Best and Worst Super Bowl Ads

Justin Bieber and Ozzy Osbourne: The Best and Worst of the Super Bowl Commercials

Justin Bieber and Ozzy Osbourne: The Best and Worst of the Super Bowl Commercials

On most days, we television lovers speed by commercials like highway mile markers. But on one day — on Super Bowl Sunday — we celebrate the ad. On this one day, when 30-second spots cost $3 million, we not only tolerate being sold corporate swill, we welcome it. We analyze which mega-corporation has the most entertaining spot and we honor the Madison Avenue mad men who put the ads together.


As for best and worst, it’s a completely subjective exercise. Some people love talking dogs and crotch shots. I’m not one of them. But far be it from me to yuck your yum. Below I’ll list my top five and bottom five Super Bowl commercials of 2011. Agree, disagree, plead the 5th. I’m good with wherever you stand. Hey, if we all had the exact same taste, there would only be one flavor of Four Loko.

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So here we go. If anyone knows how to make a spot in 30 seconds or less, it’s this guy. Hold on kids. It’s time to honor capitalism with Part 1 of my one-part annual series:

Lee Russakoff’s Best and Worst Super Bowl Ads

(Editor’s Note: I’m disqualifying Xfinity’s iPad App spot for obvious conflict of interest reasons.)

The Best:

1. Volkswagen: The Force

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A good commercial makes you laugh and tugs a little at your heartstrings. Lil’ Vader was the star of the night for me. Sure, Aaron Rodgers was pretty good, but the Packers QB doesn’t know the power of the dark side.

2. Audi: Release the Hounds

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Something about Kenny G being self-aware enough to make fun of himself and his music makes me smile.

3. Doritos: The Best Part

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See? I’m not all high-brow. I like man-on-man finger sucking as much as the next red-blooded American. Mmmmmm. Cheese.

4. Bridgestone: Reply All

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Why do they put the “Reply” button and the “Reply All” button so close together? It’s a conspiracy.

5. Teleflora: Nice Rack

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Faith Hill knows what’s truly at the bottom of a man’s heart. Or, well, she does now.

The Worst

1. Bud Light: Dog Sitter

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Oh, those silly smart dogs. They spin records, they wait tables, they do dishes … if only they made me laugh. What’s shocking to me is this tied for the top spot on USA Today’s Ad Meter. It’s the end of the world folks. Get out while you can.

2. Budweiser: Wild West

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Nothing says American beer like Gaear from Fargo singing “Tiny Dancer” in a western saloon. Whoever ideated this one needs a demotion. Whoever casted it needs to find a new line of work.

3. Go Daddy: New Go Daddy Girl

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Go Daddy knew it’s schtick was getting old. So it changed it up with Joan Rivers. Unfortunately, no one alive today is rushing to a website to learn more about Joan Rivers. That still leaves the deceased market though.

4. Best Buy: Ozzie vs. Bieber

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There were so many places to go with this pairing. To just make fun of Ozzy’s age and underutilize Bieber’s charisma was such a waste. Star power does not automatically equal ad power. You still gotta bring the funny.

5. HomeAway: Smush

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I’m sorry. But test baby or not, smashing an infant against a glass wall is not as hilarious as you might think.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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