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A good commercial can cost a lot of money to produce. Writers, camera crews, actors, special effects, music can all pile up. And while larger companies can handle the cost, to smaller business owners, spending this much money on a 30 second commercial spot is a gamble. Especially since there's no guarantee that the commercial will actually attract people instead of being just another nuisance to skip over with their DVR. So naturally, local commercials cut corners, but are usually still halfway presentable.

But this cost cutting is taken UpToEleven in fiction. Commercials will air on ungodly time slots, the script will be [[HerCodeNameWasMarySue cheesy]], the actors will either have the theatrical chops of a [[BadBadActing toothpick]] or jump around and [[InsaneProprietor act craaaaazy]], [[OurSloganIsTerrible the slogan will suck]], and the whole thing will be shot in front of a green screen with the [[SpecialEffectFailure worst off the shelf effects ever seen]]. By the time it's done, the final product will be SoBadItsGood at best.

A type of StylisticSuck, though it can be TruthInTelevision as well.

'''Note''': [[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease Do not add Real Life commercials as examples here]]. List them on SoBadItsGood.{{Advertising}}. [[noreallife]]



[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* In ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'', Onizuka makes several low budget local commercials starring Tomoko, in order to give her a start in show business.
** This is actually noted to be a very cunning strategy. It's much easier to break into than the crowded national campaign markets but doing enough of them can give a similar level of coverage.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* The [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Donald Duck comic story]] "Paperino e lo spot a basso costo" has Donald and Fethry Duck working in an agency that makes zero-budget ads, made up mainly of random StockFootage and Fethry's BadBadActing. When they accidentally end up making an advert for a shovel-producing corporation, they come out with a SpecialEffectsFailure-laden campy ad with a terrible script about an AlienInvasion thwarted by shovel-whacking. The ad still ends up attracting thousands of customers.


[[folder: Film -- Animated ]]

* The Mayor's commercial for Sardine Land in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs''. The animators went the extra mile to make it look as cheap as possible, even faking the worst blue-screen effects possible in a medium that doesn't even require it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', the commercial for Al's Toy Barn.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' which is about sentient appliances the TV makes one of these in the "''Crazy'' Ernie's Emporium of TOTAL Bargain MADNESS!" in order to try and convince their 'Master' to go to the local junkyard and possibly rescue the other appliances. Though given he has complete control of his screen he does manage some decent visuals but the lines he comes with are rather silly and overacted due to him panicking.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', the commercial near the beginning about the titular company. Not as bad as most examples, but has some chuckle-worthy, slightly sheepish acting from Sulley.


[[folder: Film -- Live Action ]]

* The Massey Motors commercials in ''Film/RaisingHelen'' had even more problems than a normal cheesy local used car dealership commercial because of Mr. Massey's refusal to be "dishonest" and the fact that his toupee would blow off.
* The commercial the title characters put out in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}''. It has no music, the characters are wooden and it looks like it was shot for about 5 bucks. In ''Film/GhostBustersII'', after their comeback the Busters rope Janine and Louis into doing a commercial, with BadBadActing and cheap special effects.
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}''. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UICgA-P67Zw commercial featuring the title character]] appears to be based on the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGEYCsvPJzw cheezy ads Cal Worthington used to create for his car dealership]].
* ''Film/UsedCars'': first they [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqlJvGvtOvY#t=2m33s hijack a TV transmission]] of an EmergencyPresidentialAddress to hawk their rival's cars (thus getting him into trouble). In another live commercial their model loses her dress. Later a legitimate (bad) commercial says that they have "styles" of cars but the audio is altered by people working for the rival to say "miles" instead; the lot is then sued for false advertising, since they don't have a mile of cars.
** The day is saved at the last second when the final car comes into the lot while a judge is measuring all of them with a tape measure. It's just short at first ... until the [[TechMarchesOn license plate covering the gas cap falls open]], which adds the few inches needed to make it a "mile of cars."
* The audio store commercial from ''Film/BoogieNights''.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's ''Film/{{UHF}}'' features a few of these, including one for Spatula City ([[SeverelySpecializedStore they sell spatulas, and that's all!]])
* In the Michael Keaton ''Film/{{Batman}}'', the Joker makes one of these to announce "Joker Brand Cosmetics, with [[MayContainEvil Smilex]]"; complete with him posing with carboard cutout models, shopping in a fake grocery store, and doing a side-by-side comparison with a "Brand-X".
* Hopper's commercial in ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' is so painfully bad, it's the reason why he wants Kermit to be his spokesman - or spokesfrog, anyway.
* The family Bros. Bar-B-Q in ''[[Film/{{Friday}} Friday After Next]]'' is an example. Barbeque tastes so good, makes you want to slap your mama! Willie proceeds to slap his mama for real. Craig's said you might have missed it because they only have enough money for a 15 second spot.
* Creator/JohnWaters wanted to get a local wig shop owner to narrate ''Film/PinkFlamingos'' because of the horrible Baltimore accent he used in commercials. When he refused, Waters impersonated his style for the film.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6G6yVIHvsIE Morrie's Wigs commercial]] from ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}''
* The ''Film/WNUFHalloweenSpecial'' makes heavy use of these to convey its gimmick of it being a [[FoundFootage supposed found recording]] of a late 80s local TV station broadcast.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''The Merry Wives Of Maggody'', the boat salesman who contributed the bass boat to the golf tournament is first seen filming one of these. He ''meant'' for it to feature a bad pun about taking the bull by the horns, but the bull rented for the filming kept wandering off.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The entire premise of ''WebVideo/RhettAndLink: Commercial Kings''.
* ''Series/MenOfACertainAge'': After Scarpulla Chevrolet creates a series of cheesy rap commercials, Owen decides to shoot a classy commercial with his dad and his friend Terry. Terry decides it's too boring and convinces Owen to outcheese Scarpulla.
* In an episode of ''Series/ModernFamily'', baby Lily gets a part in one of these. Along with all of the usual cheesiness, this commercial is also extremely racist.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Cordelia makes a commercial for Angel Investigations, but they never have it aired. Doyle is the on-air "talent," and he's very uncomfortable on camera.
** This is also probably one of the only examples of this trope that also doubles as a TragicKeepsake, after Doyle dies.
* ''Series/TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob'' mocks these to no end.
* A staple in recent years on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', often relegated towards the end of the episode.
* In ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'', Joey Jeremiah is shown in a series of commercials for his car lot. The commercials largely follow this model.
* Similarly to the office, the gang in ''Series/RaisingHope'' has to film a commercial for the store where they work. All of the sample commercials they film have elements of this.
* Saul Goodman's ads in ''Series/BreakingBad'', "Better Call Saul!" He may be [[InvokedTrope invoking]] this trope as part of his ObfuscatingStupidity act.
** This is extended on the {{Prequel}} SpinOff ''Series/BetterCallSaul'', where the viewer learns he developed the Saul Goodman persona as a commercial director.
* Several of the recurring sketches on ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' were actually commercials for businesses local to the fictional Melonville area where the SCTV station was said to be based.
** One of the more memorable series of sketches involved commercials for "Tex and Edna's Organ Emporium," and how Tex and Edna's divorce, and their efforts to move on, played out through the commercials.
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' occasionally features these kind of ads.
* Sonia on ''Series/TheBrothersGarcia'' makes a truly terrible commercial for her at-home beauty salon all by herself, prompting the rest of the family to secretly create a much better one.
* Karen and Jack appeared in one on ''Series/{{Will and Grace}}''.
* The mattress commercial, featuring Van Halen's "Jump", in the ''Series/{{Glee}}'' episode "Mattresses".
* Al Bundy's 555-SHOE ad, on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''.
* ''Series/AlmostLive'' had a lot of fun making fun of the more infamous bad commercials made in the Seattle area. One of their finest is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0q1i2mqMgs "Roscoe's Oriental Rug Emporium"]], spoofing a place in Pioneer Square that seemed to be having a "going out of business" sale every other month.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' featured a few of these starring Janice's not-quite-ex husband, the Mattress King.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Greendale has had one of these commercials running for years. One episode revolves around them filming a new one. This being Greendale, HilarityEnsues.
* ''Series/{{Arrested Development}}'': In Season 3, attorney Bob Loblaw is introduced to viewers with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwWAsNZTnug commercial]] for his practice, in which he dramatically says the name "Bob Loblaw" and (thanks to in-universe poor continuity) is seen closing the same law book three times, for effect.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': in the episode "The Junk Mail," Jerry searches through an old VHS tape and finds out Elaine's latest boyfriend once appeared as "the Wiz" in a kitschy commercial for the Nobody Beats The Wiz chain of electronics stores.
* The entire final scene ("Chef of the Future") of the classic "Better Living Through TV" episode of ''Series/TheHoneymooners''.
* Several times on ''Series/MrShow'', including Don Pratt, who doesn't really have a service to offer but just wants to help and hang out with his clients (he's also a BasementDweller). It features interviews from several confused past clients.
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' has an entire episode, "Local Ad", about the employees making one of these.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has a few of these as part of the DVD bonus feature "Good Morning Storybrooke".
* PlayedForDrama in ''Series/PartyOfFive'', when Julia and Griffin spend the last of their savings to make a commercial for their failing auto shop. The commercial's quality was so bad that they couldn't get it to air.
* One ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' episode had a sleazy PrivateDetective advertise his services this way:
-->'''P.I. Leo Sporm''': How do you know if your wife's cheating on you? ''You don't.''
-->'''Ad voiceover''': ''Call Leo now!'' (Complete with FiveFiveFive number.)
* An episode of ''Series/SmartGuy'' focused on the Hendersons making one for Floyd's roofing business, starring Floyd as a superhero called "Roofer-Man". When the commercial winds up being aired in a 3am timeslot due to the cable station executive's misleading contract[[note]]The exec informed TJ that it would be aired between 8 and 10. He didn't mention until the contract was finalized that he'd meant [[ExactWords 8pm to 10am]][[/note]], TJ breaks into the studio and sets the computer to play it during "Sunday primetime" instead. Unfortunately, this results in the cheap, SoBadItsGood commercial being played during ''[[SuperBowlSpecial the Superbowl]]'', where it quickly achieves in-universe [[MemeticMutation memetic status]] while costing the station millions in ad-revenue.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' uses this for Liz's one role while still pursuing an acting career in Chicago: a phone sex line called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dpV-xOY2EY 1-900-OKFACE]].


[[folder: Music ]]

* {{Music/Frank Zappa}}'s song "Eddie, Are You Kidding?" from ''Music/JustAnotherBandFromLA'' spoofed Edward Nalbandian and his commercials for Zacharary's All Clothing store on local Los Angeles TV. The song title and chorus were an actual quote from a Nalbandian commercial.


[[folder: Radio ]]

* Made-up audio versions of this trope, ostensibly for Lake Wobegon small businesses and assorted oddball products, are a staple feature of ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion''.
* Parodied without mercy in sketch show ''Radio/SonOfCliche''.


[[folder: Theme Parks ]]

* The now-deceased ''Ride/{{JAWS}}'' attraction at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Florida]] featured many of these commercials (all of which were shot when the ride first opened in the early '90s and used until its closure in January 2012) as part of its ''very'' large amount of fictional Amity TV programming that played in the queue line.
* Similar to the above, when [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]]'s (and Walt Disney World's) ''Ride/SpaceMountain'' was sponsored by Federal Express in the mid-90s, the queue line was given a fictional amount of intergalactic TV programming that played as guests were waiting for their rockets. You could expect many commercials, news stories, fashion updates, and various other TV programs, but the one that fits the "kitschy" mold in particular was the hyperactive "Crazy Larry" (played by Creator/CharlesFleischer), whose business had pretty much the most commercials in the whole loop.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Used as a WorldBuilding tool in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', load screens are almost entirely poster ads, billboards, and paper paraphernalia of pre-war Nevada. The ads are generally of mediocre quality at best, one shows a 50's style Strongman lifting weights with the caption, "Build Mass With Sass! Sunset Sarsaparilla"
* The radio on every ''Radio/GrandTheftAuto'' game is filled with these.
* ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'' opens with one in the style of the ones in the movies. The Wii version is even more kitschy than the "realistic" versions of the game.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf2aI0CPqQE "Gary's Mattresses"]] is a parody of these.
* ''Advertising/BigBillHells'' is also a parody, done by people who were making relatively serious used car commercials from roughly the same template at the same time. [[note]]We're classing this as "Web Original", even though Web video distribution didn't exist in 1990, for lack of a better category.[[/note]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' had a few cartoons featuring [[CrazyHomelessPeople rambling derelict]] Senor Cardgage as a pitch-man.
** "Senor Mortgage" had Senor Cardgage running a financial services company, offering to help viewers "get a leg up on the pile" with the aid of "one of our handsome-talking experts".
** "Senorial Day" had Senor Cardgage advertising the "Senorial Day Tent Event Suprasale". Meanwhile, Bubs had his own super-cheesy ad for "Bubs-otathon", which he promoted with a series of horrible puns, such as dressing like John [=McEnroe=] and calling his competition a "total ''racket''!"
--->'''Bubs:''' We're holding up a novelty rubber chicken and playing a cartoony sound effect (''boing-boing!'') of savings!
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cD2P6eyOwE Spend Money. Live Smaller. Smal-Mart.]]
* [[WebVideo/FiveSecondFilms 5 Second Films]] has a number of these, including ads for the slightly unhinged [[http://5secondfilms.com/watch/dimo-higgins-attorney-at-law attorney at law]]/[[http://5secondfilms.com/watch/dimo-higgins-goblin-hunter goblinhunter]] Dimo Higgins, [[http://5secondfilms.com/watch/welcome_to_chico_pts-_1-5 the frightening]] [[http://5secondfilms.com/watch/welcome_to_chico_pts-_6-10 town of]] [[http://5secondfilms.com/watch/welcome_to_chico_pts-_11-15 Chico]], and [[http://5secondfilms.com/watch/dog-days-for-pauly-p Pauly P's Pet Pemporium.]]
* ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' occasionally features the exploits of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeOZhw-ukso&list=PL_AClfak5F5qVsECuD4H5j19JjvR-yYvR Dave's Spokesman]], who advertises businesses with strange combinations of products, all owned (allegedly) by a man named Dave. He [[AccentUponTheWrongSyllable an odd manner of speaking]], [[CloudCuckooLander and may not even know what he's advertising half the time]]. [[FromBadToWorse He also does local news]].
** Dave himself appears once, and reveals that he's been paying the Spokesman to ''not advertise his business''.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MRwayFwxRg The Khum Dhan commercial]]. A parody of [[SnakeOilSalesman miracle Snake Oil remedies]] for literally anything where the entire joke is that the product is an AccidentalInnuendo.
* In a Creator/FoilArmsAndHog sketch. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORfOqRn3r4A&t=7s “Hello, I’m Matts Matterson from The Mat Warehouse. I own the company, and I also do the adverts”.]]


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': When Mr. Krabs decides to make a commercial for the Krusty Krab, Squidward initially goes all out to make it as extravagant as possible. Krabs then decides it's too much and goes for a cheesy commercial on at 3AM.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Homer's first "Mr. Plow" ad, which aired at 3:17 AM on Channel 92 and featured BadBadActing from the family, including Grampa as "Old Man Winter".
** Mister Burns' student employee recruitment tape also fits this. It was clearly filmed in a single take with Homer, Carl and Lennie as the (lack of) talent and a script that vaunts nuclear power as a better option than sawing your legs off to beg.
--->'''Lisa:''' Why would anyone want to saw their own legs off?
--->'''Homer:''' There were some problems with the script.
--->'''Lisa:''' I don't think anyone read the script.
--->'''Homer:''' That was the problem.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' loves this trope:
** Al Harrington of the Wacky Waving Arm-Flailing Inflatable Tube Man Emporium and Warehouse.
** In another episode when Peter becomes one of the New England Patriots, he does a local spot for a car dealership complete with monotone reading, eyes following cue-cards, forced football references, and crappy redundant jingle.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', Bob makes a commercial to air locally during the Super Bowl, as a way of showing off Jimmy Pesto during his lavish Super Bowl party. Louise wrote the script, which includes Gene as a giant burger attacking the city with mustard, and Linda singing.
* Between seasons, ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' aired a series of shorts during commercials. One of those shorts featured a hilariously terrible [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AGAacMH-4Q in-universe commercial]] for the Mystery Shack which was just as cheap as its owner, with features such as wooden acting, old fashioned and awful compositing, numerous flubs left in with clumsily edited corrections, sudden MoodWhiplash, RattlingOffLegal, and an [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment inexplicable]] [[ScreamerPrank screamer]] at the end.
** "A Tale of Two Stans" shows that Stan's first business ventures involved these as well. Compared to the one he would make for the Mystery Shack, they were comparatively low-key
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhantomInvestigators'' episode "Ghosts On Film", the Phantom Investigators have one that consists of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW0SuXufiQU Casey and Jericho posing in monster masks on a cheap set while Daemona narrates behind them]].