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The 8 best Super Bowl 51 ads

We had calls for diversity, laughs, and the return of Spuds.


Kahron Spearman


Posted on Feb 6, 2017   Updated on May 25, 2021, 1:43 am CDT

After a rough start, Super Bowl 51 offered America some decent commercials. These were the best, likely to generate tears, laughs, and other assorted feels.

1) Buick

Cam Newton suddenly shows up to lead a Pee Wee league team to unfair glory.

2) Skittles

Bad romance for everyone.

3) Bai Antioxidant Infusions

Christopher Walken hilariously quotes N-Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye,” to Justin Timberlake.

4) Coca-Cola

More beautiful inclusiveness.

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5) 84 Lumber

Likely to put heavyweight salt in Trump supporters’ eyes, with a passionate, pro-immigration message.

6) Audi

Part of their #DriveProgress mission, promoting economic gender equality.

7) Kia Motors

A sly and clever spot, with Melissa McCarthy using her physical comedy to save a world that doesn’t want to be saved.

8) Bud Light

The world’s most famous bull terrier comes back, as Spuds of Bud Lights Past.

It was a thoroughly watchable, occassionally political lot. But we’re mostly thrilled to finally have a due date for Stranger Things season 2.

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*First Published: Feb 6, 2017, 12:18 am CST