The Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos came and went. Instead, its plethora of television ads that ran throughout the game will live on for a while. These commercials made their debut during Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday night. This year the TV ads seemed low key, yet some stood out from the rest of the pack.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em here are highlights of the best TV commercials that were showcased during Super Bowl Sunday. They ranged for the Hello, Radio Shack...the ‘80s called, Ellen DeGeneres’ crazy dancing, and a surprising one from Tim Tebow (of all people). It would not be a Super Bowl without the warm and fuzzy Budweiser ads.
Budweiser - “A Hero’s Welcome”: This was a truly moving commercial where a war veteran, Lt. Chuck Nadd, arrives at the airport greeted by his wife, while a bigger homecoming awaits him in Winter Park, Florida. After this ad ran the FOX network showed the couple in the stands at MetLife Stadium during the game.
Beats Music - “Super Bowl Ad”: Set to the fairy tale of “Little Red Riding Hood” we see Ellen as the main character in search of the perfect music to dance to. She comes upon this loft called The Woods. There she finds various iPods and plays a variety of music to dance to. The first rock tune is too fast, the country song is too slow, and the techno one is too strange. She now uses Beats Music to find the right pop song where the occupants come home to join her. In this ad you get to see Ellen’s famous dance moves.
T-Mobile - No Contract, Part 2”: Tim Tebow makes an impressive acting debut in this second half commercial for a cell phone provider as a variety of characters. First he’s a rodeo rider, 1970s “American Hustle” lookalike stunt car driver in “Illegal Formation,” firefighter saving puppies, and a ‘90s rock star.
Budweiser - “Puppy Love”: Earlier in the day there was the Puppy and Kitten Bowls, now the Super Bowl brought yet another warm and fuzzy, pulling at your heartstrings, ad with a puppy falling in love with a Clydesdale. It made the night more bearable watching this lovable commercial, instead of the lopsided game.
Radio Shack - “The Phone Call Commercial”: By far the funniest one of the entire Super Bowl night. A store employee receives a phone call stating “The ‘80s called...they want their store back.” All of a sudden you see 1980 characters cleaning out Radio Shack. They range from the Chucky doll, the alien creature from the TV show “Alf”, wrestler Hulk Hogan, cast members from “Chips” and “Cheers”, California raisins, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, and the ever perky gymnast, Mary Lou Retton just to name a few.
Honorable Mentions: Nice eye candy from H&M’s “David Beckham Bodywear,” Bob Dylan’s compassionate message to buy American in Chrysler’s “America’s Import,” and the light-hearted ad from Toyota - “Big Game Ad Starring Terry Crews and the Muppets.” As far as the really bad Super Bowl commercials, and there were plenty, there’s a saying that goes, “If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."