Wednesday, March 10, 2010

And this is why I growl at the TV

We don't watch a whole lot of TV around here, mostly because we only have basic cable--22 channels. When we do watch, it is often PBS, which we both love. At the moment, though, PBS has chucked their usual lineup in order to conduct their "Telefund," so we've been suffering through some network shows. (I know they have to raise money. It's just really annoying that they're asking me for money to support the shows I enjoy, while they're pre-empting, you know, the shows I enjoy.) Aside from the quality programming, there is one particular reason why I love PBS...there are no commercials.

There are a few exceptions, but commercials, in general, annoy the heck out of me. I see this one every morning while I'm getting ready for work:

Gaah! Melodramatic much? "A prescription?!? What do I have??" Geez, lady, it's eye drops. Buck up! It's not like they're going to kill you.

I saw this one for the first time yesterday:

The commercial itself isn't terribly irritating, but there's something in there that I think is absolutely ridiculous. At 0:26, when the driver pulls close to the guy to grab the burger, a message appears: "Professional driver on closed road. Do not attempt." Is this really something someone would attempt? Veering over to the side of the road to snatch a cheeseburger? Considering the vehicular maneuvering that would have to take place, not to mention having to find someone who just happens to be sitting on the side of the road eating? I'm really skeptical about this.

This is the one that really makes me think I might snap:

I cannot STAND that kid. It's probably very, very wrong to feel that way about a child, but I can't help it. I see this commercial every morning, and every morning I go on a mini-tirade about it. It makes my husband's day, I'm sure.

There are many others, but those are my worst. How about you? Are you easily annoyed by commercials? Which ones get to you?


Patty said...

Oh god that stain commercial with the kid has ALWAYS annoyed me too!

SuziCate said...

I will have an award for you on my blog in the morning!

Anonymous said...

See and what I find fascinating about the irritating kid with the jeans is that there are 2, yes, TWO, Breyer models in that commercial. One Black and White pinto Saddlebred on her dresser and a Bay National Show Horse on the shelf above her bed. First time I saw that ad, I pointed that out to my husband. We Breyer collectors are weird like that.
- Karen R.

absepa said...

Patty: It's the mocking voice that gets me. Thanks for commenting!

Suzicate: Aw, thanks so much for the award...I'm touched!

Karen: That's funny...I never even noticed the models! Could it be because I'm too busy getting annoyed? :)

Jen said...

That last one makes me want to rip off my ears and tear out my eyes. I hate it that much. The other one I hate, and haven't seen lately, is the Special K cereal one. The one where they say that eating a meal or two of cereal will help you shed those unwanted extra pounds. The actress in the commercial is less than a size 0. She is anorexic and yet they have her as the actress that need to shed some weight. I can't and won't buy Special K cereal because of that commercial.

absepa said...

Jen: Those diet food commercials with skinny people really bug me, too. Do the companies not realize that they would probably sell more of their products if we could see a nice, normal-sized woman on their commercials? Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Cindy said...

I gave up TV and just watch free downloads. I don't miss commercials.