TV’s Most Memorable Commercials

by Jessy Krupa

15 July 2011

The first TV commercial. 

1980s

1979: Coca-Cola “Mean Joe Greene”
One of earliest big-time “Super Bowl commercials”, this is also one of the best. Viewers usually name it as their all-time favorite, while various remakes and spoofs have spawned from it.

 

1984: Apple Computer “1984”
Also showing up often in “best commercials of all time” lists, this ad for an early personal computer was inspired by George Orwell’s futuristic novel. Yeah, I don’t really get it, either.

 

 

1984: Wendy’s “Fluffy Bun”
Thanks to Clara Peller, “Where’s the Beef?” became an instant 1980’s catchphrase.

 

 

1986: California Raisins “Lunchbox”
Those claymation R&B raisins became popular enough to star in their own TV specials and series and sold a slew of official merchandise along the way.

 

 

1987: The Partnership for a Drug-Free America “Fried Egg”
The best anti-drug message is a simple anti-drug message. Why isn’t this still on TV? I can think of at least 20 celebrities that need to heed its words right now!

 

 

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