Send Us Your Nominees For Worst Commercials Currently On TV

A few months back, we asked readers to vote on the ad spokesperson who most needed to be retired from the air. This has since brought up the discussion here at the Consumerist Cave of what is the most annoying, aggravating, irritating, overplayed commercial on TV right now. And that’s where we want your help.

Given the sheer number of commercials airing at any moment, we need you to assist us in narrowing down the list from hundreds to a more manageable figure.

There are a couple of qualifications for nominees:

1. The ad must be for a national brand. As funny as it is to watch craptastic local ads, we’re looking for commercials that annoy TV watchers nationwide.

2. The ad must have aired in 2010. Preference will be given to nominees that are still on the air, but if there’s a commercial that has only recently gone out of rotation that merits a demerit, we’ll consider it.

That’s it, really. Feel free to discuss the topic in the comments, but only those nominees mailed to with the subject “bad ad nominee” will be considered.


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  1. Augie says:

    Ronni Deutsch

  2. diasdiem says:

    I’m voting for the cartoon Charmin bears, because my mom hates them.

  3. ssm316 says:

    The dancing Honda guy needs to die

    • neekap says:

      It’s called the knock!

      That one is stupid because if you don’t remember the original “I’m Mr. Opportunity” commercial, it makes no sense. People will ask themselves what “the knock” is, since they never tell you he’s Mr. Opportunity.

    • mh1723 says:

      I LOVED that M&M commercial. I think it si truly hilarious.

  4. XianZomby says:

    1) Creepy M&Ms ad where it is implied that one “live” character will be “inserted” into another “live” M&M character. The “cute factor” of anthropomorphizing food items, like animals or M&Ms ends when you start making real that they are processed through machines or that they will be killed.

    2) The Asiphex (ass effects) ads.

    3) That guy that talkes for a half hour about colon health and his bowel movements.

  5. It'sRexManningDay! says:

    Please, please, please, if you are listening, GEICO: stop making those commercials with the weird guy in the beginning. “Can really save you 15% or more on car insurance?”

    I change the channel any time the “little piggy wee wee wee” one comes on.

    • KyleOrton says:

      What? I LOVE the “bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” commercial. It’s a special kind of awesome.

    • Taliskan says:

      I am completely with you on this. Every time I inadvertently come across one of these commercials, I think “Really? You wasted ad money on this?”

      • jbandsma says:

        Remember, the ad agency that does the Geico commercials is the same on that does Wal-Mart commercials.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      I really like those. Maybe because I like Charlie Daniels.

      • The Gray Train says:

        the charlie daniels one was good, mostly cuz i like him too. but i can’t believe no one has mentioned the R. Lee Ermey one; that one is the best!

        • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

          We’ll chug on over to namby pampby land…

          • bunnyblues says:

            We pause, rewind and watch the r lee ermey one every time it comes on, then my husband misquotes it for the rest of the day. It’s a ritual.

    • Zernhelt says:

      The “a bird in a hand” one is especially annoying. Probably because it isn’t remotely funny. The joke is incredibly obvious.

    • Daverson says:

      I hate the “Piggy” one, but the one with Lee Ermey as the shrink always cracks me up.

    • tree says:

      I LOVE the piggy one. I laughed so hard the first time I saw it I got a headache. And it still makes me laugh every time I see it.

      • Capta76 says:

        +1, hell, I’ll even rewind it and watch it again

      • PTB315 says:

        I told myself I wanted to hate the pig one, but I loved it while hating myself instead. I was on the verge of hating until the mom driving pulled over with the look on her face and the bite in her voice. I’m ashamed.

    • Johnmcboston says:

      I hate to confess, but I love the ‘piggy’ one as well. I laugh every time I see that

    • LD says:

      Add me to the list of the GEICO guy haters. Every time one comes on, I consider canceling my insurance.

    • joe23521 says:

      “Can GEICO really save you 15% or more on car insurance? Do people really hate this ad campaign? (Cut to: comments on this thread.)”

      Seriously though, I really like this campaign. The spots are to the point, memorable, and funny.

    • Robert Nagel says:

      Sorry, Geico is one of the only commercials I don’t TIVO through when I see it come on. I actually watch them several times before they get the treatment.

      I don’t know who their ad agency is, but they have a bunch of winners.

    • Weekilter says:

      The guy who gives the spiel that in 15 minutes you’ll save isn’t the most obnoxious GEICO advert. They need to retire the annoying gecko. I don’t know if the accent is genuine or fake, but it’s as annoying as nails on a chalkboard.

    • Davad Sneed says:

      The only geico ones I hate are the money with eyes ones, although the Deadliest Catch guys make them watchable for now.

    • fuceefacee says:

      You’ve to be kidding, the “Can really save you 15% or more on car insurance?” are very clever. I’m always waiting foer a new one.

    • jiubreyn says:

      GEICO’s old commercials were awesome. (Read: Squirrels causing a car crash.) I agree, the old guy with is boring ringtones and Gecko conversations are tedious to watch. I change the channel everytime.

      Old Spice on the other hand, can continue to make commercials until the cows come home. That new guy they have cracks my shit up.

    • annodyne says:

      Have to agree. I don’t mind the gecko at all, I’ll watch him all day. Also the drill instructor/therapist. But that guy’s voice doesn’t fit his face or body. Gotta be a voiceover, and a bad one at that.

  6. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Pretty much any lawyer one. From that one where the guy talks to you in his hat against the NYC background to the one for Binder and Binder where that monotone person tells you how you are not wrong. Add in mesotheleoma, and the ones that tell you to call if you committed suicide and died, and you have the ones I hate the most.

    Also, most news stingers: “There maybe something you are feeding your kids right now that can cause them to grow and extra arm and stab you in the back. Find out what it is at 11pm” You look at your watch, it’s 3pm, and you are making dinner.

    • craptastico says:

      agree with the news commercials “Action news reports why your child could be dead at 10. live at 11!”

    • Angus99 says:

      GSD, you mean the one with the idiot in the cowboy hat? Everytime I see that, I ask myself how NOBODY spoke up to say “Bob (or whatever), you look like a complete tool. Take the hat off, and deal with the fact you’re bald like a man.”

    • DragonThermo says:

      I second the nomination of any lawyer ad. The local stations are so desperate for ad revenue that a majority of the commercials, when I do watch broadcast stations, are various lawyers and “lawyer referral” services. Most are of the ambulance-chasing variety. Some are criminal defense. Rest are the IRS, etc., lawyers. All are sleazy and annoying. And since they are on high rotations in the pre-Prime Time hours (8p-11p), I can’t hit the mute button fast enough.

      Although the Mr. O… and GEICO ads are annoying, but the lawyer ads especially egregious.

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  7. agent 47 says:

    The Wendy’s commercial where the guy keeps saying pico de gallo.

    • billbillbillbill says:

      I agree. Not a fan of the stupid new Wendy’s commercials for the salads with the guy and girl.

      • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

        You mean the one where they’re riding the tractor? I second that vote!

    • Moosehawk says:

      Can we make this a general nomination for the Wendy’s “You know when it’s real” slogan?

      Wendy’s: Real or not, your food tastes like shit. You aren’t fooling anyone.

      My girlfriend got one of those apple pecan salads from there 2 weeks ago. It had no pecans in it.

    • kaplanfx says:

      Wendy’s should have just stopped advertising after Dave died.

  8. MDSasquatch says:

    That scary broad on the Progressive commercials, she really gets on my nerves

    • Bativac says:

      Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. Please quit running the Progressive ads with the heavily made-up lady.

      • pop top says:

        You call lipstick and eye shadow heavily made up? I’d hate to hear what you think of drag queens…

        • Wysguy says:

          you missed the quarter inch of foundation. At least I hope she’s not really that pale.
          Add me to the “yeah, I’d hit it too” list, but that doesn’t mean I want to move in with her, or watch any more of her commercials

    • ARP says:

      Flo, I believe.

      PS- nice touch calling her a broad. I would have used dame myself (or bird if I were feeling Anglo), but to each his own.

      • packcamera says:

        Nope – Flo is a “broad” in the traditional sense – an entity pulled from behind the counter of a greasy diner off Route 66 and cleaned up for TV consumption. All she needs is a pencil behind her ear and smacking on some 6-hour old chewing gum and the marketing illusion is complete. I too make a mad dash for the remote when she appears on my screen.

        • Spaceboss says:

          i agree about her being a broad, but for me, that’s a positive thing. i don’t know anyone IRL who doesn’t have a crush on flo, and that includes gay dudes and my wife. she reminds me of this picture i have of my grandmother and her friends at the beach when they were like 20, and man, her friends were hot.

    • PanCake BuTT says:

      I’d also like to stop hearing about ‘Discounts’ I actually will not be getting. Someone just cut her off already, she’s a bit to peppy for my liking !

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      You leave my Flo out of this!

    • Short_Circuit_City says:

      Flo needs to die in a fire caused by a faulty-braked Toyota.

    • Robert Terwilliger says:

      I would like to take her out for an erotic date.

    • Me - now with more humidity says:

      What!? Flo is hot!

    • lymer says:

      I would bang flo so hard. Something about that hair and the peppy attitude.

      • DragonThermo says:

        I concur! I have a major crush on Flo. Those Progressive ads are the few I don’t hit mute for. (well, actually I do, but only late at night when I’m alone.)

    • enabler says:

      I don’t like the Flo ads. That was the first thing that popped into my head.

    • varro says:

      Spanky time for you, easy peasy!!

    • locura79 says:

      This was my first thought too.

    • DorsalRootGanglion says:

      Flo still means menstrual fluid for me. So…yeah. When Flo is here with savings, it isn’t a good thing.

  9. Remmy75 says:

    The commercial with Montel Williams for Money Mutual just about makes crazy every night. The worst is that this commercial is on PBS Sprout. I know the station needs money to operate, but must you bombard my 4 year old with the old payday loan scam commerical every 10 minutes. I swear in the time my daughter watches 2 or 3 shows, I hear that commercial 5 or 6 times.

    It talks about that medical bill, PAID! Car, Fixed! Who in thier right mind would take out a payday loan to pay a medical bill for 300% interest?

    • cmdr.sass says:

      PBS Sprout shows commercials? Watch the shows via your On Demand menu instead – No commercials!

      • EarlNowak says:

        Ooh, mr. fancy pants digital cable subscription is judging us for watching PBS sprout. Some of us get beautiful HD over an antenna, and like it!

        /get off my lawn, damn kids

      • MongoAngryMongoSmash says:

        Yes, and my kid recites the commercial when it comes on. Her delivery is better than Montel’s.

    • TouchMyMonkey says:

      Or anything featuring Montel Williams as spokesman, for that matter.

  10. FatLynn says:

    Anything for Axe.

    • Patriot says:

      Are you kidding? They have some awfully fine looking women on the Axe commercials.

      • wackydan says:

        Especially that new one where the one girl asks the other to smell her fingers… That is freaking awesome… Though my wife didn’t get it.

    • rockasocky says:

      Seconded, because any commercial that encourages men to spray themselves with Axe must be stopped.

      • macruadhi says:

        And, amazingly, every flavour of Axe smells the same! And whatever that flavour is, it’s much too strong. I believe it’s actually repackaged stuff to cover the odour or decomposing human flesh.

    • Sally says:


  11. raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

    Well, the only recent TV commercials I have seen are the Old Spice ones … and I LIKE those.

    One commercial I hate though, and though I have not even watched the channel in two years, I know something of its kind plays every half hour … is the Disney Channel’s advertisement for whatever new TV show they are coming out with this fall. About now is when they start playing the opening theme for it incessantly.

    For example, I watched Kim Possible exactly three times ever. I saw the opening theme a hundred kajillion times. Same for the Proud Family, and a few other of their cartoons from that particular era. My sister was a fan. I had no control over the TV if I wanted to maintain control over the PC. XD

  12. scoccaro says:

    The kit kat commercials with the people crunching.

    • Rassendyll says:

      I registered to post exactly this. Don’t obnoxious, amplified eating sounds annoy most people? Is that really a way to sell food? Never mind the fact that Kit-Kats are only really crunchy if they’ve been in the freezer…

    • It'sRexManningDay! says:

      YES. I *hate* the commercials where people crunch out a song with their stupid Kit Kats and vending machines.

    • CFinWV says:

      YES! That commercial grosses me out every time.

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      YES. I used to love Kit-Kat, but that ad with the nasty people crunching, chomping and smacking away has put me right off them.

    • nobodygrrl says:

      I hate the commercial and every Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s commercial. The CJs/Hardee’s commercials are triple offenders because they (1) amplify the smacking, crunching sounds; (2) feature actors who are obviously not eating food — very fake chewing without any swallowing; and (3) feature skanky celebutards.

  13. sickofthis says:

    I hate the 1-800-CONTACTS commercial where they guy says, “They can’t have my brand. I have SPECIAL EYES.” Wife: “Look! Look with your special eyes!” Guy: “MY BRAND!” (swoons)

    I know it’s supposed to be funny, but the guy is hugely annoying.

  14. brinks says:

    The free credit report commercials with the band. Who knew I could hate the new band any more than I hated the old band?

    • Zernhelt says:

      Watching a commercial for a product that feels morally repulsive, and having that commercial ask me how I want them to advertise to me (telling me to pick the band) is obnoxious. Also all the bands sound whiney.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      What I hate is that of the three I have seen, the first one was auto-tuned, the second sounded like a bad imitation of No Doubt/Gwen Stefani. Only the last one I saw seems to have any semblance to creativity.

      • ZekeDMS says:

        I think the one with the Stefannabe is probably the least irritating, they’re just a ska band who forgot the brass section. The raw autotune/hipster levels of the others make me want to put a hole in my television.

    • cbrillow says:

      I believe that the new band you’re referring to is actually hyping a competitor to the original I think it’s a different website altogether.

      • rawley69 says: and are websites owned by Experian Consumer Direct, a subsidiary of the credit bureau Experian.

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        Nope. Same company. They changed their name.

    • Dutchess says:

      I agree….because they are not only obnoxious but a scam. So they’re doubly horrible!

  15. Nighthawke says:

    Anything that are insurance companies. I get rather annoyed with reps lying through their teeth about how long their rates are.

  16. erratapage says:

    The Mayhem commercial for Allstate where the guy keys the car. It’s like nails on chalkboard.

  17. nrich239 says:

    JG Wentworth – all of their commercials. The opera one, the bus one, and any others I may have managed to block from memory

    • womynist says:

      I have an annuity, and I need cash NOW!

      • slim150 says:

        its your money.. use it when you need it!

      • MamaBug says:

        CALL J G WENTWORTH!!!!! 877 CASH NOWWW!!!!!
        (877 CASH NOW?)
        877 CASH NOW!

        (apologies for the caps, it was the only way I could hear it in my head)

      • GqhnqCTE says:

        What I love about these ads are the fact that the people who call have some sort of judgement where they receive an annuity. When you get a judgement in your favor, you can opt to receive a lump sum or monthly payment, only the monthly payment option gets you LESS total money than the lump sum. Then these guys want you to sell them your annuity for an EVEN LESS lump sum. Any of their customers have to be dumb to even consider it.

        • crazedhare says:

          That’s not typically true, and it is absolutely untrue for every single structured settlement I have set up, ever (which is hundreds per year). FWIW.

    • Anonymously says:

      Those are great! I love them.

    • Moosehawk says:

      but … but …


    • crazedhare says:

      What’s horrible about those is that they all heavily advertise the “money NOW” and “fast cash” aspect, when their products actually require court approval, resulting in a lengthy legal process that seems to have a best-case time frame of 8-9 months.

      So, more accurate would be: “Need money NOW? Call JG Wentworth. We’ll give you a terrible interest rate resulting in a lump sum of pennies on the dollar, in about a year if we can get court approval. Although, we do have some customers who have been waiting for several years, because we offered such a bad deal that a judge would not approve it.”

    • knoxblox says:

      Thank you so much for prompting me to remember that irritating song.

  18. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    All of the Geico caveman and gecko commercials. They’ve both outstayed their welcome.

    • MarkSweat says:

      How about Cavemen vs Gecko vs “The Money You Could Be Saving” in a mascot deathmatch brawl. Last mascot standing stays.

  19. pantheonoutcast says:

    Anything by an insurance company, bank, or credit card company that has to resort to shtick to get me to use their services. I’m not putting my money and possessions in the hands of people who use CGI geckos, pillaging vikings, or pirates to pimp their products.

    • rockasocky says:

      I am shocked that nobody has mentioned the Nationwide insurance commercials with the guy with the phone on his belt: “guys, I just gagged!!!”

    • CFinWV says:

      I like the ones with the old vikings, they crack me up.

  20. Emerald4me says:

    The 1-800-Dentist with super annoying lady! Her voice grates. Make it stop!

  21. hypochondriac says:

    Any ad for 5h energy. They say coffee is bad, but it’s contains the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee.

    • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

      Some of those confuse me. It is like, “Our energy drink is not fizzy, so you will not have hugely embarrassing belches”?

      Who would want to drink caffeine-syrup without carbonation? Flat Mountain Dew is probably the nastiest thing I have ever had the misfortune to attempt to drink.

      • mllejanvier says:

        I concur with the five hour energy ads. They make me yell at the screen. “If you are unable to function for 8 hours worth of work, you clearly need to evaluate your lifestyle choices. The problem is likely not coffee, it is your poor diet and sedentary lifestyle.”

    • courtarro says:

      Amen to this one. Those five-hour energy spokesmen are so obnoxious. “a-NOTHER cup of coffee?”

  22. Bremma says:

    My particular hate that I know is on now is the State Farm ads. The main guy is annoying, especially the earlier commercials where he keeps talking over people.

    Another that I don’t know how many are on now are the eSurance commercials. The newer ones can be semi tolerable, but the older ones would make me rage.

    • AstroPig7 says:

      The recent Esurance commercials are the most annoying of all. Are they supposed to be funny? If so, is this some kind of Dadaist anti-humour that I’m not aware of?

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      My agree about State Farm, especially when he throws in “Mi famila” into his pitch.

      • It'sRexManningDay! says:

        Absolutely. That State Farm guy comes across as a complete douche.

      • alienaa says:

        Thank you!!!! I hate that “la familia” line. They’re simply pandering to people and saying “look at us supporting the Spanish community”. The worst part is if anyone bothers to complain, they’re labeled a racist.

      • Sally says:

        I think this is the same narrator in the “it’s stupid to save money by bringing your lunch” commercial.

  23. sth9669 says:

    Ughh, that seizure inducing Ethan Allen commercial with the drums and the flashing images of fine furniture:

    That one always makes me fast forward or pause until I can fast forward and if it comes on first in a commercial block it pretty much makes me scream. . . Awesome drums though, go Neil Peart

  24. AstroPig7 says:

    Any credit report commercial, whether it features annoying bands or Ben Stein. As funny as that man might have been at one time, he has made nothing but very poor decisions ever since.

    • regis-s says:

      I hate the Starsky (or is it Hutch?) on the treadmill commercial. “If you owe ten thousand dollars and make the minimum monthly payment. It’s going to take fifty years to pay off your debt!” Well, “Duh!!!”

    • ZekeDMS says:

      The Stein ones are worse now for the fact they’ve been changed. When and why did they switch from greenscreened actors to CG inserts? The replacements they’re using have horrible, muddy textures and terrible animation, far more offensive than a cartoonish hammerwhack from a squirrel on a real person.

  25. full.tang.halo says:

    Any commercial that has to do with one part of your body becoming longer or more ridged or another body function not coming at regular intervals.

    There is a time and place for these sort of things, the time is never, you can figure out the place on your own….

  26. cristiana says:

    I hate the activia commercials. I hate they are on all the time and I really despise that these people talk with their mouths full of yogurt, it makes me want to stab my ears out.

    • pimpybra says:

      Yet I’m sure you know the “ACTIIIIVIIIAAAAAA” song/jingle that goes with the brand name. I know I do. We saw ONE commercial for that 2 weeks ago on vacation, and all of us would randomly sing it. Sometimes in jest, sometimes because it was IN OUR HEADS.

    • PencilSharp says:

      Ick. Dislike the ads, hateHATEHAAATE the product. The Beloved Wife tried to get me to try it a few months back… Took one bite and the look on my face must have scared her to death. I’ve been sniping her supply of Chobani ever since…

    • knoxblox says:

      Yeah, I’m glad I wasn’t born into a family where all the women stand around eating yogurt and talking about their bowel movements.

    • ovalseven says:

      I’m going to vote for Activia too. What exactly is the “Activia Challenge”? Eat yogurt and see how long it takes you to poop?

  27. Quake 'n' Shake says:

    Even though I haven’t seen it yet, whatever ad campaign Bud Light and Coors Light pull out for the upcoming NFL season is sure to suck.

  28. topgun says:

    The deodorant commercial (can’t think of the brand) where the guys pits are spraying like a shower head, is the first that comes to mind.

  29. OldSpinDoc says:

    There’s not one likable person in any of the Chase ads…

    • richcreamerybutter says:

      Their new wedding couple ad is odious in every way possible. When I’m finished transferring everything to my new bank, I really look forward to telling them their horrible advertising is one major reason for closing the account.

    • MustWarnOthers says:

      Not to mention the fact that if the dude found out his wife redeemed his points for a bland looking dress, instead of being able to take a trip with the two of them, SHE’D be sleeping on the couch for the next month.

    • fordprefect says:

      Just like there’s not one likeable person in the entire Chase organization…..

  30. Angus99 says:

    The Staples “that’s a low price” commercials. All involved should die in a fire.

    • Me - now with more humidity says:

      And yet Staples has one of the all-time best commercials — the downtrodden kids watching the dad and the cart while “The most wonderful time of the year…” plays in background. My life!

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        No Snow-bot? He’s way better!

        He can’t have her, I love her! Weeping, weeping.

        • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

          Side note, I own that same surge strip, and make that growl when I look at it.

      • Angus99 says:

        Complete disclosure compels me to admit that I totally love the “most wonderful time of the year” commercial. It makes the contrast with the obnoxious “low price” one even worse, though.

      • Gandalf the Grey says:

        I also love their commercial with the girl in the cart who mutters “School’s out forever”.

        Then cut to her dad, Alice Cooper.

        • Gandalf the Grey says:

          Ok, my memory was a little rusty, the little girl is pouting in the isles, not in the cart. But it’s still a great commercial!

    • enabler says:

      “WOW!!! THAT’S A LOW PRICE!”

      Wow! That’s an instant mute!

      • carlogesualdo says:

        I almost started to like the second “THAT’S A LOW PRICE” commercial when the new guy (who was great in the movie “Hitch,” BTW) gives the original guy a dirty look for screaming like that. I thought to myself, “self, this is gonna be a great commercial…Staples is making fun of it’s own annoying commercial!” And then the new guy screamed too. And that was the end of it for me. I’m shopping at Office Depot. (and speaking of Office Depot, I want Crabman back!)

  31. pinteresque says:

    I can deal with any commercial once or twice, annoying or not, but seeing the same ad in every commercial break of any given show turns me off of it right quick. Give me some variety and we’ll see if I hate your products less.

    Then again, it isn’t like I’m in the market for most of the stuff advertised on network TV anyway – I like my current deodorant, don’t drive, and aren’t particularly interested in insurance coverage of most anything. Show me ads for things I actually might want to purchase and we’ll talk.

  32. TouchMyMonkey says:

    The new Oxi-Clean ad, which literally features Billy Mays’ ghost. I guess you’re supposed to buy it in his memory or something.

  33. donjumpsuit says:

    I hope all of you realize that the purpose of Ad’s is to be some completely annoying that they stick in your mind when its actually time to purchase.
    For every person who purchases auto insurance (once a year, or every 5 years) who says “I hate those Geico commercials, I am purposely avoiding them”, there are 10 who say “hmmm Geico, I think they are good” (based only on hearing their name a million times)

    • richcreamerybutter says:

      Actually, I go out of my way to avoid products I associate with advertising I loathe.

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      Something sticking in my mind as annoying will not prompt me to purchase that product. If anything, all annoying ads do for me is bring my business to their competitor.

    • ovalseven says:

      If you were marketing a product, which would you rather have? Would you prefer a completely annoying ad, or a very funny one?

      I don’t think advertisers intend to be annoying… unless maybe they’re marketing some headache remedy that you rub on your forehead.

  34. Superunlikely says:

    Any commercial with a dog. Especially a barking dog. Also, those A-holes at Toyota that run the ad with a douche driving around with a squeaky toy.

    Dogs in commercials drive real dogs insane.

  35. Etoiles says:

    I don’t know if it’s regional or not, but this morning Cash Point hit a whole new level of hate for me.

    I’ve always hated their jingle (“get the CASH you NEED in a FLASH at CASH POINT”) but the ads I saw during the 6:00 – 7:00 news hour this morning were just… icky.

    • marthax says:

      You are soooo right. In my area the run Mexican themed ads, weight lifting themed ads etc. and all use the same song with minor changes in the lyrics. I think God kills a kitten every time these things run.

    • njunderground says:

      YES! I agree 100% That stupid friggin jingle gets stuck in your head for hours!

  36. Dallas_shopper says:

    It’s a 3-way tie for me:

    Geico gecko.
    Flo from Progressive.
    Cartoon Mr. Opportunity from Honda.

    They all need to be lowered slowly into a cauldron of boiling lead.

  37. MovingTarget says:

    Any J G Wentworth, Opera singing commercial.

  38. Tightlines says:

    Any Michael Jordan Hanes ads with his Hitler mustache. I can’t help but just stare at that thing.

  39. eargang says:

    The entire Old Navy mannequin campaign. All of it. It makes me want to avoid that store like the plague.

  40. packcamera says:

    Frankly, the auto insurance industry categorically peaks the list of annoying, grating, and overwhelmingly trite commercials. I’m so sick of Geico’s 4-prong campaign with Flo, the gecko, the slick-hair dude, and the caveman. Pick one flippin’ spoke man/woman/animal/neanderthal already!!! Then there is the animated General, or the actor from 24 (or Major League), or the actor from Oz; each worse than the next. These are the most awful presentations of advertising and marketing that I can recall since Mac & Me.

    Second category on the list would be those idiot lawyers who advertise on TV. Thankfully, they usually come on during daytime television so I don’t have to suffer through them when I’m home and watching TV. Whether it be for back taxes, pharmaceutical class actions, social security benefits, or accidents, there is guaranteed to be some third-rate attorney in a cheap suit with some ridiculous accessory (cowboy hat, dog, full face & neck beard, bad actor in wheelchair, ascot, etc.) asking you to call his/her toll-free number now so you can get the money you deserve.

    On the other hand, one of the joys of staying up past midnight is seeing the cute poor-man’s Katy Perry from Education Connection, with the catchy song imploring me to go to college online. Surprisingly well-placed on Adult Swim.

    • RAEdwards says:

      Flo is Progressive, not Geico.

    • Spin359 says:

      leave mayhem out of this, or he’s coming to your house…..

    • Morte42 says:

      Apparently Education Connection needs to fire their advertising agency, because you clearly didn’t get the memo on what their company does.

      FYI, they mail your info to a college, and the college’s info to you. You might as well do that shit yourself.

  41. M.P. says:

    1. Klondike bar ads – What would you do for a Klondike bar? Absolutely nothing because Klondike bars are not delicious. And because watching a guy get squashed between two fat guys does not, you know, make me want to eat ice cream.

    2. Optimum Online with the song/dance numbers… I especially hated the one with the Latino rapper guy and always switched channels when that came on. I think it’s out of rotation now, but if I ever hated an ad with ferocity, it was this one.

    3. Yahoo ads with the “music video”. I always want to punch out that skinny white dude.

  42. ElleAnn says:

    I hate the ASPCA commercial with Sarah McLachlan. It gets played constantly on MeTV, a Chicago area network which plays classic tv shows. That network has the worst commercials ever. I also hate the Cancer Centers of America commercial with Peggy the pancreatic cancer survivor.

  43. myCatCracksMeUp says:

    Reading all the responses almost makes me think I should watch commercials instead of fast-forwarding through them on my DVR. Almost, but not quite.

    DVR – FTW!

    • mh83 says:

      I was going to post something like this. If you are annoyed by commercials and you haven’t bothered to invest in a DVR, then you’re living in a hell of your own choosing.

      • regis-s says:

        I only like a few shows. I’m not going to postpone watching them just so I can avoid the commercials. When I do dvr a show and skip the commercials I still see enough to be reminded how annoying they are.

  44. shotgun_shenanigans says:

    Those god-aweful Sonic ads with the people in the car. They make me cringe every time.

    • NightSteel says:

      I don’t know, this one makes me laugh..

    • Rocket says:

      I hate Sonic ads because I live on Long Island. I see Sonic ads, but I’ve never seen a Sonic.

      • drjayphd says:

        You’re getting one at some point soon. Of course, I forget where, but be patient. They’ve been tormenting those of us in CT for a decade or so. And now we have one (very overcrowded) location.

        • Rob says:

          I chuckle every night when i drive by it on my way home from work. What kind of an idiot sits in a line of cars for two hours to sit in their car and buy over priced crappy food?

          It will probably go by way of Krispy Kream once the “novelty” of car slops wears off.

          • carlogesualdo says:

            Sonic’s been around since the 1940s. They’re not going anywhere. And actually, the commercials where the guys harass people at the drive-through windows at other fast food places are old commercials, from the very beginning of that ad campaign. Sonic has since moved on to a different ad campaign using their regular car hops. I miss the guys. They were funny.

    • lalaland13 says:

      I liked the Sonic ads better when it was idiots in the car talking about goofy things. They weren’t all great, but a few made me chuckle. Now they just seem like dicks who go to Wendy’s to harass minimum wage workers for something that isn’t their fault.

  45. marthax says:

    Every HH Gregg commercial I have ever seen. Since they came to Richmond, I have refused to shop there because of the ads. Awful doesn’t begin….

    • bugpaste says:

      Yes! Their Christmas in July ads bug me to no end. (1) It’s July. (2) Just because the vast majority of their customers celebrate Christmas doesn’t mean everyone does. I don’t. It’s annoying enough to deal with in-season. I deserve a break the rest of the year.

  46. anewmachine615 says:

    “If you have a structured settlement and you need cash now, call J.G. Wentworth, 877-cash-now!”
    *ditto x 47*

  47. jayde_drag0n says:

    ALL of them.. commercials ARE the worst thing on TV!

    • regis-s says:

      Actually, sometimes the commercials are more entertaining that the show they are interupting. Just not after the twentieth time I’ve seen it.

  48. anewmachine615 says:

    “If you have a structured settlement and you need cash now, call J.G. Wentworth, 877-cash-now!”
    *ditto x 47*

    • twocutetx says:

      That one is horrible!

    • anewmachine615 says:

      Also anything from “Education Connection” (with its oddly variable website addresses…). The full-length song is the worst, though, because I know just about every word. It makes me want to kill someone.

      • Me - now with more humidity says:

        The URLs are a simple tracking device so they can figure out which commercials draw best. I do love the babe in the waitress outfit, though.

  49. dragonfire81 says:

    Just about any prescription medicine ad out there, but I’ll guess I’ll vote for Pristiq since to me it has the most annoying music.

  50. LorgSkyegon says:

    The Mentos commercial with the guy who gets paint on his suit

  51. twocutetx says:

    I vote for ANY of the KY Yours+Mine ads — at first they were kind of funny — now they are just tedious and the same thing over and over and over (which is kind of ironic considering their product! LOL!)

  52. shonblatt says:

    I can’t believe nobody has mentioned the McDonald’s ‘guy who hasn’t had his coffee yet’ commercial.

    I want to punch that guy in the throat and stomp on his face, and then pour scalding coffee all over him.

    • kevslim says:

      Good call.

      I also dislike their commercial where the guy who is too afraid to talk to his attractive female neighbor breaks the ice by discussing the dollar menu with her.

    • Without Issue says:

      Oh God — RIGHT ON. What a self-absorbed jerkoff. Why would anyone want to feature that guy as a FAN of their product? If I didn’t already, I’d avoid McDonald’s altogether just thinking he was their target demographic.

    • sheldonmoon69 says:

      I agree! Like there are still people living in the US don’t know McDonalds has coffee?

  53. Scott says:

    I like the idea of calling out all of those bad ads, but then again, we’re giving free advertising to all of those companies that annoy us. Sure, it’s a dubious distinction, but anyone who has even a cursory knowledge of marketing knows that any publicity is good publicity (which is partly why they make annoying ads; we remember them).

  54. KTrenholm says:


  55. slim150 says:

    The stupid DQ Blizzard commercial where its starts off with the women whispering “we are being sooo baaaaaaaad” her voice is so annoying i die a little inside. and since its the first thing the commercial says I can’t mute it in time.

  56. scoosdad says:

    Any ad where the announcer intones, “THIS IS A PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT!”

    Or any of the ads where you are given a clock on the screen and some kind of phony deadline in which to call for the special offer. Or a time of day to call depending on your last name or state you live in.

    • crb042 says:

      you mean the ones that look like a bad spot from a cable news channel? Complete with “interviews”? YES! YES YES YES!!! They win.

  57. muppetluv says:

    The Chase Saphire commercials with the horrible selfish *itchy wife. Seriously, who doesn’t want to punch her in the face for spending points on a stupid dress?! They earn points together but she is the only one that can use them? Then she makes him leave a fun filled hotel because she is annoyed by people.

  58. Anne says:

    All Progressive Insurance ads

  59. midtower says:

    Annoying ads… lessee….

    What are the ads with those oh-so-happy cult members… err… modern druids?

  60. richcreamerybutter says:

    There are so many contenders, but the ad (campaign) that ensures I have my remote in proximity for a quick mute is the series from Jeep. The hateful animated figure featured in the accompanying picture is only one percentage point behind. Yet another car commercial with the ugly kid and piano score is not far behind.

    What is it lately with the douchiness of auto industry campaigns? Even the voiceover actors are seemingly directed and EQed to reach out to ibankers and frat boys…oh, I get it.

  61. sugarplum says:

    RESTASIS® Prescription Eye Drops for Dry Eye – I hate those commercials!

    • icedteagirl says:

      YES! That woman’s eyes creep me out! I never understood why you would have a commercial for an eye product with such weird looking eyes…

    • madfrog says:

      Yeah, she creeps me out, too. And, for the love of God, get rid of the old Six Flags guy and his even creeper little side kick. They look like child molesters – bring back the Asian guy!

      BTW, nice avatar of Mrs Slocum- I see someone else enjoys this show!

  62. Versonymous says:

    Any commercial that claims that some high percentage of people switched to them and saved money. What I want to know is, who are the people in the small percentage that switched and paid MORE!!! I have a bridge to sell those people…

  63. edicius is an acquired taste says:

    The E*Trade baby commercials.

    I don’t find them cute, adorable nor witty. Simply annoying and creepy.

  64. Dutchess says:

    That little fu**ing brat on the Mazda commercials that says “Zoom Zoom.”

    That is perhaps the lamest bit of advertizing I’ve ever heard.

  65. Midwest Doc says:

    The visual imagery:

  66. MaxPower says:

    I HATE the commercials with the girls telling you that you can go to college in your pajamas. I really hope they don’t think they’re going to have an acting career after those.

    • packcamera says:

      Actually, it worked well for Evangeline Lilly from Lost who was acting in a late-night singles chat line commercial around the time Lost premiered. ABC quickly paid to have those ads disappear.

  67. regis-s says:

    “The most interesting man in the world” commercials drive me crazy. I’m not even sure what they’re selling. I change channels as soon as one comes on.

    • AstroPig7 says:

      I’m sorry, but I have to ask you to turn in your man card.

      • macruadhi says:

        You can ask, and I, for one would refuse. Both adverts are about the very best. Except for the wee-wee-wee pig.

    • TheGhostshark says:

      Disagree completely. The Most Interesting Man and the Old Spice Guy are the only commercials I actively pay attention to. I actually bought some Dos Equis just because I wanted to reward the company for making good ads.

      Still haven’t bought any Old Spice yet. But I’m wavering.

  68. Johnmcboston says:

    I don’t mind most commercials, but I have to dive for the remote when that new Quiznos commercial comes on – their $5 $4 $3 commercial with the singing cats screaming in this high falsetto voice. They voices are not only chalk-board-like annoying, they scream through the song so fast I don’t even know what the ‘deals’ are! ugh – my ears.

    • Cyniconvention says:

      This, so much. It’s like they remade the cut out chinchilla one from eight years ago going “DA QUIZNOS SUBBBB!”

    • knoxblox says:

      Yes, they grate.
      Nothing will ever top Taco John’s “Whiplash, the Cowboy Monkey” or Little Ceasar’s “I Love You Dog”. They should just stop trying.

    • marthax says:

      Amen my brother!!! My first thought on this one was “did someone actually write this down? And thought it was a good idea?? Did the client see this??”

  69. Major Annoyance says:


  70. watchwhathappens says:

    The Light& Fit yogurt ads with Heidi Klum SLURPING yogurt out of the container and exclaiming, “I love Light & Fit!”. Makes me DIVE for the mute button. How does slurping = appealing?

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      They had a version of that with a skinny woman grabbing a carton of that stuff, sucking it down right there in the store and then glancing around, looking ashamed, in case anyone caught her eating. That actually prompted me to write in about how appalled I was by their advertising and how it would affect my purchasing of any of their products. I won’t touch anything they make now.

      • watchwhathappens says:

        yes, that one was even more disgusting and I wrote to them too. Seems they aren’t concerned.

    • LastError says:

      That’s Heidi Klum? Not that I care. I always thought that scene was dumb because she moves her mouth for about one syllable worth of movement and yet out comes this breathless “I love light and fit!” and it just doesn’t fit.

      I’ve spent some time wondering what she was actually saying before it got dubbed over and eventually decided she was burping. That works for me. That’s what yogurt does for me, anyway.

      Go burping Heidi!

  71. SelfishMom says:

    That creepy little squirrel cartoon singing for the ambulance chasers. {{{shudder}}}

  72. vonpookie says:

    The Allstate (? I think it’s Allstate at any rate) commercials with the guy in the pink SUV saying he’s a girl while running into other cars, essentially saying that girls are emotional and will ram into your car on a bad day.

    Talk about sexist.

    • It'sRexManningDay! says:

      Sorry, that guy gets a pass because he’s hot. He can drop a tree branch on my car any day.

    • knoxblox says:

      You may have noticed someone spotted the language problem, too. First he was “a typical teenage girl”, and now he’s just “a teenage girl”.

  73. Murph1908 says:





  74. TommyTutone says:

    Recently Papa John stopped by a tv show to discuss what makes his pizza awesome. “Everything we do, we try to do just a little better.”

    You know, you aren’t REALLY on a tv show, you aren’t fooling anyone.

  75. RAEdwards says:

    If I have to listen to Sally Fields talk about her “One Body and One Life” one more time, I’ll plotz!

    We don’t like you Sally, we really don’t like you!

  76. muppetluv says:

    No one mentioned the crazy wife in the Chase Saphire ads? I want to punch her when she reveals she spent their points on her dress. And they made more with her, amazingly enough, she turns out to be more selfish and self centered in each one!

  77. mllejanvier says:

    No one has mentioned the Latisse ads? They are horrifying.

  78. lalaland13 says:

    The Viagra and Cialis ads. I’m a girl, but if I were a guy I’d start to worry about watching sports, because based on the frequency with which those ads play during any sort of sporting event whatsoever, watching sports makes you unable to get an erection. All this talk of erections and “when the moment is right” is about to turn me into a lesbian. I’m starting to wish pharmaceutical ads would be limited by the government, because free market or not, they’re so ubiquitious I have the remote nearby so I can mute them at every. Single. Freakin. Commerical. Break.

    The Best Buy one with the wall of geeks is also a bit disturbing.

  79. foodierd says:

    I really don’t like the Lowes commercial with the newlywed couple in the first home. The husband and wife look like inbred brother and sister. Its creepy to me.

  80. foodierd says:

    I really don’t like the Lowes commercial with the newlywed couple in their first home. The husband and wife look like inbred brother and sister. Its creepy to me.

  81. Jfielder says:

    Whoever came up with the Education Connection commercials needs to die in fire. I hate, hate, hate those commercials.

  82. Bob says:

    Honda’s Mr. This-is-the-knock dancing guy. He is really Mr. Opportunity but this commercial doesn’t mention his name, and that is the punch line of the supposed joke. A joke without the punch line…just stupid. They really jumped the shark on this one.

    • jeffbone says:

      Close second: the commercial where “Mr. Opportunity” is apparently hooking up with some giggly bimbo in the back of a limo.

  83. PencilSharp says:

    Quietus An irritating-as-hell ad for a worthless-as-hell product. I actually have tinnitus, and dive for the remote every time it comes on tv or the radio.

    Geico… hate the little piggy and that “GOOOOL” moron, but still have a strong bromance with R. Lee Ermey. Take me to namby-pamby land, Gunny!

  84. megan9039 says:

    The Viagra commercial where the older people are painting a kitchen and then get in the mood. Have you ever painted a room with a spouse? Seriously!!! What a bunch of crap.

    • ZekeDMS says:

      Those Cialis commercials are pretty awful, with the “everyday situations” idea turning into the mysterious tubs. Why are you advertising a drug aiding your sex life by putting people into separate tubs (that are sitting in water, for that matter, and thus redundant)?

  85. DavidNYC says:

    Mr. Opportunity makes no sense. In his first appearance, he knocked on the TV screen and reminded us that we should take this opportunity to buy a car (or whatever he sells). He implied, as the saying goes, “Opportunity only knocks once.” He represented that expression personified.

    So the next time I saw him in a commercial saying, “I’m Mr. Opportunity. And I’m knockin'” I thought, “What? Didn’t you already knock once? You’re not Mr. Opportunity if you keep coming back over and over. You’re Mr. Omnipresent.”

  86. bugpaste says:

    The Kia (?) commercials with the rodents. You can go with this, or you can go with that, or you can throw your TV out the window.

  87. Good Cop Baby Cop says:

    My mother hates the commercial for the pertussis vaccine with the coughing baby. On a similar note, I’m not that fond of whatever asthma-related ad that is with the flopping fish. Flopping fish are not an appealing commercial image, ad wizards!

  88. Bix says:

    The “Just For Men” widower ad. It’s amazing:

  89. Ted3 says:

    The Quizno’s commercial with the 3 cats.



  90. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    Hmm.. I guess its a good thing I don’t have cable.

  91. rubicthecube says:

    Any drug commectial. First of all, shouldn’t I be hearing about these drugs from my doctor, not my television? Second, it makes it very difficult to eat anything when you hear, “herpes breakout”, “yeast infection”, “erectile dysfunction” “only four periods a year.” if that’s not bad enough, then comes the icing on the cake, “side effects include…” followed by any disgusting bodily function you can think of.

  92. nucwin83 says:

    “It’s fitness made simple! Made for real people!” I want to shoot myself every time I hear that friggin commercial.

  93. Cyniconvention says:

    The choreographed cart-pushes in that Big Lots commercial. I’ve never seen that many people in a BL.

  94. elpea says:

    1. The Toyota Sienna family. Are people supposed to relate to them? To me, they just seem like total douches, like the annoying entitled families that make life more difficult every time you want to walk down the street or eat at a restaurant (or work at a restaurant).
    2. The Geico Gecko and the money with eyes thing.
    3. The Old Navy mannequins. Creepy and annoying.
    4. The E-Trade babies are lame sexist jerks. Least likable babies ever.

  95. davemei83 says:

    I hate the McDonald’s “Not Before My Coffee” commercial. The character is a complete d-bag. Also, their jingle sucks.

  96. ZekeDMS says:

    eDiets. For the love of god, eDiets. The commercial they use, always at its full 2 minutes, is worse on my ears than fake public announcements and more insulting than the Brand Power series.

    • Cactus Wren says:

      Hear, hear — that is the MOST annoying commercial currently airing. Every time I hear it I dearly hope for Ediets to go bankrupt.

  97. BocaMan says:

    “I’m a PC”, embarrassing stupid, especially if you own a Mac.

  98. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    It has to be those stupid Hoveround commercials! I can go go go in my Hoveround, inside outside all over town. GRRR!! And my Hoveround didn’t cost me a thing. Nope, because your fellow taxpayers covered it via Medicare.

    I either hit ‘mute’ or change the channel when I hear that stupid thing.

  99. TuxedoCartman says:

    The $^#&@ing Education Connection commercials that play every ten minutes on Adult Swim!!! The ones with the singing and dancing waitress? Yeah… those gotta go. I couldn’t stand them when they first started airing over a year ago, before I canceled cable; and I was REALLY saddened to see the exact same commercials are still airing the last time I stayed in a hotel.

    • macruadhi says:

      Actually I don’t mind it except for their insisting on saying you can get information “for free”. But I’m sure that is a matter of huge debate here. (to be correct it should be free of charge, not for free.)

  100. kricka says:

    The ‘…and I’m a Mormon” commercials. We are being inundated with them on the radio and TV here in Western NY. Are we the only ones? I honestly never gave the Mormons much thought (even though one of my Aunts is one), but now… now I DESPISE them.

    • TouchMyMonkey says:

      At least the LDS commercials (usually) have some redeeming value. If I had to pick a religion with the worst commercials, I’d say Scientology, hands down.

    • Rocket says:

      I started hearing those on the radio in Rochester, NY. There’s just something about a religion advertising on the radio that seems odd to me.

  101. cybrczch says:

    The Douchebags (mom, dad, and spawn of Satan) from the Toyota Sienna commercials.

  102. mapglove says:

    you know besides these annoying characters, i really dislike & quite frankly dont understand these state farm ads with the dude & always a female agent and either he won’t let her talk or she’s interrupting him. i get that the message they’re trying to portray is to talk to your friends who have state farm because they just love it so much they can tell you everything you need to know, but call an agent to get the details & sign up, but seriously it just ends up coming off stilted and awkward & frankly kind of passive aggressive. i’m pretty sure everyone hates being interrupted & talked over, so it just makes them both seem like tools.

  103. bertram says:

    Any AT&T ad for their cellular services. Seriously, I don’t care if every device you sell is ‘exclusive’ to you. They definitely hit rock bottom showing Luke Wilson glorifying their products and services, but I haven’t seen him in ads lately.

  104. Moongirl55 says:

    Any commercial with little kids doing adult things. Enough to make you sterile.

  105. Tiandli says:

    Haven’t seen the ad in a while, probably since I haven’t watched Headline News in a couple months, but I really disliked the commercial where they’re trying to get insurance money for catheders. Top it off with the woman saying the company “quickly became my friends!”

    They are not your friends. They’re trying to make money off you!

    • ZekeDMS says:

      I was always amazed and irritated by how often they could say the word “cath” in one commercial. First she says it, then a patronizing voice repeat the same damn thing she just said. Ugh.

  106. Paladin_11 says:

    I can’t believe no one has mentioned the BP “We’re going to do all it takes to clean up the gulf” ads. Don’t waste money telling us about it over and over again. Just DO it! (But don’t use that phrase or Nike will sue you.)

  107. jj030306 says:

    I currently despise the GEICO guy, with his fake voice and arched eyebrows. I would much rather see the Gecko, or even the Cavemen for that matter.

    “was Ab Lincoln Honest…” Ugh.. hate that stupid voice!!

  108. steve says:

    KFC’s So Good commercial, where they spell out the phrase.

  109. MFfan310 says:

    All this and no one has mentioned Safelite AutoGlass?

    “A chip’s a thousand microcracks, and a big bump… could turn it into a crack!”

  110. lefty_redhead says:

    The new Snuggie ad uses the Macarena as the theme.

    I don’t think there’s anything more to say.

  111. brinks says:

    Is Value City Furniture national? They have all these ads where people are dancing, but it’s the lamest dancing I’ve ever seen. It’s supposed to be funny. It is not.

    Also, “The Most Interesting Man in the World” or whatever he’s called. I was so annoyed by those commercials that I never knew what they were advertising. Dos Equis or something? I’ll never try it. Good job.

  112. Mary says:

    The current Toyota Sienne commercials with the woman who withholds sex from her husband if she doesn’t get enough alone time in her mini-van.

    No seriously, she says that she tells her husband the more time she spends in her car, the “less headaches” she’ll get. She’s very pointedly saying that she locks herself in her minivan away from her children and her husband chases one of their daughters away from the car so mommy can have “time out” so he can get laid.

    It’s only made worse by the fact that the woman is generally annoying too.

  113. somepoet says:

    It has to be those ASPCA commercials. They last almost an entire commercial break, so even when I fast forward them on DVR I still see those poor animals. Those commercials make me want to kill myself.

  114. Davad Sneed says:

    Lotsa of good ones. I put in the ATT orange draping commercial. Might not be as obnoxious as some, but it plays all the freaking time and I still can’t remember what it is for most of the time.

    The greener millionaire is also bad…of course it’s for a flat out scam.

  115. Dyrenia says:

    Esurance commercials.

  116. Dyrenia says:

    Or the Debt Relief Commercials. The ones made to look like news reports to trick old people into thinking it’s government funded. Shameless, heartless, and annoying, those are.

  117. packcamera says:

    Oh, god I completely forgot the anti-Christ of TV ads. It is a New York City-only spot, so many of you have never seen it…

    The ad comes on our 24hr local news network about every 10 minutes and my ex hated it. Not because it came on so often, but because I would obnoxiously shout “ooh, girl!” every time it showed, regardless of how early or late in the day it was. Sort of my sad, little domestic version of ‘Rick-rolling’…

  118. savashley says:

    Jennifer Hudson’s Weight Watchers commercials. That is all.

  119. TimothyT says:

    Possibly the worst commercial ever is the one with the guy in the suite with question marks on it…I think it’s for government grants and money, supposedly for free that most people don’t know about.

  120. VaultDweller says:

    Oh god, those new commercials for the iPhone, with the woman telling her husband she’s pregnant over the phone, or the dad telling his daughter she looks beautiful with braces… something about the “look how moving and beautiful this is” attitude, brought to you by iPhone… ugh they just

  121. LastError says:

    Oh easy, the Fushigi mystery ball (the word fushigi means mysterious).

    It’s a freaking clear ball.

    In MY day, our plastic toys were CUBES of different COLORs and the color pieces moved around and stuff.

    OH MY GOD!

    Now, you can see through it and it has no cube shape at all. It’s like a ball of air, except it’s $19.95

    This is the greatest gimmick since somebody figured out you could put tap water in plastic bottles and sell it for 50,000 times cost.

  122. Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

    Any ad for any furniture store. Especially here in Canada. Leon’s (nationwide chain) even went as far as in one particular ad bragged about how “hilarious” their commercials were. Guess what? They weren’t, and still aren’t. They only make me want to change the channel. And don’t get me started about the Bad Boy ads (yes, they’re local, but man, they’re beyond annoying! “Who’s better than Bad Boy? NOOOOBODY!” will instantly want to make you throw your remote at your TV.)

    • QOTSA says:

      At least it gives Mel Lastman something to do…

      • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

        How true. Now he can only screw himself, not the Toronto taxpayer (for those not in the know, Mel Lastman ran the Bad Boy chain from the mid 1950s until the early 70s when he became mayor of a borough of what’s now Toronto, then after amalgamation became mayor of this two-bit town for about 7 years. In the meantime, about early 90s his son Blayne resurrected the chain, and after daddy Mel retired from politics got back into the business of selling furniture. Mel’s greatest achievement? “I sold a refrigerator to an Eskimo.” Don’t believe me? Look it up–after all, you are in front of a computer right now reading this, and that Google search box is lurking up there above this inane drivel you’re reading right now, isn’t it?)

    • I wumbo. You wumbo. He- she- me... wumbo. Wumbo; Wumboing; We'll have thee wumbo; Wumborama; Wumbology; the study of Wumbo. says:

      What about the Montgomery FLea Market? It’s just like a mini-mall:

  123. Firevine says:

    Everything GEICO. The TV ads, the radio ads. The goofy older ad rep guy, the stack of money with googly eyes, the damned gecko, the yelling guy on the radio ads. All of it. They need to fire their entire advertising department, cancel contracts with agencies, and set those contracts on fire, then start over from square one.

    I’m looking at you too, Chic-Fil-A… the cows need to be put out to pasture.

  124. andi_bird says:

    Consumerist, Thank you for this post. You rule!

    #3 the poopy Activia commercials with phony Jamie Lee Curtis.

    #2 Empire commercials. I wish the company would go out of business & take their
    @%#&!!! commercials with them.

    AND THE WINNER IS #1 Flo from Progressive AAAHHHHH!

    ****AND when I’m in Canada…. the Shaw commercials with the insanely annoying “ding, ding, ding, ding” tones at the end of each commercial that runs every 5 minutes up here. The constant repetition is pure torture. Makes me want to do an Elvis on my TV.

  125. redpenner says:

    Any ad with live-action actors who are animated over for no reason…really, why not just show the actors, why turn them into cartoons?

  126. RokMartian says:

    “Duh-Rell” from wal-mart.

  127. Anne Boleyn says:



    Jesus Christ, kill me now.

  128. skakh says:

    Hyundai with The Dude – enough already. Anything selling gold. Progressive Insurance may be the worst, that lady is soooooo annoying. The one GEICO with the mobster! As a matter of fact almost all are silly, thank God for the remote.

  129. legolex says:

    The Quiznos commercials with the cats. The Honda Guy commercials. And the UPMC commercials that last a minute long.

  130. BewareofZealots says:

    Burger King. That freak looks like an axe murderer stalking his victims. Anytime I see that commercial I can’t stop wondering who created the new serial killer. It’s a channel changer.

  131. aweirdguy says:

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything quite as annoying as the squealing pig. I wasn’t sure anything could ever be worse than Sally Struthers. He inspires me to mute the tv, change the channel, and go purchase lots of bacon.

  132. mydailydrunk says:

    Charmin bears, the Lamisol evil toe kittys, Mucinex blobs – in fact, every commercial with animated characters needs to be killed with fire.

    But kudos to the Sears optical ads – “snuggles with momma” and dogfood on the grill. It gets funnier every time I see it.

  133. icedteagirl says:

    Hughes Net! They get the most annoying women to do those commercials!

    • LastError says:

      She’s not annoying. She’s Australian, hiding her Aussie accent.

      The ad is nice to look at now. Imagine it with the Aussie voice. I’d sign up and I don’t even need HughesNet!

  134. elephantattack says:

    “There’s no discount for agreeing with me” – UGH and I HAVE progressive.

  135. ganzhimself says:

    The Jason Alexander and what’s her face Jenny Craig ads. Especially the one where he strips. Gross.

  136. the_real_keenfrenzy says:

    All of those CapitalOne commercials with the (Vikings, Barbarians, giant Squids, etc.) need to stop…years ago. They were never funny or even remotely appealing, and the fact that someone keeps greenlighting this stuff boggles my mind.

  137. Spaceboss says:

    1. any 6 flags commercial with mr. 6. creepy.
    2. the pandora jewelry commercials where the women are wearing an entire store’s worth of jewelry each, as proof of how much their boyfriends love them.
    3. local: there is a hospital in my area called Wing Memorial (western MA), and there are two big things wrong with their commercials: a)they are a hospital, and the idea of a hospital advertising is just weird, and b)the poor little girl in the commercials has been coached into irritating, saccharine oblivion. every time i see those commercials i want to smack that kid, and then i feel like a horrible person.

  138. lukesdad says:

    I know this is a regional thing, but anyone in the Seattle area knows Mike Gallagher’s divorce lawyer commercials. “Gimme a call if you need help.” Awful.

  139. SilentAgenger says:

    I can’t believe all the hate for Geico Gecko and Pro Flo without any mention of that stupid Aflac Duck! Every Aflac commercial has him in some sort of peril, running around and screaming in that nails-on-a-chalkboard voice. I can’t stand him!

    There, I feel better now.

    • vdragonmpc says:

      Aflac just takes your money and doesnt do squat. My father was out and thought they would help and they never paid a penny. Funny they asked why we never wanted to pay or return to the service.
      That could be an oddity BUT my best friend was hurt at work and they again paid not a penny. It was a benefit from his job and he asked his boss to simply pay him the money to put into savings as AFLAC was nothing but a scam.

  140. Wolfbird says:

    How about everything EXCEPT the Old Spice commercials? I still don’t want to buy their products just because TV told me to, but they are pretty original.

    Scary Crossdressing Burger King Man, Motrin, Fabreeze plug-ins, stupid Charmin Bears, “What is power without agility?” generic car ad, and that awkward ad where a bunch of news reporters burst into various mens’ bathrooms and give them new razors were the most ah, “memorable” from my recent trip to see my in-laws (who have satellite TV; we don’t even have rabbit ears).

  141. bwcbwc says:

    The amateur vocalists mangling “like a good neighbor…” for State Farm, along with the premise that their agents can work sex magic (“Hey dark side, feet off the car.”)

  142. ill informed says:

    how has no one mentioned the bud light “founding fathers” commercial yet?

  143. pk says:

    Anything done by Apple. Especially iPhone commericals. Especially that iPhone 4 commercial where cutesy insecure girl seeks her boyfriend’s approval of her new short haircut. And the one where the wife tells her husband she’s pregnant over her iPhone 4. Who does shit like that???

  144. bray424 says:

    Since the Zoom Zoom kid has already been mentioned, I vote for the Six Flags dancing “old” guy:

    In newer commercials, there is a little kid in the same old man costume. I don’t even understand what he’s supposed to be, an elderly child?

    Also, I don’t know why everyone is hating on Flo, she’s smokin hot.

  145. ganzhimself says:

    Another one that really makes me angry is the Dodge Challenger commercial with George Washington and the Michael C. Hall voice-over with the line “One Thing America Got Right…” Why? Because the damn car is assembled in Canada!

    • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

      Yup, right up at the Brampton (just north and west of Toronto) plant, with engines built in Mexico. That should make you feel proud to be American, right?

  146. electrogruve says:

    The new Quizno’s ads with the creepy kittens.

    • carlogesualdo says:


      Seriously, though, I’m taking the presence of that commercial to mean Quizno’s is in deep doo-doo. ‘Bout to go the way of Circuit City…

  147. Ixnayer says:

    Mr. Opportunity and Jamie Lee Curtis talking about her constipation.

  148. Aesha says:

    I hate those damn Six Flags commercials – that “old guy” makes me want to run over him with my car, and my ears bleed when I hear that stupid song.

    I also hate the Chase Sapphire ad (stupid muted colors except for blue, selfish bitca of a wife…), and the contact commercial that others have mentioned – “My brand!” Ugh.

    And one that’s no longer on that I hated with a passion… that Quizno’s commercial where there’s the roadkill hocking their sandwiches. I swear it actually made me lose my appetite when I saw it, and certainly didn’t make me want to eat their food. And I actually liked their food.

  149. É®îç says:

    Big Bill Hell always gives me a giggle. Haven’t seen it in the air recently so it may not qualify ;-

  150. njunderground says:

    YES! That stupid friggin Mr O from Honda! Kick him to the curb!!!

  151. spokanekim says:

    I loathe that awful woman in the Progressive commercials – the one with the bright red lips and 50’s hairdon’t in that big fake insurance store. She and the various Geico actors/lizards along with that annoying Allstate dude should all do what my mother used to tell me to do all the time when I was being an annoying little brat “Why don’t you go put a plastic bag over your head and breathe deep?” Those horrible Cash for Gold commercials and Swiffer singing mop and broom ads make me want to join them in the plastic-bag-over-head party.

  152. aea says:

    Any Billy Mays commercial. If it is helping his family to continuie to run his commercials more than one year after his death then OK.

    Otherwise advertisers should just let this zombie TV pitchman die. I liked the guy. Not obnoxious like many in his profession.

  153. spokanekim says:

    BONIVA!!! If you have time for one pill a week and don’t want your bones to crumple in a heap ask your Dr. about Boniva………..actually if they said that it wouldn’t be so bad – but watching Norma Rae hawk old lady meds 50 times a day makes me wish someone would drop an anvil on her (a la Wile E Coyote) to prove how strong her bones are.

    Jamie Lee Curtis and her addiction to Activia that would rival any crackhead – so when you’re old your bones are weak and you can’t poop unless lubricated with tiny expensive cups of bacteria laden yogurt? Really?!

  154. MoritaX says:

    The high fructose corn syrup ones. “It has high fructose corn syrup.” “So?” “Uh..” “It’s fine in moderation.” Pfffft! We all know that’s crap.

  155. vdragonmpc says:

    I am sick of the ‘’ commercial where the 4 women are at a laptop talking about a romantic date with that friggin music. She breaks glasses and his back, then decides to ‘maybe just see a movie’. REALLY??? She just wants to get some after just meeting the guy and now just wants to see a movie.

    What is the site? An escort service? Male hookers? That thing runs all night long on cable.

  156. ellmar says:

    1) The iPhone Facetime commercials make me so uncomfortable that I dive for the remote every time one comes on. The acting is stilted and the dialog is creepy. The commercial reminds me how much I abhor overhearing personal cell conversations, now I have to “over see” them also. Thanks iPhone.

    2) Any commercial that implies that women love yogurt so much that consuming it is practically the same as having sex (e.g. Heidi Klum sticking her tongue in a cup of Danon Light & Fit.)

    3) I’m a vegetarian but if that little GEICO piggy was is the back seat of my car I’d turn him into plate of bacon so fast his ugly head would spin.

  157. smarmyjones goes cattywampus says:

    I just hate those Nuva Ring commercials. Must they really be on ALL the time?

  158. Rocket says:

    The new Heineken light ads. Am I the only one who doesn’t get them?

  159. Sally says:

    The State Farm commercials that basically imply people that try to do small things to save money are stupid. Yes, shopping for insurance is a good way to save money, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t drive across the street to save two cents on gas.

  160. Allisonaxe says:

    Any commercial with Kesha. Notably that one for the “secrets of the mind” show coming up on ABC (which I didn’t intend to watch, but now, not only will I avoid it like the plague because of them overplaying that commercial, but I’m avoiding watching ABC at all, so I don’t even have to hear the commercial!)

  161. sp00nix says:

    Those annoying All State commercials the play 2 times per commercial break on Discovery Network. They are SOOOO annoying.

  162. bruce9432 says:

    Tivo, I has it. Don’t watch commercials.

  163. SelfishMom says:

    I’m totally creeped out by the Best Buy commercial where the male teen is practically salivating over taking home the female geek…with his mom’s help. Ewwwww.

  164. Sparkstalker says:

    Almost four hundred posts and no mention of the Ben Stein/Shaquille O’Neal Comcast commercials? for shame Consumerist, for shame…

  165. Invalid_User_Name says:

    Isn’t Tom Shane nationwide? Don’t know if he does TV, but his radio ads are the WORST. Who wants to tell him he should blow his nose?

  166. Anita says:

    The frat pack bro guy in the Sharpie pen commercial who proposes to his girlfriend though post it notes. Makes me sick.

  167. I wumbo. You wumbo. He- she- me... wumbo. Wumbo; Wumboing; We'll have thee wumbo; Wumborama; Wumbology; the study of Wumbo. says:

    -Everest College, esp. the annoying douchebag that insists I do nothing all day (search for the parody if you have time)
    -The commercial trying to get you to send $20 to feed a poor animal… “In the eyes of an angel…”
    -I forget which one, but there’s one regarding birth control and a whole bunch of women are just chilling in a living room, talking about birth control…
    -Swiffer. Mostly because I can’t afford to buy a new Swiffer cloth every time I spill juice. Giving life to brooms and mops… weird.
    -Coughing, wheezing baby. Mostly because she’s saying that holding your baby could make him sick, and shes nearly smothering the baby.
    -MOST commercials selling crappy ass toys. “It’s a pillow, it’s pet, it’s a Pillow Pet!”

    I like most of the ones you hate, like mamby-pamby land and “MY BRAND!”

  168. Haughey6 says:

    The Chrysler Town & Country ad featuring the cute & cuddly bullys, you know the ones who chase the kid home to beat him up, and he jumps in the back of his mum’s Town & Country throught the tailgate to escape them. Hate it. Making bully’s cute, stupid. Mother has no idea son being bullied, stupid. Condoning bullying, stupid.

  169. BreninMA says:

    Apparently no one has seen the “Head On! Apply directly to the forehead! Head On! Apply directly to the forehead! Head On! Apply directly to the forehead! Head On! Apply directly to the forehead! Head On! Apply directly to the forehead! Head On! Apply directly to the forehead! Head On! Apply directly to the forehead!” Over and over and over and they are SHOUTING it at the camera….. If that one isn’t the worst then I haven’t *seen* the worst!

  170. exscind says:

    * the recent slew of arrogant mud-slinging Sonic ads that bad-mouth all the other fast food chains
    * McDonalds “not before my coffee” jerk
    * Anything with Flo (Progressive)
    * the cartoon Honda guy – especially the one where he keeps knocking on the window

    …and just to bring a little ray of positivity, I commend Burger King and Old Spice for having AWESOME ads.

  171. Without Issue says:

    The crunching Kit Kat commercial — basically any commercial where they amplify the sound of someone eating something. It absolutely makes my skin crawl.

    Also, the Activia commercials with Jamie Lee Curtis. I really, REALLY don’t need to see her pantomime the movement of fecal matter through her lower intestinal tract, thanks.

  172. sheldonmoon69 says:

    –Cialis – maybe you could get it up if you weren’t sitting in a cold porcelan bathtub in the middle of the fucking forest.

    –“Not Until I’ve Had My Coffee” – For starters, I’m not disrupting my life just because you haven’t had coffee asshole. And secondly, McDonald’s has had coffee since the dawn of time! Just order and get the fuck out!

    –Pretentious and arsty ads for G2, Nike, Levi’s and the like. “OOO, look at us! We’re the generation that GETS it, so lets take our shirts off and run on the beach with roman candles and jeans!” Bullshit!

    –Financial companies who claim that “it’s going to be different this time..” Like all of a sudden they have some moral awakening and the consumer is now in control! Double Bullshit!

  173. RickL says:

    How has no one mentioned either “he went to Jared” or anything The Olive Garden puts out???

  174. KimmoK1 says:

    The commercial I hate the most and either change the channel or plug my ears is the Kit Kat commercial. It’s so gross to listen to people eat and to have to repeatedly listen to crunch after crunch is enough to make me dislike that commercial the MOST!!!

  175. notanignoramus says:

    If H. H. Gregg’s infestation in most of the Eastern U.S. counts as “nationwide” then I heartily recommend the animated H.H. character that sings obnoxiously.

  176. crunchberries says:

    Wow, no one mentioned the Butterfinger ‘Apps’ commercial? Y’know, the one where Douchebag Guy A assaults his friend, Douchebag Guy B, by bashing B’s face in with a cellphone for taking away his Butterfinger through an app on B’s cell phone? I am surprised.

  177. kubus_gt says:

    anything for big pharma, including OTC!