2010 Super Bowl Ads: The Best and the Worst

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While the New Orleans Saints first-ever Super Bowl victory is the rightful lead story coming out of Super Bowl XLIV, let's face it:

Many viewers paid more attention to the commercials than the game. With that in mind, we present our three favorite ads from last night below, along with the spot that was the most useless and and annoying. First, the best:

1. Jay Leno and David Letterman... together! This was as shocking as it was hilarious. Following the NBC late-night debacle that saw Letterman constantly poke a lot of fun at his former network and current rival, Jay actually appeared alongside Dave in an advertisement for his nemesis' show.

This was the best PR move Leno could possibly have made, while it also proves that Oprah can bring anyone together.

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2. Betty White for Snickers. It's hard to pinpoint the reasons why, but this Golden Girls star is comedic gold these days. We could watch her get sacked in the spot below for hours on end.

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3. Parisian love, Google style. The world's most dominant search engine demonstrated that sweet can win out over funny sometimes. In the following commercial, we watch an entire relationship play out via a minute-worth of search terms.

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As for the worst? We could have chosen Taco Bell's strange use of a rapping Charles Barkley; or GoDaddy.com once again resorting to nothing but attractive women teasing themselves getting topless.

But we're going with an ad for Coca-Cola.

We love The Simpsons and we love Coke products, but we don't love a combination of the two that provided nary a chuckle.

Is there any reasons anonymous actors couldn't have starred in this commercial? It was lazy and misguided on the soft drink's part to assume that the mere use of Mr. Burns and company would come across as humorous or creative. Gotta give us more than that.

What a waste.

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i think u need to include the dorritos with the little kid about dont touch my mama and dont touch my dorritos


Dodge was the worst...I won't buy a Chrysler product ever again.


Loved Google's ad. It stood out. I was hoping that there would be more of the Simpson's or some more voices in the Coke ad. If you are going to use the characters, you need to have them speak or do something that resembles what the Simpsons characters do.


I agree with your choice for worst commercial, if by 'worst' you mean 'best'!


Are you kidding me with The Simpsons being the worst? Smithers being bought by Patty and Selma? Krusty pushing the pig on the swing? Wiggum and Snake being handcuffed together? Milhouse apologizing to the coke??? Maybe the jokes were too subtle, but they were great for fans. Yes, there is dissension amongst the TV Fanatic editors!