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Commercials are a span of television or radio programming produced and paid for by an organization that conveys a message. Advertisement revenue provides a significant portion of the funding for most privately owned television networks and radio stations. The vast majority of advertisements today consist of brief advertising spots, ranging in length from a few seconds to several minutes (as well as program-length infomercials). Advertisements of this sort have been used to sell every product imaginable over the years, from household products to goods and services, to political campaigns.

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1 Annoying commercials Thank God for the remote...
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2 Some commercials are too loud They shouldn't be louder than a TV show!
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3 DVD Thank the Lord for it...
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4 Infomercials came along TOO LONG AND UNNESSECARY
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5 Increased number of Ads 1960s - 10 Min/Hr Today 20 - 26 Minutes per Hour!
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6 No more jingles Jingles deemed "unhip" by ad execs
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7 Loud comericals Turning up my volume = tuning out your product
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8 Children's toy advertisements Kids act like they are on sugar highs!
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9 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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10 Never Boned Still rocks.
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1 I grew up watching commercials throughout the years, and the most annoying of commercials are the ones that advertise for children's toys. The kids on there act so happy that they must be on a sugar overdose! They also try to astound the nearby adults with whatever is being advertised. All they convey is "Look at me, I'm the happiest kid in the world because I have...(fill in the blank)" All they want to do is make you feel like you become "them" whenever you acquire whatever item they are marketing. Those who acquire such items want to show off whatever item was advertised and try to fill their peers with envy. I assume that they want their peers to relate them with the kids on TV. Commercials provide a lot of false hope for young children. Whenever I got such advertised items, it was never as fun as it was in the commercial...that is one thing commercials will not tell you. The only people who are truly happy are the marketing execs! All I can say is, EXCITEMENT SOLD SEPARATELY! -- Submitted By: (RockinReed) on February 5, 2014, 11:10 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 I don't know if anyone recall this or not but when Chuck Woolery would go to a commercial break he would always say "we'll be back in 2 and 2". That would be great if today's tv would only be that long/short. -- Submitted By: (Jp) on July 18, 2013, 7:35 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Commercials boned for good when Tivo was invented. From that point on, ad execs just assumed everyone had Tivo and would always just skip through the commercials so they literally stopped trying to make them even remotely watchable and started making them as dumb and obscene as possible because again, they just assume nobody notices. Which defeats the whole purpose of even having commercials, go figure. BTW Congress actually did something right for once and passed a law forcing ads to stop being so loud, but after a few weeks of conforming to the new law it seems they're right back to the loudness again. BTW it was based on being as loud as "the loudest point of a show" so if you're watching an action show with, say, one loud explosion or bang then somehow ad makers though it was okay for *all* commercials to be as loud as that. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on April 29, 2011, 7:05 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 BTW, probably the biggest problem I have with certain commercials are how some are extremely loud. -- Submitted By: (cartooner) on April 28, 2011, 5:48 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 I've actually seen some of those medical commercials that spend more time talking about the side-effects than the benefits. While I give them credit for being honest, I'm always left thinking "Who would buy that product if a side-effect includes death?" -- Submitted By: (cartooner) on April 28, 2011, 5:40 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 I used to think commercials boned ages ago. Then along came those delightful ads for medical products with the voiceovers that spend more time telling you about the horrendous side effects than they do about the product's benefits. (The ads featuring the matching bathtubs are my favorite, though I don't recall the product's name or what it's supposed to do, other than that it can potentially give you a four-hour erection and then KILL YOUR ASS STONE DEAD.) -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on April 28, 2011, 3:36 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 I cannot understand why most commercials are aimed at people who have an IQ of 20. Especially those with annoying cartoon characters or babies pretending to be speaking. It's not funny. Our entire society is being dumbed down. Kinda like the fall of the Roman Empire, I guess. -- Submitted By: (JustLooking) on November 22, 2010, 7:36 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 Seeing some of the commercials that air, I just wonder... WHY!!! -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on December 21, 2009, 3:24 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Three years ago I spotted an "ED Pill" ad during A CHILDREN'S SHOW! Yhat was it for me. I Cancelled my Subscription to Cable and now watch nothing but DVDs! -- Submitted By: (Regulus) on December 20, 2009, 1:13 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
10 Some of these commercials just make you wonder who really has brains at some companies. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on December 7, 2009, 7:32 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
11 When I watch my old '80s videos, I noticed how the commercials back then didn't all try to be funny like they do now. I remember how the unique it was at that time to have humorous ads like "Where's The Beef?" I'd rather have a straightforward humorless ad or a jingle like back then than the attempting-to-be-funny-but-failing ones of today. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on November 28, 2009, 6:52 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
12 Commercials where the commercial is a lot louder then the show. It's always a wonderful pleasure to have to turn the volume down, only to need to turn it back up after the commercials or for a commercial to scare the heck out of me or drown out a conversation. If you need to scream at me in order to tell me about your product, I don't think that's saying much about your product. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on November 27, 2009, 10:01 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 Around 1996 or 1997. When commercials started getting stupid. All started with the 'talking' Taco Bell dog & the annoying GEICO gecko, then all commercials gone down from there. -- Submitted By: (FlxibleMetro9150) on November 26, 2009, 3:57 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
14 I rarely watch commercials, as most of you probably do, I consider them "TV Intermission" or whatever. I think in general there have been a few funny ones, and a few horrible ones. -- Submitted By: (Mr.Bill) on November 23, 2009, 6:58 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
15 OMG! Me too! I actually sent an email to Lamisil a few years ago complaining about that little toe fungus "mascot" they had. Ewwwwww! -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on August 13, 2009, 12:02 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
16 the toe fungus commercials with the creatures tearing apart toe nails freak me out every time. -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on August 11, 2009, 3:15 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
17 Interesting point, Eugene. I'd also like to point out that those TV pundits who claim that audiences aren't influenced by what they watch need only be pointed out that if that were true NO ONE at home would have bothered to buy a Bulova watch when that very first TV commercial came on- and thereafter, television would have had to survive by fund raisers and bake sales had commercials proven to be counterproductive. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on July 29, 2009, 2:25 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
18 Remember: This is really what television is all about. Commercials are what pays the bills. The programming is just filler that they include to get people to watch the ads. (If they could run nothing but commercials and get an audience, they'd do it!) -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on July 29, 2009, 1:08 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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