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Thursday TV Throwback: Memorable '90s Commercials

Aug 02, 2012 | 10:28am EDT

gushers-banana.jpgIn our quest to bring you the best TV content, sometimes we have to look... backwards. That's why we've started Thursday TV Throwback, wherein each week our staff of pop culture enthusiasts will be tasked with bringing back some of the best television clips that have been forgotten by time, space and the general zeitgeist.

This week's theme: '90s Commercials!

Looking for a quick splash of nostalgia? Here's what our staff picked...

Marc Snetiker: Remember that old Gushers commercial where all of the kids turned into humanoid fruit? That was traumatizing. How did their parents react?! There was one kid who even turns into a cactus. Worst fruit snack transformation ever.

Brian Moylan: Who can forget the Taster's Choice commercials about a man and a woman entering a relationship? It was like a soap opera centered around instant coffee (as all romances should be). And it stars future Buffy star Anthony Head!

Alicia Lutes: PeeWee Herman knows what cool is: and apparently it does not involve smoking crack rocks. I'm uncomfortable. And terrified. And will definitely never smoke crack. Mission accomplished?

Samantha Xu: Gak made my hands smell weird, was a black hole for pet and human hair, and always got stuck in the carpet, but boy did I love knowing that I was offending those snooty librarians.

Kate Ward: Seth Green's old Nerf ad is everything that was great about the mid-1990s in 30 seconds. Including a "NOT!" joke. Worst commercial ever. NOT!

Matt Patches: Crossfire looked like the most badass game of all time. Flying into a deathmatch arena on hoverboards, lighting striking down to reveal the board, a theme song that sounded like a rejected single from a Guns N' Roses kids album — it was bliss. That said, shooting a triangular piece of plastic with marbles is interesting for approximately two seconds. Come to think of it, I'm not sure I knew anyone who actually owned Crossfire.

Aly Semigran: Thinking back to the '90s, I don't resent what my parents, or any parents for that matter, went through. Not only were kids constantly inundated with toy commercials, but the jingles were so damn catchy. Seriously, remember the Skip-It jingle? You do now. And you won't be able to get it out of your head for roughly 17 weeks. (Also, can I have a Skip-It, please?)

Abbey Stone: A creepy commercial, but an unforgettable theme song. And so what if Chicken Limbo was recalled in 2006 for injuring 23 children, it was the highlight of every eight-year-old's birthday party in 1995.

Kelsea Stahler: Polly Pocket may have been the perfect choking hazard, but I mean, it’s a tiny city with tiny pets and tiny cars and tiny little circles to click our tiny little dolls into. This also proably the most effective commercial ever — I may or may not have owned every single one of these teeny-weeny sets.

Can't pick just one? This week's double whammy writer is... Kelsea Stahler!

Double Whammy!: You'd have to include Cool Shaving Ken, because it’s in the name. There was a time when Barbie was brazen enough to make out with Ken, all over the small screen. Also, sometimes, by the magic of chemicals, Ken could shave his beard (oh yeah, Ken had a beard sometimes). Which was super cool.

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