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Is Apple's '1984' the Best Super Bowl Commercial Ever?

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 3rd 2010 3:05PM
Every year around this time, everyone talks about the best Super Bowl commercials of all-time. In fact, CBS has a special tonight at 8pm, 'Greatest Super Bowl Commercials of All-Time.' Apple's '1984' ad, which introduced the Mac, is often cited as the best Super Bowl ad ever. Is it? I love it and it's certainly in the running and iconic. Some people say this is the best ad ever, period.

Here's the commercial. After the jump, take our poll.



Is '1984' the best Super Bowl commercial of all-time?
Yes! Not only is it well-done, it's an important ad.172 (47.0%)
It's OK. I like the funny Budweiser ads better.71 (19.4%)
No way. It's incredibly overrated.123 (33.6%)

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Dan H

I would say the best commercial was Larry Bird and Michael Jordan playing H.O.R.S.E. for McDonald's food. Terry Tate was great too.

February 04 2010 at 12:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric H

After reviewing the commercial it really doesn't hold up, just looks goofy. In my opinion at least.

February 04 2010 at 8:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason Chapa

Anyone find it ironic that back then Apple was making fun of 1984 and Big Brother, but now they've become Big Brother with their tight control over the iPhone app store, refusing to provide Flash to their users, and their closed system of hardware/software?

February 03 2010 at 5:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Picviewer

Beat me to the punch, all the drones sitting there are the Apple crowd but they don't realize it.
The world was ready to be broken free with the PC.

February 04 2010 at 2:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric H

Especially if you consider that in 1984 only a small portion of the population were allowed to be party members, and they looked down on the rest of the population.

February 04 2010 at 8:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dj

the only other Super Bowl ad that is as iconic as 'Apple 1984' is Coca-Cola's "Mean Joe Greene" spot.

February 03 2010 at 4:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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CMG

Mean Joe Greene wasn't a Super Bowl ad. It premiered September 1, 1979, according to Wikipedia. It was one of the most prominent TV ads of all time, but not a Super Bowl ad.

February 03 2010 at 7:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dapete

Terry Tate: Office Linebacker

February 03 2010 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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khamel

here here. those were fantastic commercials. but the apple one is probably more significant and memorable for most people.

February 03 2010 at 5:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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