Every Kiss Begins With F-You: The 10 Most Annoying, Awful Commercials Of 2012

By: 12.28.12  •  124 Comments

As Danger noted on Twitter last night, the last couple of weeks of December must be hell on people who hate lists. With that said, I’ve intentionally shied away from posting any listicles so as to not overload you guys with them — lord knows we’ve done our share at this point.

But there’s one area where my desire to shy away from posting any listicles has been overcome by my desire to vent some deep, burning hate: annoying, awful TV commercials. We’ve already celebrated the good ones, and there were SO MANY terrible ones out there, right? And is it just me or do the worst ones seem to run the longest? UGH! Imagine how awful it would be if we didn’t have DVRs to fast forward through them much of the time! I might have killed myself by now. Anyway, on with the hate…

10. Cottonelle Care Routine

Look, if you and your ad people can’t come up with a clever term for the act of wiping one’s ass and then passing a wet wipe over the butthole for extra measure in an effort to sell more of your products, don’t turn to us for help.

9. Progressive Superstore

Any commercial involving Flo the Progressive Insurance lady is pretty difficult to stomach. Now that the world knows just how terrible Progressive is, her squawking is even more hate-inspiring.

8. Geiko “Can’t Stop”

Every time I see this commercial I hold out hope that something will change and the stupid gecko will get splattered by a cyclist on the Brooklyn Bridge. So much to hate here, but mainly the dumb lizard alternating between a terrible Aussie accent (“Come off it, mate”) and an even more terrible New York one (“This is New Yawk!”).

7. Taxmasters

There are a gazillion scary ads being run by accounting firms claiming they can solve all your tax problems, but none were as ubiquitous as the Taxmasters ads featuring the company’s bloated, bearded, terrifying CEO, Patrick Cox. However, you probably haven’t seen Cox on the air in a while after a jury slammed Taxmasters with a close to $200 million penalty judgment for deceptive practices in a civil case earlier this year. Good riddance.

6. American Advisors Group (AAG) Reverse Mortgages

Speaking of scams, Fred Thompson pushing “reverse mortgages” on old people just reeks of one, doesn’t it?

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