These are TV commercials some of you have probably seen and I have comments and welcome yours:

CIALIS…If a man takes something by which he can…um….well, you know!  WHY would he take this stuff and go sit in a private bath tub next to his ‘partner’ (sadly, I’d be accused of being a Bible thumper if I said ‘wife’)  and how many people do you know who have two bathtubs…on the edge of a lake?    That’s always made me curious. The images available do not include any stills from the actual commercial…but this says it all…picture a lake in front of them!

HPV VACCINATIONS:  This is on a lot.  Very young teens whining that their parents didn’t get them the HPV vaccination, something that causes cancer mostly through sexual contact if you haven’t had the vaccination.   They’re clearly blaming their parents for not having had them vaccinated and for why they now have cancer.   Unless I have this HPV thing wrong, I’d say it’s the parents who should, in an ad, remind their kids that if they didn’t have sex without the vaccination, they’d not be exposing themselves to cancer.  I’d be happy to hear if I have this wrong..but I did Google and this seems right.


I giggle every time I see it…ENJOY!  The actor is SO good!

YOU have any least favorite, curious or most favorite TV commercials?!  Do you share my thoughts on the above!?




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35 Responses to COMMERCIAL BREAK:

  1. Mustang says:

    Trying to leave link here of avery cute commercial.


  2. bocopro says:

    Television was originally intended to be a social tool that would educate people and give them a means to vicariously deal with whatever was frustrating them. Then almost immediately, the medium introduced commercials to ensure that people had plenty of things to frustrate them.

    I am convinced that commercials for food, especially sweet, fat, or junk food (which is syntactically redundant, of course), are a major factor in our national obesity crisis. Who in this country doesn’t know where to find a MacD or a BK or a pizza!

    Take those insipid, ubiquitous, insistent, and repetitive suggestions away and within a year our average personal weight would be down 20%. In five years of no soft drink, cookie, potato chip, hamburger, ice cream, beer, or candy commercials and no misleading color pics in slick-paper magazines and we’d see a sizeable drop in diabetes, heart attacks, and diet fads.

    Also, I’ve had MORE than enough of the Energizer rodent and that miniscule saurian with the faux Aussie accent. And I’m particularly disappointed by people using their celebrity status to promote products they don’t use. Generally I’ll take advice from a trusted friend on a product or a gimmick, but I always feel that a professional performer in a commercial is nothing more than a paid liar, a B.S. artist, a snake-oil salesman doing his “Step right up, folks!” routine for the rubes.

    But once in while something comes along, like the Budweiser Clydesdales, which gets my attention because it tells a story with a moral based on eternal and universal truths, and it doesn’t get into your face until the very end. In fact, the first time you see one of those commercials, you don’t realize that it IS a commercial or what it’s selling until the very end, and that’s what you remember about stories – the beginning and the end. Repeating an exaggeration over and over and over doesn’t make more credible, just more annoying.

    I think what happened to me and commercials is that sometime way back in the 50s, I asked myself “How can every product be better than all the others it’s competing with?” and I never got a satisfactory answer, so I just kinda gave up on commercials, especially when remotes with “Mute” buttons came along.


  3. The Cialis always left me with the same impression, but i guess it’s better than showing them rolling in bed, They are equivocating performance with romance, Advertising to both “partners’.
    The Allstate is funny.
    Mustang, they are driving on the wrong side of the road!
    I like this one:


  4. Kid says:

    The two bathtubs commercial leaves me dumbfounded. I have no way to connect the image to the product.

    I didn’t know about the HPV thing.

    The Allstate commercial is pretty good.

    Mustang’s commercial is great.

    The only commercials I come across when Mad has the TV on are cars, car insurance, and drugs and I can’t think of any I like.


  5. -FJ says:

    The original marketing strategy was to expound upon the virtues of the product.. With Freud’s nephew, Bernays, came lifestyle strategies in which the product now supplements the consumer’s self-image (cigarettes make me look cool). Today the strategy is to make the product the “solution” to all the ills that can be derived from using the product (ie – decaffeintaed coffee, smokeless cigarettes).

    And so my interpretation of the Cialis ad is that the products use produces the feeling of relief born “after coitus”… formerly a “smoked cigarette”. The pre-sexual tension is “gone”. Of course, the message is mostly negated by the “warning” that accompanies every ad, that you should “call a doctor if you have an erection lasting more than four hours…”. *ouch*.


  6. -FJ says:

    …besides, if you squint at the Cialis image you posted, it kinda looks like a happy face wearing shades… 😉


  7. geeez2014 says:

    I think Mustang’s is adorable …I’m probably overly sensitive to ads giving tiny children hugely adult characteristics like knowing all the words to old songs does here, often telling off their parents, so it affected me a bit like that. but it IS adorable!!!

    FJ, that kind of makes sense….always felt to me like they’re waiting for it to work and that their circumstances might not be conducive to it if it does start to work! Yes, that four hour thing makes me laugh because I they tell you to get to an ER and I imagine this poor guy walking into a cute bubbly blonde nurse and explaining what’s up…(so to speak!!) HAAAAAAAAAA!!

    I LOVE THE ALLSTATE AD…he’s SO cool, and so cute!

    Ed, my screen shows I can’t watch this here..maybe later I’ll try to see it on Youtube as suggested..thanks. You’re right about better than their rolliing in bed.
    Lately, on a TV show I like to watch,I have to see ads for a TV show called YOUNGER, a show for young people…just the ADS have lesbianism, a girl asking another “You don’t remember if you did your boss?” and worse…And our teens are watching.

    bocopro, I think that’s partly true…people DO see almost nothing but pizza and other fattening food ads,….and probably that has raised the obesity rate. The other night I saw some pizza company advertising some kind of Italian bread rolls….and I thought “who’d ORDER that junk, it’s so fattening..there is NO value added”…but they do!

    Bocopro…I think TV has hurt us in this way, and on a MUCH larger way: People didn’t feel quite as disenfranchised and poor before watching richer family shows on TV. I think TV brought a lot of dissatisfaction that can never be alleviated…and did a BOATLOAD of harm.


  8. -FJ says:

    As Salvadore Dali knew, “desire” is “liquid”. There, in there separate “tubs” the couple can “soak” in their (not-necessarily similar) desires…


  9. David Drake says:

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only one seeing the HPV ads one after the other.

    It makes me wonder who is pushing for these vaccinations? Big Pharma? The AMA? The Natl Inst. of Heath? Yeah-like we want to trust the gov to give us, or our children.

    Can we all say, Thalidomide…? That worked out so well…….

    Mustang? How can any Mustang be bad?


  10. geeez2014 says:

    Apparently, Trump has now tweeted what Hikki Haley says is classified information and she can’t even respond to his doing so because it’s so classified…she says “I can’t talk about it..”


  11. Kid says:

    I read Trump got it off of a Fox report.


  12. Mal says:

    Z, I got the same message on Ed’s. It said you had to access it on youtube, so when I clicked on that, it opened. Try it.
    Bocopro, I didn’t know TV was originally intended as an educational tool. When it first came out, I only remember sitcoms like I love Lucy, My little Margie, and Uncle Miltie. Also hosts like Steve Allen, etc. Not exactly educational. What am I missing or forgetting?


  13. Kid says:

    I remember Howdy Doody and the Musketeers. The Musketeers were educational regards the young women.


  14. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, If that’s true, who gave it to FOX? Haley’s saying it was highly classified….The President probably would be better having folks check every single thing he says or tweets.

    Mal, I agree..not any education TV in those days….My Little Margie…Life of Reilly….I still watch I Love Lucy if I’m clicking channels and see it.. I know the dialogue! blissfull TV…not anymore.

    Kid,you’re right, the Musketeers were sort of educational in some says but they were after the shows Mal mentioned. Howdy Doody…I loved that…and Romper Room, remember?


  15. Kid says:

    No indication how Fox got it.
    Howdy Doody was scary. Especially since I looked just like the dude at the time.


  16. Bob says:

    The Cialis ad has been around a long time, and that should tell us that it is effective. Otherwise, they wouldn’t keep running it. Even ridiculous scenes like the two bathtubs can make you remember the name of the product, and that’s the goal of advertising.


  17. -FJ says:

    We interrupt your lakeside bath-soak for a public service message


  18. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, right; And do you think The president should check his sources before repeating stories on cable news?

    Bob, effective, yes…one way or the other :-)!!! You’re probably right…you do remember, but I’d remember it negatively.!!

    FJ..oh good. Porn on Geeez .. (smile)!!!


  19. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, I mean FROM cable news, of course…


  20. Kid says:

    Z, I wasn’t editoralizing, just adding to the info. 🙂

    Let me think before I answer though…


  21. geeez2014 says:

    Kid…okay…..I think it’s worth pondering the point!


  22. bocopro says:

    Mal — While working to become qualified to teach other people’s children, I had to take various sociology and psychology courses, total of 8 hours’ worth.

    Wrote a formal complaint to the BOR about it, too, saying that all it was doing was taking valuable time away from achieving subject matter mastery in trade for picking up just enough basic information about psychology to be dangerous.

    The prof in my Psych Foundations course was obsessed with the impact of TV on early development. I could go dig out my notes, but I don’t really wanna.

    She trotted out studies by various PhDs cautioning that the vast potential of TV as an instructional aide would be swept aside by sensationalism if we weren’t careful.

    I think her doctoral dissertation tried to prove that slapstick comedy, unrealistic soap operas, professional wrestling, and other side-show mind pablum was turning us into a “nation of morons.”

    She was very big on the National Educational Television idea (back in the early 50s) which didn’t attract much funding and eventually became PBS. In those days there were travelogues with maps and charts and pictures, and you could find college material and foreign language courses on in the early morning in many places.

    She was also very anxious about the fact that TV was one-directional; that is, people couldn’t question or dispute or examine material, just receive whatever data the editors and programmers decided to broadcast, which she considered little better than propaganda.

    One day she read from a study claiming that the absolute best use of television would be to inform and educate people rather than entertain them. I can’t remember the title of the study, but she quoted it and several others like it.

    The bottom line is that hopes were high for using the medium as a valuable teaching asset, but comedy, shoot-em-ups, and melodrama were a lot more fun than grammar, geography lessons, and philosophy . . . I reckon. Kinda like carnivals and circuses draw better paying crowds than lectures and core courses.


  23. geeez2014 says:

    Welcome, David…we love our retired MARINE, “Mustang!” You’ll like his blogs, too…if you’re alluding to the military….Fixed Bayonets on my sidebar is his.

    Bocopro: She sure got this right “She trotted out studies by various PhDs cautioning that the vast potential of TV as an instructional aide would be swept aside by sensationalism if we weren’t careful.”
    You still have class notes of your own?!


  24. bocopro says:

    Yeah, I liked to review my notes the same night they were written, then flesh ’em out and type ’em up. Discovered that kids would pay me for copies of ’em for exam study sessions. Made quite a few bucks from underclassmen taking classes I’d had a semester or two earlier.

    Somewhere in the loft over the garage is a sealed cardboard box containing all my notes in 3-ring binders. I dragged it out about 20 years ago and flipped thru ’em thinkin maybe some of my grandsons could use ’em. No takers, tho, ’cause none of ’em are goin the liberal arts/teaching route.


  25. geeez2014 says:

    Bocopro…that was a terrific idea to make money! GOOD GOING!
    I admire you.


  26. bocopro says:

    Much more money was available from certain types of students who needed someone to do papers for them. I’d guarantee a grammar-error-free page for one dollar when I first started doin that back in 1958.

    The person needing the paper had to do all the research and collect the proper cites and all. Also, I had to have a clear thesis before I’d even begin. Generally speaking, I’d get around $10 to $15 back in the late 50s for a point paper or research paper with documentation, footnotes, and all that.

    Price went up considerably in the 70s, I can safely say. I proofread a doctoral candidate’s paper one time, around 220 pages. Found more flaws than pages. This was before the days of word processors, but he did have one of those typewriters that produced a correctible record. Think it was the Brother system. He was impressed with my grammar/diction skills. Got $100 for the job plus a collection of classical music CDs.

    Stopped doing that as a faculty member at the university, however. Conflict of interest and all.


  27. Linda Goossen says:

    I don’t know why there are more commercials than programming. Even on Fox and Friends, they talk for 5 minutes and have 8 minutes of commercials. They are all very annoying!


  28. Imp says:

    The 150 Million net worth racist Samuel Leroy Jackson in Capitol One Comicals….they should change their come on money line from “What’s in your Wallet to “Who’s in your wallet…well lo and behold it’s those cute curly kids Shanika and Busta Cap Shevonte, welcoming you to Chi-congo” and just needing some formula for the babies and what’s in your wallet.!

    Then the Suzuki ads….all of them but mostly for the Outback and the kids who wreck them..I cheer for. Way to go kids…less of them ‘love’ boats on the road now!

    And It’s quite obvious that Madison Avenue has completely caved into the CBC,NAACP,ACLU and Maxine Waters arm and arm with Jesse and Fat Al..Constantly making up loads of fiction about people in someone else’s environment.


  29. Mal says:

    Thanks for the explanation, Bocopro. That is something the average viewer wouldn’t have known or even guessed at that time. It actually is being used as an educational tool today by online colleges so I guess it did survive as an educational tool, right?


  30. Imp says:

    Dang, dang dang… was this silly Subaru ads…scuz me….that thats anyone cares.


  31. Imp says:

    Yea Z..I love the guy in the Allstate ad…especially that slick chuckle he does at the end….


  32. Kid says:

    IMP, Suburu has a good ad with the dad passing the old beater down to the kids. Guy at work had a Suburu Forester though and it blew headlight bulbs about once a year, and you had to remove the wheel well AND have very small hands to replace the bulbs.

    fwiw for anyone considering buying a particular vehicle. Go to Google and type in the search box “Problem with (whatever vehicle you are considering)” It will be an eye opener. ie. Honda Odessy will bring up massive numbers of transaxle problems.

    And never buy a Chrysler. Tranny out within 300 miles out of warranty, and massive rust a couple years later.


  33. Baysider says:

    Allstate is pretty good – it’s that last line. Haven’t seen commercials in awhile. I watched over Mr. B’s shoulder as he watched part of the Super Bowl. I remember how engaging those commercials USED to be. ALL clunkers this time. I think the last good one was The Green Police:


  34. Rite says:

    I LOVE that Allstate commercial. They cast that one well. I wanna be the husband’s friend.


  35. geeez2014 says:

    I love how you put that….I giggle EVERY SINGLE TIME I see the Allstate ad and would LOVE to be the husband’s friend, too!


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