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Here's the best of the 2021 Super Bowl commercials

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Screenshot: Clockwise: Bud Light, Amazon, Pringles

The brands are at it again, folks, more or less spoiling the most fun part of any Super Bowl—the ads—by releasing them early online. Of course, several of the big players are bypassing ads entirely, allaying themselves the fear of going viral for the wrong reasons by pumping their spending into COVID-19 relief. That, of course, leaves plenty of room for the more daring companies among us, many of whom have already begun teasing their big ads. Below, you’ll find the likes of Michael B. Jordan, Lil Nas X, Dolly Parton, John Cena, and Marshawn Lynch, among many others, elevating some truly dire scenarios.


Let’s have a look at some of the most notable ones below.


Who’s in it: Michael B. Jordan

What is he doing: Playing a hot version of Alexa for a woman in an unhappy marriage.


Who’s in it: Nobody famous, but it was directed by David Fincher and scored by Atticus Ross.

What are they doing: Reminding people what it was like to get a beer with friends without it being a risk to your life.

Bud Light

Who’s in it: Post Malone and Cedric the Entertainer

What are they doing: Reuniting with other former Bud Light pitchmen, including the Bud Knight and the Real Men Of Genius singer, who is actually Survivor singer Dave Bickler.


Bud Light Seltzer Lemonade

Who’s in it: Nobody you’d know, probably

What are they doing: Reimagining the pandemic as an apocalyptic storm of lemons because when life gives you lemons...



Who’s in it: Timothée Chalemet

What is he doing: Riffing on the role made famous by his ex-girlfriend’s dad.


Who’s in it: Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis

What are they doing: Ashton is mad that Mila keeps eating the Cheetos, but after taking the advice of Shaggy, who lives in their house, she chooses to deny having eaten them, despite her obvious Cheetos fingers. Shaggy does a snack-themed verse of his 2000 hit single “It Wasn’t Me.” Lesser version of Doritos’ M.C. Hammer commercial from last year. 2 stars out of five, all of which go to Shaggy.



Who’s in it: Daveed Diggs, the Sesame Street crew

What are they doing: Remixing “People In Your Neighborhood” for people who order food online.



Who’s in it: Matthew McConaughey

What is he doing: Realizing that the only cure for his affliction—being flat like a piece of parchment paper—is Doritos 3D, the likes of which he steals by snaking through a vending machine’s snack dispenser. Celebrities, always thinking they don’t have to pay for shit.



Who’s in it: Marshawn Lynch, Deion Sanders, Jerry Rice, Terry Bradshaw, Jerome Bettis, Troy Aikman, and Eli and Payton Manning


What are they doing: Performing a Super Bowl-themed riff on “The Night Before Christmas” that’s centered around various kinds of chips. Now will you buy some Tostitos?


Who’s in it: Will Ferrell, Kenan Thompson, and Awkwafina

What are they doing: Traveling to Norway to tell the country’s car manufacturers than GM plans on manufacturing more electric cars.



Who’s in it: Bruce Springsteen

What is he doing: Gettin’ paid.

Jimmy John’s

Who’s in it: Brad Garrett

What is he doing: Playing a sandwich-themed mobster named Tony Bolognavich, the “king of cold cuts.”



Who’s in it?: Lil Nas X

What is he doing: Encouraging us to “create the future by defying the logic of the past.” Considering the guy got famous on TikTok with a country-rap song, that actually means something when he says it.


Michelob Ultra

Who’s in it: Peyton Manning and Serena Williams

What are they doing: Having fun and drinking beer in their million-dollar homes as a narrator babbles some drivel about being happy.


Michelob Ultra Organic Seltzer

Who’s in it: Don Cheadle

What is he doing: Being the only real celebrity in a commercial filled with celebrity lookalikes.



Who’s in it: Dan Levy

What is he doing: Revealing himself to be a homicidal psychopath

Mountain Dew

Who’s in it: John Cena and a barking watermelon dog

What are they doing: Teasing a watermelon-flavored Mountain Dew, as well as a contest in which the first egghead to count every bottle of this neon swill in its actual Super Bowl commercial will win a million bucks. Check out that actual commercial below.


Who’s in it: Oatly CEO Toni Petersson

What is he doing: Singing a song about non-dairy milk in a field, thinking about all that money he took from Blackstone.



Who’s in it: Saquon Barkley, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Jalen Hurts, Devin White, Kendrick Bourne, Austin Jackson, American Ninja Warrior’s Angela Gargano, and...SpongeBob


What are they doing: Making an “ugly face” while they work out. (Editor’s note: Everyone is beautiful.)


Who’s in it: Some astronauts who have just returned from space

What are they doing: Slowly dying of thirst, hunger, and exposure because the suits at NASA are too busy “stacking Pringles.”



Who’s in it: Reddit, albeit for a brief five seconds

What is it doing: Celebrating how “underdogs can accomplish just about anything when they come together around a common idea.”


Rocket Mortgage

Who’s in it: Tracy Morgan

What is he doing: Picking a fight with Dave Bautista

Scotts and Miracle-Gro

Who’s in it: John Travolta, Carl Weathers, Martha Stewart, and Leslie David Baker


What are they doing: Grillin’. Makin’ TikToks. Flexin’ their green thumbs.


Who’s in it: Dolly Parton

What is she doing: Singing a hideous new version of “9 to 5" called “5 to 9" that tries to make the concept of 12-hour work days sound fun. Fuck right the hell off.


State Farm

Who’s in it: Drake, Paul Rudd, Aaron Rodgers

What are they doing: Not sure, honestly.

Stella Artois

Who’s in it: Lenny Kravitz

What’s he doing: Telling us to make the most of our lives while shilling for beer.



Who’s in it: Jason Alexander

What is he doing: Getting doused in gunk and ass smell as a hoodie, dubbed “Jason Alexander hoodie” by a teen’s weary mother. We hate to give one to The Brands, but this one is funny. Kudos to its use of Joey Scarbury’s “Believe It Or Not,” a reference to a particularly inspired Seinfeld bit.


Uber Eats

Who’s in it: Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reprising their roles as Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar


What are they doing: Ruining our childhood.

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.