Commercials are the basic form of advertising. We have been subjected to them since the television first came into our homes in black and white. They have evolved from annoying short ads to full out stories being told in one minute or less. Commercials can make or break a company and product, so executives have to make sure that what is broadcasted on television is a good representation and sells. Thanks to DVR and cable boxes like TiVo, people can now fast forward through commercials, much to the dislike of major brands. But then during major sporting events like the Super Bowl, companies pay top dollar to produce a major commercial that is memorable. This has resulted in people watching the Super Bowl not only for the game, but also for the commercials.
Commercials still stand as one of the most powerful tools in wide brand marketing and reaching out to society. And they continue to get more elaborate and creative each day.
But sometimes, writers, directors, and executives take an idea too far. The result is a commercial that causes an uprising of concerned parents, citizens, etc. and the company that produced the commercial ends up getting banned. Money and time is wasted, and the creator types have to go back to the drawing board. But lucky for us, many of these commercials have found a second life online. Here are some favorites that were banned from television, whether they were too sexy, offensive, or whatever else under the sun that made it so it couldn’t be on the mainstream television waves.