How Far We’ve Come

Because I can’t get enough vintage twenty year old YouTube today here’s a promo for the FOX network in what looks like the fall of 1990.  The Simpsons are featured heavily:


Here’s a random block of commercials from Christmas of 1989.  Skip to the :30 mark for the Simpsons promo:

Amusingly, the Simpsons promo is followed by a “Married with Children” promo, which is followed by a commercial for an easy listening compilation, $19.99 for 3 records or 2 cassettes, $24.99 for 2 CDs.  Hey music industry, want to know why no one feels bad about stealing your music?  That’s why.  The price gouging CD offer is followed by an ad for Batman on VHS ($24.98!  That’s $43.58 in 2009 dollars.  Ouch.)  Then there’s a Pizza Hut commercial tied to Back to the Future that sees two guys go to the year 2015 to find pizza.  Let’s just say the 2015 stuff is a little off, though it is amusing to see what the commercial directors of the past thought the future would look like.  (Hint: It’s a lot like 1989.) 

(I couldn’t stomach the whole video, but if you skip to the 8:25 mark you can see a shoe commercial with what must be about a ten year old Jennifer Love Hewitt.) 


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