Video Playlist: Super Bowl 50 Commercials 2016

This photo provided by Anheuser-Busch shows actress Helen Mirren in a Budweiser ad for Super Bowl 50. In the ad, Mirren delivers a lecture about drunk driving and why it’s a terrible idea. (Anheuser-Busch via AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — It’s that time of the year when sports and entertainment fans dish out hundreds of millions of dollars on television upgrades to experience the season’s single biggest event in HD: the Super Bowl commercials.

For fans like myself whose team fell short of football’s main event, the commercials are as much a part of this sports spectacle. For many of us, the ads are the centerpiece of our Sunday tailgate party with family and friends — even in our post game analysis, we’re breaking down our favorite commercials.

Advertisers pay small fortunes to attract the nearly 115 million scruffy jocks and the non-sports types, and turning them into consumers.

Sometimes, producing these ads cost more than the air time, and air time ain’t cheap. Some companies will pay as much as $5 million dollars to broadcast a 30-second spot, according to a report on

This trend of creative commercials kicked off in 1984, when Apple aired a memorable 1-minute spot based on George Orwell’s 1984.

Since then, Super Bowl audiences have been treated to some memorable spots including a trio of beer-loving frogs, countless dancing babies, supermodels drenched in barbecue sauce, and a mini Darth Vadar with a broken force. (His dad helps the kid restore the force.)

Here’s a look at this year’s commercials. Check back for updates to our playlist. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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