All the Great Super Bowl Commercials You Missed If You Didn't Watch the Game
We'll admit it—when we tune into the Super Bowl, we're there for the commercials, not the football.
And this year in particular was a doozy. Super Bowl LVI's ad breaks were more star-studded than we'd ever seen, featuring all of today's hottest stars, and we adored them all. So, whether you missed the game entirely or are just looking for a recap of the very best commercials, here are the ones you have to see.
McDonald's Can I Get Uhhhhhhhhhhhh
This one goes out to everyone who's ever been indecisive at the McDonald's drive-thru window. The ad shows a number of hungry McDonald's customers who don't know quite what they want when they arrive at the speaker box to order, with some celebrity cameos including classic character Grimace's comeback and Kanye West hopping out of a giant armored vehicle to mutter his non-order.
Amazon's Mind Reader
Are smart devices getting too smart? In this ad for Amazon, Scarlett Johansson and her husband Colin Jost imagine a world where their Alexa gets a little bit ahead of herself and starts reading their minds. You'd think having all of your needs anticipated would be great, but as this ad reveals, some things are best kept unsaid.
Taco Bell's The Grande Escape
We'll be honest when we say we don't quite follow everything going on in this ad, but it's compelling nonetheless. It seems to begin in a school for clowns, before one of the clowns (played by Doja Cat) drives off in a clown car with some friends, only for them to transform into non-clowns along the way, with her cover of Hole's "Celebrity Skin" playing all the while. What does that all have to do with Taco Bell? Maybe nothing—but at least the song is great.
Toyota's The Joneses
We've all heard of keeping up with the Joneses, but this ad for the Toyota Tundra takes the idea to the next level by featuring three famous Joneses—Tommy Lee Jones, Leslie Jones and Rashida Jones—with "It's Not Unusual" by Tom Jones playing as the three outmaneuver one another. The commercial even features Nick Jonas, who isn't quite a Jones, but we'll take it.
Lizzo in Real Tone
For the longest time, photography was developed around people with light skin, making it nearly impossible for people with darker complexions to get great-looking photos on the fly. The new Google Pixel 6 phone aims to remedy that with Real Tone, developed to result in great photos, regardless of your skin tone. Lizzo's "If You Love Me" is extra poignant over the beautiful images showcased in the ad, capped off with a stunning shot of Lizzo herself.
Uber Don't Eats
We can't help but love how silly this ad is. "If it was delivered with Uber Eats," asks Jennifer Coolidge, "does that mean I can eats it?" It goes on to showcase Jennifer, plus Trevor Noah, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicholas Braun and more, eating non-food items delivered by Uber Eats, all with the now-iconic "Oh No" TikTok sound played over it. We think her question is answered pretty plainly by the end.
Lay's Golden Memories
Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd have now starred in a total of five films together, so it's no surprise they now share a Super Bowl commercial for Lay's, too. The ad shows the two reflecting on some of their favorite genre-spanning memories ahead of Seth's wedding—and for some reason, Lay's potato chips were a part of every one of them.
BIC EZ Reach Pass It
Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart have one of the most unusual (and best) celebrity friendships out there, and we've loved seeing them collaborate in all kinds of ways, including in this BIG EZ Reach ad. We love the tongue-in-cheek nature of the ad, and how these two bounce effortlessly off each other.
Squarespace Sally's Seashells
We all know the tongue-twister "She sells seashells by the seashore," but have you ever stopped to consider that the market for shells might not be great right by the beach? That's what Sally (played by Zendaya) discovers in this ad, before starting a website on Squarespace and becoming an entrepreneur with a booming business. The great ad is made even better with narration from legend André 3000.
T-Mobile's Miley Cyrus Sings a Song for 5G Phones
Could anything be better than a team-up between Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton? In this silly ad, the duo team up to make a fake charity single to raise awareness for T-Mobile and their 5G network. We're not all that surprised that they manage to make the sappy song oddly listenable.
General Motors' Dr. EV-il
The whole Evil gang from Austin Powers is back for this hilarious ad from General Motors. Starring Mike Myers as Dr. Evil, Rob Lowe as Number 2, Mindy Sterling as Frau Farbissina and Seth Green as Scott Evil (plus Scott's new baby, Kyle/"Baby Me"), the commercial sees Dr. Evil teaming up with General Motors to stop climate change, because what's the point of being evil if the world has already been destroyed?
Hellmann's Mayo Tackles Food Waste
In this ad from Hellman's, legendary football coach and linebacker Jerod Mayo stops food waste in its tracks by tackling anyone who's about to throw away perfectly good food. Even better, Pete Davidson is in the commercial—and even though he doesn't waste food, he gets tackled too. "I get it. I'm very hittable," Pete empathizes.
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