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Most Annoying Current TV Ads

For me, this is a no-brainer. The not-so-charming couple doing the synchronized hand jive or whatever you want to call it as they anticipate being served their McCafe Caramel Mochas was cute the first time but now I have to switch channels as quickly as possible whenever it rears its ugly head. I'm not lovin' it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkQPhVWfuIs&feature=related

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Another vote for Flo on the Progressive commercials. I'll be soooo glad when they move on to something else.

Another new one: The Jerry Stiller ads for Capital One. Bring back the Vikings!

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Progressive's Flo (in any of her too-many incarnations).


Any of the State Farm ones with the "Bewitched" style teleportation. Screaming out the jingle is not what I had in mind when I said jingles should make a comeback.


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I'd like to squish that miniature carpet peddler with a virtual fly swatter. The terms "old fuddy-duddy" and "suspected pedophile" also occur to me whenever his crudely animated form and obnoxious voice invade my eyes and ears. He's part Keebler Elf and part BTK.


The Empire Man was introduced in 1977 as a live action character and later adapted into a popular animated persona that has grown to become a cultural icon.[5] The Empire Man has been seen internationally in commercials and other media, has spawned a line of collectible bobblehead dolls and inspired the Chicago Cubs to declare an official "Empire Day" at Wrigley Field in 2007.[6]

The Empire Man was originally portrayed on television by Lynn Hauldren, a former ad executive, who continues to provide the voice of the animated character to this day.[7] Contrary to popular belief, the Empire Man is not the companyÂ’s owner nor is he one of the installers. In the late 1970s, Hauldren was one of the advertising copywriting forces behind the Empire brand. The companyÂ’s owner during the time requested that he serve as the on-air talent for the spots after unsuccessfully auditioning several other people for the role.[citation needed] Hauldren also wrote and recorded the tune used as the companyÂ’s famous jingle. - Wikipedia
He's a cultural icon. Yeah, right.

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How do you pick?

'Oh you're so smart because you ordered off the dollar menu and got all this food for a buck a piece'

'oh look at me wiggle my butt because I can squeeze it into tight jeans again after eating cheerios'

And is anybody else sick to death of the fricken potty dance commercials?

Goodbye, Empire Guy....

From today's NY Daily News:

Elmer Lynn Hauldren, the pitch-perfect pitchman for Empire Today
carpets since the 1970s, died Tuesday. He was 89.

Hauldren earned his pop culture fame by appearing as himself in
Empire ads and later as the voice of the company's cartoon mascot,
the Empire Man.

He helped launch the business' ubiquitous jingle, "(800) 588-2300...
Empire." Hauldren continued to do voiceover work for the company right
up to his death, the company said in a statement.

The commercials for the Illinois-based company became a staple on
New York television. Hauldren landed the on-air job after several other
candidates washed out.

Hauldren was a World War II veteran, a singer in the barbershop quartet
Chordiac Arrest and the grandfather of 18.

"He has made an indelible mark on advertising history with his creativity
and warmth," said Empire CEO Steve Silvers. "Lynn will always have a
special place in the hearts of many."

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C'mon. If you thought this guy was annoying, you obviously don't have
any recollection of Tom Carvel, the ancient announcer for Carvel ice
cream in the NY area many years ago. He always sounded as if he had
about a pound of phlegm stuck in his throat.

Admit it--"Chordiac Arrest" is kind of a sick-but-funny name for a
singing group.





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My issue was with the avatar and not the real guy. My condolences go out to his family.

I'm not certain that he was enough of an "icon" to warrant mention in a Letterman, Leno or Conan monologue but I'll be watching for it. They usually spare no one.

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WOw..Those ads go back to the 40s and the c modernized ones are still playing...locally in Calif., it is 2300 something with the chorus singing like some oldstime raido commerical!

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I first heard Empire Man on the radio. Years later when I saw them on TV, I still remembered their phone number. I hate that commercial.

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Yes, as irritating as the commercial can be, it must be effective because I remember that phone number too! isn't it something like 800-588-2300, EMPIRE (forless!). Wow.

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The Nice N Easy haircolor ads with Angela from "The Office."
The Zaxby's commercials with Doris Roberts.

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The shop till they drop trophy wives on the Stein Mart commercials. It seems that everything can be solved with a trip to their almighty Stein Mart.

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Where is Stein Mart geographically?

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There are none where I live, but I figure it's probably the bottom half of the country judging by the shoppers on the commercials. They seem VERY obsesed with the Stein Mart lifestyle.

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I live in Houston and we have Steinmart. It's a discount department store. You may be right about the stores being in the Southern tier of states, judging by their accents.

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DirecTV withe the guy at the reading of the will who has a screaming fit.

A - he's an idiot
B - any product that depends on screaming in its ads should be boycotted.



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I thought the U-verse commercial, with the all too-too loving family sitting around the dinner table, was clever ... at first. Now, they have run it into the grounds. It must air 3/4 times each hour.

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I've had more than enough of the Nationwide guy and his microphone.

Never did like the Roaming Gnome.


To God There Is No Zero. I Still Exist.

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The PSA for lead paint and the Connect a Million Minds commercials. Especially the lead paint one.

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One vote for all of them with a semi-vote for the Nationwide guy. I loved and still do the one where he gags.....that was hilarious. And NationPam is kind of funny but the others suck.

I'm adding to the list the Value City commercials where they play the Queen song "I Want It All." Love that song but those commercials have ruined it for me. I'll be just sitting there calmly watching TV and all of a sudden that song is screaming at me with craptastic furniture in the background.

Oh and for the love of God can we get rid of the Arby's Good Mood Food guy? Is he supposed to be a horrible singer who looks like he touches small children?

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Another one: Coupon Suzy! She approaches Flo levels of tooth-grinding perkiness. And the animated Suzy at the end of the spot looks nothing like the live action Suzy.

Also the ads for Truvia, with its bad jingle flatly sung.

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For me it's the Comcast Xfinity radio commercials and now TV commercials that have some silly jingle "It's fun for you, it's fun for me" NO It's Not! Come to think about it most of the the Xfinity commercial jingles have been annoying.

Hmmm let me think...

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I agree with the other poster about the Truvia jingle.


But this ad tops my list...


It's just gross!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiJMRdFLby0




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I have a new one, but it's a radio ad.

It's for Halls and the guy says that in 10 seconds, Roxy will find out that her Halls works for her allergy cough as well. Then he says that the final 10 seconds of the commercial will be dedicated to Roxy.

So the guy proceeds to do this "musical" tribute to Roxy, complete with phony guitar sounds and raising his voice to say "Roxy!"

It's kind of like two commercials always played back to back, but I can't remember what the first guy's name is.

It's just so stupid, it annoys the hell out of me everytime I hear it.

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Oh no, you mentioned that Hall's radio spot. Horrible, annoying and they play the two versions at my workplace every flippin' 15 minutes. First, they do not dedicated a full 10 seconds to "Roxy" or "Jerry". It's more like 6. I know that sounds trivial, but they play it so often, that I have absorbed the script through osmosis. It's now to the point where everybody at our store (graveyard shift) all sing out at the same time to the commercial:

"Waha, waha, waha, Jeeeerrr-EEEEEEEEEE!!!! YEAHHH!!"

Or the "Roxy" version:

"Oh-u-oh-u-oh Roxy, ROX-SEE!, (then whisper) Rox-seeeeeeeee..."

The problem with the commercial is that the customer never really hears the first 20 seconds of the commercial explaining the goofy singing, but they do certainly hear the "Rox-see" and "Jeeeerrr-EEEEEE" part. Then I observe them giving the WTF expression on their faces. As of today, they play the Roxy commercial and dropped the Jerry one. One down and one to go.

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Alright, when I first saw this thread I thought there were no commercials that I really hated, but I forgot about one - The Las Vegas commercial with the kid and her dad with the puppets. For one, all these Las Vegas commercials are flawed, and everyone knows it. Las Vegas isn't all sex and debauchery, normal people go there to have fun - Which, by the way, is totally what the dad could have said to the kid, that there's a lot of fun stuff there.

Call me lame for taking it too seriously, but every time that freaking dad says "we have questions too" I want to punch him in the face.

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Add: The commercial where the family is sitting around the table and the father is serving up spaghetti and sauce by automated toys. I am so over this one.

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"We switched to Kaspersky!"

My first impression was that it might be a U.S. company founded by a Polish-American. Nope, it was started by a Russian couple and has its headquarters in Moscow. Do you really want to send your personal files to possible former KGB agents?

Anyhow, the excited young couple (of actors) who switched have brought me past my threshold of annoyance through repetition of that dumb TV ad.

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the 4 hour long cat food commercial. well, that's an exageration, but it's every bit of a 45 second or minute long spot. it starts with a guy introducing his girlfriend to his family, and she falls in love with his parent's pet cat. this is followed by a full fledge montage of him creating something akin to a baby room for a kitten and then introducing her to a new kitten, which wears a tag that reads "will you marry us?" everything about it is absurdly melodramatic for a g--d---- cat food commercial. not to mention, it actually has a narrative, as if its some kind of raymond carver short story.

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1) There is a Heiniken commercial playing with a guy making an entrance at a party. There is nothing actually wrong with that part BUT it has the most horrible fingernail-on-the-chalkboard song playing. Towards the end it shows some blond singing the horrible song. Instant mute for me.

2) Flo. Any Flo.

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About the Stein Mart "discount" stores, there's one in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio that is pretty much exhibit A of high property taxes and the six-figure homes that go with them.


When a leader speaks, the reflection lies.

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You don't like that song? I rather enjoy it.

"Golden Age" by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour


"Is this not a reasonable place to park?" - Raoul Duke

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Sorry, her nasally voice just grates on me.

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Thanks. I didn't know who sang that song and I've been meaning to look it up. I kind of like it too.

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The Teleflora commercial with Faith Hill, the guy in the ad is VERY annoying.


Hate the one for AT&T where the two guys are in the ski lift, and the one guy throws the other one's cell phone away.


And, they don't show it that much anymore, but this one for Luvs diapers. Glad they quit showing it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv42khiQXlw


This ad for Bing.com, in fact, ANY ad for Bing.com.


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








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I kind of like the Bing information overload ads, especially that one with the hot Asian chick.

That being said, I will never use Bing, the same way I usually don't use any Microsoft product that has an alternative.

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Hey you


"Is this not a reasonable place to park?" - Raoul Duke

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Any commercial for Zoosk.com online dating.


"Is this not a reasonable place to park?" - Raoul Duke

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The 'hey man why'd you throw that mop at me?' is not only idiotic, sometimes it's on 5 times in an hour.












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There was a advert for Wii games with Helen Mirren that irritated me
Jenny Craig advert with Cheryl Baker (I can't stand Cheryl Baker!)

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The beer commercial with the small-town welcome home for the G.I.
It is shown at least 10 times every Cardinal game. I might vomit next time I hear that song.









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There is one for the reality show 'Geordie Shore'

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The commercials for Trop50 with Jane Krakowski, playing a variant of her 30 Rock character.

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I hate "Flo" from the Progressive ads more than life itself. I wish someone would go in there and tell her to STFU!!! Also the annoying "elevator music" in the background is the same frickin song in every one of those dam commercials!!

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ANY of the Cialis commercials where the couples end up in seperate bathtubs right next to each other, usually on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean. I wish somebody would do a parody where their tubs are pushed over the cliffs. :)




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Those Iggy Pop adverts, looking at him makes me feel ill

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I find those new Maybelline makeup ads with the Magnum P.I. theme music a bit disturbing, myself. Way to emasculate Magnum and everything he stood for, ladies!

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Walkers crisp advert with Rebecca Ferguson from The X Factor.

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The commercial where the father has mechanical toys delivering spaghetti and sauce at the table is getting old.

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I think it's Huggies, not sure. It's cartoon, animated with these stupid babies with their butts to the camera and filling their diapers to 10 times. There are other baby judges. Disgusting! Pure disgusting. I sure wouldn't want to clean those diapers. And what the hell are they feeding these kids that they poop that much?!

I don't like any baby commercials, but this one is one of the worst.

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