That McDonald’s Summertime Commercial

In my opinion, summer is an overrated season. I’m not in school anymore, so there’s no summer break. It’s hot and sweaty, which also makes where I live (NYC) smell just awful. And then there’s also a weird societal pressure to have unrealistic amounts of fun and adventure. So yes…overrated. McDonald’s collects the downsides of the season into this new spot, which is basically just a montage of summer suckiness. Saying that eating a McDonald’s Fresh Beef Quarter Pounder is an “easier way to enjoy summer” is a bit of tenuous connection, but I do appreciate the commercial’s ironic imagery. The song is “Summertime, Summertime” by The Jamies.

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That McDonald’s Commercial With Donut Sticks And “The Middle”

The older gentleman in the McDonald’s drive-thru who orders new Donut Sticks for the car behind him strikes me as someone who has raised children, and thus knows the struggle. The expression of the dad in the second car full of young girls in the middle of a rousing singalong of “The Middle” says it all. He’s definitely “losing his mind just a little.”  It’s a nice act of paying it forward, though I somewhat question whether getting those girls all hopped up on sugar would really quiet them down. And for the rest of us, it’s yet another opportunity to get “The Middle” stuck in our heads.

That Singing McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish Commercial

Lent starts next Wednesday, and for McDonald’s, Lent is Filet-O-Fish season. In fact, Mickey D’s sells almost a quarter of the yearly Filet-O-Fish sandwiches during that 40 day period. So if you haven’t already you’ll soon be seeing that long-running commercial where a Billy Bass-eque fish incessantly sings “Gimme back that Filet-O-Fish!” It’s been on for at least 10 years now. Annoying, but obviously quite catchy too. And here’s the interesting origin story of the Filet-O-Fish in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Travis Kelce Dances For McDonald’s

Travis Kelce scores touchdowns. He often busts a move when he scores touchdowns. But apparently Travis Kelce gets so excited about the McDonald’s 2 for $5 Mix & Match deal that it also makes him dance. Haha. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing this one a lot in the coming weeks.

McDonald’s Shows Bad Luck Brian Winning In Its Trick. Treat. Win! Game

If you’ve spent time online (which by definition of reading this, you have), you’ve probably seen the meme “Bad Luck Brian.” The real Bad Luck Brian is named Kyle Craven, and his famous photo was taken as a joke. Fortunately, Kyle has enjoyed his Internet fame. And now he’s in this McDonald’s ad for the Trick. Treat. Win! game, and he’s won a Big Mac. Turns out that Bad Luck Brian’s luck is turning around. In another spot, we meet Dylan McWilliams, an outdoor enthusiast who was attacked by a tiger shark in Hawaii. That was a few months after being attacked by a black bear in Colorado, and that wasn’t long after being bitten by a rattlesnake while rock climbing in Utah. The odds of all three happening to the same person is 893.35 quadrillion to one. You have to think Dylan’s odds are better since he’s an outdoorsy type, but still. And now he won a McFlurry!

Tuesday Throwback: This Young Couple Wants No Onions In Their McDonald’s Drive-Thru Order

In this McDonald’s commercial from 2000, a teenage girl is on the phone with her friend. She says her boyfriend hasn’t kissed her yet since he’s really shy, but thinks tonight is the night. Later, we see the couple hit up the McDonald’s drive-thru. They get two Quarter Pounders with cheese, and she’s insistent on no onions. You know, because of the kissing thing. He has a sheepish look when he realizes. I guess McDonald’s is also advertising the electronic board here, so you can see that they actually got your order down right. It’s a cute and innocent ad that’s also pretty corny and dated.

The McDonald’s Grandma Loves Sweet N’ Spicy Honey BBQ Glazed Tenders

We first met the McDonald’s grandma last year when the Golden Arches introduced their Buttermilk Chicken Tenders. Now, she’s back to promote McDonald’s Sweet N’ Spicy Honey BBQ Glazed Tenders (what an unwieldy name). See, they’re sweet and spicy just like Grandma. She’s sweet because she knits a sweater….and spicy because she gives the (cat-designed) sweater to her hunky gardener. Saucy. Marianne Muellerleile plays Grandma…anyone know who the hunky gardener or Grandma’s friend are?

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