The Goods and the B(ad)s: Super Bowl XLVI Edition

Kristin LeMarbe, Design Editor

You can count on Superbowl Sunday for the following things: parties with too much snack food, interesting (to say the least) halftime performances, two great teams fighting for the perfect end to their season and expensive commercial spots that get as much hype as the game itself.

Commercials this year used a few reoccurring themes. One was scantily clad women (Victoria’s Secret models were most common), cute babies, B and C-list celebrities and a token appearance from Betty White.

Based on feedback from various Internet polls, let’s take a look at some of the best Superbowl commercials from this year, in no particular order.

M&M’s: “Just My Shell”

This commercial’s parody of LMFAO’s hit song and dance “Sexy and I Know it” won positive feedback. It’s risqué, but hilarious.

Honda: “Matthew’s Day Off”

One of the evening’s best, Matthew Broderick makes us laugh in a hilarious throwback to his days as Ferris Bueller, otherwise known as Matthew Broderick’s only notable film role.

The Voice: “Vocal Combat”

While watching Adam Levine get punched in the nose pretty much guaranteed this ad as one of the night’s best, a cameo from Betty White made it that much better.

Chrysler: “Halftime in America”

Chrysler tried to recreate the same success as last year’s commercial with Eminem with this two minute spot about Halftime in America. Last year’s was better, but it is pretty safe to say most of Detroit appreciated the shout-out.

Doritos: “Man’s Best Friend”

You can never go wrong with a dog and Doritos. Straight to the point and funny.

Dannon: “Best Greek Yogurt in the World”

This commercial combines two great Greek things: yogurt and John Stamos. It’s also pretty funny, even after watching it eight times.

Fiat, Toyota, GoDaddy and Kia all lose points for their use of half-naked women as a selling point for their products.

This year no ads stood out as spectacularly bad, but none were fantastically entertaining enough to compete with the action of the big game. There’s always next year!

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