The Tracey Ullman Show is an American television variety show, hosted by British comedian and onetime pop singer Tracey Ullman. It debuted on April 5, 1987 as the Fox network’s second primetime series after Married… with Children, and ran until May 26, 1990. The show blended sketch comedy shorts with many musical numbers, featuring choreography by Paula Abdul. The show also produced The Simpsons shorts before it spun off into its own show. This is the first television series produced by Gracie Films and 20th Century Fox Television. Click here to watch a clip from the show »
In the 1960s, Welch’s was a major sponsor of the ABC primetime animated comedy series The Flintstones; its characters were prominently featured in Welch’s TV commercials on that show, and on jars of Welch’s grape jelly. In the early 1970s, The Archies cartoon characters were on the jars. That then snowballed into Tom & Jerry, The Muppets, McDonald’s characters, etc.
In the days before ramen noodles (and the infinite variety of similar products) gave college students a way to turn pocket change into dinner, the hot-water-meal market was largely limitedto Cup-O-Noodles and Cup-O-Soup (both from Lipton), as well as what Betty Crocker proclaimed as a “New Idea!” back in the late ’70s: Mug-O-Lunch. The Mug-O-Lunch line offered Macaroni & Cheese, Beef Noodle, Chicken Noodle, and Spaghetti, all sold in packets of dried powder meant to be combined with boiling water and stirred for five minutes. Click here to watch the commercial from 1979 »
These were my two favorite Kool-Aid flavors, not only because the names are bad-ass but because they tasted delicious. Is there a Kool-Aid flavor that was your favorite? Click here to watch the Purplesaurus Rex commercial »
Stompers were first created in 1980 by Schaper Toys. These toys were battery-powered vehicles that ran on a single AA battery and featured all-wheel drive. They were driven by a single motor that turned both axles. In the UK they were called Trekkers, made by Corgi. There was also a similar product made by Matchbox called Rough Riders. Click here to watch the commercial »
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