The Best (and Worst) Super Bowl Ads of 2014

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Last night advertisers of all brands and commodities shelled out millions to get their ads in the coveted Super Bowl commercial break. So what did these million dollar spots produce? A whole lotta 80s nostalgia and a few tears. Here's our list of the best and worst commercials from the 2014 Super Bowl.


Personally, I felt like last year's round up of commercial glut was a bit better. And this country has yet to see anything as great as the Baby Vader spot from 2011. Seems like there were more missteps that hits this year — especially Axe Body Spray. What were they thinking? So here they are, ranked from best to worst.

RadioShack Hearts The 80s

The BEST commercial of the Superbowl. Hands down winner, right here. Which... is not saying terribly much.

Stephen Colbert for Pistachios

Everything he touches turns to pistachios, and gold.

Doritos Fake Time Machine

Update: Added because I forgot this amazing gem, apologies!

The Matrix for Kia

Wait for it...


Technology has the power to unite us, and make me cry harder than a puppy and a horse who are also best friends.

Why All Villains Are British


Space Jump for GoPro

We will NEVER tire of seeing footage from Felix Baumgartners Space Jump. This was cut together from previous footage. Watch the whole thing here, just amazing.

The Doberhuahua for Audi

Ten points for getting Sarah McLachlan involved. Minus ten points for making this creepy animal.

The Internet IN REAL LIFE

Kind of cute, will admit the legion of duck lip girls was very funny. But thanks for the real life visuals SquareSpace.

Winged German Engineers for Volkswagen

Every time a Volkswagen hits 100,000 miles, a German Engineer gets his wings.

Ellen is Little Red Riding Hood for Beats Pill

This commercial was odd. Mainly because of the strange anthropomorphic animals hitting on Ellen. I like them and I want to party with them, but I also want them to leave... immediately.

Dogs and Puppies and Songs that Make You Cry for Budweiser

Beasts of the Southern Wild 2? Nope.

At first I thought this was an ad for a Beasts of the Southern Wild sequel. And I was very excited (and confused as to how a sequel to an indie film had Super Bowl ad money, but never mind that). Then I realized it was a commercial for a really expensive car, and a piece of me died.


M&M Death

Kind of horrific when you think about it.

Worst: Axe Body Spray Can Heal The World

Awful, just awful.



Why is there only one female german engineer?

Who gets slapped on the ass by some wings.

Who doesn't get her own.