of them. Its health food. And it tastes like it.
  • Blue Dogfood, and other brands--At the risk of making a lot of animal lover's angry, I am going to point out a logical fact. Dogs really don't care how many organic fruits and anti-oxidants are in their chow. That is for the owner's benefit. Want to make the dog happy? Make the kibbles taste like anything disgusting.

A few more random gag-worthy commercials:

  • La-Z-Boy--commercial with Brook Shields. " Shuuuut uuup?"
  • Little Caesars--Woo, Dachsund.
  • Subway-Little Kid voices
  • Geico Pig--WHEEEEE! I thought this one had vanished. Every time it plays, I want to call Jimmy Dean and tell them where they can find their next sausage.
  • Travel Ads--I know a lot of people who struggle to buy groceries some weeks. But I sure am glad that the person on the commercial was able to take two or three vacations thanks to cheap hotel rates!
  • Vonage--We aaalll bundle. Okay, I get this was meant to be creepy, Mission accomplished. Back to Stepford...where we all use the same phone plan, all the Mom's use Swiffer's, and Ann is cool that her mom died because she got the check in time!

Final Thoughts

Commercials play an important role in society, and even though they are irksome at times, they still sell products. Just not to me! I know I have overlooked several potential winners, such as commercials for prescription medications, dating sites, house-hold cleaners, automobile ads, restaurants, and technology.

I'm sure you all have your personal best of the worst list as well. Please feel free to add, subtract, flame and applaud the choices presented here, and tell me your least favorite commercials. Maybe if we all raise up in protest and agree on at least one commercial, we can send it to Davy Jone's locker forever!

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        none 

        2 weeks ago

        I hate commericals too and they have their annoyances but you have problems man. Taking too much time to do this shit.

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        Jedi Fish 

        2 weeks ago

        1) I find the Peloton commercials annoying. They're always plugging the NY studio. Give it up for NY's best instructors? People don't need NY instructors to get a good workout.

        2) Liberty Mutual

        3) GEICO - What is with the old guy with white hair?

        4) Progressive with Flo

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        Billy Maze Here 

        3 weeks ago

        If I hear, (I...HAD...The time of my life...and I do it all again (do it all again)) Sandals comercial one more time I'm gonna shoot myself in the face!

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        yvonne 

        5 weeks ago

        AAA Insurance commercials over and over again no change.

        The one I hate has a young couple and she said "when you're trying to raise a family" she has a voice that makes you want to run screaming out of the room.

        AAA drop her.

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        Voice O'Reason 

        6 weeks ago

        1.Cars for kids commercial

        2.Any Geico lizard commercial

        3.Progressive commercial with "Flo"

        4 Trivaggo xguy commercials

        5.Sprint Guy "Paul"

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        Debbie 

        7 weeks ago

        What commercial says

        “I want to eat you right now”

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        torontolive 

        2 months ago

        There are so many. One which I feel is hypocritical is the Slim Fast commercials where random fit people who've never been fat are shaking their buns, thighs and abs in front of the camera with a Slim Fast product in their hands. Why don't they use the people from the 600-pound life show and have these people who weigh 600 pounds shake their buns, thighs and bellies while holding a SlimFast product and I don't know; show them a year later so we can see their success?

        Almost every ad now seems to be targeted to an adult with a 9th grade level of intellectual functioning and maybe a 7th grade emotional level because these ads use anything - especially the ones that use bells, buzzers, cell phones vibrating/ringing - anything to get you to look up and at the TV. And I really think the worst of the lot - the insurance ads, the soul-sucking drug ads, and I've also about had it with the shuddering animals neglect ads as well...it's almost as if they want to tug your emotions or be as bad as possible in order to get you to react somehow.

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        Allstate...gieco commercials 

        2 months ago

        Someone actually gets paid to come up wilth the most annoying and obnoxious commercials!! Thank goodness for the mutee button! Hey Allstate..... gieco....y'all suck beyond words! I will never purchase your insurance!!

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        Gadfly 

        2 months ago

        All of them.

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        Yvonne Dickson 

        2 months ago

        All attorney and insurance commercials stink

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        Ian Stuart Robertson 

        3 months ago from London England

        I don't like the rash of T.V. adverts featuring Hollywood actor Robert de Niro flogging insurance. No reflection on the man himself but the company's hard sell, sounds far too 'maffiosi'.

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        Sharon Steffan 

        3 months ago

        The inspired closets commercial is like nails on a chalk board!!!! I have written the company and Hulu who airs it and begged them to take it off!

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        michael 2 

        4 months ago

        A fine example is the anti smoking ads that show second hand smoke not dissipating and viciously, purposely attacking a baby or child. Straight to their faces! Reminds me of a Star Trek episode of a cloud monster that kills.

        It's pure propaganda! Then how is it I survived through the 50's, 60's and 70's with good lungs (I never smoked). Also, I am a career auto mechanic that's exposed to far worse than cigarette smoke.

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        michael 

        4 months ago

        No mention of the e Trade ads! Their message: if you are not rich, you are a putz!(or stupid). Or, if you are missing out on the high life, it's because you didn't make WAY TOO MUCH money!

        I personally find this attitude very insulting to the vast majority of us that "struggle" to survive, under 100k/year!

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        j wolfe 

        4 months ago

        commercials that are so annoying is based on if i will purchase the product. the pizza commercial were the tree falls on the car, or the peter pan kid that is rude and disrespectful is an insurance commercial, that do not get my dollars.

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        Robb P 

        4 months ago

        Insurance ads are so stupid it makes me feel stupid to have insurance. I dropped Allstate and later Farmers because I didn't want to be a part of the target demograph (morons) and am now with a company that doesn't advertise.

        Same goes for fast food. Thank you idiotic marketing fools, your zeal for attracting dolts has driven me to a healthy diet of home cooked food. When I do venture out for a burger or burrito, I hit one of the thousands of family owned, one off places. By the way, to anyone who is considering trying some small place burger joint, get the house themed burger.

        I also won't be badda booking any vacations, I can always find online a bed and breakfast near any ski resort I want to explore. And, since I'm not fond of being felt up by some jerk who thinks my keys are weapons, I drive my 1999 used Camery (bought through private sale) and bring my dogs along.

        Speaking of dogs, I have dumb ads to thank for inspiring me to cook for my best friends, and they get real cheese for rewards and treats.

        Dumd ads even drove me to drop cable without considering any other sevice. I bought one of those long range antennas for less than one months rate and have just a hand full of steaming channels, that I actuaĺly wanted!

        I could go on

        Writing this has given me a new appreciation though. Marketing seems to be directed at fools, and therefor steers me away from foolish things. I am healthier, wealthier and happier for it.

        Thank you moronic marketers, thank you!

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        Corve Ransom 

        4 months ago

        Kyleena commecial is so annoying! It presents females is a negative light. The idiotic faces the females make are suggesting females are that stupid that they forget their pills. The man at the end of the commercial is looking at the female as if to say “ yeah, I’d tap that”. I actually turn to another channel when this commercial come on.

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        Lane 

        4 months ago

        Wow I had forgotten about the beggin strips commercial and how much I hated it

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        Matt 

        5 months ago

        TO me the most annoying commerials are

        JG Wentworth ads

        the most boring are

        donate money ads

        drug ads

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        Pat 

        5 months ago

        The eczema add, saying its okay, if okay why do you keep putting on the add at least 15 times a day! The other is bleeding gums tooth ad, always comes on during lunch time before I can hit mute in No Calif. They should check times zones so repulsive ads don't come on during meal times..

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        Acecase 

        5 months ago

        LIBERTY MUTUAL......Where do they come up with all the money running commercials every 30 minutes? Um......

        They get the lowest bidder to fix your auto, and they don't have the bests rates. And what does the Statue Of Liberty have to do with anything?

        Avoid at all cost, coming from personal experience!

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        NY Guy 

        5 months ago

        If I have to hear the Kars4Kids jingle again, I’m going to jump. We get it; you’ll take anything from “Kars” to used napkins as a donation for tax write-off. STOP SINGING ABOUT IT

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        SapphireStorm 

        5 months ago

        Excellent~ and so funny!

        I am currently annoyed by the match.com commercials on Hulu. The ones with Courtney (the cutsie, hey now girl, into cultural diversity and go and find her!), and Brian and whoever where Brian seems like a grifter and the woman is oblivious. Why can't these companies get it right!

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        Billy 

        5 months ago

        The General commercials

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        Malcolm Night 

        5 months ago

        You're doing Gods work here sister. Keep it up and keep on putting these awful advertisements in their place where they belong. The garbage.

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        steve 

        6 months ago

        do any of you really think that their animal has a soul as stated in the blue diamond dog food commercial have we really sunk that low trying to sell a product. May God forgive us

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        steve 

        6 months ago

        Kentucky fried chicken has sunk to a new low with their spokesmen. they are horrible. Sonic has shown they cannot come up with anything original they just keep beating a dead horse with those two guys in the car. both the Sonic and Kentucky fried have given me strength to pass by their places and spend my money elsewhere

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        Morgan 

        6 months ago

        I actually rather...gasp...enjoy the Charmin bears. What? I think they're cute and hysterical, maybe in an ironic way. Please don't kill me. :P

        The worst has GOT to be that ad for the TBS sitcom "The Detour." You know.... "It's fun being weird, it's fun being weird...." That really and truly kept me up at night when it got stuck in my head. And that talking box from Progressive is ten times worse than Flo will ever be. Finally...don't forget puppy monkey baby.

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        Rick 

        6 months ago

        I love the hopper commercial. I have relatives in Boston and it's just like them and my family. You don't need to be in the same room to talk. And the hopper is a place where you can access tv shows recorded all over the house.

        It's a funny commercial

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        Hacksaw Williams 

        6 months ago

        The most used button on our remote is the mute button. It is a contest between me and my wife who can mute Jack In The Box screaming woman commercial the fastest. The van crashing into stores is pathetic at best. Because of that commercial, we don't go to Jacks.

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        me 

        7 months ago

        I would like to see flow drive off a cliff and never be seen again

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        ericclorentzen@yahoo.com 

        7 months ago

        The car ads that shame a neighbor for not being able to buy a car for christmas

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        Bizbuyer 

        8 months ago

        I have rented on average around 20 times a year over the past 30 years. National was one of my choices when price and convenience reigned. Since the beginning of the current obnoxious TV ads I have stopped completely booking them and will so until the stupidity ends.

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        Flash Gordon 

        8 months ago

        Always hated that MyPillow commerical that drives me insane! The phony new day usa commerical where they are showing a picture of themselves. Fox news shows this commerical three times within the same hour! Would also have to say the Sonic commerical where the two gay guys always sitting in the car. The tyjyoung.net commerical where the blad headed guy is talking. The old Empire Commerical is still on after all these years 588-2300-EMPIRE! Another thing I have notice some of these networks will show the same old again every year around the same time. It never ends! But the worst commerical out of all of them is the MyPillow commerical is on my top ten list!

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        The flowwing commericals listed below suck! 

        8 months ago

        Always hated that MyPillow commerical that drives me insane! The phony new day usa commerical where they are showing a picture of themselves. Fox news shows this commerical three times within the same hour! Would also have to say the Sonic commerical where the two gay guys always sitting in the car. The tyjyoung.net commerical where the blad headed guy is talking. The old Empire Commerical is still on after all these years 588-2300-EMPIRE! Another thing I have notice some of these networks will show the same old again every year around the same time. It never ends! But the worst commerical out of all of them is the MyPillow commerical is on my top ten list!

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        Diana K Pratt 

        8 months ago

        AAA auto insurance has a person so annoying that I have to mute the ad. PLEASE cut the whiny woman who is "....trying to raise a family...." You either are or you are not raising a family! She makes my blood boil.

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        Dale rice 

        8 months ago

        Little Ceasers #1 dad ad is worst I've seen showing kids to disrespect parents

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        Gadfly 

        9 months ago from Olde London Towne

        Kentucky Fried Chicken do indeed have a lot to answer for. Here in 'merrie olde' England they promote their produce as 100% British which defeats the purpose of their name K.F.C.

        Similarly, their 'New York 'zinger', whats that got to do with Kentucky? Likewise their 'cajun' burger. In any case i'd prefer my food cooked in a kitchen not a store as they refer to their outlets.

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        Sarah 

        9 months ago

        Stupid football commercial

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        Karen Locke 

        9 months ago

        One of the many annoying commercials is Kentucky Fried Chicken. The ones years ago were satisfactory and respectful but after the old Kentucky Fried Chicken Grandpa this new one and the whole presentation is so disgusting and ridiculous I don't see how anyone would be encouraged to buy the product if they had never tried it!

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        Tera vargas 

        10 months ago

        The Trisquit commercial with the LOUD and obnoxious voice reading "some non gmo" word?. All around annoying commercial, not to mention I personally think trisquit s are disgusting. That woman annoys me big time!. If I see it once more, I will scream.!

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        Elizabeth Smith 

        10 months ago

        I hate that woman who wants "to run with the bulls". I thought she WAS the bull. But I like the other "running with the bulls" who turn out to be BULL DOGS

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        Theresa Wildt 

        10 months ago

        I can't stand the Taltz commercial !!! The one where the Mother is lying on the beach and the little boy is lying on top of her butt. It just don't look right !!! What 10 yr. old lays on top of his Mother like that ? ( assuming she's the mother and he's the son ) It's just annoying and stupid !!!

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        John Brian 

        11 months ago

        Personally the carvana ads are insulting and are very misleading as if all the thousands of dealership employees are criminals out to get the consumer imagine employing the same tactics to let's say lawyers bus drivers and bank employees we could insult I wonder if they would be happy to be insulted as to their integrity.

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        Loeb Nastacki 

        11 months ago

        Bit outdated, your list, but still true. However, notice that you're RECALLING these exact commercials, and all of these companies are still in business (2017) and actually doing well. Seems to me, the advertisers are doing exactly what they need to do.

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        Chuck Harris 

        11 months ago

        I have not seen one thats normal in 5 yrs..and now the go gurt..omg..someone please help these stupid writers..they suck

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        Pauline silker 

        12 months ago

        Worst annoying adds at the moment - Nat west bank adds they are bloody awful.

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        Chris 

        12 months ago

        One addendum to add to the previous opinion is the lady moaning "we all want to have earth shattering ORGASMS". This commercial is so offensive and run during the time when children are watching and its almost beyond comment. And all the Tooth hygiene commercials with all the absolutely fake teeth that are so white they can be seen from space while they complain how there embarrassed how yellow their teeth are. Theres not one real tooth in their mouth.

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        Chris 

        12 months ago

        Hands down the most annoying commercials are the MY PILLOW and Skittles ads. The most annoying of all advertising gimmicks is the CLAPPING in all the ads now. It actually angers me when I hear it and I will make a mental note to never look at or buy any product that has clapping in its commercials. Drop the microphone. Its over.

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        Steven oliander 

        12 months ago

        Some of those were really good but I find a lot of them very biased. Come on who doesn't love that pig

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        Danley Wolfe 

        13 months ago

        Liberty Mutual commercials usually show the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor in the background. So whaddya doin' sellin' just to New Yorkers/New Jerseyites. The rest of country doesn't appreciate in your face advertising. It is disgusting.

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        Danley Wolfe 

        13 months ago

        Liberty Mutual insurance " in your face" car insurance. It is totally un-believable. Insulting. "whattyya spose to do, drive three quatters of a car." Liberty Mutual basic insurance rates are not competitive and the claim to provide greater coverage, i.e. full replacement cost including depreciation. I have gotten quotes four times and ended up with Allstate. Don't believe Liberty Mutual baloney.

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        The Geico Ghekko wore out it's novelty the 2nd time it ran, with the stand-up lizard, with 

        13 months ago

        an Aussie accent. Puke, puke

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        MJNegley@shaw.ca 

        14 months ago

        Hate the Belair commercials! The guy in the metal suit drives me crazy!!!! Get another ad....

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        John smith 

        14 months ago

        Stupid national car rental commercial

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        Ian Stuart Robertson 

        15 months ago from London England

        All of them are simply distractions at best,

        manipulation at worst.

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        roscsims 

        15 months ago

        Any list that doesn't contain all Liberty Mutual Insurance commercials isn't worth spit!

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        Shadow2156 

        15 months ago

        The laugh that the fleeing Charmin bear made was just plain disturbing.

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        Pam Dolan 

        16 months ago

        Would someone PLEASE tell AT&T to remove that loud, annoying commercial of the man screaming at us in the shower. I have to mute my tv every time it comes on. GRRRR!

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        Ian Stuart Robertson 

        16 months ago from London England

        At present in 'olde London towne' advertisers in their presumption

        actually use non photogenic extra's to peddle their wares. Not meaning to denigrate my fellow man but anti social behaviour just doesn't work in product demand. Then there is the stereotype of the consumer of alcohol, gamblers on horse racing, ketchup eaters have to belong to a certain class in society. The list goes on infinitum.

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        Harold comstock 

        17 months ago

        Robbin Meade saying good morning , I've been waiting for you. Glad to see you.

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        Sandi F 

        17 months ago

        I just mute all commercials.

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        Alicia 

        17 months ago

        So tired of screaming, screechy kids in commercials, too many kids, does every commercial have to have kids?

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        John 

        18 months ago

        Stupid ass off key Gatorade bar ad..I

        wanna murder everyone in it. Those fatty sugary bars suck ass too.

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        Bob 

        18 months ago

        please save us from the my pillow commercials. this guy is the most annoying bs artist. Id rather sleep on a pile of rocks. AND NO I DON'T HAVE SLEEP PROBLEMS LIKE YOU THINK EVERYBODY HAS.

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        J Walden 

        18 months ago

        The new Gatorade Bar commercial is the worst ever. It needs to be on your list

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        John Michlik 

        18 months ago

        Certainly a nominee for Most Annoying Commercial Ever would be Southwest Airlines' "Any Way You Want It" spot. The song was an overproduced and cloyingly saccharine staple of Top-40 radio in its heyday, and it's incredibly depressing hearing it called up for active duty in this mindless commercial... especially over and over and over during the 2016's Seahawks football season. It's bad enough our 'Hawks are saddled with injuries and lackluster offense this fall. Southwest Airlines' punctuating handwringing football with braindead TV spots like this one will only drive heapygobs of Millennials back into the arms of books. "Beezuz And Ramona" is looking better all the time.

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        liveinthemiddleofxwhere.com 

        19 months ago

        Thank the powers that I live in the middle of nowhere with no TV or internet!

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        Greg Mohr 

        19 months ago

        The most annoying commercial on TV right now is the McDonalds pick 2 commercial, please get rid of it !!

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        Limpet 

        19 months ago

        Now, if the last comments posted was the scenario of a 'Three Stooges' comedy then i'd be laughing my head off. Nyuk! Nyuk!

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        Terri 

        19 months ago

        DP communications commercial of father chasing children around key keys toilet paper and then shows wife working on water heater, which act like a conniving women turns water on which is the gas line stupid commercial stop showing it. It's ridiculous and shows the man like he's an idiot. Worst commercial ever

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        mike adams 

        20 months ago

        gatorade kfc and liberty mutual all suck. can't believe they are not #s 1 2 and 3

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        Marty Shalek 

        20 months ago

        My most hated commercial is "My Pillow". I make sure I watch commercial programing with a lag of about 5min. so that if the"My Pillow"comes on, I can fast forward thru it. Watching it is like looking at the head of Meduca(excuse spelling) Marty

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        kathleen 

        20 months ago

        I do not like the new Santa Clause commericials at all. they take away from the jolly man. and espescially the two women with him.

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        Wyatt Flow 

        20 months ago

        These are good mentices but HELLO? We're forgetting about DRUG ADS. UGGGG I HATE DRUG ADS. Those ads with the guy who goes "Ask you doctor if (drug name here) is right for you" but only after he mentions the dreadful side affects. These ads make me want to puke and I hope that we will one day be rid of them. Also, I can't stand tech ads like ads for the latest iPhone or some android product or whatever. None of them are original. They all use annoying music and annoying people. Anyways, I am done venting now.

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        mikebarbaro 

        21 months ago

        Some DirectTV ads are pretty funny though! This one for example: http://commercialsoup.com/video.php?id=40

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        Joe 

        22 months ago

        Peyton on Sunday Morning from Direct TV is beyond annoying

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        Limpet 

        22 months ago

        Fortunately we have some T.V. Channels where you don't have see commercials, that is because every household pays a licence fee to own a T.V. set. None the less the stations that do advertise will say 'And coming up after the break blah blah blah!' or 'Stay tuned, more to come.' The expectancy being that we are supposed to appreciate the drivel they present to the viewing public. We also have the Advertising Standards Authority who to date have put a lot of irritating 'ads' off air.

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        Ian Stuart Robertson 

        2 years ago from London England

        I remember a time in the dim distant past where the T.V. commercials were just as entertaining as the programs screened. Why? Because they were witty or humourous and not maudlin or repititious then.

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        R West 

        3 years ago

        I detest the American Freight commercials. They have a screaming maniac trying to sell furniture. It is absolutely the most offensive ad I have ever seen.

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        PattiJ 

        3 years ago

        I don't understand why companies are going for the human with a machine "love affair". Direct tv has a man with a marionette, the marionette actually asks if she is sexy..ooma phone services has a man actually licking the machine. Its disgusting. Why would anyone think this is a good way to sell their service.

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        Joe 

        3 years ago

        charmin without a doubt the most obnoxious of them all. "Enjoy the go"??? Really??? Taking a shit is something I have always viewed as one of those necessities in life not something I look forward to like a tasty steak dinner or a cold beer. Are you kidding me? Anyone remember the diaper commercial not too long ago that was a cartoon where babies were on stage having a contest to see who can shit the most in their diapers? Almost grounds for suicide but I'd rather see the a-holes who come up with this crap taken out instead. Oh and as far as McDonald's is concerned I can't see how anybody with a brain could eat anything from that place anymore. Sorry but eating plastic prefabricated tasteless crap just ain't for me anymore. I'd like to live till at least 70!

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        Deborah 

        3 years ago

        Tyson FRESH chicken....always FRESH....emphasize FRESH...every phrase FRESH...annoying FRESH...repeating FRESH...makes me want to puke but FRESH...

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        Courtney 

        4 years ago

        OMG this was the best list- and I totally agree with you. One I've seen creeping up here lately are those Burlington Coat Factory ads about "what your clothes say about you" and the people wearing these coats verbally express what their choice of outwear might say about them. Shoot me!

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        Heidi Thorne 

        4 years ago from Chicago Area

        As someone who's in the ad biz (but not TV), I think I love reading people's reactions to commercials more than the commercials themselves. And, yes, I'm so glad that Charmin now helps us "Enjoy the go." :) Hilarious hub!

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        Jayme Kinsey 

        5 years ago from Oklahoma

        @Elizabeth--Oh yes! The M&M commercials are definitely annoying!

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        TL 

        5 years ago

        I despise of all commercials. They're not only banal, but beyond sub levels of intelligence. Car commercials are some of the worst. Do I honestly care how fast a car accelerates from 0-60, or how fast it'll whip around a corner and it's top speed? I care about the safety and utility of a vehicle. Car ads today always want to point out speed and cars driven in a maniacal manner. Dumb! This is the sort of advertising that should appeal to a zany 13 year old, not to an intelligent, mature adult who doesn't care about trying to break the speed barrier.

        The next group of commercials I despise are all of the incredibly dumbed down insurance ads. Progressive Insurance with that bow-wow Flo character takes the cake in the stupidity department. Geico ads have always been a product for dullards to enjoy. The stupid animated gecko and that dang pig. STUPID! State Farm and Allstate ads have taken on the dumbed down approach. It used to be that insurance ads were prudent in script and visuals; not anymore. Colonial Penn ads would make a great torture device. Long, depressing and colorless describes those ads. Alex Trebek always looks like he's on something in those commercials. Perhaps a bit too many sips of Jack Daniels between the takes Mr. Trebek?

        McDonalds have always been foolish. Now they're beyond asinine. The one McDonald's ad that is about the worst is the one where some strange looking, nerdy, twerp of a young guy is drumming on the table in a McDonald's restaurant. And the one with the goofy young guy strumming his dopey guitar. That stupid buh, buh, buh I'm lovin' it crap makes me want to karate kick my TV with my harness boot heel.

        St. Judes Children's Hospital ads are, to me, tear inducing. They play so frequently on METV and some are as long as two minutes. Depressing beyond depressing. I don't want to look at cancer stricken children and knowing that most of them will not survive. Watching my Dad wither away from cancer was enough for me. Horrible.

        The Swifter ad with the African American woman gyrating wildly with her Swifter mop is disturbing to say the least. Please don't label me as being racist. I'm not a racist person. If the lady in the ad was white or any other race I would still say it's a foolish ad campaign. Going into literal ecstasy moping your floors is a dim idea in promoting a home cleaning product. Heck, the old Tidy Bowl ads with the "little" man in his rowboat, in the flush box, was more creative and kind of cute (in a silly sense) that the foolishness we're seeing today.

        The ads about reverse mortgages. Not only annoying, but scams. Fred Thompson and Robert Wagner drone on and on regarding the benefits of a reverse mortgage. These are the sort of ads that prey on the vulnerability of older people and are basically scams. Would you give into those robo telemarketer calls? That's what these reverse mortgage ads basically are... scams.

        And last but not least: the scam ads for getting cash for your gold. Again this is another form of scam advertising to prey on vulnerable people. Fortunately those ads have seemed to cease. Hopefully forever.

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        Erle Mutz 

        5 years ago

        The ONE commercial I really HATE is about quitting smoking: where a Mom is walking with her little boy, in what looks like a Grand Central Station (kind of place). While the narrator is making "his" point the camera keeps taking quick clips of the kid looking around for his Mom, and after a few failed attempts at spotting her, you watch him degrade from his "normal" demeanor down into the deepest depths of fear and horror until finally he breaks down into devastating tears. IF he IS ACTING - he should be given an "Honorary" Academy Award! IF he is NOT acting then shame on all of the inconsiderate "grown-ups" having him experience that excruciating pain of loss - which (at his young age) can be just as devastating to his conceptual growth, as the loss of the actual parent. I TURN OFF THAT COMMERCIAL IMMEDIATELY every time it airs!!!! I am not (and never have been) a smoker - but even IF I WAS, I would STILL TURN OF THAT COMMERCIAL IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!

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        Elizabeth 

        5 years ago

        Oh Please, the stupid M&M commercials where a stupid M&M is having a night out with the girls or out on a date where she worries her date doesn't appreciate her brains.

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        Jayme Kinsey 

        5 years ago from Oklahoma

        @Jeremy--I am rather relieved to see that so many people agree about the Charmin ads. I think they need a new advertising campaign, pronto! It makes me angry to just SEE a package of Charmin these days! Thanks for the comment, and I love your colorful description of gouging out your eyes. You put into words my exact feelings about those ads!

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        JeremyBentham 

        5 years ago from Missouri

        Great post! Those Charmin bears make me want to gouge out my eyes with a rusty, lockjaw-ridden hammer claw. And those Colonial Penn commercials have been around forever. Still obnoxious after all these years.

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        Jayme Kinsey 

        5 years ago from Oklahoma

        @Kenner--agreed! The new Charmin commercial is beyond vulgar. Its disgusting. And I wonder where they get this idea? Reckon the people in charge of ad campaigns don't have kids. Or a real life. Or a grip on reality for that matter. And yes, I boycott Charmin for the same reason. Also, I noticed that Charmin TP tends to disintegrate every time it is touched, creating what I can only think of as harmful dust particles. So they are welcome to keep their hazardous product and their perverted ads! Lol! Now you have me ranting again! Thanks for the comment! :)

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        Jayme Kinsey 

        5 years ago from Oklahoma

        @thebiologyofleah--I agree! the Activia and similar ads are equally disturbing at times. If I want to eat yoghurt, I want to buy it because it is yummy. Now, it feels like buying medicine. Might as well throw Ex-Lax on the counter!

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        Jayme Kinsey 

        5 years ago from Oklahoma

        @Lady E--I'm not sure if all of these drive other Americans nuts, but they certainly get under my skin! Do you have equally shocking ads in the UK?

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        kenner 

        5 years ago

        The Charmin ads are hands-down the most thoughtless and senseless I've seen. We see a bear taking his roll of Charmin into the woods. Then we get to imagine a pile of bear poop with white tufts of soiled Charmin popping out of it. It's a wonder environmentalists didn't have this one banned.

        The recent one though - it beats all. Mother bear is holding a little pair of underwear up and saying something like, "you can tell their age by what's in their pants". HUH?! Whaaaaaaaa???? WHO is responsible for this absolute TRIPE?

        You couldn't GIVE me a roll of Charmin, thanks to their pitiful commercials.

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        Leah Kennedy-Jangraw 

        5 years ago from Massachusetts

        Great hub- at any given moment I have my list of favorite and hated commericals in my head.

        The cars.com ones are horrible and I totally agree the skittles ones are just trippy- I don't get them. They actually make me like skittles less than I actually do. And the Charmin ones 'enjoy the go' I think is the catch-phrase. Um what, you want me to enjoy going the bathroom? I, too, would prefer we not talk about bathroom habits on television-activa, colon health, etc, keep it off primetime!

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        Elena 

        5 years ago from London, UK

        I found this interesting because I'm in UK and it's nice to know what Ads drive you nuts in America. Thanks. Great share.

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        Jayme Kinsey 

        5 years ago from Oklahoma

        Thanks Alecia! I agree, the commercials do seem frivolous. Sometimes even pointless. And like the Charmin, some ads tell way more than needs to be discussed on television. I hate that they make it seem like women sit around and obsess on how well personal products work. Don't think so! We have way more on our minds...like telling lazy kids how to find the microwave! :)

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        Alecia Murphy 

        5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

        Excellent list! I totally agree with your ideas here. We talked about ads and their influence a lot when I went to college. Advertising now is about creating an identity tied the product instead of advertising in the mid-late 20th century focusing on the usefulness of the product. Even though these commercials are more frivolous than anything- they still have an effect on consumer consciousness.

        But back to the list. I hate that Totino's lazy kid commercial- if you're dying of hunger- make your own food and shut up.

        Charmin is ridiculous as well- I don't mind so much the bears but the supposed mom pow wow is TMI for my tastes.

        McDonald's should just do "I'm Lovin' It" and show the toys. I hate when these companies try to get all hipster with coffee and stuff.

        And I don't even eat skittles but the commercials make me want to never even look at them again- so strange!

        Awesome hub :)!

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