TV Commercials of the 70's and 80's

Here are some listings of my seventies and eighties commercial compilations culled from the thousands in my collection. I'm always open to trades (VHS and DVD)--but if you have nothing to trade, email me anyway (pgsaur at frontier dot com OR hugo1000faces at gmail dot com) if you are interested in anything here!

Monday, January 29, 2007


With this tape I've tried to capture the feel of that sensational decade, the 70's. (I suspect a few early 80's ads have slipped in here and there, but decades always bleed over a little, don't they?) Some have once-familiar faces, jingles or slogans; some aren't well-known or are downright obscure but were too discolicious to ignore. I've tried to note as many celebs present as possible, in parentheses. (NOTE: I have changed this recently, so I'm in the process of making sure this list is accurate...)

SSP Smash-up Derby

Kenner Screen-a-Show

Slip ’n Slide, Water Wiggle

Gnip Gnop

Big Josh - Not Big Jim... the other guy. He liked to camp it up, too.

Twirly Birds

Shaker Maker Hairy Bunch

GI Joe

Pop Fly

Frosty Sno-man Snow Cones

Battleship - "You sunk my battleship!"

Play Doh Fun Factory

Play Doh 4 Pack

Miller Lite - Pool tricks with Steve Mizerack.

Pepsi - Everyone loved Frisbee in the 70's!

Levi’s Panatela - Remember the stitching? (Charles Kimbrough)

Jeep Cherokee (Dee Wallace)

ABC Eight is Enough, Vegas (Kim Catrall)

Good Morning America 1979 (David Hartman)

Bell Systems


Pepsi - Another 70's pastime--frog-jumping contests. Okay, not so much.

ABC World News Tonight - Peter Jennings, Frank Reynolds, Max Robinson. 1979

Lowenbrau - Here's to good friends, tonight is kinda special / The beer you pour must mean something more somehow / So tonight, tonight / Let it be Lowenbrau. 1978



ABC Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Three’s Company, Taxi

Aviance - It's gonna be an Aviance night...

ABC Welcome Back Kotter, What’s Happening 1977


WFFA Dallas newsbreak - Iola Johnson, 1977

“Star Wars” - The original TV ad (in fact the copyright appears to say 1976) 1977

Love’s Baby Soft - You can try hard / You can try soft / Soft'll make him toe the line...

Mrs. Goodcookie

ABC Lucan, The Macahans 1977

ABC Starsky & Hutch, Love Boat 1977 (Kristy MacNichol)
General Motors

CBS 60 Minutes, All in the Family, Alice, Lucy Goes to Nashville 1978
ILGWU (International Ladies' Garment Workers Union) - Look for the union label / When you are buying a coat, dress or blouse...

Bell Phones

CBS movie “The Bible”


CBS Newsbreak - Marlene Sanders, 11/17/78 - Neutron bomb

Contac - Weird music, little capsules bouncing all over.

Chevrolet - '79 Chevette

Consumer info - Pueblo, Colorado. (Michael Vale)

Revlon - Cream-on blush (indeed!)

Whirlpool - Dramatic Leslie Nielsen VO.

McDonald’s - Two apparently drunken imbeciles try to say "There's more in the middle of an Egg McMuffin than an egg in the middle of a muffin." Although this can barely be considered a tongue twister, they can't do it.

CBS Flying High 1978

Ford Mercury
“The Wiz” trailer 1978

FTD Florists - That gold guy.

Fruit of the Loom - The original characters and Emma.

Bell Phones - Uses the song Feelings to really tug at your heartstrings.

No Nonsense pantyhose

Twice as Fresh

Colony Wine - Rick Marshall from Land of the Lost (Spencer Milligan?) suggests that one should drink wine for the taste because that's how you'll know if you like it.

“Manhattan” 1979


Silkience Shampoo - Scanner photograpy. That's not greasy kid stuff!

Chicago White Sox - Na na na na, hey hey...

Clairol Herbal Essence - Cartoon hippie chick pollutes stream with shampoo.

ABC "Still the One" promo

Tickle deodorant - Giggling gals just love that roll-on.

Zenith VCR

ABC All-Star Family Feud, “Death of Ocean View Park”

M&M’s - Candy Man theme with weird guy in yellow overalls.

ABC Captain & Tennille card


People Magazine July 1978

ABC News

ABC "We’re the One" promo

Good Morning America - Has twenty uninterrupted seconds of the old theme.

ABC Bionic Woman, Baretta 1976

Hold Cough Drops

Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell card- The original SNL.

ABC 1976 Convention coverage, Harry Reasoner

ABC Charlie’s Angels premiere promo, 1976

Duncan Yo-yo - Disco Duncan! Must be seen to be believed.


Perdue - Frank Perdue himself.

Schaefer - Sittin' pretty, all together in Schaefer city. Two schmoes are trapped in an elevator with Swedish stewardesses, pretzels and cheap beer. Only in the 70's...

Control Data Institute

Ken Crane’s - It seems like these cheap Star Wars-inspired graphics were once featured in every third commercial...

Polavision - Precursor of modern VCRs.

Star Phone 10000

Schick Hot Top - That red ball you stuck on top of a shaving cream can to warm your lather. You can still find them at yard sales.

Totes (Kelly Harmon)

Penguin Point

Monster cereals - I believe you even see Fruit Brute in there...

Pop Shoppe

McDonald’s - Introduction of the Happy Meal.

Sanyo - Discolicious!

L-K Restaurant - AYCE perch!

Astroland - Coney Island! Ride the Cyclone! POP--Pay One Price!

Mays - Polyester!

Picway Shoes -Back-to-school!

Coca-Cola - Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King lookalikes battle it out over Pong in the arcade.


Charmin - Mr. Whipple, natch.

St. John’s College - Ah, campus life in the 70's. Groovy.

Woolworth & Woolco

ABC Bod Squad: Quickfast - A glass of milk, toast with a slice of cheese and out the door to school you go. Is mom on a bender again?

Annie - The Broadway show.

Stick-ups - It may be a good place for a Stick-up, but why is that guy in a closet?



Jiffy Pop - Before everyone had a microwave, it was this crap or buy a popper.

WPIX cards

Day Line cruise

American Furniture Warehouse 1978

Sunkist soda - Good Vibrations!

Pizza Planet

Clearasil - With Wolfman Jack--none other, little brother!

Jack La Lanne

Alka Seltzer - Plop plop fizz fizz. (Sammy Davis Jr.)

ABC Sunday Movie opening

Burger King

WLS & Disney

New York Air

Sprite Light

Organ Power Pizza - Discolicious, with folks line-dancing to The Hustle played on a big pipe organ.

Pepsi - Intro of 2 liter bottles--refillable! It's a rip of Welcome Back Kotter with Paul Kreppel (It's a Living's oily lounge singer) as the teacher.

Jordache Wild West

“Pick-Up Summer” movie trailer - It makes you want to head to a drive-in immediately!

Lung Association

Minolta (Doug Henning)

Maybelline - Discoliciousity!

Kodak (Michael Landon)

McDonald’s - "Friends" 45 single benefits, I think, Muscular Dystrophy. With MD poster child Rocky Arizzi.

Woolworth Halloween - Six Million Dollar Man, Bionic Woman, Holly Hobbie costumes.

GWG Cords - Super-discolicious! "Hey man, how do you get down so well?" "These GWG cords really let you do it!"

K-Tel Music Machine - Robby the Robot gets down!

Aviance - Yet another Aviance night.


Steve’s Pier 1 - A restaurant with that great dark-wooded 70's ambiance.

Clam Broth House

Circle Line - With the World Trade Center in the hazy background.

Oscar Mayer - My bologna has a first name...

Band-Aids - I am stuck on Band-Aids...

Budweiser - Featuring the Taste Buds, that nutty tribute to the wonderful combination of pot and beer. How did they get away with this?

WKTU - Discoliciousness!

9 Lives - Morris the cat.


Jack Lalanne

WPLJ 1978

Texas Instruments - Digital watches the size of your head. 1978


YMCA (John Havlicek)

Kraco car stereo


ABC News - "The Seventies: American Dream, American Nightmare." 1979

CBS Newsbreak 1979

Preparation H

RC Cola - Me and my RC...

Kentucky Fried Chicken - The Colonel himself makes an appearance. 1978

Apple Jacks - A is for apples, J is for jacks, cinnamon toasty Apple Jacks...

Rice Krispies

Star Kist - Charlie the tuna.

Maidenform Bra

Swanson TV Dinners

ABC 1976 Olympics

ABC Wide World of Sports

ABC Hardy Boys promo

Pepto Bismol - Indi... (urp) ...gestion.

ABC All My Children promo - Has the classic soap opera move: Woman (Susan Lucci) goes to strike man, he grabs her arm, pulls her in for long, sloppy, passionate kiss. It looked ridiculous then too.

Agree - Stops the greasies!

ABC Wide World of Sports - 2nd version.

White Castle - The Serendipity Singers, whoever the the hell they are. 1979

Hostess - I think a bit of the beginning is cut off, but I couldn't resist adding this for Captain Cupcake and Fruit Pie the Magician.

Better Business Bureau - An Abominable Snowman puppet advises you to spend your money wisely.

Sweet Pickles Books - Courtesy of Weekly Reader Books, animals with personality disorders teach kids how not to behave.

$100,000 Bar - Chewy, chewy "carmel" (to the tune, more or less, of Sugar Sugar). 1979

Pop Rocks - The cracklin's what's happenin', the sizzle makes you giggle... (Ricky Paull Goldin)


Wisk - You've got ring around the collar, you poor chump.

Clairol Herbal Essence Shampoo - You're gonna swear you've got more hair.

Calgon - Take me away!


Memorex (Ella Fitzgerald)

Popeil Pocket Fisherman - Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. Teach him to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime. Sell him a glove compartment-sized rod for twenty bucks, he'll fish for an hour until it breaks.

Bain De Soleil - For the St. Tropez tan.

Sonic Drive-In 1977

Life Cereal - Even that pug-nosed snob Mikey likes it.

Energy PSA - The one with urgent music, showing planet Earth with a gas gauge heading for empty. It's scary as hell, and it was RIGHT!

Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village - Time was, people made their own candles, hooked their own rugs, and, apparently, went to Dearborn Michigan on vacation so they could make their own candles and hook their own rugs.

Eastern & Disney 1978

Contour Girdles

K-Tel Pure Gold LP - Announcer misses cue at end.

Pop Tarts - Milton the Toaster.

Record World - Shaun Cassidy LP's.

Look of Love LP

Hawaiian Punch - Punchy, that obnoxious, violent creep.

Burger King - Star Wars glasses, 1978

McDonald’s - The stock grand opening ad, showing the old blue uniforms. 1972

Star Trek Command Communication Console 1976

ABC Brady Bunch - Mid-seventies promo.

ABC Sixth Sense - Creepy promo for short-lived Gary Collins series.

ABC Monday Night Football - Jazzy!

Energized Spiderman figure

Hardy Boys dolls

Honda Scooter

Tootsie Pop - Mr. Turtle and Wise Old Owl offer no help whatsoever in ascertaining the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. Modern science will later determine the answer as 411.

CBS In The News intro- Okay, it's one from the eighties, but it has the same voiceover guy and that great computery theme which effectively announced, "Okay, cartoons are over--get your ass off the floor, put your cereal bowl in the sink and go outside and get some fresh air fer crying out loud!"

ABC Time For Timer “You are what you eat”

ABC Schoolhouse Rock intro and outro

Keep America Beautiful PSA 1971

Humane Society PSA

Forest Service PSA


Burger King

WOR Bowling for Dollars promo - NYC, Larry Kenney

Dairy PSA

Buscemi’s Pizza - All-time classic from Detroit... Dumb ad, but suddenly you see a local anchorwoman superimposed over the screen, picking her teeth! No doubt it was some director doing it as a goof, but then the anchorwoman looks to the side, presumably at a monitor, and the image disappears! I bet heads rolled for that one...

Ritz Thrift Shop - Played in NYC forever.

Cross at the Green PSA

Empty Buildings PSA

Downstairs Up Record Shop

ABC Partridge Family - Jeez, Danny Bonaduce was never funny.

Burger King

Chams Du Baron

Albert Merrill School


Trix - Trix rabbit does his Fonzie impression.

Burger King (Patrick Swayze)


ABC Time For Timer “Wagon Wheels” - I hanker fer a hunka cheese!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Looking For Someone?

I just wanted to mention that I have many thousands of commercials from the seventies and eighties that are not listed here. If you are looking for a particular celebrity, I may have more with them. For instance, on my New York City local tape, I have the Dial-A-Santa ad with A Christmas Story's Peter Billingsley. If you were interested, I also have him in three or four Hershey's Syrup "Messy Marvin" spots, as well as ads for Longacre Franks, Curad bandages, Lifesavers, the Darth Vader collector's case, and McDonald's. So email me if you are looking for anyone in particular, you might be surprised...
[7/17/14 add: I have recently posted a list of celebs in my collection, so check it out for particular folks...]